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10:55 PM ET, January 25, 2012

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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Foxconn employee tells us that the next iPhone is ready for production, indicates likely summer launch  —  We received word from a reliable source at Foxconn in China that the iPhone 5, as it is currently being called, is now gearing for production.  The source said various sample devices …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Too Soon  —  Seth Weintraub: We received word from a reliable source at Foxconn in China that the iPhone 5, as it is currently being called, is now gearing for production.  No it's not.  No teardrop-shaped devices, as rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S.  Samples so far have been symmetrical in thickness (also longer/wider).
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Bounces Back With a Q4 Beat, But Says Amazon Is Coming  —  First look at Netflix Q4 earnings: Earnings of $0.73 per share and revenue of $876 million.  Wall Street was expecting around $0.54 a share and $857 million.  —  But at least as important are the company's subscriber numbers and guidance …
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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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Netflix abandons video game rental plans  —  Netflix will not expand into renting video games, marking the final end of the disastrous Qwikster experiment.  CEO Reed Hastings just confirmed to investors that his company no longer plans to rent games, a strategy that was first announced …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix streaming users now outnumber DVD subscribers 2:1
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 …
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Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
Sources: The Next Xbox Will Play Blu-Ray, May Not Play Used Games (And Will Introduce Kinect 2)  —  Microsoft will upgrade its disc technology for its next Xbox from DVDs to Blu-Ray discs, catching up to rival Sony, games industry sources tell Kotaku.  —  Sony's PlayStation 3 currently supports Blu-Ray …
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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.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google authorized Motorola to seek an injunction against the iPhone 4S and iCloud  —  These days, you can probably hear a pin drop if Apple and Google are in the same room.  Tensions are rising high as a direct legal clash increasingly appears to be inevitable.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Is iMessage Starting to Take a Bite Out of Standard Texting?  —  When Apple introduced iMessage, a service that lets people with its mobile devices send each other free text messages over data networks, many analysts predicted that it would take a substantial bite out of the profits …
Discussion: The Next Web
Facebook:
How Journalists Are Using Facebook Subscribe  —  In September, we introduced Subscribe as a simple way for public figures to allow people to subscribe to their public updates on Facebook.  For journalists specifically, Subscribe has enabled each journalist's community of viewers and readers …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Open webOS 1.0 announced: HP to complete webOS open sourcing by September, Enyo 1.0 and 2.0 code available today  —  Following up on its December announcement that it would open source the platform — a last-ditch effort to make it viable — HP has gone into detail today on exactly …
Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times:
Video: Bill Gates on his last visit with Steve Jobs, favorite movies and robots  —  Yahoo has posted segments from a interview ABC News' Bill Weir conducted recently with Bill Gates.  —  In one of the segments, Gates talks about his visit with Steve Jobs at Jobs' home before he died, in which the two tech titans reminisced for hours.
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 …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Foxconn gets Brazil tax breaks, looks to start iPad production  —  The Brazilian government has approved tax reductions or exemptions pertaining to tablet production that will allow Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn to start iPad production in the country.
Discussion: Electronista, MacRumors and iClarified
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Feds say senior Google execs knew about illicit pharma ads  —  The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday revealed new details of a federal prescription drug sting that ultimately cost Google half a billion dollars.  In early 2009, a man serving jail time for wire fraud helped the authorities set …
Discussion: @eldon
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David Cohen / All Facebook:
Restaurants Will Offer Facebook Credits Incentives: Plink  —  Will meals taste better when accompanied by a side of free Facebook Credits?  Loyalty program Plink intends to find out, with the help of several national restaurant chains.  —  Plink will announce a Facebook Credits-based loyalty …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Screenwerk and ClickZ
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone, 500 Startups And Others Put $1M In CRM For Web Businesses Intercom  —  CRM and 500 Startups incubated company Intercom has raised a seed round of $1 million from angel investors including twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Huddle founder Andy McLoughlin, Dan Martell, 500 Startups and Digital Garage.
Discussion: PandoDaily and VentureBeat
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 …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Andreessen Is Said to Seek $1.5 Billion in Fund-Raising  —  A name like Andreessen goes a long way in Silicon Valley.  —  Marc Andreessen, the venture capitalist who was a co-founder of Netscape, is in the process of raising $1.5 billion from investors for his namesake firm …
Discussion: VentureBeat, GeekWire and PandoDaily
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.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Symantec tells customers to disable pcAnywhere software  —  (Reuters) - Symantec Corp advised customers to stop using its pcAnywhere software for accessing remote PCs, saying they are at increased risk of getting hacked because the blueprints to that software have been stolen.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Nokia Series 40 phones: 1.5 billion sold, and counting  —  The Nokia Asha 303.  —  Nokia's Series 40 line of mobile phones has reached an important milestone.  —  The mobile company today announced that it sold its 1.5 billionth Nokia Series 40 phone in San Paulo, Brazil.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
BeachMint Raises Another Big Round: $35 Million For Celebrity-Backed Shopping Experiences  —  BeachMint — an ecommerce startup that lets customers subscribe to receive products hand-picked by celebrities each month — has quickly become one of the hottest companies in Los Angeles.
Discussion: PandoDaily
 
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Jennifer Baker / Computerworld:
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Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
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Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Gimmie, a new startup from a PopCap developer, ties real-world deals with gameplay
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Stephen Shankland / CNET:
27,000 Google Chromebooks headed to U.S. schools
Discussion: TechCrunch and SiliconFilter
Twitter Blog:
Twitter Translation Center adds Right-to-Left Languages
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Nicole Leverich / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
New research: Global surge in smartphone usage, UK sees biggest jump with 15% increase
Bloomberg:
Apple 'Didn't Bet High Enough' on China IPhone Demand, Cook Says
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