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4:45 PM 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 …
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Fusion Garage, The Guys Behind The CrunchPad, Are Officially Done And Owe Creditors $40 Million  —  The CrunchPad experiment — a $200 tablet for viewing the web — is officially dead.  —  An industry source just forwarded us the first page of a legal document showing Fusion Garage is done.
Discussion: Pulse2
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
AT&T unveils own APIs for carrier agnostic HTML5 web apps aimed at smartphones and tablets  —  Carrier AT&T is holding its sixth annual Developer Summit at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, and President and CEO Ralph De La Vega addressed some 2,500 attendees from 33 different countries.
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Nancy Gohring / PC World:
AT&T Joins OpenStack  —  AT&T became the first U.S. telecom …
Discussion: IntoMobile, GigaOM, Engadget and CloudAve
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Note announced for AT&T (hands-on pictures and video)  —  AT&T has just announced that it'll be bringing the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note to the United States, a beastly half-phone, half-tablet that spans the divide between two white-hot product segments.
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Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:   Enough with the Samsung bashing
Antonio Rodriguez / The Onda:
Android as we know it will die in the next two years and what it means for you  —  I used to think that, as with Linux and web services in the early part of last decade, Android was going to be the mortar for the Internet of post PC devices— an essential ingredient to put stuff together.
Discussion: Tom Foremski and BetaNews, Thanks:semil
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 …
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Enterprise Will Spend $19 Billion on Apple Hardware in 2012  —  The “Bring Your Own Device” philosophy spreading through enterprise these days is proving a real boon to Apple.  —  The company is expected to sell $10 billion worth of iPads and $9 billion of Macs to business customers in 2012 …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Buy A 1-Year Nook NYT Subscription, Get The Nook Free  —  In Barnes & Noble's largest Nook promotion yet, the bookstore chain is offering discounted or free Nooks to those who purchase one-year subscriptions to the Nook editions of People or the New York Times.
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 …
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Dish Network announces Hopper DVR system, Joey set-top box, launches broadband, Test Drive services  —  Dish Network just made a slew of big announcements at its CES press conference today, introducing the Hopper HD DVR system, the corollary Joey set-top box, and a new, TV Everywhere-based Test Drive service.
Anton D. Nagy / pocketnow.com:
Nokia Lumia 900: First Official Images  —  We're just hopefully a couple of minutes away from the AT&T event in Las Vegas where everyone expects the carrier to unveil the highly anticipated Nokia Lumia 900 (aka Ace).  —  We can now not only see the official, though minuscule, renders of the phone …
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
UNVEILED: Huawei announces world's slimmest Android smartphone - the Huawei Ascend P1 S  —  At today's starting Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Huawei is unveiling the world's slimmest smartphone - the Huawei Ascend P1 S. The device is 6.68 mm thin and features a 4.3" …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
OnLive Goes Beyond Gaming: Announces Cloud-Based Windows 7 Desktop for the iPad  —  Here is some unexpected news from CES: OnLive, the company best known for streaming video games over the Internet, just announced that it will release a new iPad app later this week that will give users access …
Discussion: GigaOM, The Next Web, CNET and PC Magazine
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.
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 …
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
ChangeWave survey finds ‘explosive momentum’ for Apple and Samsung  —  Interest in the Galaxy Nexus is high, but the iPhone still leads in customer satisfaction  —  Click to enlarge.  —  The next few months should be very good for Apple (AAPL) and Samsung — and not so good for HTC and Research in Motion …
Dan Graziano / BGR:
Verizon announces the Motorola DROID 4, RAZR MAXX, and Jetpack 4G LTE mobile hotspots  —  At the Consumer Electronics Show, Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced the much-anticipated DROID 4, the fourth installment of Verizon's original flagship device.  The DROID 4 comes in at only half …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Brocade gets first-round bids for sale: sources  —  (Reuters) - Brocade Communications System Inc has received first-round bids from a handful of potential buyers as the company explores a sale, sources familiar with the matter said.  —  The San-Jose, California-based maker of switches …
Discussion: AllThingsD
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.
 
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Bonnie Cha / CNET:
AT&T goes big with first 4G Windows Phones, six Android devices
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Issa calls hearing on Domain Name Service, search engine blocking for Jan. 18
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:stiffjab
JournalGazette.net:
Indiana, Amazon.com, reach sales tax agreement
Discussion: PR Newswire and Reuters
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel: More than 75 Ultrabooks coming in 2012
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Ubuntu TV making its debut at CES, gets short demo clip
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hipmunk Checks In: Launches Hotel Search For iOS And Android
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
InfoSpace Buys Online Tax Solutions Company TaxACT For $287.5M In Cash
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Vimeo shows slick new video apps for Android, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad
Mark Ballard / ComputerWeekly.com:
Microsoft hustled UK retreat on open standards, says leaked report
Discussion: Computerworld UK and The Next Web
Zach Honig / Engadget:
ViaSat residential satellite broadband internet hands-on (video)
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Awaits Microsoft's Next Number
Discussion: @eghosao
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Belkin Bringing Mobile TV to Lots of Cellphones, Will Anyone Tune In?
Discussion: Phone Scoop and FierceWireless
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Finnish Operator Required To Block Access To ThePirateBay, Among Others
 

 
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