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11:05 AM ET, January 17, 2011

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SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
STEVE JOBS GOES ON MEDICAL LEAVE OF ABSENCE  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs is going on a medical leave, the company announced.  —  “At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health,” Jobs said in an email to Apple employees.
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Apple:
Apple Media Advisory  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:  —  Team,  —  At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health.  I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's Jobs takes medical leave, remains CEO; Succession planning in focus
Discussion: GigaOM and App Advice
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple expected to pack ultrafast, dual core SGX543 graphics into iPad 2, iPhone 5  —  Apple's next generation iPad and iPhone, both due the first half of this year, will pack a new version of the company's custom A4 chip, with dual, faster graphics cores capable of supporting a Retina Display iPad …
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPad 2 LCD for Sale Already? iPad 2 to Include Vibrating Motor?  —  iPhone and iPad parts vendors have been a big source of leaks for Apple's upcoming devices.  MacRumors reader @Frafoso has found a couple of very interesting parts on the website of GlobalDirectParts.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
More than 60 apps have been downloaded for every iOS device sold  —  The iTunes App Store is about to reach 10 billion downloads.  That makes this a good time to revisit app growth metrics and compare them with the other digital media store that we have data for: the iTunes Music Store.
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
iTunes has paid over $2 billion to app developers and $12 billion to record labels
Discussion: Fortune
Joshua Topolsky:
Dear Michael Arrington  —  Dear Michael Arrington, despite the fact that your latest post on TechCrunch is simply the work of a comment troll in blog form, I will respond to your unsubstantiated, inaccurate allegations because I feel they do harm to Engadget's brand and my name.
Discussion: SAI, Thanks:keithdsouza
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Blog Fight Rules Of Engagement
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL'S CIVIL WAR CONTINUES: Mike Arrington Tears Into Engadget Again
Discussion: Pluggd.in
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia pulls plug on free music in most markets  —  (Reuters) - The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch.  —  Nokia will continue to sell phones …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Awards In Hand, The Social Network Filmmakers Heap Praise On Zuckerberg  —  One of the standout scenes at in The Social Network happens in the first five minutes of the movie.  Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) is sitting in a bar with boyfriend Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) when she says the following to him:
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Ryan Radia / Ars Technica:
Why you should always encrypt your smartphone  —  Last week, California's Supreme Court reached a controversial 5-2 decision in People v. Diaz (PDF), holding that police officers may lawfully search mobile phones found on arrested individuals' persons without first obtaining a search warrant.
Dave McClure / 500 Startups:
Top 10 Tech Investing Trends For 2011  —  I bring you the top 10 tech trends for 2011: 1.  (Way too many) Groupons, social games and photo-sharing apps Unimaginative VCs — which is to say, all of us — tend to start the new year off throwing good money after bad on last year's tired and expired ideas.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
For Magazines, a Bitter Pill in iPad  —  The frustration that the country's magazine and newspaper publishers feel toward Apple can sound a lot like a variation on the old relationship gripe, “can't live with 'em, may get left behind without 'em.”  —  Since Apple introduced the iPad last year …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Groupon Poised to Strike Partnership With China's Tencent, in Key Global Expansion Move  —  Groupon is in talks with Chinese Internet giant Tencent to form a partnership to accelerate its effort in the critical Asian arena, said several sources with knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: Screenwerk, SAI and Pulse2
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Whoa, AMAZON Will Set The Prices For Paid Apps In Its Android App Store  —  Here's something big we missed earlier this month when Amazon was talking about the App Store it's building for Google Android — and we're not sure it got the attention it deserves.
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Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Amazon's Raw Deal for Android Developers
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
HP training promises webOS Netbooks  —  If you were diligent enough to sit through the webOS carrier training site HP put together and we told you about on Friday, perhaps you caught this little nugget during the webOS 101 section - we alluded to it in our post but at the urging of Thor …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HP promises webOS netbooks to go along with smartphones and slates
 
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Video: 'Be What's Next' slogan to premiere in Golden Globe ads
Discussion: Pocket-lint, Examiner and CNET News
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Facebook Grants Developers Access To Home Addresses ... Trouble Waiting To Happen?
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
With New Software, Headsets Are Outsmarting Phones
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