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1:35 AM ET, January 23, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
RIM CEOs to 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, said they planned to turn over the top job early Monday to a little-known company insider as part of a board and management shuffle.
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
RIM: Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis step down, co-COO Thorsten Heins is the new CEO  —  It looks like the shake up everybody has been expecting at RIM has finally come to pass.  Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis have each stepped down from their co-CEO positions amid growing turmoil …
Iain Marlow / Globe and Mail:
At Research In Motion, a new CEO vows to silence the doomsayers  —  Research In Motion Ltd.'s RIM-T new chief executive officer says the company is doing everything right and does not need a change in strategy, and must instead focus on harnessing its talent to improve the BlackBerry and revive sales.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
RIM Posted This Video Of The New CEO Rambling About Why He Loves The Company  —  This guy doesn't exactly make you want to run through a wall to smash the competition.  Meet RIM's new CEO, Thorsten Heins.  —  Please follow SAI on Twitter and Facebook.  —  Join the conversation about this story »
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
RIM Reboots: New CEO, New Board, New Plan to License QNX Software  —  Blackberry maker Research In Motion had an awful 2011, losing three-quarters of its market value and further ground to competitors on Google, Apple and even Microsoft's platform.  But after founder/CEO Mike Lazaridis …
Doug Alexander / Bloomberg:   Former Exchange Chief Stymiest Takes Helm at RIM in Shakeup
Electronista:
Megaupload CEO asks bail, loses US lawyer, sees more arrests  —  Megaupload saw its troubles expand on Sunday in multiple directions.  The file upload service's founder Kim Dotcom pressed for bail in a New Zealand court.  In a Reuters account, his attorney argued both that he had done nothing wrong …
Discussion: PC World and Bloomberg
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Filesonic Kills File-Sharing Service After MegaUpload Arrests  —  To users of systems like BitTorrent, file-sharing means just that - the sharing of files with others.  But this weekend users of Filesonic, one of the Internet's leading cyberlocker services, sharing files is currently a thing of the past.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
MediaFire CEO: Unlike Megaupload, our business model isn't built on piracy
Discussion: Digital Trends and Gizmodo, Thanks:@seanludwig
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Uploaded.to Blocks US Visitors After MegaUpload Shutdown
Discussion: Prefix Magazine and Techie Buzz
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
The Uphill Battle Of Social Event Sharing: A Post-Mortem for Plancast  —  Editor's note: Mark Hendrickson is the founder and CEO of Plancast, a social site for planning events, which he has decided to stop working on full-time.  In this guest post, Hendrickson takes us through a detailed analysis …
Reuters:
Europe to issue tough new data-protection rules soon  —  (Reuters) - The European Union will propose tough new rules in the coming days on how corporations handle Internet users' personal data, a long-awaited move that could have far-reaching implications for Web giants such as Google Inc and Facebook.
Electronista:
Vodafone Australia first carrier to get Galaxy Tab post-ban  —  Vodafone picks up Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia  —  Vodafone became the first Australian carrier to begin offering the Galaxy Tab 10.1 following the reversed preliminary ban.  The Android tablet's 3G version comes subsidized …
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Tablet and E-Reader Sales Soar  —  There was no must-have toy of Christmas 2011 — for youngsters, anyway.  —  For adults, tablet computers and e-readers were the gifts of choice, judging by a new report that indicates the number of adults in the United States who own tablets …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
A Post PIPA Post  —  On my way from a breakfast meeting to the office yesterday I got a phone call on my cell phone with a 202 area code on it.  I picked up the call and on the other end of the line was someone in Congress who I've known for a decade or more.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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