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4:45 AM ET, January 8, 2012

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Microsoft, Defying Image, Has a Design Gem in Windows Phone  —  “GORGEOUS,” raves The Huffington Post.  —  “Best-looking smartphone operating system in the industry,” gushes Slate.  —  “Far superior to most if not all the Android smartphones,” says TechCrunch.  —  Sounds like the usual adulation for a gadget from Apple.
Loic Le Meur:
Path is where the A list hangs out, don't tell anyone.  —  I was about to name them but no, Path is about privacy first, so I won't.  Want to know where most influential and successful entrepreneurs, VCs and tech writers hide online these days?  How they spent their new years eve and with whom?
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET:
The joy of Microsoft's ‘avoid ghetto’ GPS patent  —  Pedestrians have sometimes felt neglected when it comes to GPS directions.  —  Indeed, not so long ago, one lady sued Google because the directions its map offered led her (she believed) to be struck by a car.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HTML5 cross-platform game company Moblyng shuts down (exclusive)  —  Moblyng was ahead of its time in making cross-platform HTML5 games for mobile devices.  Too far ahead, it seems, as the company has shut down, VentureBeat has learned.  —  Just a year ago, the company said in a filing …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple facing $1.88 million lawsuit in China over sales of illegal book downloads  —  Apple will be required to defend itself in a Beijing court after officials accepted a case filed by nine well-known Chinese writers against the company, demanding that it pays the authors 11.91 million yuan …
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 …
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Nick Denton's 'State of Gawker 2012′ Memo: ‘Relentless and cynical traffic-trawling is bad for the soul.’  —  Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton occasionally sends out missives for his company that usually contain a little bit of insight into the way his company is trending …
Discussion: Media Decoder
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.
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 …
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
SV Angel And Founder Collective Give Hackruiter $200K For Its Hacker School
Discussion: Unschooled
Manan Kakkar / India IT Blog:
Have RIM, Nokia & Apple provided Indian Military with backdoor access to cellular comm?
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft will no longer provide detailed Windows Phone update information
 

 
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Jessi Hempel / Wired:
BuzzFeed launches The Open Lab for Journalism Technology and the Arts in San Francisco to develop open-source tools

Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Gawker writers plan to vote on unionizing next week

Lori Weisberg / San Diego Union Tribune:
After sale to Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune laying off 178 of 603 employees, mostly in printing and delivery, nine from newsroom

 
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