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5:50 AM ET, January 5, 2012

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Elad Blog:
How Pinterest Will Transform the Web in 2012: Social Content Curation As The Next Big Thing  —  The most interesting wave hitting the social web in 2012 is social curation.  This was kicked off in 2011 as Pinterest's growth was noticed by Silicon Valley and a number of companies quickly followed suit …
Discussion: Business Insider, Betabeat and metarand
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
You are what you curate: Why Pinterest is hawt  —  Evolution of social media by Elad Gill (graphic courtesy of Elad Gill)  —  Updated: The new hot social thing on the web these days is a Palo Alto, Calif.-based company started Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp .
Discussion: @manan
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Crazy Rumor: Google Is Working On A 7-Inch Tablet Priced To Beat The Kindle Fire  —  A few weeks ago, Google chairman Eric Schmidt let it slip that the company had plans to market “a tablet of the highest quality” within the next six months.  —  That led to a lot of speculation, but Google refused to clarify Schmidt's statements.
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
The “Highest Quality” Google Tablet  —  I have no doubt that Google is working on some kind of “Nexus” tablet — they have to be.  To say Android's entrance into the tablet space has been a flop is a vast understatement.  Google needs to get on top of this situation.
Wall Street Journal:
Kodak Preparing for Chapter 11 Filing  —  Eastman Kodak Co. is preparing for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy-protection filing in the coming weeks should efforts to sell a trove of digital patents fall through, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The struggling photography icon …
Paul Thurrott / WindowsITPro:
Exclusive: Microsoft and Nokia's Plans for Marketing Windows Phone in 2012  —  With predictably parroting that information—I thought it might be worthwhile to set the record straight.  Microsoft and Nokia will not spend “in the neighborhood of $100 million” to market Windows Phone this year.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
File-Sharing Recognized as Official Religion in Sweden  —  All around the world file-sharers are being chased by anti-piracy outfits and the authorities, and the situation in Sweden is no different.  While copyright holders are often quick to label file-sharers as pirates …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
US Threatened To Blacklist Spain For Not Implementing Site Blocking Law  —  United States government interference in Spain's intellectual property laws had long been suspected, but it was revelations from Wikileaks that finally confirmed the depth of its involvement.
Discussion: Techdirt
Vinton G. Cerf / New York Times:
Internet Access Is Not a Human Right  —  FROM the streets of Tunis to Tahrir Square and beyond, protests around the world last year were built on the Internet and the many devices that interact with it.  Though the demonstrations thrived because thousands of people turned out to participate …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
CEO John Donahoe Talks About on What's Next for eBay's PayPal, After Scott Thompson's Surprise Exit to Yahoo  —  In an interview this afternoon, eBay CEO John Donahoe confirms that it was indeed a “shock” — as he wrote to staff in a memo — after returning from a long New Year's weekend …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Brand new CEO, same old messed up Yahoo
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Are You The World's Best Programmer?  Compete In Facebook's 2012 Hacker Cup  —  Facebook has announced its 2012 Hacker Cup, a global computer programming competition.  The event will serve as an important recruiting tool to attract great coders to the company, which is constantly battling …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
HP Envy 15 (late 2011) review  —  How many corners do you have to cut for a $1,100 MacBook Pro competitor?  Six years after the introduction of the MacBook Pro, it appears the PC industry has finally realized that Apple was onto something.  With laptops like the Dell XPS 15z and Samsung Series 7 Chronos …
Steve Blank:
Why The Movie Industry Can't Innovate and the Result is SOPA  —  This year the movie industry made $30 billion (1/3 in the U.S.) from box-office revenue.  —  But the total movie industry revenue was $87 billion.  Where did the other $57 billion come from?
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Former Lotus and Microsoft exec Ray Ozzie hiring for new start-up, Cocomo  —  Ray Ozzie e-mailed earlier today to let me know that he has a post-Microsoft start-up, and he's hiring.  But aside from mentioning that the company is called Cocomo and doesn't yet have an office of its own, he didn't want to divulge much more.
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Some Venture Funds Hit ‘Pause’ on Big Deals  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Over the past year, Marc Andreessen invested in a series of high-profile Web companies, including Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Groupon Inc. Now the Silicon Valley venture capitalist is hitting the pause button on such big-name deals.
Discussion: Business Insider and @pkedrosky
Adam Satariano / @satariano:
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Is Said to Hire Adobe Executive Todd Teresi to Run IAd
Discussion: AdExchanger.com and Fortune
Steven Bertoni / Forbes:
Spotify's Daniel Ek: The Most Important Man In Music  —  Spotify's Daniel Ek created a free, Facebook-enabled platform that could save the recording industry from piracy-and iTunes.  —  It's a typically damp, dark November afternoon in Stockholm, and Daniel Ek is ill. Over the past month …
Discussion: Macgasm, T3 News and Evolver.fm
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Taiwan's Elan says Apple to pay $5 million in patent settlement  —  (Reuters) - Elan Microelectronics Corp, a Taiwanese touch design company, said on Thursday that Apple Inc will pay $5 million as part of a settlement in a patent infringement case.  —  The statement said the two companies …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Confirmed: Deloitte buys Ubermind, looking to play a bigger role in mobile apps  —  Financial services and consulting giant Deloitte this morning announced its acquisition of Ubermind, the Seattle-based mobile app company, aiming to make itself a bigger player in the booming mobile economy.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Deloitte: 9% have cut cable, another 11% are considering it  —  Deloitte just released its sixth annual State of the Media Democracy survey, which (among other things) asks U.S. respondents how they get access to their content in a world full of new and exciting devices.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The Case of the Unfortunate Underscore: How Twitter Verified the Fake Wendi Over the Real Wendi  —  I went all Encyclopedia Brown yesterday after I and many others had been led astray by an account — @wendi_deng — that Twitter had verified with its famous blue check mark over the holiday weekend …
Rusty Blazenhoff / Laughing Squid:
PayPal Makes Buyer Destroy a Valuable Antique Violin To Get a Refund  —  Erica, a Regretsy reader, recently sold an old French violin to a Canadian buyer who then disputed the violin's label.  In order for the buyer to get his money back, PayPal required him to completely destroy it and send …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Washington Post's Don Graham Form Media Friendship  —  Thirty-Nine Years Apart, Washington Post's Don Graham, Zuckerberg Become Unlikely Media Duo  —  Donald Graham spends long stretches on Facebook, sharing with 4,888 friends his interest in tattoo removal …
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
You don't get to decide if you're a platform  —  Seeing lots of startups pitch themselves as a platform play right out of the gate.  The reality is, you don't get to tell people you're a platform, they tell you.  The platforms we think about today (e.g. Twitter, FB, Android/iOS) …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
RIM: Jefferies Says Moving Toward Licensing BB Software  —  Following a report yesterday by Canada's The Financial Post stating that Research In Motion (RIMM) might strip its two CEOs of their chairman role, Jefferies & Co.'s Peter Misek this morning writes that his own “checks” confirm …
Discussion: Softpedia News and MobileSyrup.com
 
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