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2:00 AM ET, January 11, 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 …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Schmidt: Google+ Not Favored, Happy To Talk Twitter & Facebook Integration  —  Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt says Google+ content is not being favored over Twitter and Facebook by Google's search engine.  Rather, those companies can be treated the same if they grant Google the right permissions to access their content.
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi:
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Results Get More Personal With “Search Plus Your World”
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Exclusive: Dell plots late-2012 consumer tablet launch  —  (Reuters) - Dell Inc intends to launch its first consumer tablet computer in late 2012, marking its entry into a hotly contested and increasingly crowded arena that has already claimed arch-foe Hewlett Packard.
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Agam Shah / PC World:
Dell Announces XPS 13, Its First Ultrabook  —  Dell on Tuesday announced its first ultrabook, the XPS 13, making some noise amid a smaller presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas compared to previous years.  —  The laptop looks much like Apple's MacBook Air, has a 13-inch screen and weighs 2.99 pounds (1.35 kilograms).
Discussion: Engadget, VentureBeat, BGR and CNET
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”
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.
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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
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: Edible Apple, CNET, Macgasm and MacRumors
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Windows 8 pre-beta hands-on video and pictures  —  Microsoft is well on its way to providing a public beta copy of Windows 8, and we got an early hands-on with a pre-beta version of the operating system today.  Windows 8 build 8175 is on show at CES 2012, and Microsoft is demonstrating …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Samsung 2012 SmartTVs will access DirecTV without a set top box, minimalists rejoice  —  Samsung's new range of super-thin, super-powerful Smart TVs got another big fillip at CES: the company's teamed up with DirecTV to offer its service without the use of a set top box.
Discussion: GigaOM and Electronista
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Sam Biddle / Gizmodo Australia:   Samsung's New TVs Beat Apple To The Voice (And Face!) Recognition Game
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 …
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.
Paul Miller / The Verge:
T-Mobile Bobsled adds free calling for iOS and Android, expands group messaging  —  T-Mobile's Bobsled Messaging and VoIP service has been slowly expanding its reach.  The calling features were originally Facebook-to-Facebook, then to outbound calls from the desktop to regular phones.
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
Want China Times:
Indignant workers threaten suicide at Foxconn park in Wuhan  —  About 300 Foxconn employees threatened to kill themselves on Jan. 2 after being denied compensation they were promised by the company.  (Internet Photo)  —  According to the Chinese anti-government website China Jasmine Revolution …
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
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm on Pricing, LTE, iPhone  —  With the AT&T deal dead and no similar transaction in sight, T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm has his work cut out for him.  —  So just what is he going to do?  —  Well, some of the details are still being worked out.
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
 
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
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