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4:15 PM ET, January 16, 2012

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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Why I Started PandoDaily  —  Several months ago I became obsessed with a colony of trees in Utah called Pando Trees.  Measuring 43 hectares and weighing 6,000 tons, they're pretty impressive above ground.  But what really matters is what is happening below.  The interconnected root system is the oldest living organism in the world.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sarah Lacy's PandoDaily launches with $2.5 million in funding  —  Sarah Lacy, an author and veteran journalist (most recently with TechCrunch) is launching PandoDaily, a daily technology news blog focused on startups and the startup ecosystem.  The name for the site comes from a colony of trees in Utah called, Pando Trees.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Wikipedia's anti-SOPA blackout will go ahead on Wednesday  —  Wikipedia is planning an online “blackout” on Wednesday, in protest against proposed US legislation intended to stem web piracy.  —  The free, user-written encyclopaedia is one of the world's top five most popular websites …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Google calls Murdoch's piracy allegations ‘nonsense’  —  News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch is talking nonsense, according to Google.  —  Murdoch, a Twitter user for only the past several weeks, used the service to unleash a barrage of accusations Saturday night against President Barrack Obama and Google.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
A TV Debate on Antipiracy
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Is Facebook IPO on Track for Late May?  —  According to multiple sources, the long anticipated public offering of Facebook is now likely to come in the third week of May.  —  That means that the company must file its IPO documents within the next month, given the review by the Securities …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Samsung and Apple looking at new waterproof smartphone tech  —  A new technology that could save your phone from getting water damaged could be included the next wave of smartphones about to be made by Samsung and Apple.  —  Called HZO, the technology creates a nano-scale film barrier …
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Even Woz Thinks the Android Bests the iPhone  —  Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak still loves his iPhone, but says in some ways, Android has leapt ahead.  Wow.  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs hated the Android smartphone operating system so much that he vowed he would spend his last dying breath …
Discussion: GigaOM, 9to5Google, WebProNews and 9to5Mac
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Why the video pros are moving away from Apple  —  Six months after the launch of Final Cut Pro X (FCPX), Apple's major overhaul to its professional video editing software Final Cut Pro, video pros find themselves increasingly looking at other software options.
Discussion: WebProNews
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Wintel tablet PCs may be priced from US$599-899  —  Wintel-based tablet PCs may see their prices go as high as US$599-899 due to Intel and Microsoft both being unwilling to drop their related hardware and software quotes, and as a result, it could push consumers from wanting to purchase the devices …
Steve Clayton / TechNet Blogs:
Surface 2.0 now shipping  —  I spent a lot of time with Surface 2.0 last week and from this morning onwards, other can begin to have the same pleasure - the SUR 40 is now shipping and available through Samsung channel and reseller partners.  Samsung announced the news this morning …
Charlie Kindel / cek.log:
Fragmentation Is Not The End of Android  —  The fragmentation of Android is very real and very problematic for end users, developers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, and Google.  However fragmentation does not mean Android is going to “die” or “fail” as some seem to think.
Discussion: The Verge
Reuters:
Hacker says to release full Norton Antivirus code on Tuesday  —  (Reuters) - A hacker who goes by the name of ‘Yama Tough’ threatened Saturday to release next week the full source code for Symantec Corp's flagship Norton Antivirus software.  “This coming Tuesday behold the full Norton Antivirus 1,7Gb src …
John P. Mello Jr. / PC World:
Maker of Steve Jobs Action Figure Kills Project  —  The maker of a controversial Steve Jobs action figure is stopping production and sale of the 12-inch doll following threats of legal action by Apple and Jobs' family.  —  “Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries …
Discussion: MacRumors and WebProNews
France Lamy / Google LatLong:
World Bank and Google join forces to empower mapping communities around the world  —  Today the World Bank and Google announced a collaborative agreement aimed at improving disaster preparedness and development efforts in countries around the world.  —  Under this agreement …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
AWS offers free Windows on EC2 (kind of)  —  Amazon will let customers run free micro-instances of Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 on its EC2 service starting now, according to a new post to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) blog.  —  Such try-before-you-buy tactics have helped Amazon win converts …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra Joins Salesforce As EVP Of Emerging Markets  —  CRM and cloud giant Salesforce has announced a key hire today—former U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra.  Kundra has joined the company as executive vice president of emerging markets.
Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
Viruses stole City College of S.F. data for years  —  Personal banking information and other data from perhaps tens of thousands of students, faculty and administrators at City College of San Francisco have been stolen in what is being called “an infestation” of computer viruses with origins …
Daniel Edward Rosen / The New York Observer:
Exclusive: foursquare Celebrates New Office Space, Elbow Room  —  It's Christmas day for foursquare!  Except in place of being visited by Ol' St. Nick, the location-based social networking phenom was visited by a fast-working team of architects and builders, leaving them with their brand new office space at 586 Broadway.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Symantec Buys Cloud-Based Email Archiving Company LiveOffice For $115M  —  Security and storage giant Symantec has announced the acquisition of cloud email archiving company LiveOffice.  The acquisition price was $115 million.  —  LiveOffice is a SaaS provider of email archiving, compliance and hosting.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Launches Promo Platform For Artists  —  For many independent artists obscurity is a bigger problem than piracy, but it's a problem that The Pirate Bay hopes to solve.  —  Today the largest torrent site on the Internet rolled out a new promotion platform for filmmakers, musicians, writers and all other artists alike.
Discussion: Inquirer and The Next Web
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast is the fastest broadband provider in the U.S.  —  Comcast, the Philadelphia-based cable company, was the fastest broadband service provider in the U.S. during 2011, according to Ookla, a broadband speed test company.  Comcast recently announced that it had completed the upgrade …
Discussion: Betabeat and WebProNews
Ian Paul / PC World:
Log into Gmail on a PC via Your Smartphone  —  Google recently introduced a fun (and more secure) way to log into your Google account from a public terminal without entering your password into the PC, and instead using your smartphone and a QR code.  —  The method is similar to how Google sets …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM rolls out new social analytics tools  —  Summary: IBM is betting its social analytics tools will aggregate unstructured data and find signals to highlight everything from employee sentiment to market trends via unstructured data, SAP applications and Facebook posts.
Discussion: Bits, eWeek and WebProNews
 
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Bloomberg:
Samsung May Sell First Overseas Bonds Since 1997 to Finance Chip Factories
Electronista:
91% of business pros use iPads for work, 83% loyal to Apple
Discussion: iLounge, 9to5Mac and WebProNews
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Ex-Firefox exec Shaver has plans for Facebook's Android app
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
LTE smartphones to account for 4-5% global shipments in 2012
Discussion: AppleInsider and PhoneArena
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
Reprise for Nortel debacle as Toronto trial opens
Reuters:
Hackers disrupt Tel Aviv exchange, El Al websites
Discussion: Ynetnews, Gawker and The Next Web
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Microblogging use in China quadruples in 2011: report
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Horace Dediu / @asymco:
A second view into the history of personal computing. http://twitpic.com/87nbjj
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Lovefilm Adding ABC TV Show Archive In UK Netflix Fight
Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
The TV Business Keeps Getting Stronger !
Mikael Ricknäs / PC World:
Nokia Sells 450 Wireless and Video Patents to Sisvel
Discussion: SlashGear and Techie Buzz
DealBook:
Wall Street Jostles to Help Silicon Valley Manage Newfound Wealth
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Design Sets Tone at Square, a Mobile Payments Start-Up
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zappos Suffers Security Breach; Customer Emails And Passwords Affected
 

 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
After suing Imgur over copyright, photographer's archive of 20K+ images uploaded to Pirate Bay

 
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