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11:55 AM ET, January 9, 2012

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NDH / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Launches in UK, Ireland Today  —  Today we're bringing Netflix to the UK and Ireland.  I am Neil Hunt, chief product officer at Netflix.  I'm proud to have led the product team that brings Netflix to the country where I grew up, after spending most of my career in California.
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Sam Byford / The Verge:
Lovefilm undercuts Netflix in the UK with new £4.99 streaming-only pricing  —  It didn't take long for Lovefilm to respond to yesterday's launch of Netflix in the UK.  It now has an introductory streaming-only subscription price of £4.99 a month for Lovefilm Instant …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Lenovo launches first Ice Cream Sandwich TV  —  Lenovo is entering the TV business at this year's CES, and it's doing so with a splash: The company announced the world's first TV set running Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich, Sunday.  The device, dubbed the Lenovo K91 Smart TV …
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Lenovo IdeaTab S2: a 10.1-inch, dual-core Android 4.0 tablet with keyboard dock attachment
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Consumer Electronics Show Loses Clout as Industry Shifts  —  The International Consumer Electronics Show, which will open on Tuesday in Las Vegas, is impossible to ignore.  It will smother the city's gigantic convention center with gadgets and those who make and promote them …
Guardian:
Hackers expose defence and intelligence officials in US and UK  —  Security breach by ‘hacktivists’ reveals email addresses of 221 British military staff and 242 Nato officials  —  Thousands of British email addresses and encrypted passwords, including those of defence …
Jake Coyle / Associated Press:
Tom Hanks' Web series to stream on Yahoo  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks' long gestating Web series is coming to Yahoo.  —  “Electric City,” an animated futuristic series Hanks has been developing for years, will premiere on Yahoo this spring.  The series includes 20 episodes, each three- or four-minutes long.
Agam Shah / PC World:
High-Speed USB 3.0 to Reach Smartphones, Tablets by Year End  —  USB 3.0 ports will reach smartphones and tablets by the end of the year or early next year, the USB standards setting organization said on Sunday.  —  Smartphones and tablets will likely get a MicroUSB port based on USB 3. technology …
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Why Everybody In Seattle Suddenly Wants To Work For Amazon  —  Amazon has been a cornerstone in Seattle for more than 15 years now, but it wasn't always seen as a great place to work.  —  Employees talked about long hours and a pressure-cooker atmosphere, and the core business — e-commerce — didn't seem very sexy.
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Enough with the Samsung bashing  —  Samsung Electronics did about $140 billion in revenue in 2011.  They're the biggest tech company in the world by revenue.  They make everything from cameras to telecom gear to TVs.  They are also the second-biggest semiconductor company in the world …
Discussion: PC World
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
LG to launch Android phones with VMware virtualization on Verizon ‘in the coming months’  —  LG's here at CES 2012 showing off VMware virtual Android machines running on a Verizon Revolution — you can have a “personal” phone that you manage yourself, and then hit a button and click …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How People Watch TV Online And Off  —  At this point, video is just a regular part of the web.  But how is it gaining on regular TV watching.  Just in terms of audience reach, Nielsen estimates that almost 145 million people watch video online in the U.S., compared to about 290 million who watch traditional TV.
Discussion: VatorNews
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Awaits Microsoft's Next Number  —  Microsoft Corp. sent shock waves through the tech sector a year ago with a radical shift in strategy, a plan to develop a next generation of software that relies less exclusively on 30-year partner Intel Corp.  —  A year later, it isn't clear whether …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Vimeo launches Android, WP7 mobile apps; previews revamped iPhone, iPad apps  —  Popular video sharing site Vimeo has launched slick new mobile apps for Android and Windows Phone 7 devices.  The company is also showing off its upcoming revamped iPhone app and brand-new iPad app at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Viral Aggregator BuzzFeed Raises $15.5M To Transform The Way People Get Their News  —  Social media optimized and meme focused aggregator BuzzFeed has just raised a $15.5 million round of Series C financing, lead by New Enterprise Associates and followed on by Lerer Ventures, Hearst Media, Softbank and RRE Capital.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hipmunk Checks In: Launches Hotel Search For iOS And Android  —  Getting travel search right on a mobile phone is tough.  Thankfully Hipmunk, for the most part, has nailed it.  —  The service launched its iPhone application last February and an Android app in September …
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Microsoft Reinvents Wi-Fi for White Spaces  —  Researchers show that they can make more efficient use of the airwaves than previously thought.  But now Congress has to notice.  —  Microsoft has developed a new kind of Wi-Fi network that performs at its top speed even in the face of interference.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer's next-gen, quad-core Iconia Tab introduced at CES 2012 with a 1080p display  —  Acer's finishing up its CES 2012 presser with a teaser to end all teasers: there's a next-generation, quad-core Iconia Tab on the way.  The Android-based slate will be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 and will boast …
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David Pierce / The Verge:
Acer announces Aspire S5, 'world's thinnest ultrabook' with Thunderbolt port
Zach Honig / Engadget:
ViaSat residential satellite broadband internet hands-on (video)  —  Last Thursday, ViaSat announced pricing for its new home broadband service, which is set to deliver 12 Mbps+ download speeds (3 Mbps+ up) beginning next week for $50 per month.  We just dropped by the company's demo home …
Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
Jay Greene / CNET:
Google reportedly faces maximum fine from Korean trustbuster  —  Google could face the maximum fine for allegedly obstructing a Korean investigation of its business practices, the head of the Korean Fair Trade Commission told that country's fourth-largest newspaper.
Galen Moore / Mass High Tech:
Nuance announces Smart TV play called Dragon TV  —  As a race for smart TV heats up, Nuance Communications Inc. aims to make obsolete the domestic battle for control over the TV remote.  With Apple TV and Google TV both reportedly in the works, Burlington-based Nuance (Nasdaq: NUAN) …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Boycott SOPA: An Android app that terrifies publishers and politicians  —  Armchair activists now have a tool that can transport their SOPA protestations into the real world: Boycott SOPA, an Android app that scans barcodes and tells you whether an object's manufacturer/publisher is a supporter …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
InfoSpace Buys Online Tax Solutions Company TaxACT For $287.5M In Cash  —  Online search and SEO services company InfoSpace has acquired 2nd Story Software, the holding company for online tax solutions provider TaxACT for $287.5 million in cash, the company announced today.
Paul Miller / The Verge:
Acer's AcerCloud unveil is a blatant iCloud ripoff  —  Which is which?  Acer just showed off its AcerCloud service, something that already sounded suspiciously like Apple's iCloud.  Even the “PicStream” element sounds a lot like Photo Stream.  Still not convinced?
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Acer takes to the cloud with AcerCloud service, to launch in Q2 2012
 
