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11:45 AM 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).
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 …
Discussion: InfoWorld, Tech Europe and Electronista
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: SiliconFilter and The Next Web
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales defends SOPA protest blackout
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter's Dick Costolo calls Wikipedia's SOPA blackout ‘foolish’
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 …
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!”
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Tech Industry Buys Itself a Mouthpiece
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.  —  The
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google: That QR Login Page is Just an Experiment, “We're Already Working on Something Better”  —  A nifty little undisclosed Google service made the rounds on the Internet today.  By going to a specific website, Google would give you a QR code to scan on your phone and then let you log …
Discussion: Softpedia News and ZDNet
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Ian Paul / PC World:
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