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January 30, 2013, 6:55 PM

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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.
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.
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” …
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.
Facebook:
Facebook Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.  —  “In 2012, we connected over a billion people and became a mobile company,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Q4 Revenue Rises 40% To $1.59B, Shares Down Slightly In After-Hours  —  Facebook said its fourth quarter revenue rose 40 percent year-over-year to $1.59 billion.  Mobile revenues grew to make up 23 percent of the company's total and mobile monthly active users rose to 680 million, or up 57 percent year-over-year.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Profit Drops Amid Higher Spending on Features, Ad Tools  —  Facebook Q4 Adjusted EPS Tops Estimate  —  Facebook Inc. (FB), operator of the world's biggest social network, said net income declined during the fourth quarter as the company ramped up investments in new mobile and ad services that boosted costs.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Facebook's mobile ad revenue made up 23% of its total ad revenue in Q4, worth $305 million  —  Facebook is continuing to see more mobile usage of the social network.  In its fourth quarter earnings report, the company shared that it has 680 million mobile active users, up 57 percent year over year.
David Chen / 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 …
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
New Apple TV 3,2 is just a mid-season internal upgrade, with no external difference in size  —  Yesterday we brought you the news that there would be a new Apple TV model coming, but that's only partially true.  There will be some changes made to the Apple TV internally …
BBC:
Ticketmaster dumps ‘hated’ Captcha verification system  —  Users have been frustrated by having to figure out barely decipherable words  —  The world's largest online ticket retailer is to stop requiring users to enter hard-to-read words in order to prove they are human.
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.
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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Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Apple's Siri coming to 2013 Honda Accord & 2 Acura models  —  Chevy is no longer the only car brand with announced plans to bring Apple's Siri voice assistant to new car models.  On Wednesday, Honda announced that its 2013 edition of the Accord will be enabled with Siri Eyes Free mode, along with the Acura RDX and Acura ILX.

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