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3:00 PM ET, January 16, 2010

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple retaliates: requests US import ban on Nokia phones  —  As expected, Apple just responded to Nokia's ITC request to ban Apple device imports with a US embargo request of its very own.  Notice of Apple's complaint (without any detail) was posted yesterday on the website …
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Files Trade Complaint Against Nokia in Smartphone Technology Battle  —  Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. filed a new patent- infringement complaint against Nokia Oyj, seeking to block U.S. imports of mobile phones and increasing the legal battle between the two over smartphone technology.
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Alibaba slams Yahoo's statement on Google  —  Buzz up!  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's largest e-commerce firm Alibaba Group, in which Yahoo Inc owns a 40 percent stake, has called the search giant's comments on Google “reckless.”  —  Alibaba Group, which runs Taobao …
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Releases Their Version Of Retweets As Twitterfication Continues  —  This evening Facebook began testing what appears to be their version of Twitter's retweet feature: “via”.  On any article shared by your friend, you can click on “Share” and when you post the article to your profile …
Security Research & Defense:
Assessing risk of IE 0day vulnerability  —  Yesterday, the MSRC released Microsoft Security Advisory 979352 alerting customers to limited, sophisticated attacks targeting Internet Explorer 6 customers.  Today, samples of that exploit were made publicly available.
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George Kurtz / McAfee Security Insights Blog:
“Aurora” Exploit In Google Attack Now Public
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google to Scoop Up Real Estate Sites  —  Google is obviously very focused on local broadly but also some key verticals within the segment.  One of those is real estate.  —  There were a number of sources recently that asserted Google was interested in buying Trulia.  (Maybe it still will.)
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Alarming network glitch makes the Internet lose track of who is who on Facebook  —  AP Exclusive: Network flaw causes scary Web error  —  A Georgia mother and her two daughters logged onto Facebook from mobile phones last weekend and wound up in a startling place …
New York Times:
Scaling the Digital Wall in China  —  The Great Firewall of China is hardly impregnable.  —  Just as Mongol invaders could not be stopped by the Great Wall, Chinese citizens have found ways to circumvent the sophisticated Internet censorship systems designed to restrict them.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yelp Enables Check-Ins On Its iPhone App; Foursquare, Gowalla Ousted As Mayors  —  When you think of the idea of “checking-in” at a venue in a mobile app, you likely think of Foursquare or Gowalla right now.  The two gained significant momentum, funding, and users in the location space in 2009.
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Eric / Yelp Official Blog:
You're Gonna Want to “Check-Out” Yelp for iPhone v.4
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Fa.il: Bing's URL Shortener Is Longer Than Bing's Own Domain  —  Everyone is getting into the URL shortening game these days.  Google, YouTube, and Facebook are just a few joining the likes of the established players such as Bit.ly.  And now Microsoft is jumping in.  But there's something weird about their URL.
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Gilly / My Microsoft Life:
Bing has its own shortening URL, binged.it
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Laptop Search Documents Revealed  —  Though some travelers object to border agents reading their e-mail and viewing their digital images, the government insists “they're like pages in a book” and defends its right to review them.  —  Documents detailing nine months of searches and seizures …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
German government issues official warning.  Do NOT use Internet Explorer until it is fixed.  —  Internet Explorer just cannot catch a break these days.  The German Federal Office for Security in Information Technology has officially advised people to stop using Internet Explorer, all versions …
Brian Garner / AppleInsider:
Unauthorized Mac clone maker Psystar appeals Apple lawsuit  —  Thursday Psystar officially filed a notice of appeal regarding the permanent injunction against the company prohibiting it from selling hardware with Apple's operating system.  —  According to official court documents …
 
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