Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Barnes & Noble eyes Nook spin-off amid sales shortfall — Summary: Barnes & Noble may have no choice but to spin off its Nook unit amid a sales miss. — Barnes & Noble said it is exploring a spin-off of its Nook e-reader unit so it can continue to scale the business.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat: Barnes & Noble explores spinning off Nook business
Tom Loftus / Digits: Tech Today: Barnes & Noble Considers Nook Spin-Off
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD: People Love the Nook Tablet, Hate the Nook Touch. Also: Would You Like to Buy the Nook Business?
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent: Barnes & Noble May Spin Off Its Nook Business
Jay Yarow / Business Insider: Barnes & Noble Is Getting Crushed After Lowering Guidance And Announcing Plans To Explore Spinning Out The Nook Business
Brad Dorfman / Reuters: Barnes & Noble may split off Nook, cuts forecast
Brad Linder / Liliputing: B&N considers spinning off NOOK as a separate business
Chris Davies / SlashGear: B&N confirms NOOK business split being explored
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing: Barnes and Noble Nook sells like hotcakes
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Barnes & Noble Aims to Sell Publishing Unit
Barnes & Noble Aims to Sell Publishing Unit
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Digital Reader, Gizmodo, paidContent, GeekWire, Engadget and Electronista, more at Mediagazer »
John Biggs / TechCrunch: Barnes & Noble Mulls Splitting Nook Business And Selling “Dead Tree” Publishing Company
Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader: Barnes & Noble to Sell Off the Nook?
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo: Barnes & Noble Ditch Publishing To Focus on eBooks and Tablets
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent: Report: Barnes & Noble Selling Off Sterling Publishing
Christopher Trout / Engadget: Barnes & Noble looks to sell publishing arm, keeps the other to hold a Nook Tablet
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Crazy Rumor: Google Is Working On A 7-Inch Tablet Priced To Beat The Kindle Fire — A few weeks ago, Google chairman Eric Schmidt let it slip that the company had plans to market “a tablet of the highest quality” within the next six months. — That led to a lot of speculation, but Google refused to clarify Schmidt's statements.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD: One in 124 Seattleites Uses a Kindle Fire
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Will Google make a Kindle Fire competitor below $199? Unlikely
Jeff Roberts / paidContent: Amazon Ends Lawsuit Over Kindle Fire
Monica Chen / DigiTimes: Google tablet PC believed to be targeting Kindle Fire
Steven Musil / CNET: Now it's a Google tablet that will challenge Kindle Fire?
Mike Tuttle / WebProNews: Google Tablet To Aim For Kindle Fire Rather Than iPad
Gaurav Shukla / AndroidOS.in: Google Nexus Tablet to come with 7 inch display - Rumor
James / Phones Review: News on Google Nexus Tablet
Chris Chavez / Android Phone Fans: Rumor: Google Working On “Nexus” Tablet to Compete With Kindle Fire (Not iPad)
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile: Rumor: Google to launch sub $200 7 inch Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet in Q2 2012
Ian Hardy / MobileSyrup.com: Rumour: Google branded tablet to have a 7-inch display, run OS 4.0, and sell below $199
Luke Johnson / T3 News: Google Nexus tablet to feature 7-inch form to rival Kindle
MG Siegler / parislemon: The “Highest Quality” Google Tablet
Vinton G. Cerf / New York Times:
Internet Access Is Not a Human Right — FROM the streets of Tunis to Tahrir Square and beyond, protests around the world last year were built on the Internet and the many devices that interact with it. Though the demonstrations thrived because thousands of people turned out to participate …
Discussion: Technology Liberation Front, Business Insider, Gizmodo, Slate and Techi.com
Adam Thierer / Technology Liberation Front: Vint Cerf on Why Internet Access Is Not a Human Right (+ A Few More Reasons)
Katie Roiphe / Slate: Can We Really Unplug? — The illusion of Internet freedom.
JD Rucker / Techi.com: Internet access IS a human right
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook Says Most Photos Flagged by Users Aren't Actually Offensive — Just Unattractive — Last year Facebook determined that the majority of photos its users reported as offensive were not actually offensive. Much of the time, they were just unflattering angles or situations.
Discussion: Betabeat, The Next Web and SlashGear
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat: Facebook Won't Take Down a Photo Just Because It Makes You Look Fat, But It Does Try to Guilt the Poster
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web: Why Facebook can't do anything about other people sharing photos of your children
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear: Most flagged Facebook photos aren't inappropriate says Facebook
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
US Threatened To Blacklist Spain For Not Implementing Site Blocking Law — United States government interference in Spain's intellectual property laws had long been suspected, but it was revelations from Wikileaks that finally confirmed the depth of its involvement.
