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12:30 PM ET, January 17, 2012

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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple to announce tools, platform to “digitally destroy” textbook publishing  —  Apple is slated to announce the fruits of its labor on improving the use of technology in education at its special media event on Thursday, January 19.  While speculation has so far centered on digital textbooks …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's education event is getting seriously over-hyped  —  The goal is to sell more iPads to schools, not to destroy the textbook industry  —  “This whole event is being blown out of proportion.”  —  That's a former Apple (AAPL) executive talking about the media drumroll …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple working with McGraw-Hill on education announcement slated for Jan.19 at Guggenheim
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Scott Forstall is Apple's ‘CEO-in-waiting’ says new book  —  The senior VP's chief weakness, writes Fortune's Adam Lashinsky, is his naked ambition He's young (43).  Comfortable on stage (played Sweeney Todd in high school).  Has serious nerd credentials (Stanford, NeXT).
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
Apple Files German Design Lawsuit Against Ten Samsung Smartphone Models  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) filed another suit in Germany, seeking to ban sales of Samsung Electronics (005930) Co.'s smartphone models, including the Galaxy S Plus and the S II.  —  The suit targeting 10 smartphones was filed …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook Open Graph Actions Are Coming This Wednesday  —  Facebook will on Wednesday launch the Open Graph applications it first debuted last September, sources told AllThingsD.  These are the apps made by outside developers that “frictionlessly” and continuously share users' actions …
Rafael Rivera / Within Windows:
Windows 8 Secrets: PC and Device Requirements  —  Last month, Microsoft released its hardware requirement documentation for Windows 8 logo certification.  This documentation contains Microsoft's guidelines for designing systems which successfully meet Windows performance, quality …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows 8's locked bootloaders: much ado about nothing, or the end of the world as we know it?  —  Microsoft has published the hardware requirements that manufacturers must follow if they want to slap a “Designed for Windows 8” sticker onto their systems.  In among many innocuous requirements …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Troubling Google Contractor Allegedly Caught Vandalizing Open Street Map  —  The official blog of Open Street Map reports tonight that someone at a range of Google IP addresses in India has been editing the collaboratively made map of the world in some very unhelpful ways …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD to launch ultrabook platform with lower cost  —  As Intel is ready to launch its next-generation Ivy Bridge platform for ultrabooks in April, hoping to bring down the average price of ultrabooks to US$799-999 with enhanced performance, AMD is also set to launch its Trinity-based platform …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
CloudFlare Builds ‘Stop Censorship’ App, Lets Sites Easily “Black Out” Against SOPA  —  Whatever position you may take on SOPA, or on whether or not sites should black out against SOPA (Yes it has come to this), the issue has reached a boiling point today with sites like Wikipedia and Reddit pledging …
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales defends SOPA protest blackout
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Research In Motion pushing for sale to Samsung  —  Research In Motion is currently weighing every single option it can think of in an effort to reverse a negative trend that is approaching a boiling point for investors.  Reports that RIM is currently in talks to license its software …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Sprint removing Carrier IQ starting this month, confirms HTC  —  Android Authority had reported yesterday that Sprint's HTC EVO 3D was getting a new firmware update that wiped Carrier IQ's software off the device, following up on a promise that the company had made in December to start disabling it across the lineup.
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Netflix Hit With Class-Action Suit By Angry Investors  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) has been hit with a class-action suit by a group of disgruntled investors who claim the online movie-rental chain withheld information from them prior to its steep stock-price plunge over the late summer and fall.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes Match Launches in 19 New Countries: Latin America, Baltics, Netherlands  —  Earlier today, we noted that iTunes Match had begun going live in Netherlands, following last week's news of an agreement between Apple and Dutch copyright oversight group Buma/Stemra.
