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1:35 PM ET, January 19, 2012

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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
Apple Unveils All-New iTunes U App for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch  —  Entire Courses from Top Universities Now Available in One App  —  Apple® today announced an all-new iTunes® U app, giving educators and students everything they need on their iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch® to teach and take entire courses.
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple announces new iPad textbook experience with iBooks 2  —  On Thursday, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller took the stage to talk about education, and announced Apple's ambitious plan to reinvent the textbook.  That plan includes iBooks 2, which Schiller called a “new textbook experience for the iPad.”
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple's new iBook textbooks launch at $14.99 or less from partners Pearson, McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and DK Publishing  —  Apple officially unveiled its entrance into textbooks with the new “iBooks 2″ app and “iBooks Author” e-book authoring tool.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple: 20,000 Education iPad Apps Developed; 1.5 Million Devices In Use At Schools  —  At Apple's education event today, the company revealed a number of compelling stats regarding iPad use in the education and learning space.  Apple's SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller announced …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple's New Math.  Or: Why A $15 E-Book Equals a $75 Paper Book.  —  McGraw-Hill normally sells high-school textbooks for $75 a pop. Now it says it will sell electronic versions of the same books, via Apple, for $15 apiece.  How can the publisher make that work?
Discussion: TechCrunch, SplatF, CNET, 9to5Mac and Gizmodo
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Apple announces free iBooks Author app for OS X for publishing books to the App Store  —  We're here at Apple's education-themed event at the Guggenheim museum in New York City, and Phil Schiller's just introduced iBooks Author, an OS X program for producing books including — yes — educational texts.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Hands-On With iBooks Author: eBook Authoring Made Easy, Not Just for Textbooks
Discussion: VentureBeat and MacRumors
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Wolfram unveils interactive education portal on eve of Apple NYC event
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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Summify:
Summify Joins The Flock At Twitter!  —  You've probably noticed we've been quiet lately.  Well, we're extremely excited to announce that Summify has been acquired by Twitter!  I know, right?  We can hardly believe it ourselves!  —  Roughly 2 years ago, we moved from Romania to Vancouver …
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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Matt Flegenheimer / Bits:
After Protest, Wikipedia Says 'We're Not Done Yet'
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
How Wikipedia Turned Off the Lights
Discussion: Ars Technica, Thanks:bxchen
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Larry Page: Google should be like a family  —  In an exclusive Q&A, Google's co-founder and CEO explains how he built a No. 1 workplace — and why it matters.  —  Google also claimed the top spot on our list in 2007 and 2008 - making it the only three-time champion.
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Jeremy C. Owens / Mercury News:
The opposite of evil: Google named best place to work in America
Discussion: Business Insider
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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Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Amazon Kindle Fire: More Profitable Than Expected?  —  The Amazon Kindle Fire might be a more profitable product than you think.  —  RBC Capital analyst Ross Sandler reached that conclusion in a research note this morning, after he assessed the results of a proprietary survey of 216 Kindle Fire owners.
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
As Weak Q4 Earnings Loom, Yahoo Freezes Hiring and Also Contemplates Layoffs  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo has instituted a hiring freeze across the company and is contemplating a reduction-in-force in support units of the company.  —  While the details of any layoffs …
Discussion: CNET and The Tech Trade
eMarketer:
US Online Advertising Spending to Surpass Print in 2012  —  Overall ad spending expected to rebound after 3.4% growth last year, as TV remains steady  —  US online advertising spending, which grew 23% to $32.03 billion in 2011, is expected to grow an additional 23.3% to $39.5 billion this year …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU to decide on Google, Motorola Mobility deal Feb 13  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators set on Thursday a new February 13 deadline to decide whether to clear Google's takeover of U.S. handset maker Motorola Mobility after the Internet search engine came forward with new documents to support its case, the EU Commission said.
Discussion: AllThingsD
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple introduces us to Siri, the Killer Patent  —  On October 4, 2011Apple launched the iPhone 4S with Siri, just one day prior to Steve Jobs passing.  Today, the first killer patent application behind Siri was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Discussion: AppleInsider and SEO by the Sea
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
No More Swiping: Card.io Launches New Consumer App, Developer Tools Which “See” Your Credit Card  —  Card.io, the toolkit for mobile app developers which lets users pay for items by holding their credit card up to the phone's camera, is today launching a consumer-facing app.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
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 …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Google CIO Raises $73 Million To Reform Payday Loans With Data-Driven Startup ZestCash  —  ZestCash, a company founded by former Google CIO and VP of engineering Douglas Merrill to legitimize the payday loan industry, has raised $73 million round of funding.
Discussion: PC World and VentureBeat
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.
 
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Adds WebRTC to Chrome for In-browser Voice, Video Chat
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eBay's John Donahoe Literally Starts Hammering Out the Plan for Mobile Payments
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