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12:30 PM ET, January 13, 2012

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Jim Forsyth / Reuters:
Author of U.S. online piracy bill vows not to buckle  —  (Reuters) - The lawmaker behind a bill to combat online piracy vowed on Thursday to press ahead in the face of fierce criticism from Internet giants such as Google and Facebook.  —  “It is amazing to me that the opponents apparently …
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Jamie Lee Curtis Taete / Vice:
The Author of SOPA Is a Copyright Violator  —  Wanna spend your Thursday night looking for hypocrites on the internet?  Help us expose other SOPA-supporting, copyright-flaunting hypocrites here.  US Congressman and poor-toupee-colour-chooser Lamar Smith is the guy who authored the Stop Online Piracy Act.
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Mashable!
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Author of Controversial Piracy Bill Now Says ‘More Study’ Needed
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
As SOPA/PIPA Becomes Toxic, Frantic Congress Test Runs Dropping DNS Blocking Provisions
Discussion: Techdirt
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Busted: Google gets caught scraping Kenya's biggest business listings database  —  When Google enters a new market, it likes to fully commit itself to its work and building its services.  However, when it entered Kenya and attempted to help get Kenyan businesses online, it seems to have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
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Steven Levy:
Is Too Much Plus is a Minus for Google?  —  On Tuesday, Google announced something called Search, plus Your World (SPYW).  It marked a startling transformation of the company's flagship product, Google Search, into an amplifier of social content.  Google's critics—as well as some folks generally …
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook Finds Quieter Ways to Complain About Google's Search+  —  While Twitter lead the charge this week in publicly and unequivocally blasting Google's new promotion of Google+ in its search results, Facebook stayed quieter.  —  Well, on the surface.  Multiple stories about Google …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, MediaShift and GeekWire
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Could Bing seriously challenge Google?
Discussion: Business Insider
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPhone 4S Sales Cancelled at Beijing and Shanghai Apple Stores  —  Apple has decided to postpone the retail availability of its new iPhone 4S at some stores in mainland China after a rowdy crowd disrupted the device's debut at its Sanlitun store in Beijing.  —  Would-be customers …
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Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
iPhone 4S launch in China draws large crowds, unnecessary violence and SWAT teams (video)
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
Why Windows Phones Are the Most Exciting Handsets at CES  —  LAS VEGAS — There's a curious thing happening in the smartphone space at this year's CES.  Two Windows Phone devices — the HTC Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 900 — are the most hyped, talked-about phones at the show.  Yeah, that's right: Windows Phones.
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Ben Rudolph / Windows Phone Blog:
VIDEO: Windows Phone wins 88% of #smokedbywindowsphone challenges at CES 2012!
Discussion: Neowin.net and Techie Buzz
BBC:
Ex-Apple boss Sculley sets record straight on Jobs  —  Former Apple boss John Sculley said he enjoyed a great working relationship with Steve Jobs during ‘the good times’  —  Apple's former chief executive John Sculley is perhaps best known as the man who first mentored and then clashed with Steve Jobs …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Will Stop Serving Torrents  —  After half a decade of loyal service, The Pirate Bay shut down its tracker in November 2009.  —  The Pirate Bay argued that BitTorrent trackers have been made redundant by technologies such as DHT and PEX.  In addition, The Pirate Bay team …
Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
2011, 2012 and beyond.  —  We just closed the books on a big 2011 for Hulu.  As a team, we recently reflected on our 2011 investments in innovation and thought it would be an appropriate time to share some of those thoughts via this post.  —  First, some results:
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
This is the New YouTube Player with Storyboards  —  The next version of YouTube video player will have one very useful feature - you can hover your mouse to any point in the video, without actually moving the playhead, and the YouTube player will show you an image thumbnail of the video frame at the position.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:labnol
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Xbox Accounted for 40 Percent of All Videogame Sales in 2011  —  Microsoft dominated the videogame industry last year, with the Xbox capturing nearly half of all consumer spending from physical sales in 2011.  —  According to NPD data released today, about $6.7 billion …
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
AMD's Lightning Bolt: Low Cost Thunderbolt Alternative for USB 3.0/DP  —  One of the things I love the most about AMD is the balance it provides to Intel.  While I've spent much of CES looking for Thunderbolt products and lamenting the cost of controllers and devices, AMD put together a concept it calls Lightning Bolt.
Discussion: Inquirer, Engadget and TechEye
Don Reisinger / CNET:
RIM hires Goldman Sachs to field buyout offers?  —  Talk of Research In Motion being acquired just won't go away.  But this time, it might be RIM's fault.  —  The BlackBerry maker has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to help it field potential buyout offers, according to the rumor mill on the Wall Street trading floor.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Texas Instruments demos first OMAP 5, Android 4.0-based reference design, promises it in laptops next year (video)  —  Texas Instruments promised us a new helping of OMAP right around a year ago, and sure enough, OMAP 5 processors will be sampling to partners as early as next week.
Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
Malicious Software Attacks Security Cards Used by Pentagon  —  Chinese hackers have deployed a new cyber weapon that is aimed at the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and potentially a number of other United States government agencies and businesses, security researchers say.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Survey: 80% Say Social Networks Had No Influence On Holiday Shopping Decisions  —  Social networks could one day revolutionize how we get shopping recommendations, but not yet.  Instead, tablets are causing the biggest shakeup in ecommerce.  80.2% of 1000 holiday shoppers said no …
Discussion: All Facebook
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Fab.com Acquires Indie Fashion Marketplace FashionStake  —  Fab.com, the incredibly fast-growing marketplace for all things design, has made its first acquisition after raising over $50 million in venture capital.  The company this morning announced that it has bought NYC-based FashionStake …
Glyn Moody / ComputerworldUK:
Is Microsoft Blocking Linux Booting on ARM Hardware?  —  Back in September last year, there was a bit of a to-do about Microsoft's UEFI Secure Boot technology in Windows 8, when a Red Hat engineer posted the following: Microsoft requires that machines conforming to the Windows 8 logo program …
Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
Beats Electronics Is Breaking Up with Monster  —  The popular headphone line parts ways with its manufacturing partner  —  In a Las Vegas hotel a few days before the start of the Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 10, Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine takes out an iPad …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
New York City gets a Software Engineering High School  —  This fall New York City will open The Academy for Software Engineering, the city's first public high school that will actually train kids to develop software.  The project has been a long time dream of Mike Zamansky …
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Apple reveals a list of its suppliers for the first time
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and SlashGear
Nick Wingfield / Bits:
One on One: Stephen Elop, Nokia Chief
Discussion: TechCrunch
Bloomberg:
Google, LG Said to Be in Talks on TV Service
Forbes:
CES 2012: IPhone 5 to Support T-Mobile Network
Discussion: Phones Review
Paul Roberts / threatpost:
Microsoft Readying Real Time Hosted Threat Intelligence Feed
Discussion: Inquirer, InfoWorld and Ars Technica
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Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Map Apps: The Race to Fill in the Blanks
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Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Smart TVs: The next tech war is in the living room
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