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9:50 AM ET, January 6, 2012

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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) …
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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.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Samsung/HTC: Two Sides Of An Android Coin.  Why's Samsung Winning The Toss?  —  Android is trouncing the competition when it comes to platform domination in the smartphone market—over half of all smartphones being used today—but that rising tide is not lifting all boats.
Discussion: SlashGear, Thanks:ingridlunden
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  —  The world's congested mobile airwaves are being divided in a lopsided manner, with 1 percent of consumers generating half of all traffic.  The top 10 percent of users, meanwhile, are consuming 90 percent of wireless bandwidth.
Discussion: Betabeat, Technologizer and Memex 1.1
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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Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:
Symantec Confirms Hackers Accessed Source Code of Two Enterprise Security Products  —  On Thursday evening, SecurityWeek and other news outlets reported on news that hackers claimed to have accessed the source code to an unspecified version of Symantec's Norton Antivirus product.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Facebook and Moo partner to print Timeline photos on business cards  —  What happens when the world's largest social network hooks up with a beloved social business card maker?  The birth of beautiful, Facebook-infused business cards.  —  Digital print shop Moo, long-celebrated for its ability …
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Bessemer Leads $6M Round In Q&A Platform For Students And Teachers, Piazza  —  Piazza, a Q&A platform for students and instructors, has raised $6 million in Series A funding from Bessemer Venture Partners with Kapor Capital and Felicis Ventures also participating in the round.
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 …
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E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Data Darlings: Why New Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson Has A Fighting Chance
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Verge, CNET, Reuters and Guardian
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.
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 …
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Some 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 in the future.
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Credit Suisse — 2012 will be a breakout year for Windows Phone 7  —  There's more evidence that 2012 may prove to be the year that Windows Phone finally breaks out: A Credit Suisse analyst today said that the platform will become the third major smartphone platform, with high growth this year.
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 …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz, Salesforce Put $1.4M In Real-Time Messaging Infrastructure Startup Flotype  —  Flotype, a startup that offers a suite of technologies that simplify real-time messaging for cloud and mobile applications, has raised $1.4 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz …
Discussion: GigaOM and GeekWire
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's bookings (more important than revenues) and user growth have stalled.  —  It needs help.
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.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google's 30 Most Recent Search Quality Changes  —  Google provided an update with the 30 or so most recent search quality updates.  —  They also added in the code names, when applicable, used internally at Google for each of these updates.  They include words like concepts, leaf, simple …
Discussion: eWeek and Inside Search
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 …
Keith Weir / Reuters:
London volunteers warned over social media use  —  (Reuters) - Volunteers working at the London Olympics have been warned not to give away breaking news about athletes or disclose the location of politicians and celebrities through online comments or pictures posted on social media sites.
 
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Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
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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® and SlashGear
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
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