BlackBerry 10 gets launch date

Research In Motion will reveal two new phones in January, Facebook is testing new features, and Apple makes a patent deal with HTC.

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Mark the calendar on January 30. That's when Research in Motion will launch the next BlackBerry phones . Also in Monday's tech news roundup:

- Facebook is testing out new features. Some users can reply directly to someone's comment on a post, according to Mashable. And VentureBeat reports Facebook is also testing notification sounds.

- A preview of the Skype app for Windows Phone 8 is now available to download.

- YouTube will cut funding to about half of the original shows it backed last year, according to Ad Age.

- Apple and HTC have ended two years of bitter patent disputes. The companies agreed to a 10-year joint licensing agreement for all current and future patents. Although financial details were not released, one analyst estimates Apple will be getting about $6 to $8 in fees for every HTC phone sold.

- Looking ahead to Tuesday, expect to hear more about the Droid DNA. HTC was expected to announce the Droid DNA at a New York event on Tuesday, but Verizon accidentally published a website confirming its existence (and then took it down). CNET will be live blogging the Droid DNA announcement , which starts at 8 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Eastern. Also on Tuesday, there's a report that Microsoft may release a preview version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7.

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