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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why the feds smashed Megaupload  —  The US government dropped a nuclear bomb on “cyberlocker” site Megaupload today, seizing its domain names, grabbing $50 million in assets, and getting New Zealand police to arrest four of the site's key employees, including enigmatic founder Kim Dotcom.
Discussion: TeleRead
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Before shutdown, Megaupload ate up more corporate bandwidth than Dropbox  —  Before being shut down by the feds today, the file-sharing site Megaupload was extraordinarily popular with home Internet users—so much so that the file downloading habit was spilling over into the workplace in a significant way.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Techie Buzz
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Justice Department calls MegaUpload an ‘international organized criminal enterprise,’ founder Kim Dotcom arrested in New Zealand  —  The United States Justice Department filed charges against MegaUpload today, calling the file-sharing service an “international organized criminal enterprise …
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 …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Anonymous claims DOJ and record label site takedowns in response to MegaUpload suit
Molly Wood / CNET:
Anonymous goes nuclear; everybody loses?
Discussion: eWeek and Pocket-lint
Billboard:
Swizz Beatz's Resume: The History of a Multi-Tasker
Discussion: BET.com
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:
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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.
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?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kno CEO Osman Rashid To Apple: “Now We Will Fight On Who Has The Better Product”  —  Apple's latest foray into digital textbooks today raises a lot of questions about the future of the textbook publishing industry and digital textbook startups who now find themselves going up against Apple.
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
iBooks Author Is Not Going To Hurt Publishers. It Might Even Help Them
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
A Brief History of Textbooks, or, Why Apple's ‘New Textbook Experience’ Is Actually Revolutionary
Discussion: CNET, AnandTech and GigaOM
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
New York Times:
Dodd Calls for Hollywood and Silicon Valley to Meet  —  WASHINGTON — When Jack Valenti walked the halls of Congress, friends by the dozen gripped, grinned and took note of what was worrying the movie industry's dapper chief lobbyist.  —  Christopher J. Dodd now fills Mr. Valenti's shoes.
Discussion: @johnolilly
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
After Internet blackout, all GOP candidates agree SOPA sucks
Discussion: Mediaite and Alexander Howard
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 …
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The Valley Girl Takes On Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg (Video)  —  Double snaps to Jesse Draper, whose kookified online interview show, “The Valley Girl Show,” managed to get a very decent interview with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.  —  And by decent, I mean that Draper actually elicits …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Antonio Rodriguez / The Grain:
How iOS can lose: the independent developer as a canary in the coal mine  —  Try as I might to find objective data in their financials to show the slow of the platform, I found it difficult to observe any cracks in the iOS money-making machine.  Apple is continuing to spend fewer dollars …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Kodak's bankruptcy should scare Nokia  —  Yesterday, a friend of mine, someone who is quite savvy about technology and the startup landscape stopped by for a chat.  Our conversation veered towards the state of the web, media and of course Silicon Valley.
Discussion: The Economist and Forbes
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Damning Evidence Emerges In Google-Apple “No Poach” Antitrust Lawsuit  —  Next week a class-action civil lawsuit will be heard in San Jose to determine if Google, Apple, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Adobe, Intel, and Intuit conspired to eliminate competition for skilled labor.
Discussion: 9to5Mac
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Pages With Too Many Ads “Above The Fold” Now Penalized By Google's “Page Layout” Algorithm  —  Do you shove lots of ads at the top of your web pages?  Think again.  Tired of doing a Google search and landing on these types of pages?  Rejoice.  Google has announced that it will penalize sites with pages that are top-heavy with ads.
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Layoffs at Lot18: 15 Percent of Employees Were Just Let Go From Fast-Growing Luxury Discount Site  —  Lot18, the membership-based luxury item site that raised a whopping $45 million over the last year, just laid off 14 people, or 15 percent of the staff.  —  “A lot of this is a natural part …
David Goldman / CNN Money:
At $400 billion, Apple is worth more than Greece  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Apple's value on the stock market briefly rose to $400 billion on Thursday, a record high for what was already the world's most valuable technology company.  —  The company's market cap slipped below the $400 billion mark …
Discussion: AllThingsD, 9to5Mac and CNNMoney.com
Krystal Peak / VatorNews:
Nike announces FitBit, JawboneUP competition ‘FuelBand’  —  As consumers demand more from mobile health, Nike pours fuel on the fire  —  With everyone trying to uphold their New Year's resolutions — or resuscitate them — Nike took some time out on Thursday to announce a new tool to track …
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Does Google Have An Interest In Pinterest?
Discussion: Electronista
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Who Says Intel Is Weak? Just Look At Those Crazy Numbers!
Discussion: Intel
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Store coming to London's world-famous Harrods department store
Discussion: MacRumors
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
US military to crowdsource software testing with games
Discussion: Nextgov.com
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
High-res images in iBooks 2 are no accident, they're for the iPad 3′s Retina display
Discussion: 9to5Mac, @sonnydickson and Gizmodo, Thanks:padandquill
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Path Is Raising A Big Funding Round To Go With Its Shiny New App
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Death sentence for Iranian programmer accused of developing software used by porn sites
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
China's challenge to the iPad raises a red flag
Discussion: CNET, Techland and PadGadget
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Exclusive: Xbox Live games coming to other platforms
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Amazon Makes More Than $100 Off Each Kindle Fire
Paul Graham:
A Word to the Resourceful  —  A year ago I noticed a pattern …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple introduces us to Siri, the Killer Patent
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