Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Twitter's “verified account” failure matters — The new year brought a treat for those who like to follow aging media moguls, with the launch of official Twitter accounts belonging to both News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and his wife Wendi Deng, including some awkward banter around …
Discussion: Telegraph, @dannysullivan, Marketing Land, Emily Bell, London Calling Blog, New York Magazine and ITworld.com, more at Mediagazer »
Danny Sullivan / @dannysullivan: In other news, Twitter “verifying” a fake celebrity account is disturbing http://t.co/Eb5mH8Fp see @mathewi's take too http://t.co/Tfnxz4IH
Matt McGee / Marketing Land: Fake Mrs. Rupert Murdoch Points To Hole In Twitter's Verification System
Zack Whittaker / London Calling Blog: Murdoch's ‘wife’ fools Twitter: If its verification process is secret, how can we trust it?
Noreen Malone / New York Magazine: That Wendi Deng Twitter Account Is Fake
Chris Nerney / ITworld.com: Rupert Murdoch Twitter exclusive: Santorum ‘only candidate with genuine big vision for country’
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” …
Discussion: Examiner, @twittercomms, @joshhalliday, @wendi_deng, Naked Security, Business Insider, @wendi_deng, msnbc.com, PC Magazine, paidContent:UK, @tim, Business Insider, The Next Web, TechCrunch, We Are Social, CNET, ReadWriteWeb, Hillicon Valley, The Raw Story and Gawker, more at Mediagazer »
Michael Santo / Examiner: Verified Twitter account for Rupert Murdoch's wife not so verified after all
Twitter Comms / @twittercomms: We can confirm that the @wendi_deng account was mistakenly verified for a short period of time and apologize for the confusion this caused.
Josh Halliday / @joshhalliday: Person behind @Wendi_Deng acct claims to me he is British male in London & was “completely utterly shocked” when Twitter verified
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.
Graham Cluley / Naked Security: Fake Wendi Deng Murdoch makes mockery of Twitter verified account process
Dylan Love / Business Insider: Twitter Confirms It Accidentally Verified The Fake Wendi Deng Account
Wendi Deng Murdoch / @wendi_deng: I - or Wendi (oh God, I'm so confused) - had a quiet word with The Guardian's @JoshHalliday: http://t.co/z1f5xfBW - it may interest you.
Athima Chansanchai / msnbc.com: Fake Wendi can't match real Rupert Murdoch on Twitter
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK: Updated: Will The Real Wendi Deng Murdoch Please Stand Up?
Tim Bradshaw / @tim: Twitter PR: “can confirm @wendi_deng account was mistakenly verified for a short period of time. We apologize for the confusion this caused”
Matt Lynley / Business Insider: How Did Twitter Screw Up And Give A Fake Wendi Deng Account ‘Verified’ Status?
Natasha Footman / We Are Social: We Are Social's Tuesday Tweakup #9
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET: @Wendi_Deng: I'm not really Murdoch's wife
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley: Twitter admits it verified fake Wendi Deng account
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story: Twitter admits verifying account spoofing Murdoch's wife
How I Designed CodeYear.com in 1 Hour — Code Year is a great initiative by the folks behind Codecademy. The concept is simple: sign up to Code Year, and each week you'll receive a new coding exercise. By the end of the year, you'll be well on your way to becoming a coder.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Tech Cocktail, Lifehacker, parislemon and VentureBeat
Frank Gruber / Tech Cocktail: Code Year: Is This The Year You Learn To Code?
Melanie Pinola / Lifehacker: Learn to Code in 2012 with Free Weekly Programming Lessons from Codecademy
MG Siegler / parislemon: Code Year — Back in October, I wrote about Codecademy, a CrunchFund investment.
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.
