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January 24, 2013, 2:35 PM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Automattic Buys Simperium, Maker of Simplenote  —  Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, has bought the small synchronization startup Simperium, which makes a syncing platform for developers and a well-loved synced note-taking app for iOS called Simplenote.
Macworld:
In his own words: Tim Cook on Apple earnings and more  —  Sequentially we increased over 70 percent from the September quarter, which was 3.5 times the market, and so we could not be happier with that.  In terms of geographic distribution, we saw our highest growth in China, and it was into the triple digits.
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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.
More: BuzzFeed and ZDNet
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 …
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter introduces Vine for iOS, an app for sharing six second looping videos on the service  —  Twitter has today introduced Vine, an app that allows you to share six second looping videos on the service and in embedded tweets.  The app is simple, allowing you to tap the screen to record video and lift your finger to stop.
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 …
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: AllThingsDTweets: @arrington and @rafeThanks:@elinblesener
Bloomberg:
Lenovo Mulls RIM Deal as a Way to Boost Mobile Business  —  Lenovo Group Ltd. (992) is assessing potential acquisition targets and strategic alliances, including a deal with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), as the second-largest producer of personal computers tries to bolster its mobile-device business.
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.
Humayun Khan / BetaKit:
Social Advocacy Platform Extole Adds $7.6M to Help Brands Drive Referrals  —  Today San Francisco-based Extole, a consumer-to-consumer social advocacy platform, announced that it has closed $7.6 million funding from existing investors Shasta Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, and Trident Capital.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Letter From Forty-Four Digital Rights Groups Demands Skype Detail Its Surveillance Practices  —  Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer with Skype president Tony Bates at the announcement of Skype's $8.5 billion acquisition.  —  Skype has long been a stubborn whipping boy for the privacy community …

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