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January 24, 2013, 6:55 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:
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Q2: Enterprise shines, Surface details scant  —  Summary: The software giant's enterprise products—System Center, SQL Server and Lync do well.  Details about Surface's reception are few and far between.  —  Microsoft's second quarter results were a mixed bag relative to estimates …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
First Video Clip of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs  —  Following yesterday's news that the independent film JOBS starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs will open in theaters on April 19, ETonline.com has released the first video clip from the film.  The brief clip shows Kutcher as Jobs speaking with Josh Gad in the role of Steve Wozniak.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
AT&T's Q4 2012 Beats Street With $32.6B In Revenue, Misses With EPS Of $0.44, Smartphone Subscriber Base Jumps To 47.1M  —  AT&T shared its Q4 2012 earnings results today, reporting overall quarterly revenues of $32.6 billion (an increase of 0.2% year over year), and earnings per share of $0.44 …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
A Free Database of the Entire Web May Spawn the Next Google  —  Common Crawl supplies a database of over five billion Web pages in the hope that it will inspire new research or online services.  —  Why It Matters  —  A freely available copy of billions of Web pages could create competition for established giants such as Google.
More: Mashable!
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 …
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: Fortune and ZDNet
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Laser: a flagship Lumia Windows Phone for Verizon  —  Verizon is planning to stock a high-end Nokia Lumia phone this year.  Sources familiar with Verizon's plans have revealed to The Verge that the US carrier will offer a device that has similar specifications to Nokia's current Lumia 920.

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