Discussion: Neowin.net, VentureBeat, GadgeTell, Business Insider, PhoneArena, IntoMobile, LAPTOP Magazine, BGR, GottaBeMobile, BetaNews, Electronista, Techie Buzz, CNET, TechCrunch, New Technik, Business Insider, The Nokia Blog, The Next Web, My Nokia Blog, Pocket-lint, MobileSyrup.com, Tech Shout!, Softpedia News, SlashGear, Gizmodo, The Mobile Indian, WMPoweruser, Windows Phone Thoughts.com and TechnoBuffalo
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Nokia's AT&T-bound Ace is the Lumia 900, a potentially killer Windows Phone
Shawn Ingram / GadgeTell: More details of the Nokia Ace emerge
Steve Kovach / Business Insider: Check Out These 12 Incredible Smartphones And Tablets That Will Be Unveiled Next Week
Phone Arena: Nokia is slated to talk about developing for Windows Phone at AT&T's CES developer conference
Kelly Hodgkins / IntoMobile: Leaked details on the Nokia Ace (Lumia 900)
Sarah Silbert / LAPTOP Magazine: Report: Nokia Lumia 900 With AT&T LTE to Debut at CES
Todd Haselton / BGR: New details on AT&T's Nokia Ace (Lumia 900) leak
Adam Mills / GottaBeMobile: Nokia Lumia 900 Features Leak Out
Pallab De / Techie Buzz: Nokia Lumia 900 Specifications Leak
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET: LTE-ready Nokia Lumia 900 ‘Ace’ details spill ahead of CES
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Nokia Ace (Lumia 900) Specs Trickle Out
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider: This Is The Nokia Windows Phone We're Really Dying To Get Our Hands On
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web: Sources claim the Lumia 900 is in fact the Nokia Ace, and the specs are out
Jay Montano / My Nokia Blog: Nokia Lumia 900 Specifications. Code name, Eloko
Daniel Bader / MobileSyrup.com: Nokia Lumia 900 specs leak: 4.3-inch WVGA screen, front-facing camera and LTE
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Nokia Lumia 900 “AT&T Ace” specs revealed
Samir Makwana / The Mobile Indian: Nokia Lumia 900 to have 4 inch display: Reports
Richard Chao / Windows Phone Thoughts.com: AT&T's Eloko Is The Nokia Lumia 900 “Ace”
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Windows Phone partners bet $100M on Nokia Ace — The importance of the Nokia Ace to Microsoft's mobile plans is apparent as sources tell BetaNews of a major marketing push for the smartphone in the second quarter of this year. The Ace will launch in late March, sources confirm …
Discussion: Electronista and WMPoweruser
Larry Downes / Forbes:
Why Best Buy is Going out of Business...Gradually — Electronics retailer Best Buy is headed for the exits. I can't say when exactly, but my guess is that it's only a matter of time, maybe a few more years. — Consider a few key metrics. Despite the disappearance of competitors including Circuit City …
Discussion: Newsome.Org, HotHardware.com News, Digital Trends and RyanSpoon.com
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: L.A. Times Tech Blog, BGR, PhoneArena, Geek.com, LAPTOP Magazine, ITworld.com, Neowin.net, IntoMobile, DailyTech, GMSV, HotHardware.com News, MobileSyrup.com, mocoNews, DSLreports, VentureBeat, Profectio, AllThingsD, TechnoBuffalo, Electronista, The Verge, Business Insider, Pulse2, CNET, The Next Web, T3 News, Tech Trader Daily, The Tech Trade, TechCrunch, Datamation.com, Engadget and iClarified
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: RIM co-CEOs reportedly may be out as board chairmen
Will Shanklin / Geek.com: RIM may be replacing its CEOs
Chris Nerney / ITworld.com: As with HP and Yahoo, RIM's board may be the real problem
George Tinari / IntoMobile: RIM co-CEOs may get booted from Chairmen of the Board
Levi Sumagaysay / GMSV: Tablet talk: RIM Playbook and Sony discounts, plus HP's webOS
Jennifer Johnson / HotHardware.com News: BlackBerry PlayBook Receives Massive Price Cut, Is A Corporate Shakeup Coming?
Jeff Roberts / mocoNews: Why The Canadian Government Wouldn't Block A RIM Takeover
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: RIM may oust co-CEOs as co-chairmen, says report
Dave Forde / Profectio: Is Barbara Stymiest RIM's Next CEO?
