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January 8, 2014, 5:20 PM

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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
T-Mobile will now pay $350 for you to leave AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon  —  Just as predicted, T-Mobile's latest hyped-up new plan to change the cellular industry is this: the company will pay your early termination fee if you agree to switch.  While T-Mobile CEO John Legere hasn't yet announced it onstage …
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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Current Employees Raise the Bar for New Hires  —  Scores of Workers are Deputized to Vet Job Candidates, Ensure Cultural Fit  —  In fulfilling online orders, Amazon.com Inc. is all about expediency.  The fewer people involved the better.  —  But when it comes to filling higher-level jobs …
More: Business InsiderTweets: @wsjgraphics
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia's Android phone UI revealed in leaked photos  —  Nokia has been building its own Android phone, codenamed Normandy, and the first examples of its user interface are now starting to emerge.  Evleaks has posted an image of Nokia's custom Android implementation, with three examples of how the smartphone maker has tweaked the UI.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Uber CEO: Surge Pricing Is Here to Stay … Some year in the near future, Travis Kalanick could transform the car-service app Uber into a multipurpose logistics conglomerate, delivering an array of physical products around cities in addition to people.  —  For now, though, he's still fighting in the trenches.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
New York Times redesign points to future of online publishing  —  The last time The New York Times embarked on a wholesale redesign of its Web site, in 2006, the iPhone wasn't on the market.  Tablets like the iPad were still years away.  —  So the new design that The Times is unveiling Wednesday …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Struggles to Turn Watson Computer Into Big Business  —  Revenue Is Far From Company's Ambitious Targets … Three years after International Business Machines Corp. began trying to turn its “Jeopardy"-winning computer into a big business, revenue from Watson is far from the company's ambitious targets.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Confide: an app for execs who want sensitive messages to vanish Snapchat-style  —  Many people associate “disappear” apps like Snapchat with young people who want to send each other bong or boob shots.  But kids are hardly the only ones who want to relay sensitive or silly messages without leaving a permanent trace on the internet.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Barnes & Noble appoints Michael Huseby to CEO  —  Barnes & Noble has appointed a new CEO to lead the bookseller's retail and digital businesses.  —  Michael Huseby is now CEO at Barnes & Noble, the company announced on Wednesday.  In his new role, Huseby will lead Barnes & Noble's retail, college, and Nook Media operations.
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Alibaba Takes On Tencent With Mobile Game Hosting Platform  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the owner of China's biggest e-commerce business, will start a platform hosting mobile games to compete with Asia's largest Internet company, Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700)
Emily Parkhurst / bizjournals:
Seattle's fiber-network deal with Gigabit Squared is dead  —  Mayor Ed Murray has declared the city's deal with startup broadband company Gigabit Squared dead.  In fact, the city's deal with the company may have been doomed before Murray was even elected.  —  “We understand the Gigabit problems …
More: Gigaom, Ars Technica and EngadgetTweets: @blowdart
Digits:
Apple continues China push by opening an official store on Alibaba's Tmall  —  Apple Opens Store on Alibaba's Tmall  —  In its latest attempt to boost China sales, Apple Inc. opened an official store on Tmall, a major online marketplace run by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
LinkedIn sues to stop bots that are stealing its user profiles  —  Professional network LinkedIn is fighting off shady competitors that are using bots to vacuum up hundreds of thousands of its user profiles in order to compete with LinkedIn's own recruiter products, according to a new lawsuit.
Chad Bray / DealBook:
Chinese E-Commerce Giant Alibaba to Ban Bitcoins on Its Sites  —  LONDON — The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group said on Wednesday that its online marketplace Taobao would not accept the popular virtual currency Bitcoin as a form of payment or allow the sale of Bitcoins on its website.
Jessica Naziri / Los Angeles Times:
At CES 2014, the hottest new gadget is your car  —  Audi's Ulrich Hackenberg shows off Internet-connected and self-driving cars at CES 2014.  (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg )  —  LAS VEGAS — When it comes to CES, most people think of small portable devices and other electronic gadgets.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Mystery Shopping Service Mobee Acquires Kickscout, The Startup From RunKeeper Co-founder Michael Sheeley  —  Boston-based Mobee, the mystery shopping app built by former Googlers aimed at leveraging mobile to collect real-world data from inside stores and other businesses …

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