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The New Year may not have started with a bang, but exciting news stories are slowly beginning to trickle in.

Analysts continued to speculate about how many iPhones China Mobile (NYSE: CHL) will help Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) sell.

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Audi (OTC: AUDVF) were rumored to team up to develop an in-car entertainment and information system.

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) became a life-saving tool for one lucky woman. It also trounced the competition in social media.

Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry argued that Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) should become a subscription service.

And Stream TV Networks teased the future of 3D display technology.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this slideshow.

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    How Many iPhones Can China Mobile Sell?

    How Many iPhones Can China Mobile Sell?

    It seems that the China Mobile iPhone sales predictions are all over the map.

    Wedge Partners expects Apple to sell 16 million iPhones through China Mobile this year.

    Jefferies anticipates sales of 12 million units.

    Citigroup thinks that Apple will only sell 10 million China Mobile iPhones.

    James Kelleher, Director of Research & Senior Analyst at Argus, told Benzinga that Apple could sell 20 million to 30 million iPhones.

    Shebly Seyrafi, the Managing Director at FBN Securities, expects iPhone sales to reach 17 million units on China Mobile.

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    Twitter May Need A New Business Model To Survive

    Twitter May Need A New Business Model To Survive

    Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry has some interesting thoughts about Twitter's long-term prospects.

    He thinks the social network will only be able to sustain profitability if it transforms into a subscription-based service.

    Chowdhry said that advertisers do not like the company's current ad-based revenue system.

    "On Twitter, it is an open platform, which is good, but it lends itself to anonymity," Chowdhry told Benzinga.

    "That's one of the reasons why teens are leaving Facebook and going to Twitter and WhatsApp and others, because of anonymity."

    Chowdhry said that advertisers don't like Twitter -- because they don't know the identity of each user.

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    Self-Driving Cars In 2020? Don't Count On It

    Self-Driving Cars In 2020? Don't Count On It

    Nissan and the Center for Automotive Research may have excited some consumers with their hype for self-driving cars.

    But Pacific Crest Securities analyst Evan Wilson said consumers should not expect them to arrive within six years.

    "When you think about self-driving cars, don't think about it as purely autonomous from your house to the destination," Wilson told Benzinga.

    "Instead, think about it as an extension of that existing cruise control system that will go just from the gas pedal also to the steering wheel in certain situations.

    "And we'll move from one or two situations -- now we have parking and the freeway -- and that will extend to more and more situations over time."

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    iPhone, iPad Users Spend More Than Android Device Users

    iPhone, iPad Users Spend More Than Android Device Users

    Once again, Apple's popular devices are proving to be more valuable than those from Google.

    The latest report claims that, during the holidays, Android users spent an average of $48.10 per online order.

    iOS users, on the other hand, spent an average of $93.94.

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    New Startup Wants To Reinvent 3D TV

    New Startup Wants To Reinvent 3D TV

    Consumers may have gotten burned by the initial crop of 3D television, but there's a new player in town that plans to change that.

    Contrary to the name, Stream TV Networks has nothing to do with streaming video. Rather, the company has developed a new glasses-free 3D technology called Ultra-D.

    Ultra-D will appear in several television sets (and other devices) at CES 2014 next week.

    Specific manufacturers have not been announced, but one of them is said to be a well-known brand from Japan.

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    Facebook Saved A Woman's Life

    Facebook Saved A Woman's Life

    Social media addicts often think of Facebook and Twitter as being life-saving inventions.

    For one Kentucky woman, that lofty praise is actually true.

    Facebook didn't act on its own, mind you. The social network does not have the ability to magically save those who are in danger.

    But when the woman (who was allegedly beaten by her husband) posted an image of her assault online, one of her friends saw it and called the police.

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    Roadways Could Wirelessly Power Electric Vehicles

    Roadways Could Wirelessly Power Electric Vehicles

    Dr. Satwant Kaur, the "First Lady of Emerging Technologies" and author of Transitioning Embedded Systems To Intelligent Environments: A Journey Through Evolving Technologies, has some exciting theories for future automobiles.

    "Beyond [the current technology], roadways will [one day] wirelessly power electric cars," Dr. Kaur told Benzinga.

    "That's happening now in a limited fashion. In small sectors, wireless technology can deliver power to these vehicles."

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    Google Expected To Team With Audi

    Google Expected To Team With Audi

    Google is expected to announce a partnership with Audi, to develop an in-car entertainment and information system.

    Evan Wilson, Senior Research Analyst of Internet and Games at Pacific Crest Securities, thinks this is a sign that the competition is heating up.

    "The competition between Apple and Google has been getting more intense," Wilson told Benzinga. "Apple has been very active in this area. If there is an announcement to be made, it would also be a step in Google catching up."

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    71% Of Adults Use Facebook Versus 22% Who Use LinkedIn, 18% Who Use Twitter

    71% Of Adults Use Facebook Versus 22% Who Use LinkedIn, 18% Who Use Twitter

    An impressive 71 percent of adults used Facebook in 2013.

    Comparatively, only 22 percent used LinkedIn, 21 percent used Pinterest, and 18 percent used Twitter.

    Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, came in fifth place with 17 percent.

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