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD: RIM Co-CEOs May Lose Co-Chairman Roles
Sean P. Aune / TechnoBuffalo: RIM Co-CEOs to Step Down as Co-Chairs?
Chris Ziegler / The Verge: RIM replacing Balsillie and Lazaridis as chairmen of the board, Financial Post says
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Barbara Stymiest Being Considered As New Chairman Of RIM
Roger Cheng / CNET: RIM ready to name new chairman, report says
Matt Brian / The Next Web: RIM reportedly preparing to oust chairmen Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie
Thomas Tamblyn / T3 News: RIM to replace Lazaridis and Balsillie?
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch: RIM Co-CEOs May Soon Be Stripped Of Their Chairmen Roles
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Financial Post report suggests RIM's Balsillie and Lazaridis may be out as chairmen of the board
RIM close to stripping CEOs of chairmanship: report
RIM close to stripping CEOs of chairmanship: report
Discussion: Gadget Lab, @emilychangtv and Mobile Technology News
Emily Chang / @emilychangtv: RIM shares close up nearly 7% on reports the company may install new, independent chairman
Uber and the cognitive zone of discomfort — If you spend a fair amount of time among privileged dot-com types, you'll probably be familiar with Uber, a kind of luxury car service for the smartphone era. The idea is that you pull out your iPhone, punch a couple of buttons …
Discussion: Uber Blog, @gaberivera, @cdixon, AllThingsD and Betabeat
Travis / Uber Blog: Surge Pricing Followup
Gabe Rivera / @gaberivera: MT @cdixon @felixsalmon sucks.
Chris Dixon / @cdixon: notice the reporters who are most anti-startup tend to work for large conglomerates that have an interest in seeing startups fail.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD: Was New Year's Eve a Netflix Moment for Uber?
Misconceptions About iOS Multitasking — There is one iOS “tip” that I keep hearing and it is wrong. Worse, I keep hearing it from supposedly authoritative sources. I have even heard it from the lips of Apple “Geniuses” in stores. — Here is the advice - and remember it is wrong: … Wrong.
Bill Slawski / SEO by the Sea:
Discussion: Computerworld, Mashable!, CNET, Engadget, The Next Web, PhoneArena, The Verge, BGR, Fudzilla, 9to5Google, Electronista and eWeek
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld: Google acquires 200-plus more IBM patents
Peter Pachal / Mashable!: Google Gets 200+ IBM Patents, Including One for a ‘Semantic Social Network’
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Google buoys its patent portfolio with 217 more filings acquired from IBM
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web: Google nabs 217 IBM patents on mobile ads, OS updates, NFC, voice search and more [Updated]
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge: Google buys 217 more patents from IBM
Todd Haselton / BGR: Google acquires 217 new patents from IBM
Jon Worrel / Fudzilla: Google buys another 188 patents from IBM
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek: Google Gobbles Up More IBM Patents: Report
Verizon CEO cancels CES appearance — (Reuters) - The chief executive of Verizon Communications has canceled his appearance in a keynote panel at the 2012 Consumer Electronics show, the telephone company said on Tuesday. — The company said that a schedule change is preventing CEO Lowell McAdam …
Discussion: The Verge and PhoneArena
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge: Verizon CEO McAdam cancels CES panel appearance
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google requiring default ‘Holo’ theme in Android 4.0 devices for Android Market access — When Google unveiled the SDK for Android 4.0, the first thing we noted about Ice Cream Sandwich is that the default “Holo” theme would be baked right in at the OS level.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Engadget, PhoneArena, Android Developers Blog, AndroidOS.in, Pocketables, Android and Me, MacNN, Android Community, IntoMobile and mocoNews
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: Holo Promise: Google Moves To Ensure UI Integrity On All Android 4.0 Devices
Zachary Lutz / Engadget: Google: Android 4.0 ‘Holo’ theme to be mandatory on all devices with Android Market
Gaurav Shukla / AndroidOS.in: Google makes Holo theme family mandatory on all ICS devices with Android Market
Aaron Orquia / Pocketables: Google finally moves to decrease fragmentation, makes Holo theme mandatory for approved device
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me: Google's Holo theme required on Android 4.0 devices to gain access to Android Market
