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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
iPad 3's dense display a challenge for manufacturers  —  Apple Retina Display.  —  The 10-inch-class screen on Apple's upcoming iPad 3 will be one of its most remarkable features.  But getting to the higher resolutions is a big step, according to a source who spoke to CNET.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Flex it, baby!  Nokia's new interface is seriously twisted  —  The Nokia kinetic device scrolls through photos and music playlists when its edges are twisted.  —  LONDON—Multitouch revolutionized user interfaces, and if Nokia researchers get their way, a mobile device that's sensitive …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Why no front-facing camera on first Windows Phones from Nokia?  —  Summary: There are no front-facing cameras on Nokia's first two Windows Phone handsets.  Some users are asking why.  —  As I noted in a Nokia World blog post from earlier today, there are no front-facing cameras on the Lumia 800 or 710 Windows Phones.
Richard Orange / Telegraph:
Facebook to build server farm on edge of Arctic Circle  —  Facebook is to build a multi-million ‘mini town’ on the edge of the Arctic circle to house all its computer servers, which would us as much electricity as a town of 50,000 people.  —  Luleå is situated at the northern tip of the Baltic Sea …
Jeremy Stoppelman / Yelp Official Blog:
Case Dismissed.  (Again.)  —  The reason tens of millions of people use Yelp every month to help them find a great local business is because they trust Yelp's review content.  We work hard to keep that trust by protecting the integrity of our review content, and use a number of methods …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple now has $81.5B in cash, 13.2M sq. ft. of facilities and 60K employees  —  Apple today filed its Form 10-K with the SEC that discloses information to stockholders and the commission.  In an amongst the normal legal statements there were a few interesting facts.
Discussion: Cult of Mac, 9to5Mac and CNET News, Thanks:speedmaster
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Andreessen Horowitz Raising Huge New $900 Million Fund III  —  You can't accuse Andreessen Horowitz of spending money too slowly.  Their first fund, $300 million, was raised in 2009 and was promptly invested in companies like Skype and Fusion.io.  In late 2010 they raised Fund II …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Close to Announcing Video ‘Channels’  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube is expected to announce as early as next week that it has signed a slew of partnerships with media companies and well-known personalities to produce original content for the popular video website, said people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Softpedia News and SiliconANGLE
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
Inside Facebook's massive cyber-security system  —  FACEBOOK has released details of the extraordinary security infrastructure it uses to fight off spam and other cyber-scams.  —  Known as the Facebook Immune System (FIS), the massive defence network appears to be successful …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Sony Will Buy Out Ericsson's Stake In Sony-Ericsson Mobile For $1.47 Billion  —  Sony Corp. has just announced that it will pay $1.47 billion (or $1.05 billion Euros) for Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson 50% stake in the joint Sony-Ericsson mobile handset venture.  Based in Tokyo and Stockholm respectively …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Don't look now, but AWS might be a billion-dollar biz  —  Analysts and shareholders spent yesterday being up in arms over Amazon's missed earning targets — a shortsighted mindset that we've addressed before — but the cloud computing watchers might have noticed something very noteworthy in Amazon's quarterly statement.
Discussion: Amazon.com and The Register
Guardian:
BlackBerry outage: RIM faces US class action  —  US and Canadian users seek damages for breach of contract and negligence after three-day service failure  —  Consumers in the US and Canada have sued Research in Motion for a three-day service outage on BlackBerry devices that rippled across the world earlier this month.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
PROTECT IP Renamed E-PARASITES Act; Would Create The Great Firewall Of America  —  As was unfortunately expected, the House version of PROTECT IP has been released (embedded below) and it's ridiculously bad.  Despite promises from Rep. Goodlatte, there has been no serious effort to fix …
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Fred Wilson / @fredwilson:   a good explanation of what's at stake with PIPA/E-Parasites act http://t.co/ySHuDQtJ i'm headed to DC tomorrow to try to talk some sense
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘Codify’ Brings Touch Based Programming to iPad  —  iOS developers TwoLivesLeft have just released an interesting new app called Codify, which brings touch based programming to the iPad.  —  The app allows users to create their own programs using the Lua programming language by typing code directly on your iPad.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Notable: LSI buys SandForce for $400M  —  Venture capitalists have generally given semiconductor startups the cold shoulder for years now in favor of the web and software spaces.  But an acquisition announced Wednesday afternoon indicates it may be time for VCs to warm up to chip technology once again.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Coldplay latest act to freeze out streaming services (scoop)  —  Coldplay, one of the world's biggest music acts, has declined to offer songs from the company's new album “Mylo Xyloto,” to streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody, multiple sources told CNET.
