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7:05 AM ET, January 18, 2011

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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 …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Leave  —  Whatever we expected, we all hoped we'd seen our last Steve Jobs medical leave.  When the news went out this morning, there was a collective, wincing, “F**k.”  —  I'm not going to speculate about Steve Jobs's health, but I will speculate about Apple.
Joe Weisenthal / SAI:
Apple Is Rising In German Trading  —  Remember, you don't have to wait 5+ hours to get a quote on Apple.  —  It's trading in Germany right now, and after yesterday's big losses it's bouncing back (somewhat), currently rising about 2% from yesterday's close.  —  Here's where to get an Apple quote.
Discussion: SAI
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's 3rd Biggest Advertiser is a Bing Affiliate Scam  —  Matt Cutts is the head of Google's anti-webspam team and tonight he came across what looks like a huge trove of scammy, spammy spam - on Facebook.  And it involves Microsoft.  Advertising publication AdAge reported tonight …
Discussion: SAI
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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 …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Suspends Phone & Address Sharing Feature  —  Just before the weekend, Facebook announced that it would begin allowing third-party applications and websites to request that users share both their mobile phone number and address.  Now, the company has said that it will be putting …
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 …
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
iPad 2 Rumor Roundup  —  The next version of the iPad is, if timing and supply line rumors are to be believed, just around the corner.  Although unexpected delays may follow in the wake of Jobs' medical leave, the design must be finalized, and the factories in China are at this moment preparing …
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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
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Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Netflix Enrages Subscribers By Limiting DVD Queue
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.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
What Hollywood Execs Privately Say About Netflix … Disgusted that a video rental store raked him over the coals for returning a movie late, Reed Hastings created Netflix.  Seventeen million subscribers later, some people probably wish a clerk would have just refunded the man his 40 bucks.
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix
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 and TechSpot
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?
BBC:
£98 PCs target UK digital divide  —  Research suggests going online can save people around £560 a year  —  Low-cost computers are to be offered as part of a government scheme to encourage millions of people in the UK to get online for the first time.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft meets with Windows Phone 7 “unlocker” team … Microsoft has begun discussions with the ChevronWP7 team today.  —  Microsoft representatives met with Rafael Rivera and Long Zheng of the ChevronWP7 team on Monday to discuss the tool and Microsoft's plans to support homebrew applications on Windows Phone 7.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Netbiscuits scores millions in funding for mobile cloud software platform  —  Netbiscuits, which enables development, publication and monetization of cross-platform mobile websites and apps, has raised ‘several millions of Euros’ worth of funding from T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom, and Creathor Venture.
Discussion: mocoNews
 
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Report: Search Ad Spending Jumped By 23 Percent During The Quarter
Discussion: MediaPost and Search Engine Land
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
Chavis / GSMArena Blog:
Can your phone record 1080p video? The LG Optimus 2X can
Justin / Mobile Marketing Watch:
86 Percent Of iPad Owners Prefer Seeing Advertising In Exchange For Free Content
Discussion: ITProPortal
 Earlier Items: 
Chiara Remondini / Bloomberg:
Italy Closes Antitrust Probe of Google News, Accepts AdSense Commitments
Discussion: CNET News and Softpedia News
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Music makers plan ‘instant pop’ to beat piracy
Maria Bartiromo / USA Today:
Maria Bartiromo interviews Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Ryan Radia / Ars Technica:
Why you should always encrypt your smartphone