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January 30, 2013, 3:20 PM

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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.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
BlackBerry Z10 review: a new life, or life support?  —  A new flagship phone and a new OS, but is it too little, too late?  —  Research In Motion is about to enter the battle of its life, and as you'll see in my review of its new flagship, the BlackBerry Z10, it's using everything in its arsenal to win.
Walt Mossberg / AllThingsD:
BlackBerry Reinvents Itself to Compete with All-Touch Smartphones  —  There is a new smartphone coming to market, running on a new operating system.  It's an all-touch device—with no physical navigation controls and no physical keyboard—and serves as a platform for third-party apps.
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.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
BlackBerry announces Alicia Keys as ‘Global Creative Director’  —  BlackBerry has announced a new position, Global Creative Director, and hired its own in-house celebrity to fill the role: Alicia Keys.  Keys was apparently chosen for renewing her “long-term relationship” …
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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Nest has raised another $80M, now shipping 40K+ thermostats a month  —  Learning thermostat maker Nest has closed on $80 million to keep growing, and we've heard it's shipping 50,000 thermostats per month.  The round was raised at an $800 million valuation and the company could reach …
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Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Does Not Fear Dropbox or an Office-less IPad  —  When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer does his bounding these days, it's often in front of an 82-inch interactive display mounted to the wall of his office.  Ballmer gets to poke at the screen—a Perceptive Pixel LCD—like a more-energetic version of Wolf Blitzer.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Nokia begins its Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade rollout (video)  —  Talk of Microsoft finally deploying Windows Phone 7.8 has been building to a crescendo — and we're glad to confirm it's more than just noise.  The more customizable home and lock screens, Marketplace improvements and numerous under …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPhone Users Rack Up the Highest Carrier Bills  —  The iPhone may command a higher carrier subsidy than its typical Android rival.  It may eat into operators' profit margins when sales volumes spike after the debut of a new model.  But it also generates more in carrier fees than any other smartphone.
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 …
Twitter Blog:
Updates for viewing photos and videos  —  Today, we're rolling out several enhancements that make it easier to view photos and videos on Twitter — in particular, on profiles and in search results.  — Large photos, right on the page.  Click a photo from a profile page or in search results …
Bloomberg:
Dell Founder Said to Seek Majority Control With Own Funds  —  Michael Dell is seeking majority control of Dell Inc. (DELL) in a 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.
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:
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 …

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