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3:15 PM ET, January 7, 2012


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Joanna Stern / The Verge:
OLPC XO 3.0 tablet: an 8-inch tablet for $100, with Android and Sugar options for the children (update: pictures!)  —  It was over four years ago that OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte showed off images of an XO tablet, and promised it would ship to kids of the developing world in 2010 for $100 each.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Vizio's next market?  Desktop and laptop PCs (Update: pictures!)  —  Just when it seems like everyone is running away from the PC business, well known HDTV company Vizio has apparently decided that after dabbling in lightbulbs, it's a great time to get in.  Chief Technology Officer Matt McRae revealed …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft will no longer provide detailed Windows Phone update information  —  Microsoft is planning to remove detailed Windows Phone update information from its site, the company announced on Friday.  Where's My Phone Update? has served as a popular destination with carrier specific update information …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Etsy Makes It Easy For Users To Post Items To Pinterest With New ‘Pin It’ Button  —  Online pinboard Pinterest is all the rage these days, and as Etsy is showing today with its latest product announcement, e-commerce sites are starting to realize the power of pinning.
Discussion: @evanreas and @semil
Jordan Robertson / Bloomberg:
Yahoo's New CEO May Have Compensation as High as $27 Million  —  Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) — Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Scott Thompson may receive compensation of as much as $27 million, including salary, potential bonus, restricted shares and other forms of pay.
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
Sorry Mike, Facebook could reboot and we'd mess it up again  —  Michael Arrington wrote a compelling piece suggesting Facebook's continued success is dependent upon allowing users to wipe their friend slate clean and rebuild their graph.  This second time around he suggests …
Discussion: @ripemp, @hunterwalk and @lizgannes
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Safari 5 for OS X, Firefox 9 for Windows 7 crowned victors of browser benchmark battle  —  Tom's Hardware has been running its meticulously detailed Browser Grand Prix since early 2010, and today it has crowned two new winners: Firefox 9 won in the latest Windows 7 Ultimate tests, while Safari 5 was the top browser for OS X Lion.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
How Google beat AP with Iowa caucus results (and why it matters)  —  WNYC's John Keefe decided to use Google's election results for his map tracking the results of Iowa's GOP caucus for three reasons:  — Google's data were easier to deal with than the files provided by the Associated Press.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
EMI sues MP3 reseller ReDigi  —  Music buyers are prevented from selling or distributing used digital tracks and albums in the same way they do with CDs or vinyl albums, EMI said in copyright complaint filed in New York today.  —  EMI, one of the four largest recorded-music companies …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
SV Angel And Founder Collective Give Hackruiter $200K For Its Hacker School  —  YCombinator-backed hacker recruiter platform Hackruiter has raised a modest seed round from investors SV Angel and Founder Collective.  The company raised $200K but could have raised much more …
Discussion: Unschooled
Manan Kakkar / India IT Blog:
Have RIM, Nokia & Apple provided Indian Military with backdoor access to cellular comm?  —  Summary: In exchange for mobile presence in India, RIM, Nokia and Apple have allegedly provided backdoor access for the Indian intelligence to spy on communication.  —  On January 6th reports of Symantec …
Discussion: @csoghoian, Thanks:manan
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Battle of the Bands: Tech Firms Compete for Rock Stars  —  Big Names Fire Up Crowds, but Can Put Limits on Handshaking  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Shortly before Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison gave his keynote speech about a new cloud-computing effort at his annual customer conference here in October …
Discussion: Betabeat
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