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3:40 PM ET, January 23, 2012

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
“Don't Be Evil” Tool — Backed By Facebook & Twitter — Gets Them Into Google's “Search Plus Your World”  —  I've written that Google has plenty of public data to allow parts its new Search Plus Your World feature to be inclusive of rival social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Facebook Coalition 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).
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.
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 …
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
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.
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: MacRumors, GeekWire, 9to5Mac and CNET
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Supreme Court Rules Warrants Needed for GPS Monitoring  —  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 — but the justices did not say that a warrant was needed in all cases.
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.
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.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
HDR video and improved low-light sensitivity headed to smartphones via new Sony CMOS sensors  —  New backside-illuminated CMOS sensors from Sony are to allow for greater low-light shooting capabilities, along with the ability to record HDR video.  Sony's “RGBW Coding” adds a white pixel to the arrangement …
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.
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.
Jay Greene / CNET:
Google nearly doubles lobbying spending in 2011, tops Microsoft  —  Google nearly doubled its federal lobbying expenditures last year, surpassing rival Microsoft in dollars doled out to persuade legislators to consider its policy positions.  —  The Web giant spent $9.68 million in 2011 on federal lobbying …
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 …
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.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Flaws in Videoconferencing Systems Make Boardrooms Vulnerable  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One afternoon this month, a hacker took a tour of a dozen conference rooms around the globe via equipment that most every company has in those rooms; videoconferencing equipment.
Discussion: Threat Level
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 …
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.
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Gilt Groupe Cuts Include 10 Percent of Employees and Two Executives
Discussion: Betabeat and Business Insider
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
NBC News is launching a Publishing arm to bring video into the e-book format
Cornelius Rahn / Bloomberg:
EU Privacy Rules to Include Leak Disclosure Within 24 Hours
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”
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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
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Piracy is part of the digital ecosystem
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Angela Watercutter / Wired:
Anonymous Documentary We Are Legion Peels Back Hacktivist Group's History
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Off-the-Shelf Hacking Help Is Surprisingly Easy to Find
 

 
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