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1:30 PM ET, January 15, 2012


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Macon Phillips / White 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 …
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  — petitions#/!  /response/combating-online-piracy- while-protecting-open-and-innovative- internet  —  and yet I found myself profoundly disturbed …
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?”.
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
Last saturday i woke up mad - a #BlackoutSOPA origin story
Discussion: CNET, hypebot and The Huffington Post
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
Tristan Louis /
Where the hits are streaming in 2011  —  A year ago …
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.
Discussion: @theromit and Sascha Pallenberg
Hillel Fuld / Business Insider:
Here's Why Robert Scoble And The Rest Of The Pundits Are Wrong: Windows Phone Will Be A Success  —  This is a guest post from digital marketer Hillel Fuld, you can follow him on Twitter here.  —  You know Microsoft did SOMETHING right when everyone seems to be talking about the Windows Phone platform.
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.
Marco Arment /
Designing “Mute”  —  An iPhone alarm disrupted a Philharmonic performance: … And a lot of people started condemning the iPhone mute-switch behavior, which doesn't mute all sounds all the time.  —  John Gruber defended Apple's implementation.  Andy Ihnatko strongly disagreed and argues for a hard-line …
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, VentureBeat and Forbes, Thanks:steverubel
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.
Paul Graham:
Schlep Blindness  —  There are great startup ideas lying around unexploited right under our noses.  One reason we don't see them is a phenomenon I call schlep blindness.  Schlep was originally a Yiddish word but has passed into general use in the US.  It means a tedious, unpleasant task.
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple factory inspections turn up scores of labor violations  —  An addendum discloses for the first time the names of 156 Apple suppliers  —  From Apple's Supplier Responsibility Progress Report  —  Apple's (AAPL) sixth annual “supplier responsibility” report is sure to be closely read by both critics and competitors.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Apple becomes the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Facebook's Data Sharing Matters
Discussion: The Not-So Private Parts, Thanks:the_spinmd
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
CES 2012 breaks attendance record, among others
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