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7:00 AM ET, January 11, 2012

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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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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?
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Misdirection, Doublespeak, Non-Answers, And Straight Up Bad Decisions  —  God bless Danny Sullivan.  You should read his latest post tonight in which he tries to squeeze some information — any information — out of Google chairman Eric Schmidt about today's rather disastrous deep Google+ integration into Google Search.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Hillicon Valley
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Sharing a search story  —  I've been reading a lot of the coverage of the Search plus Your World launch and I wanted to share my story and then clarify something.  —  I love to stay up until early in the morning playing Werewolf.  In early December I went to a journalism conference called …
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
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 …
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi:
Google says (on Google+, of course) that it is “surprised” by Twitter's angry response to Google+ results in search: http://t.co/VQRxpfL7
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).
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Motorola CEO: We're Going to Release Fewer Phones This Year  —  While the trend has been for Android device makers to throw new models off the assembly line at a dizzying pace, at least one phone manufacturer is stepping off the treadmill.  —  Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said his company plans …
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Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Motorola to make Intel-powered phones and tablets, first phone coming in the second half of 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 …
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”
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.
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
T-Mobile CEO says frequency band issue is ‘key reason’ for lack of iPhone
Discussion: Mobilized and AllThingsD
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: Macgasm, CNET, MacRumors and Edible Apple
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Samsung outs new Chromebooks, Chromebox for April ship  —  Specs and price are similar to ast models but these are much better looking with a aluminum shells and thinner profile.  —  Perhaps most interesting (and fitting to the mission of Chrome) is the Chrome Box, a Mac Mini-looking ChromeOS device …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Liliputing and Engadget
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 …
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: The Verge and mocoNews
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.
Bonnie Eslinger / Mercury News:
Facebook gets a big like from dozens of speakers at Menlo Park hearing on expansion plans  —  Facebook's expansion plans for its new corporate home in Menlo Park received an outpouring of community support Monday night at a public hearing before the city's planning commission.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Adobe Releases Lightroom 4 Beta, Carousel To Become “Adobe Revel”  —  Released as a free update on labs.adobe.com, Lightroom 4 beta is the next major version of Adobe's solution for photographers and professionals aimed at making it easy to import, adjust and catalogue photos on the desktop.
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: Bloomberg, PC Magazine and Gizmodo
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 …
Jeffb / Nielsen Wire:
Consumer Electronics Websites: Microsoft is Most Visited, but Apple has Longest Time Spent  —  Consumers are turning to a range of sources for consumer electronics information, with Microsoft leading as the most visited computer and consumer electronics brand online in September 2011.
Discussion: Electronista and The Next Web
 
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Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Google's Schmidt Not Convinced Android is Fragmented
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Paypal's mobile payments growing exponentially, reached near $4B in 2011
Discussion: Bloomberg
Paul Miller / The Verge:
T-Mobile Bobsled adds free calling for iOS and Android, expands group messaging
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Google Maps game coming to Google+ [Video]
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Reddit to Black Itself Out Next Week in Protest of SOPA
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Says PC Sales May Have Missed Fourth-Quarter Estimates
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Comcast Completes DNSSEC Deployment
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Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
Tablets: What Amazon and Apple know that all the CES tablet peddlers are still missing
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Samsung 2012 SmartTVs will access DirecTV without a set top box, minimalists rejoice
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