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January 27, 2012, 3:45 PM

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Twitter Blog:
Tweets still must flow  —  One year ago, we posted “The Tweets Must Flow,” in which we said, … As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression.  Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there.
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Twitter isn't censoring you.  Your government is.  —  It's barely been a day since Twitter made the announcement that, going forward, tweets could be censored based on the local laws that govern a user's location, and the rumour mill is hard at work trying to figure out the reasons behind the decision.
More: TechPresidentTweets: @digiphile
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Former Palm Head Jon Rubinstein Leaves Hewlett-Packard  —  Jon Rubinstein, the former Apple executive who took over handheld maker Palm and moved with it to Hewlett-Packard in a 2010 acquisition, has left HP effective today, AllThingsD has learned.  —  Rubinstein is said to have no immediate plans …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
An exclusive exit interview with Jon Rubinstein: ‘What we accomplished has been amazing’  —  We just had a chance to speak to departing HP / webOS exec Jon Rubinstein about his time at Palm and HP, and what he plans to do down the road.  Jon was already in Mexico taking what seems …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Readies IPO Filing for Next Week  —  Facebook Inc. could file papers for an initial public offering as early as next week and is close to picking Morgan Stanley as the lead underwriter for its IPO, said people familiar with the matter.  —  Facebook could file papers for the IPO …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook responds to claims of factory worker mistreatment: “We care about every worker in our supply chain”  —  This morning, The New York Times published a lengthy report with details about the harsh conditions of working in the factories of an Apple parts supplier or Apple product manufacturer.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
How Siri is ruining your cellphone service  —  Like a few million other people this past holiday season, we bought an iPhone 4S, with its much-hyped Siri feature.  The vocal interface allows users to speak all kinds of commands into the phone ("What's the weather in San Francisco?") and get answers from a sultry-voiced robot/concierge.
Thanks:@saokar
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
For $2 a Star, a Retailer Gets 5-Star Reviews  —  Agencies like the Federal Trade Commission have been trying to crack down on online product reviews that do not disclose the connection between a merchant and the person doling out the praise.  —  Big Victory on Internet Buoys Lobby
Matt Hickey / The Daily:
Microsoft's latest home for Kinect technology: portable computers  —  Microsoft's drive to integrate Kinect technology into a wide array of products is not slowing.  —  A few weeks ago at CES, the company announced a desktop version of the Kinect, but it also seems the boys and girls in Redmond …
John P. Holdren / The White House:
CTO Aneesh Chopra Stepping Down  —  When President Obama came into office in January 2009, the Administration found a Federal government relying too heavily on 20th century technology.  On his first day on the job, the President created the position of “Chief Technology Officer” …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Page Rage Escalates As Google Cancels Twitter Android Meeting  —  We've heard from insiders that Google's PR strategy to the Don't Be Evil toolbar bombshell- which exposed just how much the search giant is meddling with search results- is just to stay quiet until it blows over.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Dear Google: Crappy Results Like This Don't Give The Impression You Care About Search  —  The debate about what should — and shouldn't — show in a Google search result for “santorum” has been well-documented, at this point.  But I'd like to use this now famous search to illustrate something else …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung loses second German 3G patent lawsuit against Apple  —  One week after dismissing Samsung's first German patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, the Mannheim Regional Court also rejected Samsung's second complaint.  —  Either complaint related to the 3G/UMTS wireless telecommunications standard.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Feature: The Great Disk Drive in the Sky: How Web giants store big—and we mean big—data  —  Consider the tech it takes to back the search box on Google's home page: behind the algorithms, the cached search terms, and the other features that spring to life as you type in a query sits …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Copyright Industry Calls For Broad Search Engine Censorship  —  It's no secret that the entertainment industries believe search engines are not delivering enough when it comes to protecting copyright works.  Just last month, the RIAA and IFPI accused Google of massively profiting from piracy …
More: WebProNews
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter to Roll Out More Brand Pages for Advertisers Who've Committed $25K  —  New Pages Next Week Restricted to Those Buying Promoted Tweets, Trends  —  Twitter will start rolling out more brand pages next week for some brands and partners who have already committed to spending at least $25,000 …

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Microsoft:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection' goes gold: Available for pre-download later Friday  —  Dan Ayoub, studio head of Halo External Development at 343 Industries, shares his thoughts about the major milestone.
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