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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 …
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 …
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Adam Thierer / Technology Liberation Front:
Vint Cerf on Why Internet Access Is Not a Human Right (+ A Few More Reasons)
Discussion: Cato Institute
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 …
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Amy Willis / 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
Ryan Mack / Facebook:
Building Timeline: Scaling up to hold your life story  —  Timeline isn't just a bold new look for Facebook­—it's also the product of a remarkably ambitious engineering effort.  While our earlier profile pages surfaced a few days or weeks of activity, from the onset we knew that with Timeline …
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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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 …
Chris Pendleton / Bing:
Bing Maps New Routing Engine  —  Did you happen to notice the new routing engine we implemented on Bing Maps?  No?  I suppose that's a good thing since your service was never interrupted.  However, I can tell you that we're enjoying the reduced latency, high performance …
Discussion: SiliconFilter and WebProNews
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Apple power adapters could remember your passwords  —  Apple has worked out a way in which the power cords for computers or smartphones can help people recover their forgotten login passwords - or the answers to secret questions (like “what was the name of your first pet?") that are often used to recover them.
Discussion: MacDailyNews and The Firewall, Thanks:paulmarks12
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.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Kanye West Now Hiring “App Guys” and “Tech Guys” for New Company: DONDA  —  After a long sabattical from his Twitter account, Kanye West returned to the internet last night with a flurry of thoughts in 140 characters or less.  The big news, he is forming a new company, DONDA.
Discussion: Us Weekly, Business Insider and Digits
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Apple Profit Margins Rise at Foxconn's Expense: Chart of the Day  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s margins have widened at the expense of its main supplier as Foxconn Technology Group cuts prices to retain orders for iPhones and iPads.  —  The CHART OF THE DAY compares the operating margins of Apple …
Discussion: MacRumors
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Amazon is doing its real job: Squeezing retail chains  —  One of the dramas in tech right now is the story around Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet and its potential to mess up Apple's iPad business.  I don't think the Kindle Fire (an okay-but-not-great media tablet) is a real, long-term threat to the iPad …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
New Chrome Will Pre-Load Web Pages Before You Hit Enter  —  Google Chrome released a new beta version today that takes the insurgent browser's instant and predictive features even further.  The Instant Pages feature that pre-loads Web pages in the background as you search has been expanded to the omnibox …
Discussion: 9to5Google and Google Chrome Blog
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 …
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 …
Discussion: GeekWire, WebProNews and Electronista
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Ray Ozzie Gathering Ex-Microsoft Colleagues for New Start-Up, Cocomo  —  Everyone knew that Ray Ozzie would eventually resurface after leaving Microsoft.  —  The Lotus Notes creator and Groove founder has lain extremely low since departing the software giant at the end of 2010.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MacRumors
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.
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:
BitTorrent takes on Dropbox with personal file sharing  —  BitTorrent Inc. launched a personal file sharing application called Share Thursday that aims to give users an alternative to paid cloud storage companies and media sharing over social networks.  Share makes it possible to transfer files without …
Discussion: The Verge, Thanks:alliewag
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: Wired.co.uk and Gizmodo
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) …
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
White Samsung Galaxy Nexus and 32GB model coming 6 February  —  A white 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is due to hit stores from the week beginning 6 February.  Additionally, a 32GB version of the titanium silver handset will also be on sale from that date.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
LG, Sony, Vizio announcing Google TV devices at CES, Samsung later in the year  —  Google just announced that LG, Sony, and Vizio will be showing off Google TV devices at CES 2012, with additional devices from Samsung coming later in the year.  Google's also partnering with MediaTek and Marvell …
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.
Discussion: Betabeat, Thanks:jbruin
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.
 
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Quincy Liang / CENS.com:
MIC: 614 M. Smartphones to be Shipped in 2012
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Huawei dismisses U.S. calls for probe of Iran business
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Skype's GroupMe drops mobile voice chat, saying group text enough
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Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
Apple Now Taking Legal Action Against App Store Piracy
Discussion: Computerworld
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Taiwan's Elan says Apple to pay $5 million in patent settlement
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
RIM: Jefferies Says Moving Toward Licensing BB Software
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