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6:10 PM ET, January 17, 2012

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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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House Judiciary Committee:
Stop Online Piracy Act Markup to Resume in February  —  Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today said that he expects the Committee to continue its markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act in February.  —  Chairman Smith: “To enact legislation that protects consumers …
Politico Pro:
SOPA protest nears zero hour
Tony Romm / Politico:
On SOPA and PIPA, MPAA and Chamber strike conciliatory note
Discussion: Geekosystem
Yahoo! Inc.:
Yahoo! Announces Resignation of Jerry Yang  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), the premier digital media company, today announced that Jerry Yang has resigned from its Board of Directors and all other positions with the company, effective today.
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Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews:
Jerry Yang Has Left the Building; Resigns From Yahoo, Alibaba Boards  —  Investors won't have Jerry Yang to blame anymore.  In a stunning move announced after the markets closed, the Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) co-founder resigned from the company's board of directors and from all other positions—effective immediately.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Sources: Four More Board Members Will Be Following Yang Out the Door  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo Co-founder Jerry Yang is just the first shoe to drop in what is shaping up to be what looks like a large exodus of board members from the Silicon Valley Internet company.
Discussion: Mixed Media and Electronista
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 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
Discussion: TechCrunch
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).
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
Discussion: TechCrunch and The New Persuaders
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 …
Chris Parsons / iMore:
iPad 3 code names and Facebook mentions found in iOS 5.1 beta 3  —  Deep within iOS 5.1 beta 3 are mentions to two next-generation iPad 3 code names, J1AP and J2AP, as well as ongoing references to Facebook.  While digging through firmware code is not a sure fire way of finding out exactly Apple is up to …
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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 …
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 …
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.
Haaretz:
Israeli hackers bring down Saudi, UAE stock exchange websites  —  In fresh round of cyber warfare, Israel hackers, who go by the name IDF-TEAM, retaliate against Saudi attack on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, El Al websites.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone  —  Get Haaretz on Android
Discussion: Betabeat, The Next Web, Gizmodo and TG Daily
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Haaretz:   Cyber attack against Israeli websites used local computers, security expert says
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Amazon to Launch Cloud Search Service, Possibly Tomorrow  —  The genius of Amazon reminds me of the honeypot Winnie-the-Pooh gets stuck in.  They give such enticing value, that you can't resist sticking a paw in.  And then they keep giving more value.  Another paw.  Then a foot.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Secondary iPhone Market a Boon for AT&T, Verizon — and Apple, Too  —  Where do old iPhones go to die?  —  Some are thrown away.  Others are forgotten.  Still others are passed on to children and become iPods.  But many find a new life with a new owner.
Discussion: MacRumors, TUAW and Electronista
Royal Pingdom:
Internet 2011 in numbers  —  So what happened with the Internet in 2011?  How many email accounts were there in the world in 2011?  How many websites?  How much did the most expensive domain name cost?  How many photos were hosted on Facebook?  How many videos were viewed to YouTube?
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Lionsgate Sacrifices “Abduction” To Test Simultaneous Facebook/DVD Release  —  When you're in charge of getting people to rent a move like Abduction, with its Metacritic score of 25 and a truly remarkable 4% on Rotten Tomatoes, what can you really do?  The answer: whatever the hell you want.
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 …
 
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Reuters Launches Web TV Channel, Bringing 10 New & Original Shows To YouTube
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
With Focus On International Expansion, Airbnb Comes To Android And Revamps Mobile Web Offerings
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
AT&T throttling is a death sentence (Video)
Discussion: MacRumors and iDownloadBlog.com
Mark Otto / A List Apart:
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Symantec: 2006 hacking led to source code theft
Discussion: Computerworld and SiliconANGLE
Thomas Lin / New York Times:
‘Open Science’ Challenges Journal Tradition With Web Collaboration
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