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Mark Ballard / ComputerWeekly.com:
Microsoft hustled UK retreat on open standards, says leaked report
Discussion: The Next Web and Computerworld UK
Dante Cesa / Engadget:
OnStar announces ‘closed’ API, developers welcome to apply
Discussion: Shiny Objects and Electronista
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
CES 2012: Tobii technology enables your eyes to control computers
Discussion: The Verge and Gizmodo
Sam Sheffer / The Verge:
Dish Remote Access app updated, now streams on-demand video on iPad
Discussion: Engadget
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nintendo purportedly advising developers to not publish digital sales figures
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
CES Live: Global Gadget Biz To Be $1 Trillion In 2012 (Updated)
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Belkin Bringing Mobile TV to Lots of Cellphones, Will Anyone Tune In?
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Antti Vilpponen / ArcticStartup Posts:
Finnish Operator Required To Block Access To ThePirateBay, Among Others
Discussion: TorrentFreak, Slashdot and The Next Web
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BSkyB Buys Stake In Social TV Start-Up Zeebox
John Seabrook / New Yorker:
Will Robert Kyncl and YouTube Revolutionize Television?
Discussion: Engadget
The Economist:
Space invaders  —  America's Intel and Britain's ARM …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Expands Retail Partnerships; Now Sold At OfficeMax And UPS Store Locations
 

 
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