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January 26, 2012, 2:15 PM

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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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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 / Wired.co.uk:
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 …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Google exec questions Reding's ‘Right to be forgotten’ pledge  —  Says certain aspects of article 17 are ‘unworkable’  —  CPDP Google's privacy policy counsel in Brussels has questioned certain parts of European Commissioner Viviane Reding's freshly tabled draft bill on data protection law within the EU.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jeff Clavier's SoftTech VC Raises $55 Million For Fund III  —  The micro-VCs are growing up.  Case in point: Jeff Clavier, who started out as an angel investor backing Web 2.0 companies and then transitioned his portfolio into a more formal venture firm, SoftTech VC.
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” …
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 …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme has redesigned.  Drudge Report is now indisputably the web's ugliest news site  —  In the beginning, links on web pages were underlined, because that let us know they were links.  And it was good.  But all those underlined words started to afflict the eye, particularly on pages with many links.
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.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google+ Now Open to Teens  —  Google+ is now available for teenagers.  Unlike some of its competitors, Google always insisted that the users of its social network were 18 or older, Today, however, the company lifted these restrictions and teenagers (13+) can now sign up for accounts as well.
David Smith / Guardian:
African Twitter map reveals how continent stays connected  —  Analysis of 11.5m tweets in last three months of 2011 shows South Africa generated the most, with more than 5m recorded  —  The first Twitter map of Africa shows the social network is forging links between smartphone users …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MegaUpload Users Plan to Sue the FBI over Lost Files  —  The place where breaking news, BitTorrent and copyright collide  —  MegaUpload Users Plan to Sue the FBI over Lost Files  —  In most reports following the MegaUpload shutdown, the site is exclusively portrayed as a piracy haven.
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.
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