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2:20 PM ET, January 2, 2012

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Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme's biggest stories of 2011, literally, as measured by height  —  One the best things about Techmeme is how “huge” or “big” stories can literally be that: conveyed through a stack of headlines several times taller than your screen size.  (Unless you hate this, in which case it's …
Discussion: Business Insider and om.co
Dylan Welch / Sydney Morning Herald:
New to Twitter: the tweet Murdoch took down ... fast  —  “Either @rupertmurdoch is genuinely now on Twitter, or some disgruntled ex-NOTW journo just won the hacking Olympics.”  —  Less than two days after joining Twitter, media mogul Rupert Murdoch appears to have had his first brush …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
H.P.'s TouchPad Tablet Was Bound to Be a Flop, Some Say  —  The TouchPad tablet from Hewlett-Packard was one of the most closely watched new gadgets of 2011 — and quickly turned out to be the year's biggest flop.  The TouchPad, which was supposed to be a rival to Apple's iPad …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Unboxed: How Samuel Palmisano of I.B.M. Stayed a Step Ahead - Unboxed  —  BECAUSE it has become so consistently successful, I.B.M. is almost boring.  This is a company so predictable that its financial forecast is packaged as a “five-year road map,” as if it were some sort of state planning exercise.
David Carr / New York Times:
The Danger of an Attack on Piracy Online  —  By invoking the acronym SOPA right at the get-go, I may be daring many of you to check the next column over for something a little less chewy.  After all, SOPA, which stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, sounds like a piece of arcane Internet …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Social Media and Slashdot
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Asus faces customer backlash over Transformer Prime's locked bootloader  —  Taiwanese electronics giant Asus has been the subject of intense criticism over the release of its new Transformer Prime tablet after it emerged that the company had locked the bootloader on its device …
Thomas Rogers / Salon:
Are we on information overload?  —  The Internet has transformed knowledge.  An expert explains why it's launched the greatest period in human history  —  The last two decades have completely transformed the way we know.  Thanks to the rise of the Internet, information is far more accessible than ever before.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Uber CEO Responds to New Year's Eve Complaints, Plans More Surge Pricing  —  Uber, the San Francisco-based start-up behind a smartphone app that allows users to request car service, had some users uber-angry today over the fares they paid for rides on New Year's Eve.
Discussion: Uber Blog and @travisk, Thanks:laurengoode
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Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
Uber's New Year's Eve Surcharges Demonstrate The Harsh Reality Of Dynamic Pricing
Discussion: Uber Blog and Starting Up, Thanks:alexia
Dom Anthony Narducci / Quora:
What happened with Uber on New Year's Eve?
Discussion: GeekWire
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to enable Linux on its Windows Azure cloud in 2012  —  Summary: Microsoft is preparing to launch a new persistent virtual machine feature on its Azure cloud platform, enabling customers to host Linux, SharePoint and SQL Server there.  —  This headline is not an error.
Discussion: Open Source Blog and OStatic blogs
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
For Consumers, Android Is More “Clopen” Than Open  —  Imagine if when Windows 7 came out, it was only offered on only one particular Dell computer.  It was also uncertain when or if other computers, including those made by Dell, would ever be able to upgrade to it.  Welcome to the “clopen” world of Android.
Michelle Meyers / CNET:
PostSecret shuts down iPhone app due to abusive posts  —  The PostSecret app has been shut down, but the blog is still alive and well.  —  PostSecret, the popular blog and new-media project that's long given people a place to share their deepest, darkest thoughts, today announced it has shut …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Website Blocking Law Implemented By New Spanish Government  —  In the last decade Spain has truly emerged as one of file-sharing's safe-havens.  Countless court decisions have affirmed that P2P indexing sites operate legally, with most cases against site operators going in favor of the defendants.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Techie Buzz
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Shuts Down Due To Theft  —  San Francisco-based HiGear, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service focused on luxury vehicles, is shutting down due to theft incidents involving its members' cars.  According to CEO Ali Moiz, the company will send out an email tomorrow to its members with a full explanation.
Discussion: VatorNews and SlashGear
DannyD / SamMobile:
EXCLUSIVE: Product picture Galaxy Note AT&T.  (NFC)  —  On December the 30th we received a nice email.  —  As expected, the Galaxy Note will be hitting the stores in America Q1 or Q2.  —  However, there were no official pictures of this Galaxy Note.  —  Until now!
 
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
It is now illegal to access any foreign website in the Republic of Belarus
Discussion: loc.gov
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Wikimedia Foundation Raises $20 Million From 1 Million+ Donors
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Grants LightSquared 30-Day Reprieve on FCC Clearance
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft and Google: Comparing their top 10 official blog posts of 2011
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Founder And Former CEO Of McAfee.com Lands $1.5M For ‘Grokr’
Discussion: TechEye and Pulse2
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Hackers target emails of UK's Gordon Brown: report
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Internet Is People  —  There's always been a tension …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook lists supported and deprecated SDKs
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Today's Cable Guy, Upgraded and Better-Dressed
Discussion: The Verge and Slashdot
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Printer malware: print a malicious document, expose your whole LAN
Genevieve Bell / BBC:
Viewpoint: AI will change our relationship with tech
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Facebook hands out White Hat debit cards to hackers
Discussion: TG Daily, SlashGear and Newlaunches.com