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January 24, 2013, 11:00 AM

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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Nokia's Q4 2012: $584 million operating profit, $10.7 billion in net sales, 4.4 million Lumia phones sold  —  Beleaguered phone maker Nokia this morning published its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012, reporting a $584 million (439 million euros) operating profit on $10.7 billion in net sales (8.041 billion euros).
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
After Getting Hundreds of Millions of Dollars from Microsoft, Nokia to Start Paying Redmond  —  There was a doozy of a footnote in Nokia's earnings report on Thursday.  —  Since signing its deal to go with Windows Phone, Nokia has been getting $250 million in “platform support payments” from Microsoft.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop: Google is making its open ecosystem ‘more closed’  —  Speaking at a press conference to discuss Nokia's Q4 earnings, company CEO Stephen Elop said that Google is trying to close its “open ecosystem.”  —  Despite name-checking Android, it seems likely that when saying …
Apple:
Apple Reports Record Results  —  47.8 Million iPhones Sold; 22.9 Million iPads Sold  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its 13-week fiscal 2013 first quarter ended December 29, 2012.  The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $54.5 billion and record quarterly net profit …
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Tim Cook to Apple investors: Keep calm and stop listening to rumors  —  Times are changing at Apple: its margins are down, its profits are not blowing away expectations anymore, and it's also going to stop sandbagging its earnings forecasts.  So Apple CEO Cook had to work harder than usual …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Google Creating Wireless Network, But For What?  —  Google is trying to create an experimental wireless network covering its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters, a move that some analysts say could portend the creation of dense and superfast Google wireless networks in other locations …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Gets Into Voice Recognition, Buys Ivona Software To Compete Against Apple's Siri  —  Amazon today announced that it is acquiring Ivona Software, a Polish-based specialist in voice technologies that competes with Nuance and is already used in the Kindle Fire for services covering text-to-speech …
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Ashton Kutcher's ‘jOBS’ to Hit Theaters on Apple's 37th Anniversary  —  The film makes its worldwide premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week ahead of its April release in theaters.  —  The Steve Jobs biopic jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher, will open in theaters April 19 …
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Imagining a 5-inch iPhone  —  Never mind rumors of an awkwardly named 4.8-inch “iPhone Math”, the concept of a much larger iPhone has been floating about ever since the realities of early LTE chipsets — and the batteries that came with them — forced Android and Windows-based competitors to break the size barrier.
John Casaretto / SiliconANGLE:
Microsoft Earnings Big on Windows 8 and SuperBowl Strategy  —  On the eve of Microsoft's possibly most significant earnings reports in recent history, eyes are fixed are on the Redmond giant.  The recent announcement of pricing and availability of their tablet product - the Surface Pro is no coincidence …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Vine, Twitter's Instagram for Video, Launching Soon — At Apple's App Store  —  Yep, that was Twitter CEO Dick Costolo using video from Vine, the video-sharing startup he bought last fall, in a tweet he sent out today.  And yes, that means Vine is ready to go.
Andrew Lipsman / comScore, Inc.:
Facebook Vaults Ahead of Google Maps to Finish 2012 as #1 U.S. Mobile App  —  With another interesting year in digital media in the books, we can now begin our retrospective view of what happened in 2012 in order help bring the digital future into focus.  There is little doubt that the Brave …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Sony Fined Nearly $400,000 By U.K. Data Protection Watchdog For 2011 PlayStation Network Hack, Plans To Appeal (Updated)  —  Sony has been fined by the U.K.'s data protection watchdog for the April 2011 data breach of the PlayStation Network which compromised the personal details of millions of users.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Samsung Gets Review of Apple Victory in U.S. Trade Fight  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), the world's largest smartphone producer, persuaded a U.S. trade agency to review a preliminary ruling that more than a dozen models of its mobile phones copied Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s patented features.
More: Reuters, Inquirer and ZDNet
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Streamlined Image Search  —  Like how Google Image Search works on a tablet?  Good news, then.  That simplified experience is coming to Google Images on the desktop.  —  Out With The Old  —  Currently, viewing an image through Google Image Search is a multistep process.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
SV Angel Invested $30M In Pinterest Secondary Sale  —  Last week we reported on an SEC filing of a new $30 million raise for SV Angel, for a fund called SV Angel-III Growth P.  —  We've since heard from multiple sources that this $30 million is a Special Purpose Vehicle for SV Angel …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Can A Messaging App Beat Standalone Social Networking?  Khosla-Backed Stealth Startup Just.me Gears Up For Launch With iOS Beta  —  Just.me, the new project from Keith Teare, co-founder of TechCrunch and partner at incubator Archimedes Labs, has launched in beta as an app for iOS.
More: PandoDaily and AllThingsDTweets: @arrington and @rafeThanks:@elinblesener

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