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9:40 PM ET, January 17, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Media Advisory  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:  —  Team,  —  At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health.  I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Apple Says Steve Jobs Is Taking a New Medical Leave  —  Steven P. Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive of Apple Inc., is taking a medical leave of absence, a year and a half after his return from a liver transplant, the company said on Monday.  —  Mr. Jobs announced his leave in a letter to employees …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Few Thoughts On Apple's 2011, Stock, Tim Cook, And The Future  —  As you've undoubtedly heard by now, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking an indefinite medical leave of absence from the company, while remaining on as CEO.  As I'm the guy around these parts who is known for writing about Apple …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Could Steve Jobs' leave of absence be more serious this time around?
Discussion: Forbes, Digits and SAI
New York Times:
Despite Anxiety Over Leave at Apple, a Deep Bench of Leadership
Discussion: The Next Web and Gizmodo
Digits:
How Much Privacy Does Steve Jobs Deserve?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's Jobs takes medical leave, remains CEO; Succession planning in focus
Aaron Lucchetti / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman to Offer Facebook Shares Only to Non-U.S. Clients  —  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. decided to exclude U.S. clients from the private offering of as much as $1.5 billion in shares of social-networking company Facebook Inc., citing “intense media attention.”
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Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Goldman's Facebook plan falls apart  —  When the news came out that Goldman Sachs was orchestrating a private offering of Facebook shares at a $50 billion valuation, those shares overnight became an even hotter commodity than they had been up to that point.  Check out the results …
Discussion: All Facebook
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Goldman Limits Facebook Investment to Foreign Clients
Discussion: Communications …
Henry Blodget / SAI:   Goldman Sachs Thumbs Nose At SEC, Sells Facebook Deal Outside Its Jurisdiction
Jamie / The Official Netflix Blog:
Removing “Add to DVD Queue” from Streaming Devices  —  Hi there, it's Jamie Odell, director of product management at Netflix, with an update for members who add DVDs to their Queue from the device they use to watch instantly.  We're removing the “Add to DVD Queue” option from streaming devices.
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Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Netflix Enrages Subscribers By Limiting DVD Queue  —  Converting to a streaming-only business isn't easy, as Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) discovered Monday when the company's blog was bombarded by complaints over its decision to remove the ability to add to DVD queues from connected devices.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Eighth grader knocks Angry Birds out of the top free spot on the App Store  —  Angry Birds and its variants have dominated the top ranks of iPhone games for the past year.  But on Thursday, a game called Bubble Ball ousted Angry Birds: Seasons from the No. 1 spot on the App Store's top free apps list.
Yeeguy / FrameThink:
How Facebook Ships Code  —  I'm fascinated by the way Facebook operates.  It's a very unique environment, not easily replicated (nor would their system work for all companies, even if they tried).  These are notes gathered from talking with many friends at Facebook about how the company develops and releases software.
Maria Bartiromo / USA Today:
Maria Bartiromo interviews Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer  —  Q: What's most important right now for Microsoft (MSFT) in terms of your new product launches?  A: If you want to know where is the consumer heat, the things that people want to get their hands on, it's Xbox and Xbox Kinect.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
RIM: BlackBerry PlayBook Is Great Even Without A BlackBerry  —  One of the more unusual aspects of the upcoming tablet from BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is the fact that users need to synch their BlackBerrys to it to fully access their email, calendars and memos.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Music makers plan ‘instant pop’ to beat piracy  —  • New singles to go ‘on air, on sale’ simultaneously  —  • Record labels target X Factor generation  —  Ten years after piracy first began to ravage the music industry, Britain's two biggest record labels will finally try to play …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia pulls plug on free music in most markets  —  (Reuters) - The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch.  —  Nokia will continue to sell phones …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft preparing official Kinect drivers and SDK for Windows … Microsoft is currently preparing an official Kinect SDK and driver support for Windows based PCs.  —  Microsoft revealed at CES earlier this month that the company has sold over 8 million Kinect sensors in just 60 days on the market.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VG247, TechSpot, Download Squad and Joystiq, Thanks:cb_27
Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Cloud Service Globally  —  Steve Ballmer introduces the new service that delivers the Power of Productivity to customers worldwide.  —  Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT") CEO Steve Ballmer today announced the worldwide availability …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft makes CRM Online 2011 available worldwide
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Media World Awaits The Daily to Forge Model for iPad Content  —  Macy's, Verizon, Pepsi, Land Rover and Virgin Sponsor News Corp./Apple Project  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In the coming weeks, News Corp. is set to unveil one of its more audacious content bets in recent years: The Daily …
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:   “The Daily” Won't Run Apple's iAds
 
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Julie Klein / VentureBeat:
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
The Rewards and Risks of Facebook Developer Access to User Phone …
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iTunes has paid over $2 billion to app developers and $12 billion to record labels
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