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8:50 PM ET, January 15, 2012

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Macon Phillips / White House.gov Blog:
Obama Administration Responds to We the People Petitions on SOPA and Online Piracy  —  The White House has responded to two petitions about legislative approaches to combat online piracy.  In their response, Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at Office of Management and Budget …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Pirates!  Rupert Murdoch Rails About Obama, Google, and Silicon Valley  —  On Friday, Rupert Murdoch and his top executives gathered for a day-long private confab in Las Vegas to think big thoughts about digital stuff.  I'm guessing there wasn't a session entitled “How Great is Google?”.
Tim O'Reilly / Google+:
I was pleased to see the measured tone of the White House response to the citizen petition about #SOPA and #PIPA  —  https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/ petitions#/!  /response/combating-online-piracy- while-protecting-open-and-innovative- internet  —  and yet I found myself profoundly disturbed …
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
Last saturday i woke up mad - a #BlackoutSOPA origin story
Discussion: CNET, hypebot and The Huffington Post
Robert Scoble / Google+:
What +Hillel Fuld doesn't know about Windows Phone and its chances in the market  —  So Hillel laid out why I'm wrong, in the article on Business Insider linked to below, when it comes to Windows Phone's chances.  —  But, see, he's an observer and hasn't done the hard work.
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Hillel Fuld / Business Insider:
Here's Why Robert Scoble And The Rest Of The Pundits Are Wrong: Windows Phone Will Be A Success
Discussion: Bits, Thanks:hilzfuld
Daniel J. Wakin / New York Times:
Ringing Finally Ended, but There's No Button to Stop Shame  —  They were baying for blood in the usually polite precincts of Avery Fisher Hall.  —  The unmistakably jarring sound of an iPhone marimba ring interrupted the soft and spiritual final measures of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 at the New York Philharmonic on Tuesday night.
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Fred Wilson / A VC:
Scarcity Is A S**tty Business Model  —  The Gotham Gal has been under the weather this weekend.  Last night we made soup for dinner and decided to sit on the couch and watch a movie and go to bed early.  After dinner, we fired up Boxee and checked out Netflix.  Nothing good there.
Discussion: @cindygallop
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Tristan Louis / TNL.net:
Where the hits are streaming in 2011  —  A year ago …
Thanks:tnlnyc
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Where were all the Google TVs at CES?  —  Just a week ago, the blogosphere was abuzz with the news that Google had officially locked down partners for a whole new generation of devices with its operating system for connected TVs.  But if Google finally is gaining the trust and support …
Discussion: parislemon, parislemon and ClickZ
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Facebook's Data Sharing Matters  —  Facebook has cut a deal with political website Politico that allows the independent site machine-access to Facebook users' messages, both public and private, when a Republican Presidential candidate is mentioned by name.
Discussion: @mathewi and The Not-So Private Parts, Thanks:the_spinmd
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Our Google+ Conundrum  —  I'm going to add another Saturday morning sketch to this site, and offer a caveat to you all: I've not bounced this idea off many folks, and the seed of it comes from a source who is unreservedly biased about all this.  But I thought this worth airing out, so here you have it.
Discussion: Business Insider and VentureBeat, Thanks:steverubel
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft: Skype for Windows Phone is coming soon  —  Microsoft's Windows Phone Skype app appears to be nearing release.  Skype's VP of products, Rick Osterloh, revealed that Microsoft is “working on a Windows Phone product that will be coming out soon,” during an interview at CES 2012.
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Samsung Merging Its Bada OS With Intel-Backed Tizen Project  —  Samsung said it is working on merging its homegrown “bada” smartphone operating system with Tizen, an operating system project the company is conducting with chipmaker Intel.  —  Samsung is merging its bada smartphone operating system …
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Hulu Plans to Raise Money to Fund Expansion Into Original Shows  —  Hulu LLC, the online TV service owned by ABC, NBC and Fox, is ratcheting up competition with Netflix Inc. (NFLX) with plans to raise money for an expansion into original programs.  —  Hulu will release “Battleground,” …
 
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