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8:55 PM ET, January 17, 2012

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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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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.
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.
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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Reuters:
Internet blackout against U.S. law fails to enlist big sites  —  (Reuters) - A blackout scheduled for Wednesday to protest against proposed legislation on online piracy has failed to get the support of the biggest Internet players.  —  Despite calls for the participation of sites such as Facebook …
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
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 …
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Reuters:
Samsung says not interested in buying RIM  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Wednesday it was not interested in taking over Research In Motion after shares of the BlackBerry smartphone maker jumped more than 10 percent following a tech blog report that it was seeking to sell itself to the South Korean firm.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Turns to iWork Executive for Textbooks  —  As Apple Inc. prepares to unveil a new digital-textbook service on Thursday, the spotlight is falling on its vice president who is leading core aspects of the new service: Roger Rosner.  —  According to people familiar with the matter …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, Gizmodo, MacRumors and Electronista
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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
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 …
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).
Discussion: PC Magazine, SlashGear and PadGadget, Thanks:philiped
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Will Windows 8 on ARM be an OEM-only product?
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Facebook, Zynga Luring Employees to Hog Bandwidth at Work Hours  —  Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) — Social-network users are hogging more computer-network bandwidth — from the cubicle next door.  —  A growing proportion of the capacity on corporate networks is being taken up by employees actively …
Paul Venezia / InfoWorld:
Fundamental Oracle flaw revealed  —  A design decision made by Oracle architects long ago may have painted some of Oracle's largest customers into a corner.  Patches have arrived, but how much will they correct?  Over the past two months, InfoWorld has been researching a flaw …
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why Are Android Smartphones Bigger Than the iPhone?  —  Interesting theory from Jin Kim: … Kim makes a good case that an Android phone with a 3.5-inch display and 300+ pixels per inch resolution would reduce on-screen tap targets (like buttons) and text to an uncomfortably small size.
Discussion: DisplayBlog
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
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?
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Sources: Google contractors fired after vandalizing OpenStreetMap, ‘no connection’ with Mocality incident (updated)  —  OpenStreetMap (OSM) representatives reported yesterday that miscreants originating from a Google IP address in India had extensively vandalized OSM — a Google spokesperson …
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 and TUAW
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
HP appoints Bill Veghte as chief strategy officer, will lead ‘cloud and webOS open source initiatives’
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