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January 31, 2012, 8:55 PM

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Facebook readies to file US$5bn IPO, could grow  —  Facebook is expected to file to raise US$5bn in a preliminary IPO prospectus on Wednesday morning, which while less than anticipated could be increased to ultimate investor demand, according to sources close to the deal.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: The IM Conversation In Which 19-Year-Old Zuckerberg Decided To Build Facebook, This Year's $100 Billion IPO  —  Later this week, Facebook will file documents with the SEC to announce its intention to go public.  —  People close to the deal expect the company to be valued somewhere …
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 35% to $17.43 Billion; Kindle Device Sales Nearly Triple During the Holidays  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011.  —  Operating cash flow increased 12% to $3.90 billion …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon: Big Kindle sales, but sales and outlook fall short  —  Summary: Amazon's fourth quarter sales and outlook fall short of expectations.  Kindle sales surge.  —  Amazon's fourth quarter sales missed projections, but earnings were ahead.  The big wild card was Kindle device sales, which tripled over the holidays.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Neil Young and the Sound of Music  —  You know what the biggest problem with music today is?  —  Sound quality.  —  That's Neil Young's take on the issue, anyway.  For years, the musician has been obsessed with improving the way modern music sounds, sonically speaking.
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Why Has Andreessen Horowitz Raised $2.7B in 3 Years? … Since Marc and I founded Andreessen Horowitz three years ago, we have raised $2.7 billion.  That statement begs a few questions.  The two most obvious are:  — Why did such a new venture capital firm raise so much money?
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Rumor: Office 15 for Windows 8 will be desktop apps, not fully Metro style  —  Microsoft's next generation of Office, codenamed Office 15, will receive interface tweaks to make it more touch friendly on Windows 8, including a radial menu system, but won't be rebuilt as full “Metro style” apps using the new WinRT programming model.
Pablo Chavez / Google Public Policy Blog:
Changing our privacy policies, not our privacy controls  —  Last week we heard from members of Congress about Google's plans to update our privacy policies by consolidating them into a single document on March 1.  Protecting people's privacy is something we think about all day across the company …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Filing: Without Itanium Chip, HP Is “Strategically Screwed”  —  Last night, a California judge made some key rulings in the ongoing litigation between Hewlett-Packard and Oracle over the latter's decision to stop supporting Intel's Itanium chip.  —  One thing Judge James Kleinberg did was dismiss …
More: GigaOM and eWeek
The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox Adds Powerful New Developer Tools  —  Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux adds powerful built-in developer tools and delivers smoother updates by making add-ons compatible by default.  —  Firefox adds a number of new built-in developer tools that let developers change the look and feel of websites in real-time.
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Seeking To Banish “Distraction” Microsoft Replaces Hotmail Display Ads With Deals  —  Microsoft is trying to make ads in Hotmail better.  The company is replacing conventional display ads in its webmail service with deal ads that it believes will be more relevant and interesting to users.
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Thousands Line Up For Foxconn's Jobs in Zhengzhou (video)  —  On the 30th of January, thousands of hopefuls stood for hours outside a labour agency located in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou.  The lines stretched more than 200 meters along the road, and the people who were waiting in line …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Boxee officially pulls the plug on PC client  —  Want to run Boxee on your PC or Mac?  Then hurry up; Boxee is removing all copies of its PC-based app from its servers by the end of the day Tuesday to fully concentrate on the Boxee Box.  —  The company announced the move late last year …
More: Engadget
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga CEO: We aren't the copycats on Bingo social game (exclusive interview)  —  Mark Pincus, chief executive of social gaming giant Zynga, denied that Zynga copied a rival's Bingo game on Facebook.  Instead, he said in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat that the accuser in this case borrowed from Zynga.
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Stanford Professors Daphne Koller & Andrew Ng Also Launching a Massive Online Learning Startup  —  These are interesting times to be a Stanford professor.  Or to stop being a Stanford professor, as the case may be...  Last week, news broke that Professor Sebastian Thrun would be stepping …
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: WikiLeaks to move servers offshore, sources say  —  Prince Michael Bates of Sealand stands atop the helipad on his World War II era “micronation” — a possible future location for Wikileaks' servers.  —  Julian Assange's investors are in the process of purchasing a boat …
More: TG Daily and Mashable!
Matt Hickey / The Daily:
Inside Microsoft's plan to equip laptops with Kinect technology  —  Last week, The Daily reported Microsoft is currently developing a version of its Kinect motion-sensing technology to run in Windows 8-equipped portables.  Now, we've confirmed a few more facts about the project from a number of sources inside Redmond.
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Why the Raspberry Pi won't ship in kit form  —  When the Raspberry Pi ships later this year, it will be delivered to your door as a finished unit.  The more adventurous tinkerers among you, as well as adept system builders, have asked the Raspberry Pi Foundation why they can't get them in kit form instead.
Thanks:@mthwgeek
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Apple appeals iPad trademark decision in China  —  A Chinese court rejected Apple's lawsuit for the iPad trademark in the country  —  Apple has appealed a Chinese court ruling last December that rejected its ownership of the iPad trademark in the country, and could expose the company …
More: CNET and The Next Web
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Google to give closed-door briefing on policy changes  —  Google CEO Larry Page won't be testifying before Congress this week.  In response to an invitation last week from Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., who asked Page to appear and explain the company's user policy changes, two other Google execs will appear.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with multicam, broadcast monitoring  —  Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with multicam, broadcast monitoring  —  Apple on Tuesday updated its professional workflow application, Final Cut Pro X, adding a number of significant features.

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