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2:55 PM ET, January 23, 2012

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John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Facebook To Google: Don't Be Evil, Focus On The User  —  Last week I spent an afternoon down at Facebook, as I mentioned here.  While at Facebook I met with Blake Ross, Direct of Product (and well known in web circles as one of the creators of Firefox).  Talk naturally turned to the implications …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
350,000 Textbooks Downloaded From Apple's iBooks in Three Days  —  Though nascent and unproven, Apple's new textbook initiative appears to be gaining lots of momentum — and quickly, too.  Within days of its debut, Apple's iBooks textbook store had already racked up a significant number of downloads.
Wall Street Journal:
RIM CEOs Give Up Top Posts in Shuffle  —  WATERLOO, Ontario—After 20 years together at the helm of Research In Motion Ltd., Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, the company's co-chief executives, turned over the top job late Sunday to a little-known insider as part of a board and management shuffle.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
New RIM CEO Won't Split Company Up: “I Don't Think There Is a Drastic Change Needed.”
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
RIM: Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis step down, co-COO Thorsten Heins is the new CEO
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
RIM Posted This Video Of The New CEO Rambling About Why He Loves The Company
Discussion: ITworld.com, iPhone and GigaOM
Lee Rainie / Pew Internet:
Tablet and E-book reader Ownership Nearly Double Over the Holiday Gift-Giving Period  —  The share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January and the same surge in growth also applied to e-book readers …
Bloomberg:
Nokia Lumia Sales Seen Topping 1 Million  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V)'s first phones running Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) software may have sold enough units last year to help rebuild investor confidence in the Finnish company, which lost $19 billion in market value in 2011.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Cyberlocker Ecosystem Shocked As Big Players Take Drastic Action  —  While the shutdown last week of Megaupload and the arrest of its founder and management team was certainly dramatic, a situation of perhaps even greater gravity is beginning to emerge.  —  Over the past 48 to 72 hours …
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive: YouTube hits 4 billion daily video views  —  (Reuters) - YouTube, Google Inc's video website, is streaming 4 billion online videos every day, a 25 percent increase in the past eight months, according to the company.  —  The jump in video views comes as Google pushes YouTube beyond …
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Dear Rupert Murdoch: Let's Talk Piracy & “The Simpsons”  —  Rupert, my son had a simple request.  “Daddy, can we watch last week's episode of The Simpsons?”  No, son, we can't.  You can blame Rupert Murdoch for that.  —  Rupert, I know you're all upset about all those SOPA & PIPA protests last week.
Discussion: PandoDaily
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Our Apple whisper numbers  —  Averaging the Q1 2012 estimates of the six analysts with the best track records  —  Whisper numbers, according to Wikipedia, emerge from widening cracks in the spreadsheets maintained by Wall Street analysts.  Quoting an article by Daniel Svensson, the entry explains:
Discussion: GeekWire, 9to5Mac, CNET and MacDailyNews
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Warrants Needed for GPS Monitoring, Supreme Court Rules  —  The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that law enforcement authorities need a probable-cause warrant from a judge to affix a GPS device to a vehicle and monitor its every move.  —  The decision (.pdf) in what is arguably …
David Kushner / GQ:
The Hacker is Watching  —  Every online scam begins more or less the same—a random e-mail, a sketchy attachment.  But every so often, a new type of hacker comes along.  Someone who rewrites the rules, not just the code.  He secretly burrows his way into your hard drive, then into your life.
The Mozilla Blog:
Crowdsourcing the State of the Union  —  Mozilla partners with public media to empower citizen engagement in U.S. election coverage  —  Tuesday's State of the Union Address from U.S. President Barack Obama will include something special: crowdsourced captions and subtitles provided by everyday citizens around the world.
Troy Hunt / Troy Hunt's Blog:
Breaking CAPTCHA with automated humans  —  We're all familiar with CAPTCHA right?  That impenetrable fortress of crazy squiggly characters that only a real human can decipher.  Whilst they tend to drive us a bit nuts, they do actually provide a valuable function in that they prevent the automation of requests against online services.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
News Aggregator Wavii Wants To “Make Facebook Out Of Google,” Bring Relevant Content To You  —  The problem of how to find relevant content on the web has yet to be solved on a mass scale.  You've got cyborg news aggregators like Techmeme and Google news and social aggregators like Reddit …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Joyent grabs $85M from Weather Investment II, Telefonica to take on Amazon in cloud computing  —  Cloud computing startup Joyent has raised a humongous $85 million round of funding, which will help the company with its plan of out-innovating Amazon in cloud computing technology.
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Intel buys QLogic's InfiniBand assets for $125 million  —  Summary: Intel is to buy QLogic's InfiniBand assets for $125 million in cash, in a deal that is expected to close this quarter.  —  Intel announced today it is to acquire the InfiniBand business from networking company QLogic …
Brad Reed / Network World:
LTE spectrum: How much do the big carriers have?  —  700MHz band is prime real estate but carriers also use AWS spectrum, cellular bands  —  The top U.S. carriers over the past year have stepped up their efforts to grab more spectrum for 4G wireless data services needed to accommodate …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Android will be the platform of choice for developers, study says  —  It seems the Android momentum can't be stopped.  —  This guy is everywhere now.  —  Google's Android will become the preeminent platform for developers over the next 12 months, according to a study by research firm Ovum.
Bloomberg:
Startups Size Up Loan Candidates With Algorithms Rather Than FICO Scores  —  For more than 40 years, banks have counted on FICO scores to determine the credit worthiness of American consumers.  Now a handful of entrepreneurs in California say it's time for a smarter way to size up borrowers.
Discussion: @eghosao
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Stanford AI Class Professor Thrun Now Wants to Teach 500k Students How to Build a Search Engine  —  Remember the Stanford Artificial Intelligence class that made quite a few waves on the Internet last year when the professor decided to let virtually anyone who was interested participate online?
Cornelius Rahn / Bloomberg:
EU Privacy Rules to Include Leak Disclosure Within 24 Hours  —  Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) — A European Union proposal to simplify and toughen the region's data-protection rules will require companies to disclose data breaches within 24 hours of their occurrences, Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said.
 
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Anna Heim / The Next Web:
NBC News is launching a Publishing arm to bring video into the e-book format
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Attempts to Bring Ericsson into Discovery for Defense in Motorola Case
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DLD 2012 - Brian Chesky: “Average Airbnb Host In NYC Pockets $21,000 A Year”
Discussion: Betabeat and VentureBeat
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Baseline, Accel Put $15M In Online Privacy Certification Company TRUSTe
Discussion: Xconomy and VentureBeat
Zee / The Next Web:
UFC website gets hacked due to its support for SOPA
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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Piracy is part of the digital ecosystem
Discussion: paidContent
Konrad Gianno / Inside Search:
Find hotels by travel time
Angela Watercutter / Wired:
Anonymous Documentary We Are Legion Peels Back Hacktivist Group's History
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Flaws in Videoconferencing Systems Make Boardrooms Vulnerable
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DLD 2012 - Andrew Mason: Groupon Now Boasts 10,000 Employees, 70% Outside Of The US
Cassell Bryan-Low / Wall Street Journal:
Off-the-Shelf Hacking Help Is Surprisingly Easy to Find
 

 
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