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2:35 PM 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
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Samsung/HTC: Two Sides Of An Android Coin. Why's Samsung Winning The Toss?
Discussion: Digital Trends, 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.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
iPhone 4S ‘doubles’ data usage ... but is Siri really to blame?
Discussion: BGR and MacRumors
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5.1 beta reveals Apple's plan to soon ship iPads, iPhones with quad-core chips  —  Speed increases are an expected part of Apple's iOS device hardware upgrades, but what Apple has up their sleeves for speed enhancements is typically up for debate.  The first-generation iPad clocked around 1GHz …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Steve Jobs Doll Legal In Most States, Not Indiana  —  Apple's lawyers have a fearsome reputation for defending the company's intellectual property.  But it sure looks like they're bluffing in the controversy over a new Steve Jobs doll.  —  A UK newspaper caused a stir yesterday when it reported that Apple …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Al Gore Comes Out Against SOPA/PIPA  —  Well, check this out.  Al Gore has come out strongly against SOPA and PIPA, angrily denouncing the bill and its supporters.  It's a quick 2-minute video taken at a CareerBuilder event, and it's in response to an audience question.
Discussion: @davezatz
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Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
REPORT: News Networks Ignore Controversial SOPA Legislation
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Recording industry dismisses alternate online piracy bill
Discussion: The Verge and Forbes
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple to open new store-within-a-store outlets inside Target this year  —  Apple will be opening new store-within-a-store locations in select Target locations later this year, enabling the company to expand its retail reach into smaller metro areas.  —  According to a source familiar with Apple's plans …
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.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
WARNING: All That Free Spotify Music You've Been Enjoying Is Going To End Soon  —  Spotify made its big U.S. debut on July 14, 2011.  —  In one week, we'll be marking the streaming music service's six-month anniversary.  —  And in one week, all those users who signed up for the free …
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.
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: Fortune, CNNMoney.com and ONE37, Thanks:jdalrymple
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows 8 Storage Spaces detailed: pooling redundant disk space for all  —  When Microsoft killed Windows Home Server's “Drive Extender” technology, we mourned its loss but held up hope that the company would persevere with the concept.  The company has done just that with a new Windows 8 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
China Unicom Offers Free IPhone 4S for Users Who Sign Multiyear Contracts  —  China United Network Communications Group (CHTZ), the nation's second-largest wireless carrier, will give users an Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 4S if they sign multiyear service contracts costing as little as 286 yuan ($45) a month.
Zachary Wolff / the dialog:
Twitter: To log or not to log: Is that the question?  —  As Twitter continues to thrive as the communications tool of choice amongst activists, dissenters and occupiers worldwide it should be no surprise that the San Francisco-based company is drawing heightened attention from US law enforcement agencies.
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.
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
Himank Sharma / Reuters:
Sony to name Kazuo Hirai president: Nikkei  —  (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp will promote Kazuo Hirai as president replacing Howard Stringer as early as April, the Nikkei business daily reported.  —  Stringer is expected to remain chairman and chief executive officer, the paper said.
Peter-Paul Koch / QuirksBlog:
The Java ME nonsense story  —  Earlier this week Net Market Share released numbers that allegedly show the Java ME operating system is gaining ground to the expense of iOS and especially Android.  —  Unfortunately the story isn't true, and I suspect it's a good example of headline grabbing aimed …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Oracle can't appeal SAP order right away: judge  —  Oracle Corp can't appeal an order slashing its $1.3 billion copyright infringement verdict against SAP AG until it decides whether it will reject a lower damages award, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday.  —  A Northern California jury determined …
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.
Discussion: TechFlash, eBookNewser and Betabeat
 
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to beef up its entry-level Office 365 offering
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
WikiLeaks Backers Lose Bid to Keep Twitter Data From U.S.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Threat Level
John Fontana / Identity Matters Blog:
FTC asked to probe Facebook Timeline for privacy violations
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Nokia Buys Norway's Smarterphone To Spruce Up Its Feature Phone OS
Kellex / Droid Life:
LG Spectrum Launching January 19 on Verizon with 1.5GHz Dual-core Processor, 4.5″ HD Display …
Keith Weir / Reuters:
London volunteers warned over social media use
Discussion: PC Magazine and ReadWriteWeb
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Credit Suisse — 2012 will be a breakout year for Windows Phone 7
Discussion: My Nokia Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz, Salesforce Put $1.4M In Real-Time Messaging Infrastructure Startup Flotype
Discussion: GigaOM and GeekWire
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The incredible shrinking TV replacement cycle
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Puzzles Over $4 Billion Tax Break
Discussion: Fast Company, FT Tech Hub and Gawker
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
This Is The Billion Dollar Opportunity That Could Save Zynga
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Corning to show off Gorilla Glass 2 at CES 2012
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Warner Brothers Will Make Netflix, Redbox, Blockbuster Wait Longer for New Movies
 

 
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