Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Not the iPad 3 or New TV — But Apple Planning Media-Related Event in the Big(ger) Apple This Month — According to sources close to the situation, Apple is planning an important — but not large-scale — event to be held in New York at the end of this month that will focus on a media-related announcement.
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: AAPL: DigiTimes Speculates on Cheaper iPad
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine: Report: Apple Planning NYC Media Event This Month
Devindra Hardawar / Washington Post: Apple planning media-related event for January
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune: What would make Apple's NYC event interesting: Bloomberg
Kate O'Flaherty / Inquirer: Apple plans a January media event
Andy Boxall / Digital Trends: Apple to hold media event at the end of January?
Charles Arthur / Guardian: Apple planning event in New York
Phil Hornshaw / Appolicious Advisor: Report: Apple planning media event for end of January
Christopher Meinck / everythingiCafe: Apple Event Later This Month, Rumored To Focus On Publishing and iBooks
Maddy / Phones Review: News on Apple Event
Ray Willington / HotHardware.com News: Report: Apple's Media-Related Event Scheduled For Late January
Tyler Gray / Fast Company: Kleiner Perkins Invests In SoundCloud, Google Testing A New Homepage, January Apple Event In NYC?
Philip Michaels / PC World: Apple Expected to Hold Press Event Late January, Report Says
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally: So when might Apple announce a television?
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR: Apple planning media-related New York City event for end of January
Robert Hof / The New Persuaders: What Will Apple Announce Later This Month? Something “Media-Related”
Nilay Patel / The Verge: Apple planning a non-TV media-related event in New York this month, says All Things D
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter: Reports: Apple plans iBooks-related announcement this month
Paul Morris / Redmond Pie: Apple Planning Media Related Event For End Of January
Kelly Hodgkins / IntoMobile: AllThingsD: Apple's holding a media related event at the end of January
Michael Rose / TUAW: Rumor: Apple media event slated for January?
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple reportedly planning late-January event in New York, media to be the focus
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web: Apple planning a media-related event in NYC this month, but no TV or iPad 3 in store
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Apple to hold media event in late January
Eli Courey / MacDaddyNews.com: RUMOR: Apple Planning Media-Related Announcement in New York This Month
Philip Michaels / Macworld: Report: Apple planning media-related event later this month
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo: What's Happening at Apple's NYC Media Event This Month?
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog: What is Apple planning for its January ‘announcement’?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
This Month's Apple Event To Focus On Publishing And iBooks — Apple will be holding a product event later this month in New York, Kara Swisher is reporting, and we've confirmed independently with a source. — According to the source the event will not involve any hardware at all and instead …
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Don Reisinger / CNET: Apple January event to focus on publishing, iBooks, report says
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM: Apple pushing publishing at its next event? It should be.
Michael Kozlowski / Good E-Reader: Apple to launch new Self-Publishing Program later this month
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post: The Circuit: SOPA and PIPA, Sprint and LightSquared, Apple's media event
Johnny Cullen / VG247: Rumour: Apple to launch iTV in Q3 2012
Chris Barylick / O'Grady's PowerPage: Rumor: Apple NYC media event to focus on publishing
Chuong Nguyen / GottaBeMobile: Apple's Late January NY Media Event Rumored to Be About iBooks, Publishing
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Apple NYC event to detail iBooks updates not new products
Kelly Hodgkins / IntoMobile: TechCrunch: Apple January event to focus on iBooks
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab: Rumor: Apple iBooks Event in New York This Month
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Apple planning iBooks and publishing NYC event for January (updated)
Josh Wolford / WebProNews: Apple's January Media Event Will Focus On iBooks
Jordan Golson / MacRumors: Apple's January Event to Focus on Publishing and eBooks
Cody Fink / MacStories: Apple Planning Media Event to be Held in New York at the End of January, Says All Things D [Update!]
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Jaw-Dropping Sponsored Post Campaign For Chrome — Google, the company that has been fighting against paid links and “thin” content, seems to be behind a campaign that's generating both on behalf of its Chrome browser. File this under “what were they thinking.” — “This Post Sponsored By Google”
Discussion: CNET, VentureBeat, PC World, eWeek, SEO Book.com, Andrew R H Girdwood, TechCrunch, Softpedia News, Search Engine Roundtable, Marketing Pilgrim, parislemon, Gizmodo, The Tech Herald Technology …, SiliconFilter, the Econsultancy blog, Marketing Land, 9to5Google, Beyond Search and Danny Sullivan
Stephen Shankland / CNET: Google Chrome pay-for-post promotion misfires
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Uh oh, Google may be in trouble for fishy Chrome sponsored post campaign
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Google Chrome Finishes 2011 With 19% Browser Share
Aaron Wall / SEO Book.com: This Post is Sponsored by Google
Andrew Girdwood / Andrew R H Girdwood: Is Google really breaking their own link buying rules with sponsored posts?
Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Google May Have Violated Its Own Paid Link Policy With Chrome Promo Campaign
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable: Google Caught Buying Paid Links Again
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo: Google Violated Its Own Evil-Free Policies While Promoting Chrome (Updated)
Steven Mostyn / The Tech Herald Technology …: Chrome on the march through 2011
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter: “This Post is Sponsored by Google Chrome”
Patricio Robles / the Econsultancy blog: Is Google violating its own guidelines to promote Chrome?
Jake Smith / 9to5Google: Google's way of spreading the word about Chrome might go against company policies
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Google and Marketing: Welcome to 2012
Danny Sullivan / Google+: Potentially, you won't be able to find Chrome in Google's search results …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google's Ad Company (Which Isn't Google) Explains What's Up With Those Chrome Ads — Google is paying bloggers to run posts promoting its Google Chrome browser. — Is that a big deal? Depends on who you ask. — Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan, who sussed this out yesterday, has two big problems with the notion.
Discussion: New York Times
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times: Google's Ad Campaign Uses Emotions, Not Search Terms
RIM cuts all PlayBooks to $300, gets ad hoc Android Market — BlackBerry PlayBook drops to 300 on company store — RIM has started running a new sale for the BlackBerry PlayBook on its own store. Every version of the tablet costs the same $300, making the 64GB version the best option until stock runs out.
Discussion: CNET, TechCrunch, Between the Lines Blog, BGR, The Register, AllThingsD, Gizmodo, Engadget, Mashable!, MacDailyNews, Phones Review, Peter O'Kelly's Reality Check, Ubergizmo, Pocket-lint, TweakTown, GottaBeMobile, gHacks Technology News, BerryReview.com, Liliputing, PhoneArena and CrackBerry.com
Don Reisinger / CNET: BlackBerry PlayBook price now $299 for all models
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch: RIM's New PlayBook Promo: All Models For $299
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog: BlackBerry PlayBook price slash kicks off lousy 2012 for RIM
Zach Epstein / BGR: New sale cuts BlackBerry PlayBook price by as much as $400
Brid-Aine Parnell / The Register: BlackBerry PlayBook in US price plummet
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD: RIM Slashes All PlayBook Prices to $299
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo: RIM's Massive, Silly PlayBook Sale: All Models Now $299
Darren Murph / Engadget: RIM puts BlackBerry Playbook on massive sale; Android Market shoehorned onto rooted units
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: RIM Slashes Price of All BlackBerry PlayBooks to $299
Peter O'Kelly / Peter O'Kelly's Reality Check: RIM Slashes All PlayBook Prices to $299 - John Paczkowski - Mobile - AllThingsD
George Wong / Ubergizmo: All BlackBerry PlayBook tablets going for $299
Paul Lamkin / Pocket-lint: BlackBerry PlayBook fire-sale kicks off in the US
Anthony Garreffa / TweakTown: RIM throws BlackBerry Playbook on sale, just $299 for the 16, 32 and 64GB models
Chuong Nguyen / GottaBeMobile: RIM's Latest PlayBook Promotion Favors Sales of 64 GB Model
Mike Halsey MVP / gHacks Technology News: Is the Blackberry Playbook Fire Sale Beginning?
Terrence T / BerryReview.com: BlackBerry Playbook mega sale?
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Google+ just had its biggest traffic month of all time, up 55% from November. — According to Experian Hitwise, Google+'s total monthly US visits have grown 55% since November. 49 million visits were recorded in December 2011 — the biggest month to date. — But regardless of the actual numbers …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Business Insider, @hitwise_us, Neowin.net, CNET, ITProPortal, ReadWriteWeb and Marketing Land
Experian Hitwise / @hitwise_us: Google+ total US visits reach more than 49 million in Dec-11, biggest month to date & up 55% compared to Nov-11 http://t.co/KuLRMmeW
Paul Ferson / Neowin.net: Google+ celebrates biggest-ever month of usage
Stephen Shankland / CNET: Hitwise: U.S. Google+ traffic leaps 55 percent in December
Jon Martindale / ITProPortal: Google+ has Biggest Traffic Month Ever
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
If Android is so hot, why has Java ME overtaken it? — Ranked by Internet market share — rather than unit sales — Google is now No. 3 — Data: NetApplications. Chart: PED — From the perspective of NetApplications, which has been measuring browser usage data since 2004 …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog, AppleInsider, Mobile Marketing Watch, BGR, TechCrunch, Macgasm, PhoneArena and Slashdot
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog: ‘Dumbphones’ oust Android into #3 spot
Grant Brünner / Macgasm: iOS makes up over half of mobile web traffic
Rick Martin / Tech in Asia:
‘Lucky Bags’ a Popular Apple Store Tradition in Japan — In Japan, ‘lucky bags’ are a New Year's Day shopping tradition that offers up a mystery bag of items usually at a discounted price. And perhaps one of the most sought-after lucky bags comes from the country's Apple Stores.
