January 26, 2012, 10:00 PM

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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.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
The New Techmeme Design: Plus Your World, Minus Underlined Links  —  In a world of personalized, distributed information sharing, Techmeme and its sister sites have successfully gone the opposite direction.  They're machine-powered, human-controlled news aggregators that have readers …
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 …
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Samsung 2011 Q4 earnings official: $42 billion in sales, $4.7 billion operating profit  —  It might not be making as much money as the competition in Cupertino, but that doesn't mean Samsung isn't raking in cash at an astonishing clip.  We reported earnings estimates a few weeks ago …
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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Twitter Now Able To Censor Tweets, If Required By Law, On A Country-By-Country Basis  —  Until now, Twitter's not had the ability to censor certain tweets or accounts, to prevent them from being seen — if legally required — by users in particular countries.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Nokia Q4: Scrambling For A Grip, But Still Falling; 1M+ Lumia Phones Sold  —  Nokia's Q4 earnings, released on Thursday, make for some challenging reading for even the most hopeful of Nokia (NYSE: NOK) watchers.  The handset maker confirmed analyst estimates that it has sold …
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
European Parliament Official In Charge Of ACTA Quits, And Denounces The ‘Masquerade’ Behind ACTA  —  This is interesting.  Kader Arif, the “rapporteur” for ACTA, has quit that role in disgust over the process behind getting the EU to sign onto ACTA.  A rapporteur is a person “appointed by a deliberative body to investigate an issue.”
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
HTC to Give Up on Quantity and Try Quality  —  HTC's disappointing fourth-quarter earnings seem to have inspired a sea change at the company — or at least given it cause to reconsider its strength-in-SKU-numbers handset strategy.  —  Rather than compulsively adding to the cluttered cavalcade of Titans …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Forrester: Nearly 50% of businesses now issuing Macs, 27% support the iPad  —  The myth that Macs aren't welcome in the enterprise appears to be finally dying out, according to new research from Forrester.  The company reports that almost 50 percent of businesses in North America and Western Europe now issue Mac computers.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Nation's first Super Wi-Fi network arrives  —  New Hanover County in North Carolina on Thursday became the first county in the United States to deploy a Super Wi-Fi network, but the real question is will it also be the last?  The technology, which uses the unlicensed spectrum between …
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
Facebook Just Hired A Bloomberg Journalist To Be Its Managing Editor  —  In what could be a sign of things to come, Facebook has hired Dan Fletcher, former social media director at Bloomberg, to be its managing editor.  —  Both Fletcher and sources at Facebook confirmed that Fletcher will make the move …
Steam hits iOS and Android for buying, but not playing games  —  Steam Mobile live for iOS and Android  —  Valve has partly fulfilled one of the most common wishes of gamers Thursday by posting Steam Mobile.  Versions for both iOS (App Store) and Android (Market) lets users both keep up with their Steam chats and groups while away.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple, Google, 5 Others To Be Denied Dismissal Of “No Poach” Conspiracy Case  —  7 of the world's most powerful tech companies have been accused of forming an antitrust conspiracy to suppress the compensation of their employees by entering into “no poach” agreements.
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” …
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 …
Julian Ryall / Telegraph:
North Korea threatens to punish mobile-phone users as ‘war criminals’  —  North Korea has warned that any of its citizens caught trying to defect to China or using mobile phones during the 100-day mourning period for Kim Jong-il will be branded as “war criminals” and punished accordingly.

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