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12:25 AM ET, January 18, 2011

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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.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Apple Says Steve Jobs Is Taking a New Medical Leave  —  Steven P. Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive of Apple Inc., is taking a medical leave of absence, a year and a half after his return from a liver transplant, the company said on Monday.  —  Mr. Jobs announced his leave in a letter to employees …
New York Times:
A Deep Bench of Leadership at Apple
Discussion: The Next Web and Gizmodo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   A Few Thoughts On Apple's 2011, Stock, Tim Cook, And The Future
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Could Steve Jobs' leave of absence be more serious this time around?
Discussion: Forbes, Digits and SAI
Aaron Lucchetti / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman to Offer Facebook Shares Only to Non-U.S. Clients  —  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. decided to exclude U.S. clients from the private offering of as much as $1.5 billion in shares of social-networking company Facebook Inc., citing “intense media attention.”
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Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Goldman's Facebook plan falls apart  —  When the news came out that Goldman Sachs was orchestrating a private offering of Facebook shares at a $50 billion valuation, those shares overnight became an even hotter commodity than they had been up to that point.  Check out the results …
Discussion: All Facebook
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Goldman Limits Facebook Investment to Foreign Clients
Henry Blodget / SAI:   Goldman Sachs Thumbs Nose At SEC, Sells Facebook Deal Outside Its Jurisdiction
Jamie / The Official Netflix Blog:
Removing “Add to DVD Queue” from Streaming Devices  —  Hi there, it's Jamie Odell, director of product management at Netflix, with an update for members who add DVDs to their Queue from the device they use to watch instantly.  We're removing the “Add to DVD Queue” option from streaming devices.
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Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Netflix Enrages Subscribers By Limiting DVD Queue  —  Converting to a streaming-only business isn't easy, as Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) discovered Monday when the company's blog was bombarded by complaints over its decision to remove the ability to add to DVD queues from connected devices.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Eighth grader knocks Angry Birds out of the top free spot on the App Store  —  Angry Birds and its variants have dominated the top ranks of iPhone games for the past year.  But on Thursday, a game called Bubble Ball ousted Angry Birds: Seasons from the No. 1 spot on the App Store's top free apps list.
Yeeguy / FrameThink:
How Facebook Ships Code  —  I'm fascinated by the way Facebook operates.  It's a very unique environment, not easily replicated (nor would their system work for all companies, even if they tried).  These are notes gathered from talking with many friends at Facebook about how the company develops and releases software.
Discussion: Pulse2
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone User?  90% Chance You're On The Latest OS.  Android User?  0.4% Chance  —  As a member of the media, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a Nexus S running Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” a few weeks ago.  It's great, easily the best version of Android yet.  I hope one day soon you all get to try it out.
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Facebook Books $1.86B in Advertising; Muscles In on Google Turf  —  New Estimate From eMarketer Shows Majority of Social Network's Ad Revenue Comes From Small Businesses  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It turns out Facebook is a lot like Google after all.  —  As the social network steams past …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Exclusive: Roku Lands Its First Cable Channel  —  Roku is expected to announce Tuesday an unlikely addition to its programming lineup: WealthTV.  This will mark the first time a cable channel has joined the streaming device, which begs an obvious question: How is this even possible?
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft preparing official Kinect drivers and SDK for Windows … Microsoft is currently preparing an official Kinect SDK and driver support for Windows based PCs.  —  Microsoft revealed at CES earlier this month that the company has sold over 8 million Kinect sensors in just 60 days on the market.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, TechSpot, VG247, Joystiq and Download Squad, Thanks:cb_27
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Manan Kakkar / Being Manan:   Microsoft Applies To Patent Natal-Like Implementation For PCs
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
I Can Has Funding: Cheezburger Raises $30M For LOLcats, FAIL Blog And Other Memes  —  Cheezburger, the internet publisher responsible for LOLcats, FAIL Blog, and other memes, has raised a whopping $30 million in new funding led by the Foundry Group with Madrona Venture Group, Avalon Ventures …
Maria Bartiromo / USA Today:
Maria Bartiromo interviews Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer  —  Q: What's most important right now for Microsoft (MSFT) in terms of your new product launches?  A: If you want to know where is the consumer heat, the things that people want to get their hands on, it's Xbox and Xbox Kinect.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
RIM: BlackBerry PlayBook Is Great Even Without A BlackBerry  —  One of the more unusual aspects of the upcoming tablet from BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is the fact that users need to synch their BlackBerrys to it to fully access their email, calendars and memos.
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Tilera Scores $45M For Specialized Cloud Chips
Discussion: VentureBeat
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Perfect Market, news ad firm, lands $9 million in funding round led by Comcast
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft meets with Windows Phone 7 “unlocker” team
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:alesrosina
Chavis / GSMArena Blog:
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Justin / Mobile Marketing Watch:
86 Percent Of iPad Owners Prefer Seeing Advertising In Exchange For Free Content
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Music makers plan ‘instant pop’ to beat piracy
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iTunes has paid over $2 billion to app developers and $12 billion to record labels
Discussion: AppleInsider
Ryan Radia / Ars Technica:
Why you should always encrypt your smartphone
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia pulls plug on free music in most markets