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12:40 PM ET, January 11, 2012

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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 …
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We are a bit surprised by Twitter's comments about Search plus Your World, because they chose not to renew their agreement with us last summer (http://goo.gl/chKwi), and since then we have observed their rel=nofollow instructions.
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.
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.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Chutzpah?  —  MG Siegler is on a campaign to excoriate Google …
Discussion: Pocket-lint and AllThingsD
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Twitter Complains About Google Giving Preference to Google+ Content
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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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 …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces special event in New York on Jan. 19  —  Apple on Wednesday sent out an invitation to The Loop and other media outlets to attend a special event being held in New York City next week.  —  Apple says the event will be about an education announcement and will take place on January 19 at the Guggenheim Museum.
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Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Google's Schmidt says devices, apps need to be friends
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and InfoWorld
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”
Discussion: PC Magazine and Inside Facebook, Thanks:joshconstine
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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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: 9to5Mac, PhoneArena and Mobilized
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Social Entertainment Network GetGlue Raises $12 Million In New Financing  —  Social entertainment network GetGlue has just raised a significant round of $12 million in new financing, led by new investor Rho Ventures.  The company's existing investors, TimeWarner, RRE Ventures and Union Square Ventures, also participated in this round.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Lockdown: The coming war on general-purpose computing  —  General-purpose computers are astounding.  They're so astounding that our society still struggles to come to grips with them, what they're for, how to accommodate them, and how to cope with them.  This brings us back to something you might be sick of reading about: copyright.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Sony's Kaz Hirai: no PlayStation 4 at E3  —  It looks like you can officially put any hopes of a PlayStation 4 announcement at E3 to rest.  In a roundtable with reporters at CES, Sony's Kaz Hirai responded to a question about recent comments attributed to gaming division head Andrew House by stating that …
Kristen Gil / Think Quarterly:
Start-Up Speed  —  It's been a few years since Google was a small company - but at the beginning of 2011, we saw that in order to support the growth of our business, Google would need to become even bigger, so we set out to have the biggest hiring year in company history.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple May work with HTC to Fight off New Kodak Lawsuit  —  In February 2010 Eastman Kodak Company sued Apple claiming that they were infringing their patents related to digital cameras and certain computer processes.  In April of 2010 Apple counter sued by claiming that Kodak had infringed …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Google TV product manager Rishi Chandra: ‘Android is going to be a successful operating system on TVs’  —  Google's playing CES 2012 pretty low-key, even as Google TV products from major manufacturers like Sony, Vizio, LG, and Samsung have become one of the major stories of the show.
AppleInsider:
CES: GPU candidates for Apple's next iPad, iPhone are 20 times more powerful  —  Imagination Technologies announced on Tuesday that its next-generation PowerVR Series6 GPU core family, which could find their way into Apple's future iPhones and iPads, will offer 20 times more performance than the current generation.
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Dutch ISPs Ordered To Block The Pirate Bay  —  In 2010, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN went to court to try and force Ziggo, the largest ISP in the Netherlands, to implement a DNS and IP address block of The Pirate Bay.  —  To help avoid a damaging legal precedent, Ziggo was joined in the case by rival ISP XS4ALL.
 
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Microsoft streamlines Barnes&Noble case by withdrawing one patent and seven claims from four remaining patents
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Microsoft Sues Gome, Buynow Over Pirated Software in China
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Consumer Electronics Websites: Microsoft is Most Visited, but Apple has Longest Time Spent
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Samsung outs new Chromebooks, Chromebox for April ship
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Paypal's mobile payments growing exponentially, reached near $4B in 2011
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Amazon the first UltraViolet retail partner; Samsung offering disc-to-digital on 2012 Blu-Ray players
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