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9:35 AM ET, January 24, 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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MG Siegler / PandoDaily:
Evil, Greed, And Antitrust Aren't Google's Real Problems, Relevancy Is  —  It seemed like this week could finally be the week when Google didn't make headlines for their decision to inject Google+ results right into Search.  That hope lasted until Monday.  Now the story is back — with a vengeance.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Google: Do Yourself a Favor and Just Come Clean Already
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Steve Jobs looked to reinvent Apple's iPhone photography with instant capture system, advanced light-field sensors  —  “He had three things that he wanted to reinvent: the television, textbooks and photography,” said biographer Walter Isaacson in an interview following the release of his biography on Steve Jobs.
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Exclusive: Microsoft to discontinue its virtual currency system Microsoft Points  —  Microsoft's proprietary virtual currency system, Microsoft Points, will be phased out by the end of the year, according to a source with knowledge of the company's decision.
Neil Daswani / Dasient Blog:
Dasient Has Been Acquired by Twitter  —  The Dasient team is excited to announce that we have been acquired by Twitter!  Effective immediately, we will be bringing our technology, tools, and team to the revenue engineering team at Twitter.  —  Since its inception, Dasient has been focused …
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.
Jay A. Fernandez / Hollywood Reporter:
Sundance 2012: MPAA's Chris Dodd Calls Piracy Defeat a ‘Watershed Event’  —  Speaking at the festival's daily Cinema Cafe series, Dodd said the tech community's ability to mobilize the public was a game-changing phenomenon that he hadn't seen in more than three decades in public office.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
I'ma Set It Straight, This Watergate  —  Ed Bott, “How Apple Is Sabotaging an Open Standard for Digital Books”: … I agree with Bott that Apple is being competitive here, but disagree that it's an example of embrace/extend/extinguish.  Put another way, over the weekend Bott called the iBooks Author EULA …
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Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
How Apple is sabotaging an open standard for digital books
Discussion: Daring Fireball, ZDNet and GigaOM
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Facebook added $15.3B and 230k jobs to European economy in 2011  —  Facebook added $15.3 billion in value to the European economy in the past year, COO Sheryl Sandberg said at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich Tuesday.  —  Sandberg, in her closing keynote on how social media …
Discussion: AllThingsD and The Next Web
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Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook's grown-up face
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Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Average Silicon Valley Tech Salary Passes $100,000  —  Average annual salaries for Silicon Valley technology workers surpassed the $100,000 mark last year, according to a new survey, pushed higher by the strength of the region's latest boom.  —  Tech-jobs website operator Dice Holdings Inc …
Discussion: Forbes, PhoneArena, TechFlash and PandoDaily
Gilbert Kreijger / Reuters:
Apple again loses Dutch bid for Samsung tablet ban  —  (Reuters) - Apple again lost a bid on Tuesday to have Samsung tablet computers banned in the Netherlands in a Dutch appeals case over infringing copyrights of its iPad tablet computer.  —  Apple, which has been locked in legal battles …
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
A5 jailbreak 'Absinthe installed almost 1M times over the last 3 days  —  On Friday, the Chronic-Dev team (along with a few other contributors) released “Absinthe,” the long-awaited free unteathered jailbreak tool for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.  Today, the team updated us with a few interesting statistics.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Verizon rides iPhone 4S, LTE in Q4 at expense of profit margins  —  Summary: Verizon Wireless posted strong growth for the fourth quarter, but margins were hit in the short-term due to the iPhone.  —  Verizon's wireless unit rode an iPhone 4S upgrade cycle and Long-Term Evolution 4G devices to a strong fourth quarter.
Mike Orcutt / Technology Review:
Twitter Bots Create Surprising New Social Connections  —  Researchers show how simple programs posing as real people can shape interactions on Twitter.  —  You might have encountered a “Twitter bot” before: an automated program that perhaps retweeted something you wrote because it had particular keywords.
Discussion: AllTwitter and Weblogsky
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google's Autonomous Vehicles Draw Skepticism at Legal Symposium  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Even as Google tests its small fleet of self-driving vehicles on California highways, legal scholars and government officials are warning that society has only begun wrestling with the changes …
Discussion: Brad Ideas
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Why the Jones Supreme Court Ruling on GPS Tracking Is Worse Than It Sounds  —  While the justices unanimously agreed police cannot put a GPS device on your car, they split on whether the government can track you without one.  —  Last fall the Supreme Court heard a case concerning whether police …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Fitness Tracker Fitbit Raises $12M To Market New Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Scale, Aria  —  Fitness technology startup and TechCrunch 50 finalist Fitbit has raised $12 Million in Series C funding from existing investors Foundry Group, True Ventures, SoftTech VC and Felicis Ventures.
Surur / WMPoweruser:
Nokia already nearly 50% of Second Generation Windows Phone market share  —  Using data available from OccasionalGamer's game collection, who has more than 1 million game installs, it is possible to estimate the relative share of the various Windows Phone 7 OEMs, and as can be reasonably expected …
Adam Taylor / Business Insider:
Despite Anonymous Hack Attacks, Poland Looks Set To Continues Plans For Controversial Copyright Law  —  For a while it looked like the weekend's large scale attack on the Polish governmental websites could be working.  —  “Dear Polish government, we will continue to disrupt and interfere …
Ray Walters / ExtremeTech:
The Pirate Bay declares 3D printed “physibles” as the next frontier of piracy  —  While the subject of online piracy is certainly nothing new, the recent protests against SOPA and the federal raid on Megaupload have thrust the issue into mainstream media.  More than ever, people are discussing …
Hunter Walk / TechCrunch:
BlackoutSOPA: How 87,000 People Taught Us About The Future of Online Activism  —  [Editor's Note: The Stop Online Piracy Act, the House bill that wants to give content holders vast new powers to block web sites in the name of copyright protection, has been delayed despite an extensive lobbying campaign.
 
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Reuters:
Analysis: Megaupload shutdown unlikely to deter piracy
Scott M. Fulton, III / ReadWriteWeb:
Just in Time for “Anonymous” Attacks, U.S. NIST Drafts a New Readiness Plan
Trent Nouveau / TG Daily:
These semiconductors are cooled with laser light
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google Spent $951 Million on Data Centers in 4Q
Dan Graziano / BGR:
Office Depot now testing PayPal's new point-of-sale system
Discussion: SlashGear
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple appoints Sony Ericsson Americas President Anderson Teixeira to Head of Apple Latin America
Discussion: IntoMobile and Electronista
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Nokia Siemens reaches for a $1.6 billion lifeline
Discussion: Bloomberg, Electronista and Reuters
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Polyvore, the Fashion Site, Gets More Money and a New C.E.O.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Virgin America Names Jet After Steve Jobs
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Google Search, Punctuation Marks and Other Symbols
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T-Mobile, AT&T File For FCC Approval Of Spectrum Transfer
 

 
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