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4:45 PM ET, January 2, 2012

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Not the iPad 3 or New TV — But Apple Planning Media-Related Event in the Big(ger) Apple This Month  —  According to sources close to the situation, Apple is planning an important — but not large-scale — event to be held in New York at the end of this month that will focus on a media-related announcement.
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 …
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: TechCrunch, Business Insider and om.co
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
It is now illegal to access any foreign website in the Republic of Belarus  —  According to the US Library of Congress, The Republic of Belarus has just recently published a law making it illegal for Belarusian citizens and residents access and/or use foreign websites (particularly for commercial purposes).
Discussion: Engadget, loc.gov and Geekosystem
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
Acer, Lenovo to launch Wintel tablet PC in 3Q12  —  First-tier PC vendors Acer and Lenovo are set to launch table PCs based on Microsoft's Windows 8 and Intel's Clover Trail platform in the third quarter of 2012, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
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.
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Wikimedia Foundation Raises $20 Million From 1 Million+ Donors  —  Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and other sites, this morning announced that they've raised $20 million from more than a million donors, shattering a record once again.
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 and Social Media
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Just Ahead of the Iowa Caucuses, Google Launches its U.S. Election Site  —  Even though the presidential elections are still nine months away, the political circus in the U.S. is in full swing already (and has been for months), thanks to the impending start of the Republican primaries tomorrow.
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 …
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 …
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!
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.
 
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Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Coursekit Raises $5 M. from Joel Spolsky, David Tisch, IA Ventures
Discussion: AllThingsD and Bits
Thomas Rogers / Salon:
Are we on information overload?  —  The Internet has transformed knowledge.
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
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
For Consumers, Android Is More “Clopen” Than Open
Discussion: parislemon
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Hackers target emails of UK's Gordon Brown: report
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Internet Is People  —  There's always been a tension …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook lists supported and deprecated SDKs
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Shuts Down Due To Theft
Discussion: VatorNews and SlashGear
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Today's Cable Guy, Upgraded and Better-Dressed
Discussion: The Verge and Slashdot
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Uber CEO Responds to New Year's Eve Complaints, Plans More Surge Pricing
Discussion: GeekWire, Uber Blog, @travisk and TechCrunch, Thanks:laurengoode
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