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6:45 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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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple working with McGraw-Hill on education announcement slated for Jan.19 at Guggenheim
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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  —  How did Silicon Valleys bigwigs react when their favorite trade publication adopted strict new conflicts of interest policies?  They banded together to pay someone else to cover them.  —  Former TechCrunch reporter Sarah Lacy today launched PandoDaily …
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.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Sarah Lacy Launches Pando Daily, Your New Favorite News Site
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 …
Ian Paul / PC World:
Log into Gmail on a PC via Your Smartphone  —  Google recently introduced a fun (and more secure) way to log into your Google account from a public terminal without entering your password into the PC, and instead using your smartphone and a QR code.  —  The method is similar to how Google sets …
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google: That QR Login Page is Just an Experiment, “We're Already Working on Something Better”
Discussion: ZDNet and Electricpig.co.uk
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt, OpenGeoData and SlashGear
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Even Woz Thinks the Android Bests the iPhone  —  Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak still loves his iPhone, but says in some ways, Android has leapt ahead.  Wow.  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs hated the Android smartphone operating system so much that he vowed he would spend his last dying breath …
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.
John P. Mello Jr. / PC World:
Maker of Steve Jobs Action Figure Kills Project  —  The maker of a controversial Steve Jobs action figure is stopping production and sale of the 12-inch doll following threats of legal action by Apple and Jobs' family.  —  “Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Scott Forstall is Apple's ‘CEO-in-waiting’ says new book
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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 …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
The Year Of The Dumb And Dumber, Sub-$100 Smartphone - 500 Million Of Them  —  We've heard about how the boom in smartphone popularity, the dropping cost of components and the rapid rise of Android, a “free” smartphone OS, has led to a number of handset makers driving down the price for smartphones …
Alicia Eler / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Why Do People Use Facebook?  —  Facebook is an accepted means of communication.  It is a never-ending virtual social gathering filled with adopted puppies, cute LOL kitties, baby announcements, viral articles and videos, events, groups, organizations and fan pages.  But why do people really use it?
Dan Munro / Forbes:
Healthcare Delivers Technical Knockout at CES  —  For those who don't know boxing, there are three ways a fight ends.  The first is a clear knockout, the second is by vote of ringside judges and the third is when the referee in the ring ends the fight.  This last one is known as a technical knockout - or TKO for short.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter's Dick Costolo calls Wikipedia's SOPA blackout ‘foolish’  —  We've already reported on Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales announcing that the site will be going dark, effectively closing up for business, for 24 hours on Wednesday in protest of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act).
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Wikipedia's anti-SOPA blackout will go ahead on Wednesday
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Zynga Chief Talks IPO, Lessons Learned  —  Zynga Inc. Chief Executive Mark Pincus ended 2011 as the face of an overhyped Web initial public offering.  Now he wants to show the hype was justified.  —  Early last year, his San Francisco company, which makes social games such as “FarmVille” …
Discussion: Joystiq
Cornelius Rahn / Bloomberg:
Europe Seeks to Prevent U.S. Dominating Cloud  —  European governments, determined not to lose another technology battle to the U.S., are giving domestic companies a leg-up in the cloud.  —  France set up a venture in November with companies including France Telecom SA (FTE) and Thales SA …
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 …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Softpedia News
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Uh-oh, PC: Half of computing device sales are mobile  —  Last week, I pointed out some of the remote access solutions shown at CES that allow you to tap into the power of a full desktop computer from a mobile device.  I said it was another nail in the coffin for traditional personal computers …
Discussion: Appolicious Advisor
Electronista:
91% of business pros use iPads for work, 83% loyal to Apple  —  IDG finds iPad replacing PCs at work  —  Nearly every business pro with an iPad is using it primarily to get work done, IDG determined in a study on Monday.  About 91 percent worldwide who have iPads use it for work first …
 
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Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Netflix Hit With Class-Action Suit By Angry Investors
Discussion: Fast Company, The Wrap and The Next Web
Ben Grubb / The Age:
Aussie wunderkind gets $US250k for technology that could revolutionise web
Riva Richmond / New York Times:
Koobface Gang That Spread Worm on Facebook Operates in the Open
Discussion: Naked Security
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former CBS Interactive Head Neil Ashe to Lead Wal-Mart's Global Online Commerce Biz
Discussion: Reuters, GeekWire and paidContent
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Advertising Report: Facebook Now Earns 23% More Per Impression Than In Q1 2011
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim, Forbes and Mashable!
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone apps: does quantity equal success?
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
CBS Opens Sports Site to Fantasy App Makers
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Christian Davenport / Washington Post:
As demand for e-books soars, libraries struggle to stock their virtual shelves
Discussion: TeleRead
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Twitter is adding 11 new accounts per second and could pass 500 million in February, says report
Discussion: The Wall Blog and PSFK
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Launches Promo Platform For Artists
Discussion: WebProNews, Inquirer and The Next Web
Charlie Kindel / cek.log:
Fragmentation Is Not The End of Android
 

 
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