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January 30, 2013, 9:20 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.
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” …
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.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
BlackBerry 10 Boasts Some Key Apps, but Many Big Names Missing  —  The big day for BlackBerry has finally arrived.  The world now knows what the company's newest entrant in the smartphone race looks like.  —  But what about apps?  —  For starters, a few key apps were already known, like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
CBS and CNET Protest Looming BitTorrent Client Ban  —  Last year, Alki David and a coalition of artists sued CBS and CNET for their role in distributing uTorrent, LimeWire and other P2P software.  —  The artists claimed that CNET profits heavily from distributing file-sharing software via Download.com …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
After nearly 3 billion check-ins, Foursquare reveals its top places across the US for 2012  —  Location-based social network Foursquare has launched a new part of its website, called ‘The Best of Foursquare 2012’, which ranks places and businesses across the US based on the billions of check-ins and review data uploaded by its users.
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 …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
IBM gives small university a Watson all its own  —  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a private research university located in Troy, N.Y., now has a Watson system all its own thanks to a grant from IBM.  Watson, if you'll recall, is the system that defeated two Jeopardy! champions (and our own Stacey Higginbotham) in 2011.

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