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January 30, 2013, 5:45 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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
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.
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.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
For The First Time, Facebook's 680M Mobile DAUs Surpassed Desktop DAUs — Zuck Says It's Now A “Mobile Company”  —  Today is Q4 earnings day for Facebook, and we've learned some really interesting things about the growth of the social network.  Surprisingly to some, mobile DAUs have exceeded …
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.
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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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.
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 …

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