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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
ReadWriteWeb Acquired by SAY Media  —  I'm thrilled to announce that ReadWriteWeb has been acquired by SAY Media, a digital publishing company headquartered in San Francisco.  ReadWriteWeb will anchor SAY Media's growing Technology channel, which reaches more than 75 million global consumers each month.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Price For ReadWriteWeb Was Around $5 Million
Ben Parr / Ben Parr's Entrepreneurial Musings:   Seismic Shifts Have Radically Altered the Tech News and Blogging World
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Google's response to Siri is codenamed Majel, could be released by end of year  —  I wrote about Google's response to Apple's Siri voice assistant several months ago and over the last couple weeks I received further details about the secret project.  For starters it is codenamed Majel …
DigiTimes:
Apple may launch new MacBook Pro with 2880 by 1800 display resolution, say sources  —  Apple is likely to launch its new MacBook Pro lineup with a display resolution of 2880 by 1800 in the second quarter of 2012, setting a new round of competition for panel specifications in the notebook industry …
Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+ Hangouts: going beyond the status update  —  All too often, physical distance and frantic schedules get in the way of spending time together, especially during the holidays.  But you know what?  They don't have to.  —  With Google+ Hangouts, you can go beyond “status updates,” …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google+ Hangouts gets On Air broadcast and record, dial-in voice and ‘live’ notifications  —  Google has today anounced the ability to begin a Hangout video chat from any conversation on Google+.  In addition, it has announced that users can have members dial-in to a hangout even without a webcam.
Discussion: Robert Scoble
Rob Siltanen / Forbes:
The Real Story Behind Apple's ‘Think Different’ Campaign  —  This post was written by Rob Siltanen, chairman and chief creative officer at Siltanen & Partners.  —  Apple's remarkable rise, coupled with Steve Jobs' recent death, has prompted quite a few people to reflect on the historical impact of the …
Discussion: MacRumors and Macgasm
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Silicon Valley execs blast SOPA in open letter  —  Many of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs and executives are warning of the dangers of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act in a new open letter to Washington, D.C.  —  It's signed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin …
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
The fall of Microsoft's Andy Lees: inside the Windows Phone power shift  —  Over the past couple days we've gotten some additional details surrounding the circumstances that led to Andy Lees' removal from his role at the top of the Windows Phone org chart inside Microsoft.
Shayndi Raice / Digits:
Tagged Acquires Facebook Competitor Hi5  —  Hi5, once one of the top three global social networks, was acquired by San Francisco-based Tagged on Wednesday, as some of the remnants of the social network space clear out in the wake of Facebook's overwhelming dominance.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google, Apple And Rackspace Rated Best Places To Work in 2012  —  Glassdoor, a jobs and career community where employees can anonymously rate companies and CEOs, has just released its fourth annual Employees' Choice Awards, listing the top 50 “Best Places to Work,” based on surveys collected from U.S. employees in 2011.
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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Feds probing Carrier IQ  —  Federal investigators are probing allegations that Carrier IQ software found on about 150 million cellphones tracked user activity and sent the information to the cellphone companies without informing consumers, according to government officials.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Google rolls out updated Gmail iOS app with custom signatures, vacation responders, Scribbles, more  —  Google has just started rolling out an update to the Gmail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with a few new welcomed features.  First off, users now have the ability to set a custom signature …
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Apple made Galaxy Tab a ‘household name’: Samsung  —  Asher Moses  —  Samsung Australia's mobile chief says that far from killing its Galaxy Tab 10.1, Apple's court case was almost a blessing in disguise that made the product a “household name”.  —  Samsung's tablet will arrive in stores …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Flipboard's Phone Flips Beating iPad 2:1  —  Flipboard's iPhone application has clocked up a million downloads in the week since it went live, the company tells paidContent.  —  Interestingly, while Flipboard's iPad app was previously seeing around 650 million “page” flips per month …
Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Google Places Check-in Offers Now Live  —  The ability to provide a Google check-in offer is now live.  The feature has been added to the Offer coupon creation option in the Google Places dashboard and a detailed help file has been added to Places for Business Help area.  Google describes the process as follows:
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
TeleNav launches browser-based turn-by-turn GPS navigation using HTML 5  —  TeleNav's been bringing the turn-by-turn goods to both Android and iOS for quite a while now, and has added plenty of nifty features to its GPS platform along the way — from personalized routes to offline access.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HP's proposed brand redesign project detailed in pictures and video  —  Since 2008, HP has been on a mission to rediscover its identity and express it better through a redesign of its logo and visual assets.  The company hired Moving Brands, a specialist in this area, to come up with one vision …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Apple has big lead over Intel in mobile chips, analyst says  —  Steve Jobs introducing the A5.  —  A chip analyst has written a sobering assessment of Intel's chip prowess vis-a-vis Apple in the mobile device race, an odd underdog position for the largest chipmaker.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 710 is official, $49.99 on January 11th  —  Ahead of an event taking place later today in New York City, Nokia's press site has released a full data sheet and images for T-Mobile's upcoming Lumia 710.  The device is largely stock — seeing how it's Windows Phone …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LA-Based Startup Accelerator Amplify Launches $4.5M Fund With Backing From Mark Burnett, Brian Grazer, Eric Schmidt  —  Another startup accelerator is debuting in LA today—Amplify.  With the backing of some well-known Hollywood and Silicon Valley names, the Venice Beach-based incubator is launching a $4.5 million incubator and fund.
Bloomberg:
China-Based Hacking of 760 Companies Reflects an Undeclared Cyber Cold War  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) and Intel Corp. (INTC) were logical targets for China-based hackers, given the solid-gold intellectual property data stored in their computers.  An attack by cyber spies on iBahn …
Discussion: ZDNet and Times of India
Nielsen Wire:
Video Streaming on Game Consoles on the Rise  —  Streaming video on game consoles is up over last year, according to Nielsen.  An October survey reveals that streaming and video-on-demand represent a larger weekly share of usage on Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii compared to last year.
Dare Obasanjo / The Windows Blog:
Anyone can build a Messenger client—with open standards access via XMPP  —  We've previously talked about the principles that guide us as we strive to continue delivering the most convenient ways to chat with the people who matter the most to you.  Today we're taking another step …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
RUMOR: Google's Top Salesman Is A Leading Candidate To Be Yahoo CEO  —  A source close to Yahoo says the “buzz is deafening” that Google's chief business officer, Nikesh Arora, is on “the very short list” of candidates to become CEO of Yahoo.  —  A second source, friendly with Yahoo board members …
Discussion: VentureBeat and NBC Bay Area
Bloomberg:
Hollywood Said to Court Amazon for Online Sales  —  Hollywood studios, working to spur purchases of films and TV shows, are in talks to bring Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) back into their online system called UltraViolet, people with knowledge of the situation said.
Discussion: Deadline.com
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Caltech sets 186Gbps internet speed record  —  A delicious combination of high-energy physicists, engineers, and computer scientists from Caltech and the University of Victoria have broken the world record for sustained, computer-to-computer transfer over a network.
 
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Claire Davenport / Globe and Mail:
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