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1:45 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zappos Suffers Security Breach; Customer Emails And Passwords Affected  —  It appears that Zappos was the victim of a cyber attack today from a hacker who gained access to the company's internal network through the company's servers in Kentucky.  While specifics of the attack were not revealed …
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 …
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.
DealBook:
Wall Street Jostles to Help Silicon Valley Manage Newfound Wealth  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Sam Odio expected a few congratulatory e-mails when he sold Divvyshot, his online photo-sharing service, to Facebook last April for millions of dollars.  —  Instead, his in-box was flooded with pitches …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Design Sets Tone at Square, a Mobile Payments Start-Up  —  The headquarters of the start-up Square would be the absolute worst place to play hide-and-seek.  There are no offices.  Executives sit in open cubicles.  All of the conference rooms, large and small, are surrounded by walls of clear glass.
Discussion: Betabeat
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.
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
Reprise for Nortel debacle as Toronto trial opens  —  (Reuters) - The fraud trial of three former executives at Canada's bankrupt Nortel Networks opens on Monday, a decade after their alleged crimes, as one of the most spectacular casualties of the 1990's dot-com bubble takes a curtain call in a Toronto courtroom.
 
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
LTE smartphones to account for 4-5% global shipments in 2012
Discussion: AppleInsider and PhoneArena
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Linux won't be locked out of Windows 8 PCs, but FUD continues
Discussion: OStatic blogs and Ars Technica, Thanks:theromit
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM rolls out new social analytics tools
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Reuters:
Hackers disrupt Tel Aviv exchange, El Al websites
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
A TV Debate on Antipiracy
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Microblogging use in China quadruples in 2011: report
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Beepl bats off Quora comparisons to launch its smart, social Q&A platform
Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
The TV Business Keeps Getting Stronger !
Mikael Ricknäs / PC World:
Nokia Sells 450 Wireless and Video Patents to Sisvel
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Maddy Savage / BBC:
Twitter feed gives Swedes a new picture
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