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8:55 AM ET, January 26, 2012

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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Nokia Q4: Scrambling For A Grip, But Still Falling; 1M+ Lumia Phones Sold  —  Nokia's earnings came out just moments ago, and the numbers are not pretty.  The handset maker confirmed analyst estimates it has sold over a million Lumia Windows Phone handsets - but that didn't stop …
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Nokia: Microsoft paid us $250m in Q4 to use Windows Phone  —  Microsoft paid Nokia $250m in Q4 2011 for adopting Windows Phone, the Finnish company's financial results today have revealed, the first of a “platform support payments” scheme expected to eventually account for billions of dollars.
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 …
New York Times:
The iEconomy: Apple's iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China  —  A staggering manufacturing system in China has made it possible for Apple and other companies to make devices almost as quickly as they can be dreamed up, but for workers, it can be dangerous.
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:   Apple's labor practices come under fire from former executives
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Android Reaches 39% Tablet OS Market Share (Standing On Amazon's Shoulders)  —  Apple's iPad reigns supreme from whatever angle you choose to look at the tablet market (profits, apps, quality, market share, mindshare, you name it), but research firm Strategy Analytics this morning said Android …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook at today's Town Hall: Starting in June, Apple employees get $500 off Macs, $250 off iPads  —  Among the many topics discussed by Tim Cook at today's Town Hall session with employees, the Apple CEO revealed some new Apple employee benefits.  Giving a little more back to the people …
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: Daily Patricia and The Next Web
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Larry Page's “Beautiful” New Google  —  Yesterday, we wrote about Larry Page's Search-Plus-Your-World ultimatum and much of the buzz was around the “or work somewhere else” part.  But our source emphasized another word he used.  “Beautiful.”  —  According to sources …
Discussion: ExtremeTech
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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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Analysis: Wall Street puzzles over Google's new direction  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc, which revolutionized Internet searches with an easy-to-use website, has itself become an increasingly tricky business to grasp.  —  That issue leapt to the fore last week when the company stunned Wall Street …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AT&T's Q4: 7.6 million iPhones activated, 9.4 million smartphones sold  —  Summary: AT&T is upbeat on 2012 following a strong fourth quarter in smartphone sales.  AT&T, however, reported a big net loss.  —  AT&T reported strong sales of the iPhone 4S and Android devices …
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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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Netflix abandons video game rental plans
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Amazon's Hit Man  —  Larry Kirshbaum was the ultimate book industry insider—until Amazon called  —  Larry Kirshbaum, Vice-President and Publisher, Amazon Publishing  —  In November 1997, on a night of pounding rain in midtown Manhattan, Rupert Murdoch threw a party for Jane Friedman …
Discussion: Fortune and GalleyCat
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 …
Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
Inside SAP's Skunkworks as It Takes Aim at Oracle  —  POTSDAM, Germany—Hasso Plattner, who 20 years ago designed a computer program that supercharged SAP AG's growth, has been pursuing another breakthrough that could determine the software giant's fate.  —  Now SAP's chairman …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Rhapsody acquires Napster's European assets for Spotify battle boost  —  Rhapsody has just announced it's buying Napster's business in Europe.  —  Rhapsody's European expansion begins today with the acquisition of Napster International, Napster's European subscription music service.
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 …
Softpedia News:
Chrome Gets Smarter Auto Form Filling, Google Pushes to Make It HTML5 Standard  —  Google is working on making it easier to auto-complete forms found online.  Like several other major browsers, Chrome comes with a rather thorough autofill feature.  It remembers data you provide to one website …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Zynga's Stock Rating Gets A Boost, And So Does Its Traffic  —  Wall Street has had trouble knowing what to make of Zynga, considering it's the first Facebook-oriented virtual goods business to be publicly traded.  The stock has been seesawing below its $10 initial share price since the company went public in the middle of December.
Discussion: CNET and Bits
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple starts hiring chip experts in Haifa, Israel  —  Following our in depth report last night on Apple turning its Anobit purchase into a permanent Israeli presence, a new report in Hebrew by Israeli daily business newspaper Calcalist says Apple is looking to open a research center in Haifa by the end of February.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Ericsson is buying BelAir, betting on Wi-Fi  —  In a sure sign that the cellular industry is getting serious about Wi-Fi, telecom networking giant Ericsson is buying BelAir Networks, adding its high-performance outdoor hotspot technology to its portfolio, sources told GigaOM.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nintendo to make a loss of $835 million in 2011, despite selling 15 million 3DS units  —  Alongside Satoru Iwata's pronouncement that the Wii U will be on sale by the holiday season this year, Nintendo has had to report some ignominious news about its financial situation.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Fab Hits 2 Million Members, Plots International Expansion, Opens For All  —  Fab.com founder and CEO Jason Goldberg just made a significant announcement on his blog about some new and upcoming changes at the ridiculously fast-growing startup.  —  The design shopping site now boasts 2 million members …
 
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
General Assembly Has Had 6,000 People Take Its Classes, And It's Opening A Second Huge Campus In NYC
Discussion: Betabeat, Thanks:@shontelaylay
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
The SOPA War: A Frantic Call, an Aborted Summit, and Dramatic New Details on How Hollywood Lost
Discussion: Electronista
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
BeachMint Raises Another Big Round: $35 Million For Celebrity-Backed Shopping Experiences
David Cohen / All Facebook:
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Discussion: PandoDaily, TechCrunch and Screenwerk
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Docs Can Now Be Exported Through Takeout
Discussion: Forbes, Marketing Land and Digits
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone, 500 Startups And Others Put $1M In CRM For Web Businesses Intercom
Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times:
Video: Bill Gates on his last visit with Steve Jobs, favorite movies and robots
Discussion: The Verge, TUAW and Yahoo! News
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
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google authorized Motorola to seek an injunction against the iPhone 4S and iCloud
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Samsung: We'll Douse Kindle Fire With More Features, Pen, TV Integration
Discussion: Inquirer and Business Insider, Thanks:@mspoonauer
 

 
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