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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Takes Fight Against SOPA Up A Notch, ‘Censors’ User Dashboards  —  Congress is in the process of kneecapping the web as we know it with a House bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act (a similar bill, called the Protect IP Act, is in the Senate).  In a misguided attempt to curb piracy on the web …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
At Web censorship hearing, Congress guns for “pro-pirate” Google  —  The House Judiciary Committee today held an important hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act with a hugely stacked deck of witnesses—Google's lawyer was the only one of the six to object to the bill in a meaningful way.
Rainey Reitman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Internet Community Shut Out of Stop Online Piracy Act Hearing - Again  —  Internet Community Shut Out of Stop Online Piracy Act Hearing - Again  —  This morning, EFF's staff and concerned netizens across the country tuned into the live webcast of the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261).
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Google Music launching with Universal, EMI, Sony Music, and many independent labels  —  As rumored, Google Music launched its music store today with a range of new content partnerships, letting users buy millions of songs from the Google Marketplace.  Sony Music Entertainment …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google Announces Google Music, Storage and Streaming Free for All up to 20K Songs, Only in U.S. so Far  —  Google has today introduced its Google Music product for Android at the “These Go to Eleven” event in Los Angeles.  Google Music is going live for all users in the U.S. and will be free.
Discussion: @google and Neowin.net
Matthew Izatt / Official Gmail Blog:
Gmail app for iOS available in the App Store (again)  —  Two weeks ago, we introduced our Gmail app for iOS.  Unfortunately it contained a bug which broke notifications and displayed an error message, so we removed it from the App Store.  We've fixed the bug and notifications are now working, and the app is back in the App Store.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung modified and relaunched Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, may steer clear of design right infringement  —  In its intellectual property spat with Apple, Samsung proves resilient, perseverant, and courageous.  If there ever was any doubt about those virtues (not on my part anyway) …
Kenneth Pennington / BriefMobile:
Amazon Releases Kindle Fire Source Code  —  Developers looking to “hack it up” with Amazon's latest, greatest, and only Android-powered tablet can now download the source code behind the Kindle Fire.  In order to comply with Android licensing agreements, Amazon's required to release this code for external developers.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Evernote Takes On Web Reading With Clearly  —  Evernote, an application that has gained momentum by providing an easy way for people to quickly capture things they want to remember, is determined to branch out past its humble note-taking origins.  —  First, the company bought Skitch …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Steve Jobs Secret Meeting to Explore an iPod Phone is Revealing  —  In our special report today we present you with a fascinating account of one of Steve Jobs' secret meeting that involved creating the iPhone and how the iPod Phone almost came to be.  It was much closer to reality than any us could have ever imagined at the time.
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Facebook tracking is under scrutiny  —  In recent weeks, Facebook has been wrangling with the Federal Trade Commission over whether the social media website is violating users' privacy by making public too much of their personal information.  —  Far more quietly, another debate is brewing …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Senate to hold hearing on Facebook tracking
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Nook Tablet limits internal storage for non-B&N purchased content to 1GB  —  Well, this is definitely a bummer.  Barnes & Noble has spent a fair amount of time talking up all of the Nook Tablet's internal advantages over the Kindle Fire, a list that includes 16GB of storage to the Fire's 8GB.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Report: 61 Percent Of Top Brands Have Created Google+ Pages, But No One Is Following  —  SEO firm BrightEdge is reporting that 61 percent of world's top 100 brands have already created Google+ pages.  As we reported last week, Google launched “Pages” for Google+ to allows brands, products …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google+ Badge Tool Now Makes Facepile-Style Badges, +1 Counts To Be Consolidated
Discussion: CNET News
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Qualcomm announces a slew of new Snapdragon processors, upgrades, mobile games  —  It's shaping up to be a busy morning for Qualcomm.  The San Diego-based mobile chipmaker issued a bunch of announcements today, including a number of additions to its S4 line of next-generation processors.
xda-developers:
The Rootkit Of All Evil - CIQ  —  And the spy and invasion of privacy saga continues, but this time XDA Recognized Developer TrevE seems to have hit the very core of most of what is happening with devices.  You may recall from a few articles back that we started talking about something called CIQ or Carrier iQ.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Boxee Box Live TV dongle shipping for $49 in January 2012, pre-orders open today  —  No point in hiding in plain view, eh?  Boxee has just affirmed that the leaked Live TV dongle is legit, and it'll be splashing down on North American shores in January.  The Boxee Box Live TV dongle …
Robert Scoble / Google+:
Why I'm treating startups more critically lately  —  I've noticed that lately I'm treating startups much more critically.  Today I chewed into an entrepreneur who was pitching me a new thing that was sort of like Oink, or maybe it was Foursquare, or maybe it was Foodspotting.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Few AT&T iPhone Users Fleeing to Verizon, Sprint  —  Though you might assume otherwise, the iPhone's debut on rival networks Verizon and Sprint hasn't really fazed AT&T. In fact, the carrier doesn't seem to miss the iPhone exclusivity it once had at all.  Nor does it have reason to …
Surur / WMPoweruser:
Nokia hints at higher-end Lumia handset, confirms Windows 8 tablets by June 2012  —  The head of Nokia France it seems has loose lips.  —  Talking to French LesEchos newspaper he spoke of Nokia's plan to boost their market share of the French market from their current 16% back to 22% (close to the 25% they had 2 years ago).
Brad Molen / Engadget:
HTC Zeta rendered, rumored to pack 2.5GHz quad-core CPU and Ice Cream Sandwich  —  Ready for today's grain of salt?  We just got handed imagery and specs of a possible HTC device in the works codenamed the Zeta.  It's a quad-core handset, much like the Edge that was leaked last week …
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Zappos founder launches RNKD to connect brands and the people who love them (video)  —  Zappos founder Nick Swinmurn wants to see a picture of everything in your closet.  —  In return, he'll give you badges and even discounts on clothing brands that you love.  —  He's not a creep (as far as I know).
Steven M. Davidoff / DealBook:
The Wisest Entrepreneurs Know How to Preserve Equity  —  So you want to be an Internet billionaire.  It's not just about having a great idea and building a world-class business at light speed.  —  A review of recent initial public offering filings for Internet start-ups shows that the founders …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Chill brings live chat to Hulu's catchup TV  —  Chill.com launched a major update to its site Tuesday that included new content from Hulu, bringing the latest episodes of popular shows like House, Castle and Dancing with the Stars to the social video chat site.
Discussion: Mashable! and socalTECH.com
Michael A. Prospero / LAPTOP Magazine:
Serious MacBook Envy: HP Launches Redesigned Envy 15 and 17  —  There's no denying that the redesigned Envy 15 and 17 look a lot like the MacBook Pro.  And we're not complaining.  For the first time in three years, HP has done a major overhaul of its premium notebook line.
 
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