Blake Stimac / IntoMobile: Google requiring some Holo UI elements in phones with Android Market access
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Kindle Fire Nibbles at iPad Holiday Sales — Apple may have sold as many as two million fewer iPads than expected this holiday season, and Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablet may be to blame. — Morgan Keegan analyst Tavis McCourt pruned his forecast for Apple's fiscal first quarter today …
Discussion: Examiner, Electronista, Tech Trader Daily, TechnoBuffalo, Screenwerk, VentureBeat, MediaPost and WebProNews, more at Mediagazer »
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: Apple: Morgan Keegan Cuts iPad View on Kindle Fire ‘Cannibalization’
Brandon Russell / TechnoBuffalo: iPad Feeling Heat of Kindle Fire
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Kindle Fire Gives iPad Some Heartburn
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat: iPad sales slip as Kindle Fire sales surge
Mike Tuttle / WebProNews: Kindle Fire Now To Feature USA Today
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Reddit Has Gone Mad with Power — The past few weeks have seen an impressive burst of political activism from nerd hive Reddit. Now they're talking about “destroying” senators. Oh jesus, this does not bode well. — It started in late December, when the domain registrar company GoDaddy voiced …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
New Microsoft patent: Walking directions that avoid crime-ridden neighborhoods — Microsoft was issued a patent today on a computer system for “pedestrian route production” — better known as walking directions — that automatically adjusts the route for the unique conditions encountered by a person going from place to place on foot.
Discussion: VentureBeat and GottaBeMobile, Thanks:johnhcook
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat: Microsoft awarded patent for dynamic walking directions that keep you safe
Chuong Nguyen / GottaBeMobile: Microsoft's Pedestrian Walking Direction Patent Steers Walkers Away From Crime
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Apple Loses Bid to Keep Software Information Under Seal in Psystar Case — Apple Inc. (AAPL) failed to convince a judge that information about its software in court filings that's already available on the Internet and in print is “'trade secrets” that should remain sealed from public view.
Discussion: CNET and Electronista
Steven Musil / CNET: Apple loses bid to seal already public OS information
Foursquare: Today's best-executing startup — About two years ago, Fred Wilson and I were talking about which startups we found interesting and I mentioned offhandedly that Foursquare was far and away the one that I thought had the most potential to be a huge, meaningful business.
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.
Discussion: Digital Trends, Ubergizmo, PC World, PC Magazine, CNET, Softpedia News, Computerworld, Electronista, ITworld.com, HotHardware.com News, GeekWire, The Register, Paints The Future, SlashGear, VentureBeat, Forbes, Ed Bott, Techland, ReadWriteWeb, WebProNews, All about Microsoft Blog, TechCrunch, Neowin.net, Network World, BetaNews, AppleTell, SiliconFilter and Fortune
Mike Flacy / Digital Trends: Internet Explorer 6 usage finally drops below one percent in United States
George Wong / Ubergizmo: Internet Explorer 6 usage in the US drops below 1%
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine: More Users Finally Ditching Windows XP for Windows 7
Larry Dignan / CNET: What IE6's slow death says about us
Gregg Keizer / ITworld.com: Microsoft declares demise of IE6 in U.S.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Microsoft celebrates U.S. demise of Internet Explorer 6 with cake and souvenirs
Iain Thomson / The Register: Microsoft celebrates the death of IE6
Prabakaran Santhanam / Paints The Future: IE6 Usage Dropped Less Than 1% In US, Microsoft Celebrates It
Keith Wagstaff / Techland: Microsoft Rejoices as Internet Explorer 6 Usage Falls Below 1%
Alicia Eler / ReadWriteWeb: The Other 1%: People Who Still Use IE6
Josh Wolford / WebProNews: - - Microsoft Says Sayonara To Internet Explorer 6
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog: Microsoft: IE 6 drops to below one percent in browser usage share in U.S.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: Microsoft Celebrates The Demise Of IE6 In The US
John Callaham / Neowin.net: IE 6 usage drops below 1% in the US
Andy Patrizio / Network World: IE 6 is Finally Dead. Long Live IE9 (Please?)
