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10:10 AM ET, January 2, 2012


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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 …
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
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 …
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.
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
Uber's New Year's Eve Surcharges Demonstrate The Harsh Reality Of Dynamic Pricing
Discussion: Quora, Thanks:alexia
Brenden Mulligan / Starting Up:
Redesigning the Uber Surge Pricing Screen
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Text Messaging Is in Decline in Some Countries  —  Perhaps to the chagrin of cellphone carriers, all signs point to text messaging's continuing its decline in several parts of the world.  —  In Finland, there was a significant drop on Christmas Eve, one of the busiest days of the year for texting …
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.
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 …
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
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Sony cuts Tablet S price by $100, now starts at $400 for 16GB  —  New year, new pricing strategy?  We just got word that Sony's cut the price of its 9.4-inch Tablet S by $100, so that it now starts at $400 for the 16GB model, and $500 for the 32GB flavor.  The move follows a temporary $50 price cut …
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Facebook hands out White Hat debit cards to hackers  —  This is the Visa debit card Facebook is giving to some security researchers for reporting bugs.  —  A few companies pay money to bug hunters.  But Facebook is giving out something more unique than just a check.
Discussion: SlashGear and
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.
Discussion: SlashGear, Bits and Slashdot
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 …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft and Google: Comparing their top 10 official blog posts of 2011
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Founder And Former CEO Of Lands $1.5M For ‘Grokr’
Discussion: TechEye and Pulse2
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Hackers target emails of UK's Gordon Brown: report
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Internet Is People  —  There's always been a tension …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook lists supported and deprecated SDKs
 Earlier Items: 
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
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
First Siri, Now Threat Detection: Inside SRI's Amazing R&D
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV iOS applications now running natively at fullscreen 720p resolution in developer port