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5:30 AM ET, January 6, 2012

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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 …
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Schnepf / PhoneArena:   Thunderbolt HOOOOO! Patent insinuates tech may be headed to iPad and iPhone
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Puzzles Over $4 Billion Tax Break  —  Yahoo Inc.'s new chief executive is likely to face a key decision almost immediately: whether to support a complex tax deal that could save the Internet company up to $4 billion in taxes.  —  The deal, which tax experts dub a “cash-rich split-off …
Discussion: Gawker and Bloomberg
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E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Data Darlings: Why New Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson Has A Fighting Chance
Discussion: AdAge and Business Insider
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:   New Yahoo Chief Rallies Troops With Talk of Innovation
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Warner Brothers Will Make Netflix, Redbox, Blockbuster Wait Longer for New Movies  —  Want to watch a new movie just out on DVD from Warner Brothers?  You're going to have to buy it, or wait even longer to get it from Netflix or other disc renters.  —  A new deal between Time Warner's movie studio …
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Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
Apple's Voice Recognition Siri Doubles IPhone Data Volumes  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s voice recognition software Siri has prompted users of the iPhone 4S to use almost twice as much data compared with the handset's predecessor, placing greater pressure on operators, network firm Arieso said.
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Top 1% of Mobile Users Consume Half of World's Bandwidth, and Gap Is Growing
Discussion: Technologizer
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook: most hijacked logins by Ramnit were invalid  —  Summary: Menlo Park has provided further details in regards to a nasty piece of malware that stole Facebook usernames and passwords, mostly from users in France and the U.K.  —  Ramnit, a worm first discovered almost two years ago …
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET
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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Ramnit malware steals 45,000 Facebook login credentials
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Corning to show off Gorilla Glass 2 at CES 2012  —  Gorilla Glass is tough, real tough.  And it's got a solid reputation as a durable screen for small and large displays alike.  But by no means is it perfect, and Corning has been hard at work to make the product's sequel even better.
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
New Lawsuit Means All Major Labels Are Suing Grooveshark  —  Grooveshark, a popular digital music service that is being sued for copyright infringement by three of the four major record companies, now has problems with the one big label that it has a licensing deal with.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
The incredible shrinking TV replacement cycle  —  Consumers only replace their TVs every seven or eight years: That's been industry gospel and is frequently cited as a reason for slow smart TV adoption, as well as one reason many people say Apple shouldn't enter the TV business.
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
This Is The Billion Dollar Opportunity That Could Save Zynga  —  In Zynga's first month or so of trading, its stock from an IPO price of $10 to a price of around $8.90 today.  —  This happened because Zynga bookings (more important than revenues) and user growth have stalled.  —  It needs help.
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Profit Rises to Record on Galaxy Sales  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), Asia's largest consumer-electronics company, reported a record quarterly profit on surging sales of Galaxy phones and proceeds from selling its hard-disk drive business.  —  Operating profit (005930) …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Even Sprint's “Truly Unlimited” Plan Isn't Truly Unlimited  —  Watch the video up above.  Note the end: … Also watch:  —  Now, read this bit from the Dow Jones Newswire, quoting Sprint CEO Dan Hesse on an investor call today: … Something doesn't quite match up here.
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
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
You Can Now Post Full Size Instagram Pics To Facebook (And Timeline)  —  You know what's cool?  When you subconsciously want something and a startup responds to your (unvoiced) requests.  Well, mobile photosharing app Instagram has just made a very small tweak that has the potential for huge growth …
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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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: TorrentFreak, ZDNet and The Verge, Thanks:alliewag
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 …
Matt Alexander / The Loop:
∞ The E-Reader, as we know it, is doomed  —  The E-Reader, as we know it, is doomed  —  Matt Alexander is the owner and editor of ONE37.net, a writer, a technology enthusiast and a contributing writer for The Loop.  —  In November I reviewed the Kindle Touch, and I was a fan.
Discussion: ONE37 and Hardware 2.0 Blog, Thanks:jdalrymple
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Has First Profit Drop in Two Years  —  HTC Corp. (2498), Asia's second-largest smartphone maker, posted its first quarterly profit decline in two years as competing models from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co. damped demand for its handsets.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Kindle Owners Upset After Receiving Cryptic Subscription Offer from Amazon  —  Amazon has issued an apology tonight after upsetting Kindle owners, who learned this morning that they were selected to receive a publication they didn't sign-up for, and could be charged for it in the future.
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.
Eric Martin / reddit:
2 Billion & Beyond  —  In December 2011, reddit served 2.07 billion pageviews.  Crazy.  Here are some details: 2,065,237,338 pageviews 34,879,881 unique visitors 12.97 pages / visit 16 minutes average time on site Over 100 million monthly pageviews per employee And, more importantly …
Discussion: @jason, WebProNews, Pulse2 and Business Insider, Thanks:adamsinger
 
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
TiVo releases Android remote app to all, Premiere software update to a lucky few
Discussion: TiVo Lovers and Engadget
Kellex / Droid Life:
Swype Finally Figures Out How to Support Ice Cream Sandwich, Update Coming “End-of-Month”
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
The World Is Overflowing With Memory Chips
Discussion: iSuppli®, SlashGear and Computerworld
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
All Quiet On The Tumblr Front, But Not The Back End: Here's What David Karp Has Brewing
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Bloomberg:
Sprint Puts Investment in LightSquared on Hold, Hesse Says
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Sprint Announces First LTE Cities and, Prematurely, Its First LTE Phone
 Earlier Items: 
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
LG, Sony, Vizio announcing Google TV devices at CES, Samsung later in the year
Chris Pendleton / Bing:
Bing Maps New Routing Engine
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Apple power adapters could remember your passwords
Discussion: Geek.com, MacDailyNews and The Firewall, Thanks:paulmarks12
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Ray Ozzie Gathering Ex-Microsoft Colleagues for New Start-Up, Cocomo
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Italian court denies Samsung motion for preliminary injunction against iPhone 4S
 

 
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