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10:40 PM ET, January 6, 2012

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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 …
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Spaghetti Against the Wall  —  Jun Yang, reporting for Bloomberg on Samsung's quarterly results: … So Jony Ive leads the design team at the two most-profitable phone makers.  Impressive. … In what regard can Apple be considered behind Samsung, other than unit sales …
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Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Profit Rises to Record on Galaxy Sales
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Has First Profit Drop in Two Years
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 …
Carey Gillam / Reuters:
Sprint ousts 4 executives, merges consumer/business  —  (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel (S.N), the No. 3 U.S. mobile service, is merging sales and marketing for its business and consumer operations as part of a streamlining that includes the departures of four top executives, according to Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Sprint: We're Not Really Throttling Our Customers  —  Sprint CEO Dan Hesse stirred up a mini firestorm on Thursday when he assured investors at a financial conference that it had a way of dealing with those gobbling up too much data.  —  “For those that want to abuse it, we can knock them off …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The limited world of auto-renewable subscriptions  —  Apple's In-App Purchase system permits two types of subscription purchases.  The documentation suggests that Auto-Renewable subscriptions are the right choice in almost every case: … When developing Instapaper 4.0 …
Discussion: MacStories
James Temple / The Technology Chronicles:
Breaking: Salesforce.com signs biggest SF lease in a decade  —  Salesforce.com has signed a 400,000-square-foot lease in San Francisco, striking what Mayor Ed Lee's office says is the largest office deal in the city in a decade.  —  The transaction at 50 Fremont St. doubles …
Discussion: bizjournals
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Says Privacy Advocates Should Applaud Timeline, EPIC FTC Probe Unnecessary  —  TechCrunch has received a response from Facebook to the Electronic Privacy Information Center's letter urging the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate Timeline for privacy violations.
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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.
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Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
REPORT: News Networks Ignore Controversial SOPA Legislation
Discussion: GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too  —  Summary: At a pre-CES developer conference, AT&T and Qualcomm execs are going to be talking up LTE-charged Windows 8 tablets.  —  It's already well established that AT&T seems to be Microsoft's best friend among the four U.S. carriers for Windows Phone.
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Seeking New Board Members  —  Yahoo Inc. is searching for several new board candidates to replace possible outgoing directors and has hired executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. to assist in that effort, people familiar with the matter said.
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Yahoo Explores for New Directors
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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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal's First In-Store, Brick And Mortar Mobile Payments Integration Is At Home Depot  —  As we've reported in the past, PayPal announced an in-store payments technology both via mobile and point of sale systems that is currently being tested on a ‘friends and family’ basis in a national retailer.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
No Cable Killer After All: KIT digital Buys Assets Of Sezmi For $27 Million  —  So much for Sezmi's ambitious plans to kill cable TV: the assets of the cloud-based TV delivery platform company were recently acquired by KIT digital for approximately $27 million in a mixture of stock and cash.
Discussion: VatorNews and Dow Jones Newswires
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung launches ChatON on the App Store, hopes to compete with iMessage  —  Samsung's multi-platform instant messaging service ChatON has launched today on the App Store, allowing owners of Android, Bada (and soon other smartphones) to chat with their friends that own an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and vice versa.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Stymiest Looks to Be a “Lock” for RIM Chair  —  Research In Motion's 2011 was about as ugly as they come.  And with few indications that 2012 will be much better, the company is preparing to make some significant management changes.  —  Sources close to the company say that co-founders Mike Lazaridis …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
B&N CEO: 'The Nook Will Continue To Be Barnes & Noble's E-Reader'  —  In a CNBC interview today, Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) CEO William Lynch told David Faber, “Whatever we do, we will continue to have a tight relationship between the Nook and [our] stores.”
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Motorola Mobility warns of Q4 revenue shortfall  —  (Reuters) - Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc warned that its fourth-quarter revenue would miss Wall Street expectations as it was weighed down by tough competition and legal expenses in what is usually the best quarter of the year.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Dijit universal remote and TV guide app launches for iPad today  —  Dijit is a media navigation app with a gob of features, and its creators have announced that a universal version of the app with iPad support will launch sometime today.  The app allows users to find and filter what's on TV …
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Amazon's Quidsi appears to be working on Casa.com  —  Quidsi's latest store is likely Casa.com.  —  Amazon.com's Quidsi, which runs Diapers.com, Soap.com, Wag.com, and YoYo.com, appears to be working on something new: Casa.com.  —  The domain name was just transferred to Amazon.com after being protected by whois privacy for years.
Discussion: The Next Web and TechCrunch
 
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Building a NAND Empire, Says Bernstein
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter promises better tools to 400,000 volunteer translators, launches Swedish
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Shelby.tv To Launch “Touch Play”: An AirPlay-Based Gesture Remote
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
London Gets “Europe's Largest Free WiFi Zone” Ahead of 2012 Olympics
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
State's top court refuses to hear Apple's tax case
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Nokia Buys Norway's Smarterphone To Spruce Up Its Feature Phone OS
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The Java ME nonsense story
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Twitter: To log or not to log: Is that the question?
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google's 30 Most Recent Search Quality Changes
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