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2:40 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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Google will protest SOPA using popular home page  —  Google, the Web's top search company and of technology's most influential powers in Washington, will post a link on the company's home page tomorrow to notify users of the company's opposition to controversial antipiracy bills being debated in Congress.
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales defends SOPA protest blackout
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay: PIPA/SOPA Won't Stop Us!
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).
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 …
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 …
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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?
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 …
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.
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Paul Allen-backed Audience files for $75 million IPO  —  Audience, an audio software company backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has filed to raise $75 million in an initial public offering.  The Mountain View, California company claims to have created the “world's most intelligent voice processor …
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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.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:   Facebook Is Totally Not an Echo Chamber, Says Facebook
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Troubling Google Contractor Allegedly Caught Vandalizing Open Street Map (Updated)  —  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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Riva Richmond / New York Times:
Koobface Gang That Spread Worm on Facebook Operates in the Open  —  Five men believed to be responsible for spreading a notorious computer worm on Facebook and other social networks — and pocketing several million dollars from online schemes — are hiding in plain sight in St. Petersburg …
Mark Otto / A List Apart:
Building Twitter Bootstrap  —  A year-and-a-half ago, a small group of Twitter employees set out to improve our team's internal analytical and administrative tools.  After some early meetings around this one product, we set out with a higher ambition to create a toolkit for anyone to use within Twitter, and beyond.
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.
 
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Ben Popper / VentureBeat:
Forget Facebook, the IPO market is dying, says SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
With Focus On International Expansion, Airbnb Comes To Android And Revamps Mobile Web Offerings
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
AT&T throttling is a death sentence (Video)
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Yahoo! Passes Facebook for Video Views in December, comScore
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Secondary iPhone Market a Boon for AT&T, Verizon — and Apple, Too
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Symantec: 2006 hacking led to source code theft
Thomas Lin / New York Times:
‘Open Science’ Challenges Journal Tradition With Web Collaboration
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Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Why UltraViolet Produced More Questions Than Answers At CES
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
What Might A Facebook Search Engine Look Like?
Discussion: Techland and WebProNews
Ben Grubb / The Age:
Aussie wunderkind gets $US250k for technology that could revolutionise web
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Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Building the next generation file system for Windows: ReFS
 

 
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