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12:55 PM ET, January 10, 2012

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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Search, plus Your World  —  Google Search has always been about finding the best results for you.  Sometimes that means results from the public web, but sometimes it means your personal content or things shared with you by people you care about.  These wonderful people and this rich personal content …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Results Get More Personal With “Search Plus Your World”  —  Google's search results are undergoing their most radical transformation ever, as a new “Search Plus Your World” format begins rolling out today.  It finds both content that's been shared with you privately along with matches …
Craig Eisler / Kinect for Windows Blog:
Starting February 1, 2012: Use the Power of Kinect for Windows to Change the World  —  We're thrilled at the sales we've seen for Kinect - 18 million sold in the past year - and we were honored to receive a Guinness World Record for the fastest selling consumer electronics device ever.
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
WATCH: Microsoft's Tweet Choir, The Weirdest CES Keynote Moment Ever  —  Microsoft must have been jealous of all the press Samsung got last year for the dancers at its CES keynote.  —  Or maybe this was somebody's strange idea of fun.  —  Whatever the reason, halfway through Steve Ballmer's CES keynote …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Microsoft's Last CES Keynote: Old Demos and Very Little News  —  Microsoft's keynote at CES this evening felt like a cruel joke.  Hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the keynote was anticipated widely, especially because it was Microsoft's last appearance on the keynote stage for the next few years.
Darren Murph / Engadget:   Microsoft bringing Comcast Xfinity TV to Xbox 360, nails down News Corp. partnership
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Why I Hate Android  —  Why do I hate Android?  It's definitely one of the questions I get asked most often these days.  And most of those that don't ask probably assume it's because I'm an iPhone guy.  People see negative take after negative take about the operating system and label me as “unreasonable” or “biased” or worse.
Jason Costa / Twitter Developers:
Twitter's new @handle distribution pilot program  —  @jasoncosta Jason Costa  —  Today we introduce a new pilot program for distributing Verified Account @handles and public profile metadata to developers, media and content services, and consumer device manufacturers.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple CEO Tim Cook didn't really make $378 million in 2011  —  His salary was $900,017.  His 401(K) grew by $14,700.  To get the rest he has to stick around Was Tim Cook really the highest-paid CEO of 2011, as the Associated Press and others suggest?  Only if you believe a bird in the bush is worth as much as a bird in the hand.
Adrian Goldberg / BBC:
Google admits profiting from illegal Olympic ticket ads  —  Google earns millions of pounds from its online advertising service, AdWords  —  Google is profiting from ads for illegal products generated by its flagship automated advertising system, the BBC has found.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Samsung vs. Google  —  Android is a huge success.  Google bought Andy Rubin's company in 2005 and turned it into a smartphone operating system giant, with more than 50% of the global market and 700,000 activations a day this past December.  —  Perhaps, as Steve Jobs seemed to think …
Discussion: Computerworld, GigaOM and Beyond Search
Ian Delaney / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia Lumia 900 - Born for the USA  —  LAS VEGAS, NV, United States - Nokia announces its biggest yet thinnest Windows Phone to date with the Nokia Lumia 900, its first phone to support high-speed LTE data transfers.  —  As our exclusive video shows, this powerhouse was built exclusively …
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Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
THE RAID ON AOL: How Vox Pillaged Engadget And Founded An Empire  —  Engadget seemed healthy.  —  Back at the beginning of February, AOL's marquee technology blog was coming off its most trafficked month in site history.  It had survived the reorganization that gutted many of AOL's other verticals …
Discussion: @ryan
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
BlueStacks Bringing Android Apps to Windows 8  —  Start-up BlueStacks, whose trick is bringing Android apps to Windows, plans to bring its act to Windows 8.  —  At the Consumer Electronics Show, the company is showing how each Android app can appear as its own Metro-style app in Windows 8′s new start screen.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle rolls out big data play with aggressive price, Cloudera  —  Summary: Oracle comes out with a big data appliance just north of $500,000, a good $250,000 below expectations.  Cloudera goes along for the ride.  —  Oracle said its big data appliance is now available and an aggressive price point means …
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM and The Register
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How France's Free will reinvent mobile  —  Xavier Niel, the maverick founder of Iliad, the company behind Free.fr broadband service is about to redefine the mobile landscape, perhaps as early as tomorrow when he launches the much-talked about Free Mobile.  In doing so, he will redefine …
Mikael Ricknas / Computerworld:
Visa certifies smartphones for NFC payments  —  Visa has added smartphones from Samsung Electronics, Research In Motion and LG Electronics to the list of devices it has certified to work with the 185,000 NFC-based payWave payment terminals in Europe.  —  Visa has added smartphones …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Makerbot Replicator: Bigger, Better and Now Two Color  —  3D printing for the masses has always been the mission of Brooklyn-based Makerbot.  Today the company unveiled the Makerbot Replicator, a souped up version of its original device.  It lets users print way bigger items …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google announces Galaxy Nexus coming to Sprint with Google Wallet support  —  There were rumors stemming from leaked advertisements that claimed the Galaxy Nexus, which is currently exclusive to Verizon, would land on Sprint.  Today Google confirmed the rumors with an official announcement through …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Formspring Hits 4 Billion Answers; Transforms Into Content Curator With “Smile Sort”  —  Last month, social Q&A site Formspring launched its first user directory last month, called “Favorites” to highlight some of its most popular users.  The move was meant to complement the recently launched …
Discussion: Business Insider
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook's newest frontier: inside the car  —  (Reuters) - At restaurants, at movies and at the office, checking Facebook has become a regular habit for many of the Internet social network's more than 800 million users.  —  Now that habit has reached a new frontier: the automobile.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry PlayBook's Next OS Plays To RIM's Strengths: Email, Calendar, Productivity  —  CES generally isn't RIM's stomping ground, but the Canadian company is here in force.  Chief among RIM's news is details about the upcoming PlayBook refresh.  Available for download next month …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Comcast Begins Rolling Out ‘AnyPlay’ Live TV Streaming for iPad  —  Back in September, we reported on a leaked document from cable and Internet provider Comcast revealing details on the company's forthcoming “AnyPlay” live television streaming service.  While Comcast is not the first cable provider …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung confident of outselling Nokia in 2012  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co, the world's biggest technology firm by revenue and the world's No.2 handset maker, is confident of its handset shipments overtaking that of Nokia this year, its chief executive said on Monday.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Meet Your New Reality TV Stars: Start Engine Announces Its First Class Of Startups  —  Today, Start Engine, the L.A.-based accelerator that's the focus of a new reality TV show, is announcing its first round of startups.  The show, which comes from Cameron Casey, producer of the TechStars reality program …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Why Apple is in no hurry to settle its iPhone patent suits  —  New analysis suggests the payoff could be seven fold greater if it holds out for a win  —  Click to enlarge.  —  In a note to clients issued Monday, Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore lists four possible outcomes of the patent wars …
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
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Jacob Schulman / The Verge:
BlackBerry OS 7.1 announced with Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC contact sharing, BBM 6.1
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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