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2:00 PM ET, January 5, 2012

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Barnes & Noble eyes Nook spin-off amid sales shortfall  —  Summary: Barnes & Noble may have no choice but to spin off its Nook unit amid a sales miss.  —  Barnes & Noble said it is exploring a spin-off of its Nook e-reader unit so it can continue to scale the business.
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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 …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's television could offer superior picture quality with advanced backlighting  —  Apple has explored building displays with dynamic backlight adaptation for better picture quality, particularly when watching letterboxed widescreen movies on a high-definition screen.
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
The 50-inch Apple TV set rumor re-emerges
Telegraph:
Apple ‘threatens legal action’ over Steve Jobs action doll  —  The makers of an action figure with an uncanny resemblance to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs are reportedly being ‘threatened with legal action’ by the computing giant.  —  The action figure of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
RIM now working on only one BlackBerry 10 smartphone; Colt, Milan canceled  —  We already reported that the BlackBerry Colt — the handset that was originally intended to be the Research In Motion's first BlackBerry 10 smartphone — had been cancelled.  Now, we have heard from multiple sources …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Italian court denies Samsung motion for preliminary injunction against iPhone 4S  —  ANSA, the leading Italian news agency, just reported that Judge Marina Tavassi of the Tribunale di Milano — the Milan-based Italian first-instance court for patent cases — has rejected a Samsung request …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures, Mark Cuban And Others Invest $1M In Social CRM Startup Nimble  —  Customer relationship management startup Nimble has raised $1 million in funding from notable investors Mark Cuban, Jason Calacanis, Don Dodge, Dharmesh Shah and more!  —  Nimble CEO Jon Ferrara views Nimble …
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Patents Reveal Thunderbolt is headed for iOS Devices  —  Three new patent applications from Apple were published this morning by the USPTO that detail various aspects of Apple's revolutionary I/O technology called Thunderbolt.  Apple filed many Thunderbolt trademarks in 2011 which opened …
Discussion: BGR, Business Insider, Macgasm and 9to5Mac
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
For blazing fast wireless internet, Broadcom announces its first 5G WiFi chips  —  Broadcom is announcing today its first WiFi chips that will allow wireless to surf the web at a speed of 1.3 gigabits per second.  That is several times faster than existing network speeds …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T expands LTE coverage to eleven new markets, including NYC, San Francisco and Los Angeles  —  In one announcement, AT&T has nearly doubled its LTE coverage by officially flipping the switch on eleven new markets.  The list includes New York City metro, San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Logitech Cube is a tiny touch-sensitive presentation mouse, available in January for $69.99  —  Have you ever thought your portable mouse was a little too large, or perhaps shaped a little too much like the inside of your hand?  We can't say we have, but Logitech's got a new peripheral …
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
Apple unlikely to enter auction for Premier League TV rights  —  • BSkyB and ESPN will be back in the bidding  —  • Google and al-Jazeera may also enter market  —  The Premier League is preparing to go to market with its lucrative television contract in the second quarter of this year …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook Says Most Photos Flagged by Users Aren't Actually Offensive — Just Unattractive  —  Last year Facebook determined that the majority of photos its users reported as offensive were not actually offensive.  Much of the time, they were just unflattering angles or situations.
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 …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia prospects brighten as chairman search narrows  —  (Reuters) - Struggling phone maker Nokia Oyj basked in brightening prospects for its much-hyped Windows phone on Thursday as it prepared to strengthen the hand of new boss Stephen Elop by replacing its old-guard chairman.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Lithium Raises $53.4M Fourth Round To Push For Lead in Social Brand Software  —  Big consumer brands generate all sorts of consumer interest and expertise, but they've generally struggled to capitalize on these relationships to improve themselves.  Lithium has been building itself …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Marvell's ARM chips will power Google TV's future  —  It's official: Marvell's ARM-based processors will power the next generation of Google TV devices, which are going to be unveiled at CES next week.  The chip maker announced Thursday morning that its ARMADA 1500 system-on-a-chip (SoC) …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
ICANN to expand top level domains despite critics  —  (Reuters) - ICANN, an independent body responsible for organizing the Internet, plans to press ahead with plans to expand the number of possible website addresses despite criticism from industry and concerns from some law enforcement groups.
Discussion: Ars Technica and WebProNews
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.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Do-it-yourself legal site Rocket Lawyer raises $10.8M  —  Just five months after raising $18.5 million, online legal services provider Rocket Lawyer has added $10.8 million in funding to its bank account, according to an SEC filing VentureBeat uncovered today.
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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.
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.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Amazon Ends Lawsuit Over Kindle Fire  —  In a surprise development, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has quietly resolved a lawsuit that alleges its Kindle Fire violates four patents related to touchscreen technology.  —  In court papers filed in Texas this week, Amazon and Smartphone Technologies …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
HBO Ends DVD Discounts for Netflix  —  Netflix said a month ago that it sees HBO as its chief rival.  And it appears that HBO agrees, as the company confirmed on Thursday that it had decided to stop selling DVDs to Netflix at a discount.  —  Netflix typically buys the film and TV show DVDs …
Discussion: CNET
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 …
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran clamps down on internet use  —  Restrictions on cybercafes and plans to launch national internet prompt fears users could be cut off from world wide web  —  Iran is clamping down heavily on web users before parliamentary elections in March with draconian rules on cybercafes and preparations to launch a national internet.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
Apple Now Taking Legal Action Against App Store Piracy  —  Apple has begun an attack on App Store piracy.  The popular resource for cracked iOS apps known as Apptrackr recently said that Apple has begun sending large amounts of takedown notices, thereby forcing Apptrackr to relocate …
Discussion: Computerworld and Business Insider
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype's GroupMe drops mobile voice chat, saying group text enough  —  Skype bought two mobile app companies last year: GroupMe for its group SMS service and Qik for its live mobile video streaming and sharing.  GroupMe stripped out its voice conferencing as of 1 January 2012, they say for lack of use.
Discussion: The Verge
 
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Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Kanye West Now Hiring “App Guys” and “Tech Guys” for New Company: DONDA
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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Apple Profit Margins Rise at Foxconn's Expense: Chart of the Day
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Translate for Android Gets Handwriting Recognition
Wayne Rash / eWeek:
LightSquared GPS Interference Issue Faces Congressional Oversight
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Roy Bahat / Also:
Could coding be the next mass profession?
Discussion: Slate and Business Insider
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Raspberry Pi computers fetch high prices at charity auction
Discussion: EE Times and Gizmodo
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Sweet irony: Righthaven sued by company it used to sue others
Discussion: TeleRead
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
RIM: Jefferies Says Moving Toward Licensing BB Software
Discussion: Softpedia News
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
You don't get to decide if you're a platform
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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Washington Post's Don Graham Form Media Friendship
 

 
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