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January 21, 2013, 9:50 AM

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Eric Ravenscraft / Android Police:
[Exclusive] This May Actually Be The HTC M7 With Sense 5.0  —  You know what we like here at Android Police?  Solid information.  Earlier today, we reported on an alleged render of the HTC M7 that looked a little ‘close-but-not-quite’.  For starters, that image is not exactly the M7.
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Atari U.S. operation files for bankruptcy  —  The U.S. operations of pioneering video game company Atari Inc. is seeking to break free from French parent Atari S.A. and in the next few months find a buyer to take the company private.  (Strong National Museum of Play / January 20, 2013)
Kevin J. Delaney / Quartz:
Eric Schmidt's daughter's inside account of their visit to North Korea  —  Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's daughter Sophie has posted a lengthy account with photos of their recent trip to North Korea.  She describes deep government control of the nine-person delegation's visit …
Chris Dixon:
Samsung's predicament  —  In the past year, Samsung went from being a moderately successful electronics manufacturer to the leading non-iOS mobile device maker.  Together, Apple and Samsung earn 98% of the profits in the smartphone market.  MG Siegler echoed a common sentiment when he wrote …
Tweets: @jinyk and @adrianblake
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Sony's Xperia Tablet Z announced: 1.5GHz quad-core, 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 screen and 6.9mm thickness  —  Announced bright and early in Japan today is the Sony Xperia Tablet Z that we've been hearing about.  As you'd expect, this 10.1-inch Android 4.1 tablet features the same design language …
Gene Demby / NPR:
‘Make Me Asian’ App Removed From Google Play Store … “Make Me Asian,” a smartphone app that drew the ire of Asian-American activists for what they say are stereotypical depictions, is no longer available on the Google Play Store.  —  The “Make Me Asian” app let users alter photos to turn faces …
Ethan Cox / National Post:
Youth expelled from Montreal college after finding ‘sloppy coding’ that compromised security of 250,000 students personal data  —  A student has been expelled from Montreal's Dawson College after he discovered a flaw in the computer system used by most Quebec CEGEPs, one which compromised …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
France Proposes an Internet Tax  —  PARIS — France, seeking fresh ways to raise funds and frustrated that American technology companies that dominate its digital economy are largely beyond the reach of French fiscal authorities, has proposed a new levy: an Internet tax on the collection of personal data.
More: DSLreports
Benedict Evans:
What does Google need from Android?  —  The ‘Android has problems’ narrative is very clearly established (as established, of course, as the ‘Android is selling in vast numbers’ narrative).  There's the fragmentation by OS version, the fragmentation by hardware, the consistently lower engagement …
Tweets: @gassee
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Myspace Is Accused of Using Music Without Permission  —  Last week, Justin Timberlake's new song, “Suit & Tie,” did double promotional duty.  Not only was it a teaser for Mr. Timberlake's latest album, but it also served as an introduction for a revamped version of Myspace, the once-mighty social network and music site.
Tweets: @sisario

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