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January 27, 2012, 8:40 PM

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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 …
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 …
Jillian C. York:
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple introduces us to the Wild World of Coded Magnets  —  Once in a while we're treated to new Apple invention that virtually contains a new self-contained world of possibilities and vocabulary to enrich it.  It comes out of the blue and feeds our need for meaty new technology brimming with potential.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Jobs told Google to stop poaching workers: filing  —  (Reuters) - Apple's Steve Jobs directly asked former Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt in 2007 to stop trying to recruit an Apple engineer, according to a court filing.  —  The email from Jobs to Schmidt was disclosed on Friday …
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
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.
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
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” …
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
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Making Sure the Next Zuckerberg or Gates Stays Put at Harvard  —  Earlier today, Harvard University and New Enterprise Associates announced the Experiment Fund, aimed at making sure that future Mark Zuckerbergs and Bill Gates can stay on campus and innovate without having to head West.
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 …
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 …

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