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January 26, 2012, 6:55 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 …
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:
Scott Main / Android Developers Blog:
Say Goodbye to the Menu Button  —  [This post is by Scott Main, lead tech writer for developer.android.com.  — Tim Bray]  —  Before Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), all Android-powered devices included a dedicated Menu button.  As a developer, you could use the Menu button to display whatever options …
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:
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.

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