Discussion: Tech Europe, The Next Web and VatorNews
Reuters:
Groupon CEO says replacing 10 percent of sales staff  —  (Reuters) - Daily deals site Groupon is replacing the worst 10 percent of its sales staff as it pushes to win stronger deals from merchants and ensure it can keep growing, the company's chief executive told potential IPO investors on Wednesday.
Discussion: @kevinnorman and Business Insider
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Google Maps rolls out business interiors in Street View  —  Google is taking its Street View feature indoors.  The company announced last May it would be taking interior shots of stores, but now it is moving out of its pilot phase with more 360 degree interiors cropping up online.
Chikodi Chima / VentureBeat:
Report: Netflix hogs 32 percent of peak Internet bandwidth  —  Netflix again leads the pack as North America's largest consumer of Internet bandwidth, creating 32 percent of peak downstream traffic, according to the 2011 Sandvine Internet Phenomena Report, which was released today.
The Local:
Swedish password hacking scandal widens  —  Double click on a word to get a translation  —  A password hacking scandal which on Tuesday exposed login details of 90,000 Swedes, including several journalists and celebrities, has widened to include 180,000 users on nearly 60 websites.
Amy Pyett / Reuters:
Australian court to fast-track Samsung appeal on tablet ban  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics won Australian court approval for fast-tracking its appeal against a ban on the sale of its new Galaxy tablet computer in the country, part of an ongoing global legal battle with iPad maker Apple Inc.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
First look: Apple's Cards offers quality & convenience at a low price  —  One completely unexpected announcement made by Apple at this month's iPhone 4S media event was Cards, a new application that lets iPhone users quickly and easily order a custom-printed greeting card.
Discussion: GigaOM
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Arianna Huffington Loses Ruling In Fight Over HuffPo Ownership  —  Two politicos who sued Arianna Huffington and her partner for stealing their idea for the Huffington Post will get to go forward after a New York judge refused to throw out the lawsuit.  —  The tale of intrigue amidst …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Righthaven hit with largest fine yet: $119,488
Discussion: Las Vegas Sun
Jeffrey Meisner / TechNet Blogs:
Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Piatti, dotFREE Group in Kelihos Case
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Broadband company's demise puts taxpayers on hook for $74 million loan
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Pastebin Surpasses 10 Million “Active” Pastes
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
REVEALED: Google Paid $151 Million For Zagat
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Potential Yahoo CEO David Kenny Now Much More Available
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle v. Google trial date pushed off to 2012
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple ‘expected’ to release LTE 4G iPhone in 2012
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
No to YESS — Yahoo Employee Satisfaction Survey Shows Morale Morass
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Billion-Dollar Patent Lawyer Hunting Facebook, Twitter
Discussion: IP Osgoode and TechCrunch
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Mahalo Lays Off 25 Percent for Shift to Apps From Video
Discussion: TechCrunch
Don Clark / Digits:
Steve Jobs Wanted Intel Chips for the iPad
Discussion: Shiny Objects, CNET News and Techland
Twitter Blog:
Twitter, TV and You  —  Twitter is transforming the way we watch TV.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft + Mozilla = New Firefox, With Bing