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12:50 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.
Discussion: Sascha Pallenberg
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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  —  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.
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
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
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Tristan Louis / TNL.net:
Where the hits are streaming in 2011  —  A year ago, I looked at the availability of recent blockbuster hits in online stream and discovered some interesting patterns in online stream offerings.  This year, I'm doing the same with the 2011 list of box office hits.  The great news is that we appear to see some progress.
Thanks:tnlnyc
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Apple becomes the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association
 
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