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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
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 …
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.
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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Yahoo! Inc.:
Yahoo! Appoints Scott Thompson Chief Executive Officer
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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?
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 …
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: @pkedrosky and Business Insider
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Barnes & Noble Aims to Sell Publishing Unit  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. has put its Sterling Publishing business up for sale, say people familiar with the situation, signaling a likely end to its decades-long involvement in the publishing of its own books.  —  The book retailer has been in publishing since …
Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
Android platform distribution statistics updated: .6-percent or around a million devices on ICS  —  The latest Android platform versions distributions chart was announced yesterday after the Android Developers' website collected data for two weeks, and the share results reaped a few surprising figures.
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Rick Santorum's Iowa Performance Helps His ‘Google Problem’  —  Rick Santorum's performance in Iowa is good for his campaign, and for his Google problem.  —  Rick Santorum is the GOP presidential candidate known for his “Google problem.”  A Google search of his name returns scatological results thanks …
Evan Narcisse / Kotaku:
Patents Show that the Next Xbox Might Be a DVR, Too  —  Xbox 3, Xbox 720, NextBox... whatever you call it, lots of rumors are being floated about Microsoft's next home console.  Some say it'll output Avatar-level visuals while others say it'll lean heavily on cloud architecture.
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.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Issues Refunds for “Premature” Purchases of GameStore App  —  Earlier this week, an app called GameStore was accidentally made available for purchase on the App Store.  The app, which appeared to be a test or development app of some sort, offered several racing-themed in-app purchases but without any actual functionality.
 
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Pandora Willing To Become A Spotify App: Cofounder Tim Westergren
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's iMac accounts for 33% of all-in-one PC sales
Discussion: The Verge, Macgasm, Bloomberg and iClarified
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone Sales More Than Double to 4.2 Million in Holiday Quarter
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Facebook adds recommendation feature to mobile touch site
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Cuba criticizes Twitter for Fidel death rumor
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