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10:05 AM ET, January 19, 2012

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AppleInsider:
Apple's ‘Bliss’ e-textbook project inspired by Al Gore's ‘Our Choice’  —  Apple on Thursday will unveil a new digital textbook project internally code-named “Bliss” that was inspired by Al Gore's “Our Choice” iOS e-book, AppleInsider has learned.  —  The details come from a tip sent earlier in the week by an anonymous source.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple's Education Announcement, Live From New York  —  Greetings!  We're here at New York's iconic Guggenheim Museum, awaiting the start of Apple's “Education Announcement”.  The expectation is that we'll hear about new publishing tools that allow educators and others to create …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the Scope of Apple's Education Initiative  —  Philip Elmer-DeWitt, in a piece headlined “Apple's Education Event Is Getting Seriously Over-Hyped”: … I don't get the logic here.  What about Apple's success in the music industry does Apple regret?
Discussion: AllThingsD, msnbc.com and Guardian
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed  —  Members of the Senate are rushing for the exits in the wake of the Internet's unprecedented protest of the Protect IP Act (PIPA).  At least 13 members of the upper chamber announced their opposition on Wednesday.
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
A Political Coming of Age for the Tech Industry  —  With a Web-wide protest on Wednesday that includes a 24-hour shutdown of the English-language Wikipedia, the legislative battle over two Internet piracy bills has reached an extraordinary moment — a political coming of age for a relatively young …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Web blackouts.  Is this the new face of American activism?  —  Countless websites — including Google, Wikipedia, Scribd, O'Reilly Media, WordPress (see disclosure) — have put up some kind of message today asking users to take action against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act.
Deborah Netburn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google says 4.5 million people signed anti-SOPA petition today  —  When Google speaks, the world listens.  —  And today, when Google asked its users to sign a petition protesting two anti-piracy laws circulating in Congress, millions responded.  —  A spokeswoman for Google confirmed …
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
How Wikipedia Turned Off the Lights
Discussion: New York Times and Silicon Valley Watcher, Thanks:bxchen
Carl Sjogreen / Facebook Blog:
Introducing New Apps for Timeline  —  New timeline apps are now available from Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest, Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot, TripAdvisor, and others.  You can now enhance your timeline with apps that help you tell your story, whether you love to cook, eat, travel, run, or review movies.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Most Interesting Uses of Facebook's New Open Graph  —  As I told you yesterday would happen, and as had been expected for a while, Facebook tonight added tools to help more than 60 food, fashion, fitness, travel and other applications share users' activity to Facebook more smoothly, precisely and automatically.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Not a Kodak Moment: Legendary Camera Maker Files for Bankruptcy Protection  —  Struggling camera maker Kodak said on Wednesday night that it has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.  —  The move, which had been expected, follows years of struggle by the film giant to transition to a digital imaging company.
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
eBay's John Donahoe Literally Starts Hammering Out the Plan for Mobile Payments  —  John Donahoe has a hammer, and he's not afraid to use it.  —  The yellow hammer, which the eBay CEO purchased at Home Depot using PayPal, signals that the company's plans for entering the mobile payments business has entered the construction phase.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Could Instagram Come To Windows Phone Before Android?  —  Instagram is one of the most popular apps on the iPhone.  The photo-sharing service, which lets users snap pictures and spruce them up with one-click filters, has rocketed to 15 million users, and was recently named iPhone app of the year by Apple.
Electronista:
New fast Fourier math could give image compression 10X boost  —  MIT develops new Fourier algorithm for image tech  —  MIT researchers have put forward a paper for a new approach to fast Fourier transform math that could provide a major lift to image compression and other signal processing technology.
Discussion: PhysOrg.com and SlashGear
Michael Hastings / Rolling Stone:
Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  Under house arrest in England, the WikiLeaks founder opens up about his battle with the ‘Times,’ his stint in solitary and the future of journalism  —  It's a few days before Christmas, and Julian Assange has just finished moving to a new hide-out deep in the English countryside.
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Zynga buys four mobile gaming companies  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc said it bought four small mobile game companies for an undisclosed sum as the top maker of Facebook games seeks to expand its lineup on smartphones and tablets.  —  The company's top mobile executive David Ko told Reuters …
TechFlash:
Amazon tops in customer service; toppling Zappos subsidiary  —  National Retail Federation Foundation |  Amazon.com is tops for providing customer service, according to rankings for the top 10 retailers for customer service in 2011.  —  In the seventh annual National Retail Federation …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Whited00r Puts iOS 5 on iPhone 2G, iPod Touch 1G  —  Give new life to your aging iOS devices with Whited00r  —  Still using a first-gen iPod Touch or a second-generation iPhone?  Sick of all the multi-tasking, home-screen folders and faster performance of all those iOS versions you can't run on your …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft confirms Dave Cutler, father of Windows NT, now working on Xbox  —  Summary: Dave Cutler, the father of Windows NT, is now working on helping Microsoft evolve Xbox beyond a game-centric console.  —  Four years ago, Microsoft assembled a team, many with killer Windows pedigrees …
Basil Katz / Reuters:
Man charged with stealing software from NY Fed  —  (Reuters) - Prosecutors charged a computer programmer with stealing software code valued at nearly $10 million from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  —  They charged Bo Zhang, who worked as a contract programmer at the bank …
Discussion: TechEye and CNET
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Oops - Sony Ericsson Swings To A 207 Million Euro Net Loss In Q4 2011  —  Smartphone maker Sony Ericsson this morning posted a pre-tax loss of 247 million euros ($318 million) in the fourth quarter of 2011, after reporting a profit of 31 million euros in Q3 2011.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Wolfram unveils interactive education portal on eve of Apple NYC event  —  On the eve of Apple's education-related event in New York City, Wolfram has launched an education portal that features an interactive textbook, dynamic teaching tools and lesson plans.
Discussion: MacNN, Thanks:beijingdou
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
AT&T retools data plans: 300MB for $20, 3GB for $30, 5GB with tethering for $50  —  Following a recent rumor that we broke right here on The Verge, AT&T is nudging all three of its smartphone data plans starting this Sunday, January 22nd.  Currently you can get 200MB for $15, 2GB for $25 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Grooveshark Fights a Copyright Lawsuit by Chasing After Anonymous Commenters  —  A media company is using subpoenas to demand the names and addresses of anonymous Web users.  That's a story we've seen before.  —  But this one has a twist or two.  The media company is Grooveshark …
Discussion: Business Insider and Media Decoder
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Handset maker: Windows Phone OS costs $23-plus per copy?  —  Summary: Is Microsoft charging some of its phone OEMs between $23 and $31 per copy to license its Windows Phone OS?  —  There's a report on TrustedReviews.com that quotes an official with Windows Phone OEM ZTE as saying the company …
 