Discussion: Macgasm, 9to5Mac, The Next Web, App Advice, MacNN, SlashGear, MacRumors, ringo-sanco and TUAW
Matt Brian / The Next Web: Apple to launch ‘Red Friday’ shopping event in Asia, to celebrate the Lunar New Year
Joe White / App Advice: Apple Sells Pre-Sealed Packages In Japan Containing Heavily-Discounted Accessories
Fujiryu / ringo-sanco: Lucky Bag 2012: Apple Store ..
Megan Lavey-Heaton / TUAW: Japanese customers line up for Apple's Lucky Bags
RIM leaning toward new chairman: sources — Under intense pressure from a group of shareholders, Research in Motion Ltd. is preparing to unveil a corporate shakeup at the beleaguered BlackBerry maker that could see co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie relinquish their titles as co-chairmen of the board, according to sources.
Discussion: CNET, mocoNews, BGR and Business Insider
Roger Cheng / CNET: RIM ready to name new chairman, report says
Jeff Roberts / mocoNews: Why The Canadian Government Wouldn't Block A RIM Takeover
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
The Verified Twitter Account for Rupert Murdoch's Wife Was Fake — Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter last week. So did his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch. “Joining my husband @rupertmurdoch in our new digital adventure on Twitter,” reads her bio. Cute, right? Rupert was verified, Wendi was verified …
Discussion: Business Insider, TechCrunch, @wendi_deng, The Register, Naked Security, The Next Web, CNN and Guardian, more at Mediagazer »
Matt Lynley / Business Insider: How Did Twitter Screw Up And Give A Fake Wendi Deng Account ‘Verified’ Status?
Wendi Deng Murdoch / @wendi_deng: Hello Twitter. As News International has finally come to their senses, it's time to confirm that yes, this is a fake account. I'm not Wendi.
Brid-Aine Parnell / The Register: Rupert Murdoch and ‘unverified’ missus in Twitter tangle
Graham Cluley / Naked Security: Fake Wendi Deng Murdoch makes mockery of Twitter verified account process
Doug Gross / CNN: Twitter newbie Rupert Murdoch following fake account
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
SoundCloud raises $50 million round led by Kleiner Perkins — SoundCloud has raised a new fundraising round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The amount was not released but TechCrunch understands it to be $50 million. This would give the company a $200 million pre-money valuation.
Discussion: Digital Media Wire, SoundCloud, paidContent, CNET, FT Tech Hub, ReadWriteWeb, alarm:clock, GigaOM, Softpedia News, ArcticStartup Posts, Business Insider, VentureBeat, @rafat and hypebot, Thanks:mikebutcher
Chris Marlowe / Digital Media Wire: SoundCloud Gets $50 Million to Expand Social Sound
Robert Andrews / paidContent: SoundCloud Adds $50 Million And Meeker For U.S. Expansion
Steven Musil / CNET: Kleiner Perkins backs SoundCloud funding
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub: Soundcloud raises $50m from Kleiner Perkins
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb: What SoundCloud's Massive New Funding Means
Om Malik / GigaOM: SoundCloud gets $50 million in new funding
Antti Vilpponen / ArcticStartup Posts: SoundCloud Scores A $50 Million Round
Matt Lynley / Business Insider: SoundCloud Just Raised A Monster $50 Million Round And Mary Meeker Is On Board
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat: Audiophilic startup SoundCloud raises a reported $50M
Rafat Ali / @rafat: Mary Meeker's now on board of Soundcloud, her second at KPCB after Square: http://t.co/AH9mQbHY
Bruce Houghton / hypebot: SoundCloud Raises Reported $50 Million Led By Kleiner Perkins
Tony Smith / The Register:
The Commodore 64 is 30 — Commodore took the wraps off the Commodore 64, one of two immediate follow-ups to its popular Vic-20 home computer, 30 years ago this week. — The 64 made its public debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), though it wouldn't go into production until later …
Discussion: GadgeTell, TechCrunch, CNET and Boing Boing
Robert Nelson / GadgeTell: The Commodore 64 is turning 30 years old this week
John Biggs / TechCrunch: The Commodore 64 Is 30 Years Old
Ty Pendlebury / CNET: Commodore 64: 30 years of wins and fails
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing: Three decades of the C64
Facebook IPO: the £64bn question of 2012 — If it ever happens, Facebook will be the frenzied float of 2012, with a possible valuation of $100bn (£64.4bn). — An IPO will make founder Mark Zuckerberg one of the world's richest men and many of Facebook's 3,000 employees exceedingly wealthy.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and ITProPortal
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Report: 522 Exits Of Venture-Backed US Companies Netted $53.2 Billion In 2011
Ravi Mandalia / ITProPortal: Facebook IPO may Land in 2012