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6:20 PM ET, January 11, 2012

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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google likely to face FTC complaint over ‘Search Plus Your World’  —  A privacy watchdog group probably will complain to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that a new Google search feature raises privacy and antitrust concerns.  —  Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy …
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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 …
Google+:
We are a bit surprised by Twitter's comments about Search plus …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Schmidt: Google+ Not Favored, Happy To Talk Twitter & Facebook Integration
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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Nick Wingfield / Bits:
Apple Aims to Take On the Textbook Market  —  Apple is expected to begin a much-anticipated foray into the textbook market at an event in New York next week.  —  The company sent invitations to reporters on Wednesday for an event at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York on Jan. 19.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said Planning Marketing Shakeup  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is making plans for a companywide restructuring of its marketing operations, a move that may include hundreds of job cuts, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The plans haven't been settled and could change …
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Hundreds Of Microsoft Employees Could Be Getting The Axe Soon
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Exclusive: Microsoft Web TV subscription plan on hold  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has put its talks with media companies about an online subscription service for TV shows and movies on hold, according to people familiar with the discussions.  —  The technology giant had been in intense talks …
Facebook:
Bringing Facebook Comments to Mobile  —  Today we're launching the Comments Box plugin for mobile to make it easier for media sites to engage people across the web and mobile devices, and for people to comment on news regardless of where they're reading it.  —  If your website has the Comments Box …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Nokia Could Sell 37 Million Windows Phones This Year  —  If 2011 was the year of Windows Phone's slow slog to market, 2012 may be the year of its breakout.  —  With a decent selection of handsets in the marketplace — including Nokia's newly announced LTE device, the Lumia 900 …
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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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.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Shazam launches new app to replace iOS music player  —  Shazam has gotten a lot of mileage out of its music tagging application, which has been snapped up by 165 million users since launching in 2008.  But now the company is rolling out its first new app called Shazam Player …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
U.S. PC Shipments Slip 6 Percent In Q4, While Apple's Jump 21 Percent  —  The PC industry is in decline.  Or hadn't you noticed?  According to Gartner, PC shipments in the U.S slipped 5.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011.  (Microsoft also warned earlier this week that Q4 PC shipments were down).
David Rowan / The Kernel:
It's time to place the web in safer hands  —  David Rowan, editor of WIRED magazine, launches a fearsome broadside against the internet's global domain registry ICANN, concluding the organisation is no longer fit for purpose.  —  Sorry, internet: it's time to place your custody in safer hands.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Sony bringing its Music Unlimited cloud service to iOS this quarter  —  Sony's Music Unlimited streaming service has been available on Android devices, PCs, and connected devices for some time, but iOS users have been left out — until now.  —  The electronics company will offer a free iPhone …
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Symantec accused of using ‘scareware’ tactics to sell full-version products  —  Summary: Anti-virus maker Symantec is charged in a lawsuit with misleading users into purchasing full versions of its software by peddling ‘scareware’ tactics.  —  Security firm Symantec is being taken to court …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Comcast — Owner Of NBC Universal — Admits That DNS Redirects Are Incompatible With DNSSEC  —  Well, well, well.  Here's something interesting.  Comcast, who owns NBC Universal (one of the main forces behind SOPA/PIPA), is officially a SOPA/PIPA supporter.
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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.
Discussion: CNET, Engadget and WebProNews
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Game streaming service OnLive to be preloaded on all Google TVs  —  It's going to get a lot easier to play cloud-based games on your television soon.  Game streaming service OnLive announced today that its viewing service will be preloaded on the Google TV service.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Pegatron and Foxconn reportedly begin assembly of iPad 3 with Sharp display, launching in early-March  —  According to the Japanese blog Macotakara (which can be accurate with Apple rumor reporting), Apple's contract manufacturers Foxconn Electronics (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry) …
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Google's Schmidt Not Convinced Android is Fragmented  —  LAS VEGAS—Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Tuesday took issue with the idea that the Android mobile operating system is fragmented, arguing that there is instead a “differentiation” between devices.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
TiVo: Recorded and Internet-Delivered Content Surpasses Live TV Viewership  —  The DVR company's audience research unit found that only 38 percent of viewing is live, or 27 percent among users of Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus and other Web video options.  —  NEW YORK - DVR pioneer TiVo …
Discussion: SlashGear, Techland and TechCrunch
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Apple's iPad app of the year, Snapseed, coming to Mac and Android tablets  —  Photography software developer Nik Software will soon release its popular Snapseed photo-editing application for Mac and select Android tablets.  —  Snapseed, originally released for iPhone and iPad …
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.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Digital Desert Hub - Can The Downtown Project Create Silicon Strip In Vegas?  —  While thousands of people swarmed all over CES, I went off-beat and headed north to downtown Las Vegas.  This is the old part of the city where once gamblers at slot machines listened to Sinatra wafting through the Casino doors rather than Beyonce.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Fab.com: mobile shoppers buy twice as often as web visitors  —  UPDATED: Design store Fab.com, has seen a huge surge in mobile use since launching mobile apps in October, with 30 percent of traffic now coming in via mobile.  But more impressive than that is the fact that mobile visitors …
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