Electronista:
iPad 3 display shipments may top 7m by launch, 10m after  —  iPad 3 LCDs may overtake iPad 2 in spring  —  Shipments of the rumored 2048x1536 display behind the upcoming next-generation iPad may quickly overtake, but not completely replace, the iPad 2 based on purported new leaks.
Ben Grubb / The Age:
Aussie wunderkind gets $US250k for technology that could revolutionise web  —  He is 16, an Australian living in London and recently scored $US250,000 in investment from a billionaire for a technology that could change the way we read emails, news articles or any other text on our computers.
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung Group plans record $41 billion investment in 2012  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Group, which includes Samsung Electronics Co, said on Tuesday it is raising its 2012 investment to a record $41.4 billion, underscoring the widening gulf between the dominant South Korean conglomerate and its faltering competitors.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Building the next generation file system for Windows: ReFS … In this blog post I'd like to talk about a new file system for Windows.  This file system, which we call ReFS, has been designed from the ground up to meet a broad set of customer requirements, both today's and tomorrow's …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
OK, Gawker, We'll Engage in Your Link Bait for Just One Post  —  The water cooler chatter from early this morning in PandoDaily's virtual offices (aka email):  —  Sarah: “We don't want to reference ‘accusers’ before we have them.”  —  Trevor: “Well by the afternoon, we will have them!”
Eytan Bakshy / Facebook:
Rethinking Information Diversity in Networks  —  How do your friends shape the information you see and read online?  Social networking technologies like Facebook let us connect to hundreds, even thousands of people — and have fundamentally changed how people get their information.
Discussion: WebProNews
Zach Epstein / BGR:
America's first Nokia Windows Phone already free on contract  —  Nokia's first Windows Phone-powered smartphone to launch in the United States is already available for free on contract.  Nokia and T-Mobile unveiled the Nokia Lumia 710 last month and confirmed that while the handset is certainly …
Dan York / Internet Society:
World IPv6 Launch on June 6, 2012, To Bring Permanent IPv6 Deployment  —  Today marks the start of a new era for IPv6.  Building on the great success of last year's World IPv6 Day, this year's “World IPv6 Launch” will bring together major Internet service providers (ISPs) …
Discussion: @facebook, The Next Web and Cisco Blog
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Symantec: 2006 hacking led to source code theft  —  (Reuters) - Symantec Corp, the world's biggest maker of antivirus software, said that hackers breached its networks in 2006, stealing source code to its flagship security programs and three other products.  —  Unknown hackers obtained …
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Samsung Electronics demands Apple-Qualcomm deal be revealed  —  Samsung Electronics has recently made a legal request in the United States for Apple to unveil its contract with Qualcomm, according to a copy of court documents acquired by The Korea Times.  —  Samsung confirmed that the request …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Electronista
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
What Might A Facebook Search Engine Look Like?  —  (image) Dialing in from the department of Pure Speculation...  As we all attempt to digest the implications of last week's Google+ integration, I've also be thinking about Facebook's next moves.  There's been plenty of speculation in the past …
 
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Secondary iPhone Market a Boon for AT&T, Verizon — and Apple, Too
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Thomas Lin / New York Times:
‘Open Science’ Challenges Journal Tradition With Web Collaboration
Discussion: Guardian
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Why UltraViolet Produced More Questions Than Answers At CES
Bloomberg:
Qunar Considers U.S. IPO as China Travel Demand Fuels Search Site's Growth
Cornelius Rahn / Bloomberg:
Europe Seeks to Prevent U.S. Dominating Cloud
Discussion: GigaOM
Dan Munro / Forbes:
Healthcare Delivers Technical Knockout at CES
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google: That QR Login Page is Just an Experiment, “We're Already Working on Something Better”
Discussion: Lifehacker, Softpedia News and PC World
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
The Year Of The Dumb And Dumber, Sub-$100 Smartphone - 500 Million Of Them
Alicia Eler / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Why Do People Use Facebook?
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Uh-oh, PC: Half of computing device sales are mobile
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Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Even Woz Thinks the Android Bests the iPhone
 

 
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