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4:35 AM ET, January 3, 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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
This Month's Apple Event To Focus On Publishing And iBooks  —  Apple will be holding a product event later this month in New York, Kara Swisher is reporting, and we've confirmed independently with a source.  —  According to the source the event will not involve any hardware at all and instead …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Jaw-Dropping Sponsored Post Campaign For Chrome  —  Google, the company that has been fighting against paid links and “thin” content, seems to be behind a campaign that's generating both on behalf of its Chrome browser.  File this under “what were they thinking.”  —  “This Post Sponsored By Google”
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme's biggest stories of 2011, literally, as measured by height  —  One of 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 …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Twine project blows by funding goals thanks to Kickstarter  —  When Supermechanical turned to Kickstarter to crowd source funding of its Twine project, its cofounders were no doubt optimistic.  But it's hard to believe that even they would have expected that pledges amounting to nearly a half …
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Wall Street Journal:
PC Firms Bet on Ultrabooks  —  New Sleek, Thin Laptops Make Stylish Push Toward Mainstream Price Points  —  Intel Corp.'s crusade to redefine the personal computer is entering a crucial phase, as a new breed of sleek skinny portables jostle with tablet-style devices and smartphones for consumer attention.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
If Android is so hot, why has Java ME overtaken it?  —  Ranked by Internet market share — rather than unit sales — Google is now No. 3  —  Data: NetApplications.  Chart: PED  —  From the perspective of NetApplications, which has been measuring browser usage data since 2004 …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
SoundCloud raises $50 million round led by Kleiner Perkins  —  SoundCloud has raised a new fundraising round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  The amount was not released but TechCrunch understands it to be $50 million.  This would give the company a $200 million pre-money valuation.
Kristian Davis Bailey / The Stanford Daily:
University explains NYC withdrawal  —  Stanford University responded to questions about its Dec. 16 withdrawal of StanfordNYC, an ambitious $2.5 billion proposal to build a graduate school of applied sciences and engineering in New York City, in a press release published on Tues., Dec. 27.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Mac Pro Build-to-Order Ship Dates Slip as Future Remains Uncertain  —  Just before Christmas, shipping estimates for Apple's 12-core Mac Pro model increased to 1-3 weeks, and while that specific model does tend to occasionally see some extra lead time, the shipping delays were later noticed …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
New ClockworkMod app offers free tethering to Android phones, sans root  —  Famed Android developer Koushik Dutta has released a new Android tethering app that doesn't require root access.  It's called ClockworkMod Tether, and while this isn't the first root-free tethering app for Android …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
MSN Direct goes dark, SPOT watches to suffer no more  —  When the noble SPOT watch was discontinued back in 2008, Microsoft promised the FM service that kept them informed would soldier on.  A year later that service too had its days numbered, and now, today, the counter clicks over to zero.
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.
Matt Hamblen / Network World:
Mobile campaigns to be hot in 2012 presidential race  —  Social networks played an important role in the last U.S. presidential election, but the explosive growth in smartphone usage and the introduction of tablets since 2008 could make or break the candidates for president in 2012.
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
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Microsoft and Google: Comparing their top 10 official blog posts of 2011
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Founder And Former CEO Of Lands $1.5M For ‘Grokr’
Discussion: TechEye and Pulse2
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
For Consumers, Android Is More “Clopen” Than Open
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