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January 21, 2013, 9:30 AM

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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)
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
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Face to face with Kim Dotcom as he launches Mega, talks about Megakey and the future of free content  —  If there's one place that you want to be for the launch of Mega.co.nz, it's within Kim Dotcom's mansion.  That's precisely where I've been today.  Sure we knew that Dotcom was larger than life …
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
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Immediacy of Digital Media Helps Drive Spending  —  I was tallying my spending of the last year, and much to my surprise, I spent $2,403 in one category.  No, that wasn't on clothes.  It wasn't on my most recent vacation, either.  And it wasn't the total of all my parking tickets (though that did feel as if it came close).
More: atmasphericTweets: @heatherwetzler

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