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4:35 PM ET, January 3, 2012

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Financial Post:
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.
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Reuters:
RIM close to stripping CEOs of chairmanship: report
Discussion: @emilychangtv
Roger Capriotti / The Windows Blog:
The US Says Goodbye to IE6  —  Time to pop open the champagne because, based on the latest data from Net Applications, IE6 usage in the US has now officially dropped below 1%!  —  IE6 has been the punch line of browser jokes for a while, and we've been as eager as anyone to see it go away.
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
More Nokia Lumia 900 “Ace” Details Revealed  —  We've gotten some more information on the upcoming Nokia Ace for AT&T — whose codename for the device is Eloko — including confirmation that it is indeed the Lumia 900 which will be sold globally as Nokia's flagship Windows Phone.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google caught up in Chrome sponsored post controversy, blames it on marketing partner Unruly Media  —  Google's gotten some attention for its new marketing direction lately, but a series of sponsored blog posts and video placements for Chrome has some accusing the company of violating its own guidelines on paid advertising links.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Ad Buyer Unruly Media Defends Google 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: @fredericl and WebProNews
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Jaw-Dropping Sponsored Post Campaign For Chrome
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
January Apple event to focus on two ‘large projects’ relating to education, iTunes  —  Following multiple reports claiming that Apple is holding an event later this month to discuss new media-related services, Clayton Morris shared some tidbits that he has heard from sources.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
This Month's Apple Event To Focus On Publishing And iBooks
Rajat Agrawal / BGR India:
Spot the difference: Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Vs Apple iPhone 3G  —  Ever since Samsung announced the Galaxy Ace Plus a few hours ago, I have not been able to help but think how similar it looks to a phone launched in June of 2008.  The iPhone 3G that is.  It has been bugging me so much that I dug …
Discussion: BGR, Thanks:rajatagr
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Larry Page, CEO of the year?  You kidding me?!  —  Investor's Business Daily has named Larry Page of Google “CEO of the year.”  I think it jumped the gun.  It is too early to be passing the honors.  Why?  First, Larry took over the CEO job in April 2011, so he hasn't really had a full year under his belt.
Discussion: @elonmusk and @ed
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Netflix To Debut Original Series “Lilyhammer” Next Month  —  Netflix is launching a new original series next month called Lilyhammer, which will kick off the company's foray into original programming for 2012.  The series will star The Sopranos actor and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt in a …
Electronista:
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.
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
The rise and fall of webOS is an epic tale; webOS != Web OS … There has been a lot of chatter over the article on the HP Touchpad flop, which conflates success of the Touchpad with the success of webOS and even gets into anti-Web territory.  —  I do think that the HP Touchpad was doomed …
Bill Slawski / SEO by the Sea:
IBM Assigns 217 More Patent Filings to Google including Wireless Phones and Javascript Widgets  —  Looks like Google and IBM are working together again to build up Google's patent portfolio, from an update at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent assignment database.
Discussion: Engadget, eWeek and Electronista
Guardian:
Wendi Deng Twitter account is a fake  —  If the news that Wendi Deng had joined her husband Rupert Murdoch on Twitter and promptly engaged in flirtatious banter with the likes of Ricky Gervais seemed too good to be true, that's because it was.  Despite an official verified “tick” …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Social Network of Two: Ourspot Gives Relationships a Space for Sharing  —  A new start-up called Ourspot will offer a service for couples and close friends to privately share links, thoughts and other content with each other.  —  The intention is to create a shared online space that also serves as a document of a relationship.
Dan Graziano / BGR:
Transformer Prime to get Android 4.0 on January 12, official bootloader unlock tool soon  —  ASUS took to its Facebook page on Tuesday to ease tensions from an increasing number of customers unhappy with the locked bootloader on the quad-core Transformer Prime tablet.
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 …
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 …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Ziff Davis Acquires IT Networking Site Toolbox.com  —  Vivek Shah continues to methodically build up his version of Ziff Davis as a tech vertical.  No details on the price but Ziff Davis has acquired Scottsdale-based Toolbox.com and the IT pro networking site's 2.3 million registered members from the Corporate Executive Board.
Discussion: Business Wire and TechCrunch
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
No, Belarus Is Not Cut Off From The Internet, But New Restrictions Are Still Pretty Bad  —  There is a lot of excitement over news that Belarus has supposedly cut itself off from the rest of the Internet, with headlines like, “It is now illegal to access any foreign website in the Republic of Belarus”.
Discussion: Reporters Without Borders and GMSV
 
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Anil Dash:
Foursquare: Today's best-executing startup
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eyeing An IPO, Kayak Adds HomeAway Founder And CEO Brian Sharples To Board
Discussion: AllThingsD
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Microsoft patent could signal Xbox digital video recorder
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for 3D Camera Direction in Motion, MagSafe Connectors and Two Industrial Designs
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Report: 522 Exits Of Venture-Backed US Companies Netted $53.2 Billion In 2011
Darren Murph / Engadget:
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 Earlier Items: 
Tony Smith / The Register:
The Commodore 64 is 30  —  Commodore took the wraps off …
Discussion: GadgeTell
Haaretz:
Saudi Hackers claim to post personal information of 400 thousand Israelis
Telegraph:
Facebook IPO: the £64bn question of 2012
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
New law requires all restaurants in Malaysian city to provide Wi-Fi
Discussion: SlashGear
Kristian Davis Bailey / The Stanford Daily:
University explains NYC withdrawal
Wall Street Journal:
PC Firms Bet on Ultrabooks
Discussion: Digits