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12:25 PM ET, January 6, 2012

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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  —  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
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
iPhone 4S ‘doubles’ data usage ... but is Siri really to blame?
Discussion: MacRumors
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?
Discussion: Digital Trends and SlashGear, Thanks:ingridlunden
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 …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, Forbes and Inquirer
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.
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.
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 …
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
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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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Recording industry dismisses alternate online piracy bill
Discussion: The Verge and Forbes
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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: Fortune, MediaShift and O'Reilly Radar
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
 
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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
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Credit Suisse — 2012 will be a breakout year for Windows Phone 7
Discussion: My Nokia Blog
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
The World Is Overflowing With Memory Chips
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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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Eric Martin / reddit:
2 Billion & Beyond  —  In December 2011, reddit served 2.07 billion pageviews.
Discussion: Pulse2 and @jason, Thanks:adamsinger
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Sprint Announces First LTE Cities and, Prematurely, Its First LTE Phone
 

 
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