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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.
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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 …
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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.
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 …
More: BGR, Reuters and PhoneArena
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Privacy Less Controversial Than Piracy?  For Now, Web Giants Don't Sound the Alarm on EU Data Protection.  —  Though Internet companies seemed to have found their political voices during the U.S. SOPA/PIPA debate over Internet piracy last week, they're less up in arms about another proposed bill …
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.
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 …
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 …
Analysis: Asia may not be such easy pickings for Apple  —  (Reuters) - Investors in Apple Inc have a one-word answer for those who wonder whether this corporate juggernaut can maintain its phenomenal momentum in the years ahead: Asia.  —  The iconic maker of the iPhone …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google taking over Mountain View: Office space expanded by 67 percent in 2011  —  Google's (GOOG) footprint in Mountain View didn't just expand in 2011, it exploded.  —  Even as the search giant completed a record number of corporate acquisitions, spending almost $2 billion to snap up 79 companies …
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.”
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 …

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