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January 30, 2013, 11:50 AM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Research In Motion rebrands itself as BlackBerry  —  At today's BlackBerry 10 event, CEO Thorsten Heins announced that his company will no longer be known as Research In Motion.  As of today, RIM is being rebranded as BlackBerry.  “We have reinvented the company, and we want to represent this in our brand,” Heins said.
Donny H. / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry 10 - Re-designed, Re-engineered, Re-invented  —  We're here at the BlackBerry 10 Live event where Thorsten Heins just announced amazing new BlackBerry 10 devices, the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10.  Now it's time to recap some of the things that make the BlackBerry 10 software a truly unique and elegant experience.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
BlackBerry Z10 official: 4.2-inch 1,280 x 768 display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus, LTE, BB 10 for $200  —  After months of rumors, speculation and official teases, [RIM's] BlackBerry's first full-touch BlackBerry 10 device — the Z10 — is finally official.  Look familiar?  It should.
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple's $1 Billion Verdict Against Samsung Left Intact  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s $1.05 billion damages award against Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) from its patent- infringement trial in San Jose, California, was left intact after a judge denied Apple's bid to increase the award.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Bloomberg:
Dell Founder Said to Seek Majority Control Using Personal Funds  —  Michael Dell is seeking majority control of Dell Inc. (DELL) under the buyout that would combine his 15.7 percent stake in the company with as much as $1 billion of his personal funds, said people familiar with the matter.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Seen Reporting Faster Sales Growth on Mobile-Ad Demand  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is reaping benefits of a deeper push into mobile advertising at the social network he founded almost a decade ago.  —  Results due after the close of trading today …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga's chief game designer, Brian Reynolds, resigns  —  Brian Reynolds has a booming laugh, but it won't be heard in the halls of Zynga anymore.  The company's chief game designer has resigned, according to games news site Polygon.  —  Zynga has confirmed the departure …
C. Custer / Tech in Asia:
China's Ministry of Culture: We're NOT Considering Lifting the Game Console Ban  —  As we wrote earlier this week, an anonymous source in China Daily supposedly inside the Ministry of Culture claimed that the Ministry was considering dropping China's decade-long ban on the sale of game consoles.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Wonder No More.  Yandex Pulls Social Discovery App After Facebook Closes Door On Graph API Use + Says It's A Competing Search Engine  —  Some closure on the story of how Yandex — the Russian search giant — built a social discovery app that relied on Facebook interconnection to gather data …
Nancy Hass / GQ:
Reed Hastings on Arrested Development, House of Cards, and the Future of Netflix  —  The quirky little start-up that once printed money by mailing you DVDs is hell-bent on morphing into the HBO—and the network, and the any-show, any-time streaming service—of tomorrow.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Peak Mac?  —  Was 2012 a one-off year of treading water for Apple's Mac business?  Or has the Mac peaked for good?  —  After years of impressive growth, Mac shipments declined in 2012.  During the December quarter, Mac shipments dropped a conspicuous 22% from the year before, their biggest decline in at least 10 years.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
[Exclusive] Video curation platform Magnify gets backing from former Facebooker Chris Kelly  —  We're in the age of billions of video clips on YouTube and other sites, and it's overwhelming.  —  Want to find a video of the protests in Syria?  There were more than 350,000 uploaded last year to YouTube alone.
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