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3:45 PM ET, January 16, 2010


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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Files New Trade Complaint With U.S. Agency Against Nokia  —  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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.)
Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
Intel Fires Back in FTC Suit  —  Intel has responded to the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust investigation, unsurprisingly challenging the FTC's allegations as well as criticizing the agency for what the company calls an attempt “to turn Intel into a public utility”.
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.
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 …
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Eric / Yelp Official Blog:
You're Gonna Want to “Check-Out” Yelp for iPhone v.4  —  Today, we are stoked to announce v.4 of our iPhone application: the biggest Yelp for iPhone update yet!  It's a veritable treasure trove of on-the-go goodies from community features to contribution ones.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: 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  And now Microsoft is jumping in.  But there's something weird about their URL.
Gilly / My Microsoft Life:
Bing has its own shortening URL,
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