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12:45 PM ET, January 26, 2012


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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.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple's labor practices come under fire from former executives
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Microsoft paid Nokia $250 million in fourth quarter to adopt Windows Phone 7; billions more to follow
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
AT&T CEO Randall Stevenson Blasts FCC, Hints At Higher Prices and Data Restrictions  —  AT&T has a bone to pick with the Federal Communications Commission.  In the mobile operator's quarterly earnings call this morning, CEO Randall Stevenson blasted the FCC over its leadership …
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 …
Roger Cheng / CNET:   AT&T loses a whopping $6.7B on pension costs, T-Mobile breakup fee
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 …
Olivia Solon /
The EU signs up to Acta  —  The EU and 22 of its member states have signed up to Acta — the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement — in Tokyo today (26 January).  —  Acta — which is supported by many rights owners — has been met with widespread criticism from open rights activists …
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Marketing Pilgrim
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, VentureBeat and Gear Diary
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 …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's universal remote concept hints at future television set  —  Apple has shown interest in building a new, simplified remote control that would automatically control a variety of devices while reducing setup and frustration for the user.  —  The concept was revealed this week …
Discussion: TG Daily, iClarified and Electronista
Emily Glazer / Digits:
Codecademy Launches Peer-to-Peer Coding Lessons  —  One of the most popular languages today is coding, and start-up Codecademy is making it possible for anyone to teach it.  —  The New York company is launching peer-to-peer coding lessons through its website starting Thursday in private beta and opening to the public within weeks.
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.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Real Bonding With Family Around the TV Via Skype  —  As you read these words, millions of people are conducting video chats using the popular Skype service, now owned by Microsoft.  Most of these calls are low-resolution encounters between two individuals, conducted over personal computers.
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
FBI releases plans to monitor social networks  —  The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has quietly released details of plans to continuously monitor the global output of Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, offering a rare glimpse into an activity that the FBI and other government agencies are reluctant to discuss publicly.
Discussion: BBC
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 …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Price competition  —  Apple's products are often seen as being priced “at a premium”.  This is mostly a matter of perception, but in certain categories Apple's products are priced above the industry average (though probably still affordable to sufficiently large populations).
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 …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google and Bing accused of aiding piracy  —  Major rights holders claim search engines make it ‘difficult’ for people to find legal music and films online  —  The major rights holders' document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act  —  Google and other search engines “overwhelmingly” …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Google+ Spreads to AdSense, Will It Spread to the Whole Web?  —  Seen in the wild (well, OK, on this very site):  —  The “Recommend this on Google” hover box at the bottom is new, I've never seen it before (then again, my ads are usually from FM).  It's what we in the biz call a …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
The best and brightest from 500 Startups' third demo day  —  Dave McClure has very quickly become a major force in Silicon Valley, by making investments in more than 250 companies since launching his 500 Startups fund.  In Mountain View, Calif. Wednesday, 32 companies from the third class …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Drchrono Raises $2.8M From Yuri Milner And Others To Help Bring Medical Records To The iPad  —  Drchrono, a startup that simplifies the professional lives of doctors by bringing electronic health records and much more to the iPad, has raised $2.8 million in funding led by Yuri Milner …
Discussion: Bits and Betabeat, Thanks:@lisamariepr
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Hawaii may keep track of all Web sites visited  —  Hawaii's legislature is weighing an unprecedented proposal to curb the privacy of Aloha State residents: requiring Internet providers to keep track of every Web site that their customers visit.  —  John Mizuno, a Democratic state legislator in Hawaii …
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