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12:50 PM ET, January 25, 2012

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Massive Numbers And Some Context  —  Simply looking over the numbers, it might be hard to wrap your head around what Apple just announced for their Q1 2012 results.  A company this big is not supposed to be able to nearly double revenue year-to-year.  Nor are they supposed to more than double profit.
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Bloomberg:
Apple 'Didn't Bet High Enough' on China IPhone Demand, Cook Says  —  Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. underestimated the “staggering” demand for the iPhone 4S when it started sales in China this month, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said.  —  “We thought we were betting bold,” …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's blow-out quarter: Once again, the Street blew it
Discussion: TUAW and Mashable!, Thanks:@philiped
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Tim Cook on His First Four Months as Apple CEO: Just Look at the Results
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Guardian
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple's Growth Rate Is Simply Incredible... And It's Accelerating
Discussion: SplatF
Alma Whitten / The Official Google Blog:
Updating our privacy policies and terms of service  —  In just over a month we will make some changes to our privacy policies and Google Terms of Service.  This stuff matters, so we wanted to explain what's changing, why and what these changes mean for users.  —  First, our privacy policies.
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Scott Lowe / IGN:
Xbox 720 Will Be Six Times as Powerful as Current Gen  —  Sources confirm fall 2013 release, detail graphics processing power.  —  The next Xbox will ship to retailers in late October or early November of next year with six times the processing power of the Xbox 360, sources close to the project have told IGN.
O2 Blog:
O2 mobile numbers and web browsing  —  Security is of the utmost importance to us and we take the protection of our customers' data extremely seriously.  —  We have seen the report published this morning suggesting the potential for disclosure of customers' mobile phone numbers to website owners.
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
O2 fixes number sending issue, blames it on 'technical changes" during routine maintenance
Discussion: PC Magazine and SlashGear
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T's Q1 2012 roadmap: Nokia Lumia 900 to launch March 18th for $99.99  —  We just received a portion of AT&T's 2012 roadmap from a trusted source, and it looks like AT&T isn't playing around this year.  There are some heavy hitters lined up for the first quarter of 2012 …
Steve Hakusa / Official google.org Blog:
Public Alerts now on Google Maps  —  Today marks the launch of a new Google Crisis Response project: Google Public Alerts, a platform designed to bring you relevant emergency alerts when and where you're searching for them.  —  If a major weather event is headed for your area …
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Samsung: We'll Douse Kindle Fire With More Features, Pen, TV Integration  —  When it comes to Android tablets, Samsung is the anti-Amazon.  While the Kindle Fire comes in just one size, Samsung has released everything from the superthin Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus with a built-in remote control.
Nicole Leverich / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
New research: Global surge in smartphone usage, UK sees biggest jump with 15% increase  —  Mobile devices are mainstream.  In fact, according to our newest research more consumers in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan use a mobile phone (feature phone or smartphone) than a computer (desktop or laptop).
Discussion: Marketing Land and AdAge
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:   Google: smartphone and tablet use growing, but not at the expense of PCs
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
Facebook's Sandberg Gently Warns Europe About Privacy Rules  —  Concerned about privacy?  Maybe you should be concernedabout the economy instead.  That was the subtext of a keynote speech by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, at a technology conference in the heart of Europe on Tuesday.
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Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Companies Face Fines as Much as 2% of Sales Under EU Privacy Law
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Con Artist Starred in Sting That Cost Google Millions  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Wearing leg irons and guarded by federal agents, David Whitaker posed as an agent for online drug dealers in dozens of recorded phone calls and email exchanges with Google sales executives, spending $200,000 …
Matt Mullenweg:
On the Evolution of Investing  —  Today Y Combinator announced they are adding two new partners, Garry Tan and Aaron Iba.  This announcement is unique because it does not list their academic credentials, their previous investments, the boards of companies or non-profits they have sat on …
Reuters:
Megaupload founder faces lengthy extradition battle  —  (Reuters) - Efforts by the United States to extradite the mastermind of an alleged Internet piracy scheme from New Zealand to face copyright infringement and money laundering charges are likely to be long and complex.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“We're just like YouTube,” Megaupload lawyer tells Ars
Discussion: Fast Company and The Verge
Paul Morris / Redmond Pie:
Jailbreaking May Soon Become Illegal Again, Act Now To Help Keep It Legal  —  It was in July 2010, the United States government ruled that the jailbreaking and unlocking of Apple iPhones, as well as the rooting of Android devices was to be deemed a legal act, as long as the process …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Social Ad Guys 33Across Buy Copy/Paste Guys Tynt  —  33Across, an ad tech start-up that specializes in social data, has picked up Tynt, the start-up that publishers use to track their content when readers copy and paste their stuff.  —  It's an all-stock transaction, and the companies won't disclose how they are valuing the deal.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Watch out Craigslist: ShopSavvy launches Savvylistings, a dead simple mobile marketplace  —  Even with the advent of online marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist, it's far too easy to accumulate junk that you'd be better off selling.  Now there's an easier way to sell your aging and neglected collection of vintage records.
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM, Thanks:@devindra
Bloomberg:
Facebook Trades to Be Halted for Three Days  —  Shareholders of Facebook Inc., the Internet site preparing an initial public offering, are facing a three-day suspension of trading on secondary markets this week, people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  While buy and sell orders can be made …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Amazon looking into taking on Netflix  —  Jeff Bezos and his team at Amazon are weighing a move to beef up the Web retailer's video-streaming service — possibly carving it out as a standalone, subscription-based operation, industry sources told The Post.  —  Such a move, if undertaken …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Obama: America Should Support The Next Steve Jobs  —  In his compelling State of the Union address tonight, President Obama laid out a blueprint for economic recovery, with numerous references to the technology sector.  “An economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity …
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google authorized Motorola to seek an injunction against the iPhone 4S and iCloud
Discussion: The Korea Herald and Electronista
Twitter Blog:
Twitter Translation Center adds Right-to-Left Languages
Discussion: The Next Web
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
The SOPA/PIPA Protests: Who Cared Most?
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
New Petition Asks White House To Submit ACTA To The Senate For Ratification
Discussion: The Domains and Social Media
John Cook / GeekWire:
Mozy rolls out Stash, another place to access files on the go
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