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6:55 AM ET, January 4, 2012

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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 …
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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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo Poised to Name CEO — With EBay's PayPal Prez as Top Choice  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo is poised to name a CEO, an announcement that could come as early as tomorrow morning.  —  Sources said the leading candidate likely to get the nod is a dark horse …
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 …
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Guardian:
Wendi Deng Twitter account is a fake
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 …
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.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Embroiled in the Google sponsored-post debacle, Unruly raises $25M (exclusive)  —  Happier times: Unruly team poses for company photo  —  A five year-old company that seeks to deliver “awesome social video campaigns” finds itself embroiled in a hairy Internet pickle on a day that would have otherwise been ripe for celebration.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Chrome Page No Longer Ranks For “Browser” After Sponsored Post Penalty
Sacha Greif:
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: Tech Cocktail
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Codecademy's CodeYear Attracts 100,000 Aspiring Programmers In 48 Hours
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Nobody Goes to Facebook Anymore.  It's Too Crowded.  —  A year ago Steven Levy suggested that Facebook should give us each a single “friend-list do-over.”  —  A lot of commenters challenged him.  “Grow some balls and just unfriend people,” said one of the more even tempered readers.
Discussion: @howardlindzon
Tiuri van Agten / Distimo:
Google Android Market Tops 400,000 Applications  —  Google Android Market gave itself a nice new year's present last weekend.  The total number of active applications worldwide in the Android Market reached the 400,000 milestone.  Android Market has topped the 200K and 300K available apps milestones …
Discussion: The Next Web, SlashGear and AndroidOS.in, Thanks:gert_jan
Fraser Speirs:
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.
Andrew Clay Shafer / fate = will && choice:
incubators are a ghetto  —  There has been an explosion of incubators in the last few years.  Most of them suck.  Some suck so bad that the net value created by the program is probably negative.  I'm not going to name names.  This is just about results.  —  Let's start with a story.
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung has no plans to deliver ‘Value Pack’ for Galaxy S smartphones  —  Rumours that have suggested Samsung is working on delivering an Android ‘Value Pack’ update for Galaxy S smartphones have been dealt a blow after The Next Web was informed that there are no plans for its release.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Microsoft sues UK retailer Comet for ‘creating and selling’ counterfeit Windows Vista and XP CDs  —  Now this is highly unusual.  Microsoft has just reported it's taking legal action against Comet, one of the two big high street tech retailers in the UK, for “creating and selling …
Electronista:
Nintendo rumored encouraging iOS to Wii U ports, e-reading  —  Nintendo Wii U may lure iOS devs and e-books  —  Quickly coming on the heels of talk of a full Wii U app store is a rumor late Monday of Nintendo actively courting iOS developers.  The gaming giant was said by a developer talking …
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk:
Exclusive: INQ Cloud Q abandoned ahead of 2012 launch  —  INQ Mobile, the plucky British phone peddler, has had a turbulent year.  After launching its first Android phone, the mid-range INQ Cloud Touch, to fairly positive reviews, the company was expected to launch a button-based follow up …
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 …
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: SlashGear, CNET and Electronista
Anil Dash:
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.
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: SlashGear, VentureBeat and GottaBeMobile, Thanks:johnhcook
David Kravets / Threat Level:
No Warrant Needed for GPS Monitoring, Judge Rules  —  A Missouri federal judge ruled the FBI did not need a warrant to secretly attach a GPS monitoring device to a suspect's car to track his public movements for two months.  —  The ruling, upholding federal theft and other charges …
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple's long silence on call mute issue raising ire of iPhone owners  —  Apple's iPhone 4S wasn't without its share of launch troubles, including complaints of poor battery life.  But while Apple was quick to address said issues in an update (and then promised to do so again in another) …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
CrunchBase Reveals: The Average Successful Startup Raises $25.3 Million, Sells For $196.8 Million  —  Most investments fail but the few successful ones more than make all the money back — or so startup investors hope.  But what sort of returns do these profitable exits bring in?
 
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 More Items: 
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Confronts Qualcomm in Vegas Standoff
Discussion: DailyTech
Paul Venezia / InfoWorld:
Mobile app developers to get their own professional organization
Paula Rooney / Open Source Blog:
Mozilla rings in new year with 2.0 license overhaul
Reuters:
Verizon CEO cancels CES appearance
Discussion: The Verge and PhoneArena
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Uber Is Refunding Some Customers After Charging Them An Arm And A Leg On New Year's Eve
Discussion: Felix Salmon and VentureBeat
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
January Apple event to focus on two ‘large projects’ relating to education, iTunes
Roger Capriotti / The Windows Blog:
The US Says Goodbye to IE6
Bill Slawski / SEO by the Sea:
IBM Assigns 217 More Patent Filings to Google including Wireless Phones and Javascript Widgets
Financial Post:
RIM leaning toward new chairman: sources