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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).
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Google: Do Yourself a Favor and Just Come Clean Already
Discussion: Computerworld
Bradley Horowitz / Google+:
Toward a more inclusive naming policy for Google+  —  With Google+, we aspire to make online sharing more like sharing in the real world.  And during the Google+ signup process, we've asked users to select the name they commonly use in real life.  —  Since launch we've listened closely …
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Lance Ulanoff / Mashable!:
Handle This: Google+ Finally Allows Pseudonyms  —  The Google+ Common Name policy will never be the same.  Google promised it would take a close look at the requirement that only real names and identities reside on its seven-month-old social network, and now the search giant has reversed course …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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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Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Denial Is Not A Turnaround Strategy: Why RIM's New CEO Needs To Get Real
Discussion: CNET and Toronto Standard
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 …
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 …
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Rumor: Apple spent $100 million in its first case against HTC — and got almost nothing  —  As I reported in this week's Newsweek, Apple's “thermonuclear war” on Android smartphone makers has been fizzling out lately.  Most of Apple's legal claims have been tossed out, and the two minor victories Apple …
Discussion: CNET, 9to5Google, MacRumors, BGR and Electronista
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: parislemon, MacRumors, CNET, GeekWire and 9to5Mac
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Gilt Groupe Cuts Include 10 Percent of Employees and Two Executives  —  Gilt Groupe, a luxury e-commerce and flash sales site, has trimmed roughly 10 percent — as many as 90 — of its employees, including some of its management team.  —  Earlier this month, Gilt Groupe CEO Kevin Ryan downplayed rumors …
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.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Supreme Court Court Rejects Willy-nilly GPS Tracking  —  The Supreme Court said Monday that law enforcement authorities might 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.
Tom Loftus / Digits:
T-Mobile, AT&T File For FCC Approval Of Spectrum Transfer  —  T-Mobile USA and AT&T filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission for approval of the transfer of $1 billion in wireless airwaves AT&T promised as a result of the failure of its $39 billion bid to take over its smaller rival.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Search, Punctuation Marks and Other Symbols  —  Google usually ignores punctuation and mathematical symbols from a query because it doesn't index them.  They rarely change the meaning of a query and Google's index would have to grow a lot bigger, without improving the results too much.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Register, Electronista, Ovum and BGR
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Evi arrives in town to go toe-to-toe with Siri  —  When Siri arrived on the iPhone 4S I thought to myself, who else could do this?  It would need to be a search engine with natural language processing, but also behave in the manner of artificial intelligence and respond to voice recognition.
Michael Geist Blog:
The Behind-the-Scenes Campaign To Bring SOPA To Canada  —  The Internet battle against SOPA and PIPA generated huge interest in Canada with many Canadians turning their sites dark (including Blogging Tories, Project Gutenberg Canada, and CIPPIC) in support of the protest.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
64GB iPhone 4S takes 21% of sales, 36% of iPhone buyers come from another platform  —  A new survey of recent iPhone customers found that 21 percent of iPhone 4S buyers chose Apple's highest capacity 64-gigabyte model, while 36 percent of users migrated from another platform like Android, BlackBerry or Palm.
Akky Akimoto / Asiajin:
Japan's #2 Carrier KDDI Pushing Ads On Android Notification Bar  —  KDDI, Japan's second largest cellphone carrier is being blamed by users on Twitter [J] by displaying advertising on Android “as a system notification”.  —  Here is a sample screenshot informs from KDDI to you “Diet by an App”,
 
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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Virgin America Names Jet After Steve Jobs
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Digital Music Sales Grow Worldwide, but Big Music Still Frets About Pirates
Discussion: paidContent and PhoneArena
Cornelius Rahn / Bloomberg:
EU Privacy Rules to Include Leak Disclosure Within 24 Hours
Discussion: Financial Times and The Register
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Attempts to Bring Ericsson into Discovery for Defense in Motorola Case
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Intel buys QLogic's InfiniBand assets for $125 million
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Troy Hunt / Troy Hunt's Blog:
Breaking CAPTCHA with automated humans
Bloomberg:
Startups Size Up Loan Candidates With Algorithms Rather Than FICO Scores
Discussion: @eghosao
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Joyent grabs $85M from Weather Investment II, Telefonica to take on Amazon in cloud computing
David Kushner / GQ:
The Hacker is Watching  —  Every online scam begins more or less …
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Flaws in Videoconferencing Systems Make Boardrooms Vulnerable
Discussion: Threat Level
 

 
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