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5:20 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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Dan Wineman / venomous porridge:
The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA  —  Apple just released iBooks Author, a free Mac app for creating digital books for the new version of iBooks.  I haven't played with it much, but so far it looks like a very good tool.  However, a curious thing happens when you go to export your work in iBooks format:
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?
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.”
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Apple announces free iBooks Author app for OS X for publishing books to the App Store
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple's new iBook textbooks launch at $14.99 or less from partners Pearson, McGraw Hill …
Google Investor Relations:
Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.  —  “Google had a really strong quarter ending a great year.  Full year revenue was up 29% …
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Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
Google earnings rise 6%, but miss targets
Discussion: Bloomberg
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Larry Page Is Super Excited To Announce That Google+ Has 90 Million Users
Discussion: Marketing Land and The Next Web
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Google: 250M Android devices activated, 11B Android Market downloads
Discussion: TechCrunch and 9to5Google
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Charges Seven With Online Piracy  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Bureau of Investigation moved against a group of suspected online pirates Thursday, targeting the popular file-sharing website megaupload.com a day after Washington lawmakers were besieged by complaints about legislation designed …
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Billboard:
Swizz Beatz's Resume: The History of a Multi-Tasker  —  In today's fluid economy it's not uncommon to have a second job.  A third, fourth, or fifth job though, is something special.  And when you're super-producer Swizz Beatz and you have a baker's dozen jobs at once, it's frankly less …
Discussion: Betabeat
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Anonymous takes down DOJ website in response to Megaupload case  —  It appears that the widespread hacking group Anonymous has taken umbrage to the takedown of Megaupload by the Department of Justice today.  So much so that it appears to be taking down the DOJ site in retaliation.
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 …
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Matt Lynley / Business Insider:   Twitter Is Making A Gigantic Move (And Going To War With A Board Member)
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Reports Record Revenue: Up 5% To $20.9B, Earnings At $0.78 Per Share  —  Microsoft just reported its second quarter 2012 earnings with revenues of $20.9 billion, an 5% increase from the same period of the prior year.  Microsoft's operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share …
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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
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.
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The Politico:
On PIPA, Senate in talks to yank search  —  Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) are in discussions to exempt search-result blocking from the PROTECT IP Act, sources confirmed to POLITICO.  —  Kyl made the proposal to Leahy on Wednesday.  The measure is one of the biggest sticking points …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IBM's Q4 Revenue Up 2 Percent To $29.5B; Net Income Up 4 Percent To $5.5B  —  IBM just released fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 earnings today.  Non-GAAP earnings came in at $4.71, up 11 percent; GAAP earnings per share were $4.62 per share (up 11 percent) for the quarter.
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.
Bloomberg:
Apple Seeks ‘Clarifying Language’ on Patents in Kodak Loan  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) asked a bankruptcy court to attach “clarifying language” to any order approving financing for Eastman Kodak Co.  —  Apple said in a filing today the order should indicate that no security interests or liens …
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Bing Maps to get Nokia branding on all devices - including rivals'  —  Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, has told Pocket-lint that we shall soon be seeing the Nokia brand name within other devices and not just the company's own phones.  —  “You'll starting seeing the word ‘Nokia’ on a map …
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.
Paul Graham:
A Word to the Resourceful  —  A year ago I noticed a pattern in the least successful startups we'd funded: they all seemed hard to talk to.  It felt as if there was some kind of wall between us.  I could never quite tell if they understood what I was saying.
 
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