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews: Microsoft stomps on Internet Explorer 6's grave
Charles Moore / AppleTell: OS and browser market shares for December 2011
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter: Good Riddance: IE6 Usage Falls to Under 1% in U.S.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune: If Android is so hot, why has Java ME overtaken it?
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Klout Confirms Mega Funding Round — Klout confirmed today that it has raised Series C funding — a round that actually closed back in November and had been a bit of an open secret in tech circles for the past couple months. — Klout CEO Joe Fernandez said Kleiner Perkins lead the round, with Chi-Hua Chien joining the Klout board.
Discussion: The Official Klout Blog, TechCrunch, Business Insider, VentureBeat, Betabeat and MediaPost
Joe Fernandez / The Official Klout Blog: Getting Ready for a Big 2012
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Kleiner Leads Klout's Latest “$30 Million” Funding Round
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: Here Comes Klout's Big Funding News, Kleiner Perkins' Chi-Hua Chien Joins The Board
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Klout confirms “strong round” of funding, won't talk price or value
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.
Michael Santo / Examiner: Apple planning education-focused Jan. event: reports
Gregg Keizer / PC World: Apple Event May Focus on iBooks, Says Analyst
Jaden / Jailbreak | iOS: Apple's Upcoming New York City Event Will Most Likely Focus On iTunes University, Education And Textbooks
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD: Apple Event Could Spotlight Jobs's iTextbook Vision
Vincent Oliver / MacDaddyNews.com: RUMOR: Apple's January Media Event to Involve Digital Textbooks and Education
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent: Will Apple's NYC Event Reveal iTextbooks?
Josh Lowensohn / CNET: Apple's academic January event delayed from 2011
Dylan Love / Business Insider: Here's What We Know About Apple's Mysterious Press Event In A Few Weeks
Clayton / The Clayton Morris Blog: Apple's January Event
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica: Apple poised to bring important changes to its iBook platform
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
$215MM: TiVo cashes in on AT&T settlement — TiVo is going to get $215 million over the next seven years from AT&T thanks to a settlement of the two companies' DVR lawsuit. TiVo had sued AT&T in 2009, alleging that the phone company's DVR violated some of TiVo's patents.
Discussion: The Verge, Associated Press, Reuters, Engadget and Tech Trader Daily
Dieter Bohn / The Verge: TiVo receives $215 million patent settlement from AT&T
Richard Lawler / Engadget: TiVo, AT&T patent settlement will send at least $215 million TiVo's way through 2018
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 …
Todd Haselton / BGR: Samsung unveils entry-level Galaxy Ace Plus with familiar design
Brian Bennett / CNET:
Samsung announces low-end Galaxy Ace Plus smartphone for global markets
Samsung announces low-end Galaxy Ace Plus smartphone for global markets
Discussion: Samsung Mobile Press, DailyTech, 9to5Google, AndroidGuys, Gizmodo, IntoMobile, Computerworld, PhoneArena and Engadget
Scott Webster / AndroidGuys: Samsung announces GALAXY Ace Plus for trendy professionals
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile: Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus announced
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Some 6.5 Million People Found Angry Birds in Their Stockings — Buoyed by a flurry of smartphone activations, Rovio said it saw a record 6.5 million Christmas Day downloads for its Angry Birds franchise of games. — That's nearly the number of total smartphone activations estimated to have happened over Christmas.
Discussion: IntoMobile, TechnoBuffalo, MobileSyrup.com, PhoneArena, The Next Web, VentureBeat, USA Today and ReadWriteWeb
Marin Perez / IntoMobile: Angry Birds downloaded 6.5 million times on Xmas
Ian Hardy / MobileSyrup.com: Angry Birds sees 6.5 million downloads on Christmas Day, promises “exciting new releases lined up for 2012″
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Angry Brids triples its downloads on Christmas Day
Brett Molina / USA Today: Report: ‘Angry Birds’ downloaded 6.5M times on Christmas
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb: Shattering Records, We Downloaded Over 1 Billion Mobile Apps Last Week