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2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

New data from NPD suggests that Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all commercial notebook sales.

U.S. Christmas Day Shoppers Bought More on iOS Than Android

Does a unit of market share matter if it’s not being used?

News Byte

Former Google Exec Appointed Deputy Director of the USPTO

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has a new deputy director: Former Google exec Michelle Lee. Lee, who previously served as head of patents and patent strategy at Google, had been heading up the Silicon Valley branch of the USPTO. Her promotion to deputy director of the federal agency, which she will oversee until its vacant director’s slot is filled, should bring to the office a unique Silicon Valley perspective on intellectual property issues.

iOS 7 Adoption Already at 74 Percent

And it only took three months.

At BlackBerry, a New Strategy Emerges

The dilapidated smartphone pioneer has inked a dozen deals that will see BBM preloaded on a bunch of Android handsets in emerging markets.

Retina iPad Mini’s Color Range Still a Shade Shy of the Best

Two new analyses of the iPad mini with Retina display reveal that the device’s screen isn’t as color-accurate as the new iPad Air or rival 7-inch tablets.

Pfizer’s Prescription for BlackBerry-Using Employees: iPhone and Android

Pfizer’s BlackBerry contingency plan? Get a different phone.

Windows Phone: Today Italy, Tomorrow the World!

Windows Phone has overtaken iOS in Italy.

QOTD: Don’t Be Evil, NSA

“There clearly are cases where evil people exist, but you don’t have to violate the privacy of every single citizen of America to find them.”

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

Google Barge Conspiracy Theories: Zombies … Or Maybe a Single Dove

Full of zombies?

Apple’s Steve Jobs Patent Confirmed by USPTO

BlackBerry Messenger Hits Android and iOS This Weekend

EU Wants More Concessions From Samsung in Patent-Abuse Case

Microsoft Trounces Google in Battle Over Standards-Essential Patents

Huawei Doesn’t Want BlackBerry

Android’s Hugo Barra Departs Google for China’s Xiaomi

Four Out of Five Malware Menaces Choose Android

What Does the Microsoft-Motorola Mobility Patent Case Mean for BlackBerry?

AllThingsD on TV: Ballmer, Google’s IPO and the Future of Personal Electronics

Beyond Monkey Boy: It’s a Steve Ballmer Quote-Tacular!

iPhone Leads Android in Smartphone Loyalty

Google Scraps Moto X Inscriptions for Launch

Android’s iPad App Gap

BlackBerry’s Patent Portfolio Ripe for Picking