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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  —  The issue over whether Google is giving preferential treatment to its own products is back in the news, and this time the evidence is pretty damning.  —  I'm not sure how Google will tap dance around it.  (See Trevor's reporting about another Google+ tapdance here.)
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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Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
Pseudonyms on Google Plus?  Wrong.  —  Today Google Plus VP of Product Bradley Horowitz posted that Google's social network is adding support for alternate names in the next few days.  —  Everyone announcing that G+ now supports pseudonyms is wrong.  —  Don't read the headlines …
Discussion: Betabeat, Gawker and The Next Web, Thanks:@violetblue
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Denial Is Not A Turnaround Strategy: Why RIM's New CEO Needs To Get Real  —  If you took the statements of new Research in Motion (NSDQ: RIMM) CEO Thorsten Heins this morning at face value, you might walk away thinking the company's many problems stem from confused marketing and poor execution.
Discussion: CNET and Toronto Standard
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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Virgin America Names Jet After Steve Jobs  —  Virgin America has named one of its fleet after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, emblazoning a popular Jobs quote “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” on the side of this Airbus A320.  —  Steve mentioned the phrase in his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and NBC Bay Area
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 …
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.
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, CNET, MacRumors, GeekWire and 9to5Mac
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.
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 …
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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Judge: Americans can be forced to decrypt their laptops  —  American citizens can be ordered to decrypt their PGP-scrambled hard drives for police to peruse for incriminating files, a federal judge in Colorado ruled today in what could become a precedent-setting case.
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”,
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Digital Music Sales Grow Worldwide, but Big Music Still Frets About Pirates  —  Give people a choice, and they might pay for digital music, after all.  —  Also, it helps if they can't steal it.  —  That's the takeaway from a new survey from the IFPI, the music industry's global trade group.
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
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.
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: Electronista, Ovum, The Register and BGR
 
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Jennifer Baker / PC World:
Consumer Watchdog Urges EU to Block Google's Motorola Deal
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Exclusive: Microsoft to discontinue its virtual currency system Microsoft Points
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
VMware Q4 shines: Aims to ‘go beyond cost reduction’
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Market Wire
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Attempts to Bring Ericsson into Discovery for Defense in Motorola Case
The Mozilla Blog:
Crowdsourcing the State of the Union
Discussion: The Next Web
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Brad Reed / Network World:
LTE spectrum: How much do the big carriers have?
Discussion: DSLreports
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DLD 2012 - Brian Chesky: “Average Airbnb Host In NYC Pockets $21,000 A Year”
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
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
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