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January 31, 2012, 8:15 AM

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Apple:
John Browett Joins Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail  —  Apple® today announced that John Browett will join the company as senior vice president of Retail, reporting to Apple CEO Tim Cook.  Browett comes to Apple from European technology retailer Dixons Retail, where he has been CEO since 2007.
Rob Cox / Reuters:
Facebook IPO will put public markets to shame  —  The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions expressed are his own  —  Facebook's imminent stock sale risks putting public stock markets to shame.  Investors will surely clamor for a piece of the social network.
More: The Tell
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
EU antitrust watchdog to probe Samsung over fair access to mobile patents  —  Samsung's legal woes appear to be worsening after the European Union's antitrust watchdog announced that it suspects the company of denying fair access to patents it holds on standardised technology for mobile phones.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
The Real Story of How Dick Costolo Kicked Investors Off Twitter's Board  —  The dribs and drabs of news about the shakeup of Twitter's board last year has produced a confusing picture.  The message I was hearing from sources while I was out on maternity leave amounted to: “Nothing to see here.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Obama and Romney Campaigns Adopt Square for Funding  —  Social media was the game-changing technology that altered the course of the 2008 presidential election.In 2012, mobile payments could be the transformational technology, as millions of political supporters are given the ability to collect money on smartphones for candidates.
Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Tech-led Boom  —  Three breakthroughs are poised to transform this century as much as telephony and electricity did the last.  —  In January 1912, the United States emerged from a two-year recession.  Nineteen more followed—along with a century of phenomenal economic growth.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple combats scalpers with new lottery system for iPhone reservations in Hong Kong  —  Apple has implemented an interested system to fight those pesky scalpers who spoiled a recent iPhone 4S launch in Mainland China.  A newly set up page on the Hong Kong Apple online store has a lottery system …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Angry Birds boss: ‘Piracy may not be a bad thing: it can get us more business’  —  Rovio's Mikael Hed tells music industry audience that embracing pirates can attract new fans  —  Rovio Mobile learned from the music industry's mistakes when deciding how to deal with piracy of its Angry Birds games …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Only Thing Less Stable Than Working at a Start-Up: Working at a Start-Up Co-Working Space  —  The city of Mountain View, Calif., is threatening to shut down Hacker Dojo, a co-working and events space for coders, because it isn't up to code.  —  Hacker Dojo already halted a planned expansion …
Tero Kuittinen / Mobile:
Feature Phones Now More Profitable Than Mid-tier Smartphones  —  For many handset vendors, the world has turned upside down.  Nokia's $40 feature phones are vastly more profitable than Sony Ericsson's $200 Android models.  This is not how the smartphone revolution was supposed to turn out.
More: Guardian
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
As Anonymous protests, Internet drowns in inaccurate anti-ACTA arguments  —  After the Internet's decisive victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act earlier this month, online activists have been looking for their next target, and a growing number of them have chosen the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook launches Timeline Movie Maker  —  Summary: Facebook has launched Timeline Movie Maker, an app that creates a movie out of content on your new Facebook Timline.  Does the movie change your opinion of Timeline?  —  Facebook today launched Timeline Movie Maker, which creates a movie highlighting moments from your Timeline.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Three Founders Are Out At Demand Media  —  Demand Media is known for churning lots of content through its sites, but today it's notable for another churn, of the executive kind: three of the people who helped found and build up the company are leaving.  —  Larry Fitzgibbon, Joe Perez …
Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Upgrades Will Include Analytical Tools  —  Twitter will unveil a series of new tools in the next few months, including sophisticated analytical tools, according to Erica Anderson, Twitter's manager for news and journalism.  —  Anderson said the analytical tools will better help publishers track …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Sky Will De-Couple Pay-TV Content From Satellite For OTT IPTV Era  —  BSkyB (NYSE: BSY) is acting to head off rising City concerns about the threat from over-the-top connected TV services, by announcing it will launch, by the summer, its own such service that does not require a satellite subscription.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Codecademy Becomes A Platform: Now Anyone Can Write Programming Tutorials  —  One of the most buzzed-about startups over the last few months has been Codecademy — a site that looks to make programming accessible to just about anyone, with a variety of interactive, web-based courses …
Jake Smith / 9to5Google:
Google launches official Android Developers page on Google+  —  In order to spread its message and keep developers in the loop, the fabulous Android development team launched an official Android Developers page on Google+.  The team said it is launching the new website to connect with developers …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Synacor Files For IPO, Acquires HTML5 Cloud OS Carbyn For $1.1M  —  Online content, portal and front-end technology solution Synacor filed its amended S-1 today for an IPO looking to raise $75 million.  The filing revealed that this month Synacor acquired Carbyn, an HTML5 operating system …
Reuters:
Mexicans overcharged billions for phone, web: study  —  (Reuters) - Mexicans have been overcharged $13.4 billion a year for phone and internet services as the industry dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim gouges customers and keeps the economy from growing, a study released on Monday said.
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon's Tangled Web  —  As Phone Giant Battles Cable in FiOS Fight, Wireless Unit Supports Comcast  —  As Verizon Communications Inc. pushes for more cable-television and high-speed Internet subscribers, a new competitor is emerging: its own subsidiary, Verizon Wireless.
More: Digits
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Node.js creator Ryan Dahl steps away from Node's day-to-day  —  Ryan Dahl, the hacker who brought the world Node.js, is turning over the reins to Joyent's Isaac Schlueter.  —  Dahl, who started working on the Node project in 2009, stated in a Google Groups post Monday …
More: GigaOM

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