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9:40 AM ET, January 12, 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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google And The Monopoly Paradox  —  We've been over this.  A lot.  And this story is going to continue for some time to come.  It sure looks like Google is almost asking for an inquiry into potentially anti-competitive practices (and it's coming).  Which is insane.  So the next logical question is why?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Real-Life Examples Of How Google's “Search Plus” Pushes Google+ Over Relevancy  —  The new Google “Search Plus Your World” feature — which I'm now simply calling “Search Plus” — has just gone live for me.  Huge debate erupted yesterday over whether it somehow favors Google+.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
If SOPA's Main Target Is The Pirate Bay, It's Worth Pointing Out That ThePirateBay.org Is Immune From SOPA  —  In looking over Eric Goldman's excellent “linkwrap” of a bunch of recent SOPA/PIPA stories, it pointed me to a News.com article from last month, about how SOPA was really about going after one single site: The Pirate Bay.
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E.D. Kain / Forbes:
Time Is Running Out For SOPA Opponents Congressmen Warn At CES 2012  —  Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) showed up at CES 2012 in Las Vegas to issue a stark warning: we're running out of time to stop legislation aimed at cracking down on copyright infringement.
Dan Nguyen / Dan Nguyen pronounced fast is danwin:
The SOPA Debate and How It's Affected by Congress's Understanding of Child Porn
Discussion: MacStories
Stephen Rosenman / Seeking Alpha:
Apple's Foreign Cash Hoard  —  Apple (AAPL) is piling up boatloads of cash: just not here.  —  Those boatloads are increasing becoming docked in Apple's foreign subsidiaries and cannot be repatriated without incurring additional hefty U.S. taxes.  A whopping $54 billion of Apple's $82 billion cash …
Discussion: TUAW and PhoneArena
Cade Metz / Wired Enterprise:
Google's Data Center Engineer Shares Secrets of ‘Warehouse’ Computing  —  Luiz Barroso, one of the minds behind the Googlenet.  Photo: Google  —  Luiz André Barroso doesn't see Google's data centers as data centers.  He sees them as computers the size of warehouses.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Why Samsung Is The Next Apple  —  For most of the ten years I've been coming to CES, every presentation, every booth, has had one goal: to create an ecosystem in order to encourage consumer to lock in.  Year after year, presentation after presentation, someone has come out to show how the phone …
Discussion: paidContent, Macgasm and MacStories
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
LG signs Android, Chrome OS patent deal with Microsoft  —  Summary: LG Electronics is the latest Android vendor to license Microsoft patents in order to head off potential legal issues.  —  It's been a couple of months since Microsoft has touted any new Android/Chrome OS vendors agreeing to license its patents.
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 …
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Year of Microsoft  —  How the former tech giant can reclaim its throne in 2012.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
The MacBook Air Samsung SSD is about to get twice as fast  —  I had a chance to meet with Samsung Storage solutions at CES 2012 this week and got the low down on its new OEM SSDs that Apple tends to buy in large numbers.  Samsung and Toshiba are the OEMs that provide the SSDs in MacBook Airs.
Discussion: SlashGear
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Amazon Web Services Now Available Without That Messy ‘Web’ Part  —  Data doesn't have to travel over the messy, dangerous public Internet to use Amazon's cloud.  —  Amazon today expanded its AWS “direct connect” service to Northern California and three other global locations.
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces special event in New York on Jan. 19
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
EMI Sues Irish State For Not Implementing Piracy Blocking Provisions  —  The place where breaking news, BitTorrent and copyright collide  —  EMI Sues Irish State For Not Implementing Piracy Blocking Provisions  —  After failing last year in its attempt to force a local Internet service provider …
Discussion: TechEye
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Grab Your Cash and Warm Up the Wagon — ICANN Domain Rush Kicks Off Tomorrow  —  The domain name landgrab begins tomorrow.  —  That's when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — the organization charged with managing the Internet's domain name system …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
NewsGator Has Quietly Built An Enterprise Social Networking Business On Top Of SharePoint  —  NewsGator.  Those of us who were using RSS readers in the middle of the past decade most likely think of desktop app FeedDemon for Windows or desktop/mobile app NetNewsWire for Mac when we hear the name.
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 …
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Fever Dream of a Guilt-Ridden Gadget Reporter  —  I trudge past several million dollars worth of 3DTVs, looking for a good place to take a s**t.  The toilets are all filthy.  CES attendees are overwhlemingly men.  Men are filthy, especially when they've been drinking too much coffee and eating Vegas buffets.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Renews Push in China  —  Two Years After Censorship Clash, Company Renews Push to Expand in World's Biggest Internet Market  —  Google Inc., which pulled its Web-search engine out of mainland China two years ago after a confrontation with Chinese authorities over censorship …
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 …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Sharp is Reportedly Out of the Race for iPad 3 Display Production  —  According to Korea's Electronic Times Internet News, it's been confirmed that Samsung Electronics and LG Display will supply LCD panels for Apple's iPad 3, which is scheduled to be unveiled as early as in Q1 this year.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Microsoft's Share Of The Search Market Is Finally Bigger Than Yahoo's  —  Microsoft has poured billions of dollars into its search engine, and this is what it has to show for it.  —  It is now the second largest search engine in the U.S., just edging past Yahoo …
 
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Beyond Siri: Voice Recognition Pops Up in More Gadgets
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Will 2012 be Thunderbolt's year? Devices arrive in force at CES
Alicia Eler / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Your Facebook Personality Is The Real You
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Homeland Security watches Twitter, social media
Discussion: Boing Boing
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Research: Small Screens Better For Content; Bigger Screens For Productivity
Discussion: In-Stat
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
U.S. PC Shipments Slip 6 Percent In Q4, While Apple's Jump 21 Percent
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Motorola's Sanjay Jha: 'Verizon and AT&T don't want seven stock Android devices on their shelves'
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Exclusive: Microsoft Web TV subscription plan on hold
 

 
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Chinese Activists Go on Trial for Protesting Media Censorship; Lawyers Claim Human Rights Violation

 
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