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3:50 PM ET, January 13, 2012

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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.
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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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
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)
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.
Discussion: 9to5Mac and BGR
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Apple reveals a list of its suppliers for the first time
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Morgan Stanley: Apple's next iPhone to be slimmer, may include quad-mode LTE chip  —  Investment bank Morgan Stanley hinted on Friday that Apple's next-generation iPhone will be slimmer when it arrives later this year and could include a quad-mode chip from Qualcomm that would allow for 3G …
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: Softpedia News
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 …
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, Fudzilla, Engadget and TechEye
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: Gizmodo, VentureBeat and The Next Web, Thanks:labnol
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Dish to shut more Blockbuster stores than planned  —  (Reuters) - Dish Network Corp will be closing more U.S. Blockbuster stores across than it had originally planned, and will turn the remaining outlets partly into Dish customer-service points, Chief Executive Joe Clayton told Reuters.
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.
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 …
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: CNET, A VC and Betabeat, Thanks:ampressman
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 …
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 …
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.
Ben Rudolph / Windows Phone Blog:
VIDEO: Windows Phone wins 88% of #smokedbywindowsphone challenges at CES 2012!  —  #smokedbywindowsphone is a wrap at CES 2012, and it was a raging success!  Thousands of people (yes, we had crowds watching the challenges happen) saw first hand why Windows Phone connects them to the stuff …
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Uber car impounded, driver ticketed in city sting
Discussion: Slate, DCist and nbcwashington.com
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway, Mayor Lee And Heather Harde Launch sfCITI, Want To Keep SF At The Forefront Of Tech
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Ashton Kutcher invests in Gidsy, an Airbnb for travel experiences
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Survey: 80% Say Social Networks Had No Influence On Holiday Shopping Decisions
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Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
Malicious Software Attacks Security Cards Used by Pentagon
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Dennis Fisher / threatpost:
Researchers Find Way to Sniff Corporate Email Via BlackBerry PlayBook
Bloomberg:
Google, LG Said to Be in Talks on TV Service
Forbes:
CES 2012: IPhone 5 to Support T-Mobile Network
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Smart TVs: The next tech war is in the living room
Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
Beats Electronics Is Breaking Up with Monster
 

 
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