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Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Amazon Kindle Fire: More Profitable Than Expected?
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Smart Garment & iPhone Circuit Board Patents
Discussion: TUAW, PhoneArena, Gizmodo UK and GigaOM
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Digital Pen Maker Livescribe Lands New Funding, Taps Ex-HP Exec as New CEO
Discussion: FT Tech Hub and VentureBeat
John Cook / GeekWire:
Get neighborly advice from your Facebook friends with new service from Zillow
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Reuters:
Virus infections stop after suspects named
Discussion: eWeek
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Motorola Mobility's Shaker Investment A Sign Of Mobile Virtual Clubs To Come
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Too little, too late: Google launches Orkut for iPhone
Discussion: Redmond Pie
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
U.S. losing high-tech manufacturing jobs to Asia
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Amazon rolls out Kindle Fire software version 6.2.2, brings full-screen Silk browsing mode
Discussion: App Advice
Zach Walton / WebProNews:
BitTorrent Testing Peer-To-Peer Video Streaming
Discussion: Gizmodo, Tech Europe and BitTorrent Blog, Thanks:alliewag
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
The coding game: Microsoft's Visual Studio gets badges, achievements and leaderboard
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Sex Sells: Color Hopes You'll Want to Broadcast Your Makeout Sessions and Illegal Pool Parties to Facebook
Discussion: AdAge
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Steve Jobs Credited with an Apple TV Patent for Episodic TV
Discussion: TUAW
 

 
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