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11:25 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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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Antitrust+?  —  Given my post last night, this will probably sound like piling on.  But I'm sorry, it's the first thing that comes to mind.  I don't see how it can't.  —  How on Earth is Google going to avoid antitrust inquiries with their new Search+ features announced today?
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Twitter Complains About Google Giving Preference to Google+ Content  —  Twitter is now officially speaking out against Google's new search features that give prominent placement to content from its own social network, Google+.  —  In a statement, Twitter complained that “people, publishers …
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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 …
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Breaking: Sponsored Stories begin to appear in News Feed  —  Facebook is now showing Sponsored Stories in users' News Feeds, a Facebook spokesperson tells us.  These paid units include a subtle indication that the post is “Featured.”  However, to respect the user experience …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Rolling Out News Feed Ads Ambiguously Marked “Featured”
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Eastman Kodak sues Apple over four and HTC over five digital imaging patents  —  Eastman Kodak keeps trying to force Apple into a license agreement relating to its portfolio of approximately 1,000 digital imaging patents.  It hasn't achieved a breakthrough in an ongoing ITC investigation …
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Beth Jinks / Bloomberg:
Kodak Adjusts Structure Under Faraci, Quatela to Cut Costs
Discussion: mocoNews and The Verge
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
@ CES: Apple Is Scouting The Competition  —  Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) famously avoids the biggest event on the tech industry calendar, and given the traffic on Paradise Road this morning you can't exactly blame them.  But that doesn't mean Apple isn't scouting the competition in person at CES 2012.
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Hope To See The Next iPad At CES?  You Might, Without Knowing It  —  Yesterday, one day ahead of the 2012 CES, I saw what's supposedly the next-generation iPad.  I'd show you a picture, but there's honestly nothing to be seen.  Think iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S: this device so resembles the iPad 2 …
Bloomberg:
Apple Acquires Israel-Based Flash-Memory Part Maker Anobit  —  Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. said it acquired Anobit Technologies Ltd., an Israeli company that makes a flash-memory drive part for the iPhone and iPad, confirming a press report from last month.
Discussion: MacRumors, CNET and Macgasm
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
Tablets: What Amazon and Apple know that all the CES tablet peddlers are still missing  —  Takeaway: Tablets are everywhere again at CES 2012, but none of them combine the two big reasons why Apple and Amazon tablets have succeeded.  —  When I wrote about why Android tablets did a faceplant coming …
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo Australia:
Samsung's New TVs Beat Apple To The Voice (And Face!)  Recognition Game  —  Samsung's long made some of the best HDTVs — and now that they're all decked out with 3D and apps, what's left?  Beautiful, slim TVs that'll use your voice and face as controls.  That rumoured Apple iTV just got jumped.
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Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Samsung 2012 SmartTVs will access DirecTV without a set top box, minimalists rejoice
Discussion: GigaOM and Electronista
Jason Costa / Twitter Developers:
Twitter's new @handle distribution pilot program  —  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.  The Echo Nest, Gracenote, and Rovi are the first partners …
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Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Twitter gives developers new access to Verified Accounts
Discussion: Guardian and Digital Media Wire
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Motorola to make Intel-powered phones and tablets, first phone coming in the second half of 2012  —  You've read that headline right: Motorola and Intel have inked a multi-year, multi-device partnership, meaning Motorola will be making both phones and tablets powered by Intel's new Medfield, Atom Z2460 processor.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Amazon the first UltraViolet retail partner; Samsung offering disc-to-digital on 2012 Blu-Ray players  —  UltraViolet announced a few big new partnerships that should give the fledgling digital distribution system a big boost.  Amazon is the first official retail partner …
Discussion: Gizmodo and PC Magazine
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Google Maps game coming to Google+ [Video]  —  Google is soon to release a game based on Google Maps, the company announced in a short video.  —  This is not the first time Google Maps has inspired fun stuff, not only from artists but also from Google developers themselves, as Google Maps is well known for its easter eggs.
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Polaroid announces Android-powered SC1630 Smart Camera, slated for release this year  —  Here's something we weren't expecting to see at CES today: Polaroid has just announced a new camera... powered by Android.  The company's new, 16-megapixel SC1630 Smart Camera features a 3x optical zoom lens …
Stephen Wolfram Blog:
A .data Top-Level Internet Domain?  —  There's been very little change in top-level internet domains (like .com, .org, .us, etc.) for a long time.  But a number of years ago I started thinking about the possibility of having a new .data top-level domain (TLD).
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebProNews
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Reddit to Black Itself Out Next Week in Protest of SOPA  —  The popular news-sharing site announced today that it will broadcast a message of protest during next week's hearings.  —  The Reddit community has been one of the strongest and loudest voices in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act …
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Qualcomm Unveils Thinnest, Lightest Mirasol E-reader, The Hanvon C18  —  Chinese e-reader maker Hanvon will sell the thinnest and lightest e-reader yet to utilize Qualcomm's energy-efficient mirasol displays, the Hanvon C18.  —  Hanvon's C18 e-reader is the thinnest and lightest e-reader yet to use Qualcomm's mirasol display.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Mobile in-game purchases to hit $4.8B by 2016  —  All that virtual currency sold in mobile games is anything but virtual in terms of revenue.  Juniper Research, in a new mobile games report, said that worldwide revenues from mobile in-game purchases totaled $2.1 billion in 2011 and is expected to grow to $4.8 billion by 2016.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Former HuffPo CTO Paul Berry Building New Startup and Incubator With Lerer Ventures  —  The news broke today that Paul Berry, the longtime CTO of Huffington Post credited with their legendary SEO and early adoption of social networking tools, was leaving the company.
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Amazon launches new touch-friendly Kindle Store for iPad  —  Amazon on Tuesday announced a new touch-optimized version of its Kindle online store aimed at the iPad.  The touch-friendly shopping experience used to be available only through Amazon's Cloud Reader web-based Kindle reading client …
 
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Paul Miller / The Verge:
T-Mobile Bobsled adds free calling for iOS and Android, expands group messaging
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
Carl Franzen / TPM:
State Dept: Online Piracy Is ‘Very Serious’ But No Stance On SOPA
Discussion: Techdirt
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Says PC Sales May Have Missed Fourth-Quarter Estimates
Jason Livingood / Comcast Voices:
Comcast Completes DNSSEC Deployment
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pro-PIPA Group ‘Pirates’ Anti-PIPA Group
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techdirt
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Mozilla to build slow-paced Firefox for conservative users
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