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Tech News: Samsung to Extend Lead Over Apple in 2013

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TechCrunch
Link: Strategy Analytics: Samsung to Extend Lead Over Apple's iPhone in 2013, and Take 33% of Global Smartphone Market
"Samsung (PINK:SSNLF) will increase its lead over Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in the smartphone space this year, according to analyst Strategy Analytics. Speaking to Reuters, the analyst said it expects the Korean electronics giant to achieve 35 per cent year-on-year growth in smartphones in 2013, fueled by its broad portfolio of handsets. This is slightly higher than the 33 per cent growth it's projecting for Apple."

ReadWriteEnterprise
Link: Microsoft Gets Some Wins in the Office Wars: Signs DoD, Chicago
"On Thursday, the Windy City announced that it had signed a four-year deal with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) for Office 365, shifting the company's three email systems, documents and spreadsheets over to Microsoft's cloud-based platform. Days earlier, the Department of Defense announced an even more sweeping deal, consolidating on Windows 8, Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 in a three-year deal worth $617 million.

"For Microsoft, which had to sit by and endure what was essentially a slap on the wrist to rival Google by the FTC, the two announcements represented a reprieve of sorts. It's still unclear how Microsoft's holiday sales fared, but the conventional wisdom appears to be that the Windows 8 launch was disappointing, and that the complementary Windows Phone 8 launch, while appealing, still hasn't caught fire with consumers, who still clearly prefer iOS and Android devices."

The New York Times
Link: Google's Antitrust Victory
"The Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday that Google had not violated antitrust or anticompetition laws in the way it arranges its search results - a major victory for the Internet giant after a nearly two-year investigation. The decision amounts to "a slap on the wrist," the New York Times's Claire Cain Miller and Nick Wingfield write."

Tech2
Link: RIM's BlackBerry 10 Apps Challenge Is Now Live
"Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) has announced the BlackBerry 10 Apps Challenge: a free contest by RIM India and Devworx aimed at giving developers a chance to flaunt the best of their app ideas for BlackBerry 10 and win prizes. In its official statement, RIM claims that this is one of the best opportunities for amateur and professional developers to develop their own apps for BlackBerry 10, and also get their app seen and downloaded through the BlackBerry World by users from across the world."

The Times of India
Link: Nokia Lumia 920 Successor to Be Thinner, Lighter: Report
"Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is reportedly readying a successor to its flagship smartphone Lumia 920. According to media reports, the successor codenamed Catwalk, will be lighter and thinner than Lumia 920. The company is also likely to replace the polycarbonate body that it uses in it flagship phones with aluminium."
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