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7:25 PM ET, January 13, 2012

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Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Prepare March IPad 3 Debut With Sharper Screen, Faster Chip  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s next iPad, expected to go sale in March, will sport a high-definition screen, run a faster processor and work with next-generation wireless networks, according to three people familiar with the product.
Stefan Magdalinski / Mocality Kenya:
Google, what were you thinking?  —  I'm very proud of the business that we've created here at Mocality, but I'm especially proud of two things:  — Our crowdsourcing program.  When we started this business, we knew that (unlike in the UK or US, where you can just kickstart your directory business …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Updated: ‘Mortified’ Google To Act On Those Who Poached Rival's Clients  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has “apologised unreservedly” after its Kenyan outfit poached customers from a rival business directory by systematically accessing its database.  —  The CEO of local business directory startup Mocality …
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Tim Cook's Email to Apple Staff Regarding Supplier Responsibility Report  —  Earlier today, Apple released its 2012 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report, an annual report that was supplemented for the first time by a public list of over 150 companies that supply components and manufacturing services to the company.
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Bloomberg:
FTC Said to Expand Antitrust Probe to Add Google+ Service  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is expanding its antitrust probe of Google Inc. (GOOG), the world's most popular search engine, to include scrutiny of its new Google+ social networking service, according to two people familiar with the situation.
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
ITC: Motorola does not violate Apple patents  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Motorola's Droid smartphones do not violate three Apple patents, dealing a blow to Apple's legal offensive against the Android smartphone ecosystem.  —  The ruling is preliminary …
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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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Under voter pressure, members of Congress backpedal (hard) on SOPA
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Lumia 900 to be released in March, says Nokia developer newsletter  —  When Microsoft and Nokia announced that the Lumia 900 is coming to AT&T, the best either company would give us for a release date was in “the coming months.”  However, apparently the message that they need to keep things vague …
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Nick Wingfield / Bits:
One on One: Stephen Elop, Nokia Chief
Discussion: Computerworld
Ben Rudolph / Windows Phone Blog:
VIDEO: Windows Phone wins 88% of #smokedbywindowsphone challenges at CES 2012!
Discussion: GeekWire
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
OnLive Desktop for iPad Now Available on App Store  —  OnLive's virtual Windows 7 / Office app for the iPad has arrived on the App Store.  As we reported earlier this week, OnLive Desktop offers iPad users access to full-featured versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Hands-On With OnLive's Windows 7 iPad App: Nice Tech Demo, Not That Useful Yet
Discussion: GigaOM and GigaOM
Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:
Pinspire, The Hottest New Startup To Completely Rip Off The Hottest New Startup  —  It's no mistake that Pinspire.com is built on the same concept, has the same look, the same color scheme and even the same feel to its cursive logo as the hugely popular social bookmarking site Pinterest.
Discussion: Business Insider and @cdixon
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Snapshot of the computer market, with and without iPad  —  If tablets are computers, Apple's share of the global market now dwarfs its competitors  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Deutsche Bank  —  Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore came away from this year's Consumer Electronics Show …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Uber car impounded, driver ticketed in city sting  —  The D.C. Taxicab Commission is wasting no time showing Uber, the hybrid taxi-limousine service, who's boss.  An Uber car was impounded and its driver was ticketed this morning as part of a sting operation, said the commission chairman, Ron Linton.
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 …
Discussion: A VC, CNET and adafruit industries blog, Thanks:ampressman
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
After Being Banned, Grooveshark Returns to iOS and Android With HTML5 App  —  Grooveshark may have been booted from both the iTunes App Store and Android Market, but that's not stopping the controversial music streaming startup from forging ahead with its mobile strategy.
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: TechSpot, Fudzilla, Inquirer and Engadget
Nathan Layne / Reuters:
Exclusive: TPG willing to invest $1 billion in Olympus  —  (Reuters) - Private equity firm TPG Capital is willing to invest about $1 billion in Japan's Olympus Corp in a joint deal with Sony Corp or another suitor circling the scandal-hit firm, a person familiar with TPG's thinking said.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Enterprise Data Software Company Splunk Files For $125M IPO  —  Splunk, an enterprise data company; has filed its S-1 to go public.  In the offering, Splunk aims to raises as much as $125 million.  The company will list under the symbol “SPLK.”  —  Splunk is a provider of intelligence software used …
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM and Bloomberg
 
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Reuters:
AVG Technologies files for IPO of up to $125 million
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway, Mayor Lee And Heather Harde Launch sfCITI, Want To Keep SF At The Forefront Of Tech
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
GamesBeat aspires to become bible of the games industry: acquires Bitmob
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Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
Malicious Software Attacks Security Cards Used by Pentagon
Discussion: CNET, The Register and Softpedia News
Bloomberg:
Google, LG Said to Be in Talks on TV Service
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPhone 4S Sales Cancelled at Beijing and Shanghai Apple Stores