Discussion: Business Insider, London Calling Blog, The Next Web and Techdirt
Adam Taylor / Business Insider: Leaked Documents Show How The US Bullied Spain Into Passing Its Anti-Piracy Law
Zack Whittaker / London Calling Blog: U.S. ‘threatened to blacklist Spain’ over SOPA-style law
Martin Bryant / The Next Web: US government reportedly threatened Spain into adopting SOPA-style piracy law
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures, Mark Cuban And Others Invest $1M In Social CRM Startup Nimble — Customer relationship management startup Nimble has raised $1 million in funding from notable investors Mark Cuban, Jason Calacanis, Don Dodge, Dharmesh Shah and more! — Nimble CEO Jon Ferrara views Nimble …
Discussion: SocialTimes.com and socalTECH.com
Neil Vidyarthi / SocialTimes.com: Social CRM Startup Nimble Gets Funded By All-Star Team
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Logitech Cube is a tiny touch-sensitive presentation mouse, available in January for $69.99 — Have you ever thought your portable mouse was a little too large, or perhaps shaped a little too much like the inside of your hand? We can't say we have, but Logitech's got a new peripheral …
Discussion: The Toybox Blog, VentureBeat, Engadget and TechCrunch
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Logitech unveils its reimagined mouse: the Cube
Billy Steele / Engadget: Logitech Cube looks to reimagine the mouse, converts to a presenter should the need arise
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
ICANN to expand top level domains despite critics — (Reuters) - ICANN, an independent body responsible for organizing the Internet, plans to press ahead with plans to expand the number of possible website addresses despite criticism from industry and concerns from some law enforcement groups.
Discussion: Ars Technica and WebProNews
How Pinterest Will Transform the Web in 2012: Social Content Curation As The Next Big Thing — The most interesting wave hitting the social web in 2012 is social curation. This was kicked off in 2011 as Pinterest's growth was noticed by Silicon Valley and a number of companies quickly followed suit …
Discussion: Business Insider and Betabeat
Boonsri Dickinson / Business Insider: Startup Trend For 2012: Sites That Help You Track What You Like Most
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat: Is Pinterest's Push-Button + Boards Formula Really Going to ‘Change the Web’?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
You are what you curate: Why Pinterest is hawt
You are what you curate: Why Pinterest is hawt
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Deloitte: 9% have cut cable, another 11% are considering it — Deloitte just released its sixth annual State of the Media Democracy survey, which (among other things) asks U.S. respondents how they get access to their content in a world full of new and exciting devices.
Discussion: VatorNews, AllThingsD and blog.chron.com
Krystal Peak / VatorNews: New media tech is great for books, bad for cable
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD: Where Did Nine Million Cable Subscribers Go?
Dwight Silverman / blog.chron.com: Deloitte study: If you stream it, they will come
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Former Lotus and Microsoft exec Ray Ozzie hiring for new start-up, Cocomo — Ray Ozzie e-mailed earlier today to let me know that he has a post-Microsoft start-up, and he's hiring. But aside from mentioning that the company is called Cocomo and doesn't yet have an office of its own, he didn't want to divulge much more.
Discussion: jobs.37signals.com, CNET, Xconomy, Real Dan Lyons Web Site, All about Microsoft Blog, GeekWire, Business Insider and GigaOM
Martin LaMonica / CNET: Ray Ozzie starts new venture Cocomo
Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy: Ray Ozzie's Next Big Thing: Cocomo
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site: Ray Ozzie has a new startup and can't explain what this one is doing, either
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog: Look who's back: Ray Ozzie, Former Microsoft Chief Software Architect
Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Ray Ozzie's new startup has ‘huge goals’ for new era of social communication
Barb Darrow / GigaOM: Ray Ozzie starts to emerge from stealth mode
Roy Bahat / Also:
Could coding be the next mass profession? — Like farming was in the 17th century, factory work during the industrial revolution, construction during the Great Depression, and manufacturing after World War II. Better, because writing code is a creative act which can be done with or without a traditional …
Discussion: Slate, Business Insider, PSFK and Smarterware
Farhad Manjoo / Slate: You Need To Learn How To Program
Boonsri Dickinson / Business Insider: Someday, Writing Code Could Be As Common As Farming Or Factory Work
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia prospects brighten as chairman search narrows — (Reuters) - Struggling phone maker Nokia Oyj basked in brightening prospects for its much-hyped Windows phone on Thursday as it prepared to strengthen the hand of new boss Stephen Elop by replacing its old-guard chairman.
Discussion: Inquirer, ArcticStartup Posts, mocoNews, PhoneArena, GigaOM, The Nokia Blog and Bloomberg
Kate O'Flaherty / Inquirer: Nokia will name F-Secure founder as chairman
Antti Vilpponen / ArcticStartup Posts: Risto Siilasmaa Set To Become Chairman Of Nokia
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews: Is A Finnish IT Security Entrepreneur In Line To Be Nokia's Next Chairman?
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM: Will this man be the new chairman of Nokia?
Steven Bertoni / Forbes:
Spotify's Daniel Ek: The Most Important Man In Music — Spotify's Daniel Ek created a free, Facebook-enabled platform that could save the recording industry from piracy-and iTunes. — It's a typically damp, dark November afternoon in Stockholm, and Daniel Ek is ill. Over the past month …
Discussion: Tech Europe, ArcticStartup Posts, ITProPortal, Engadget, Macgasm, iClarified, iDownloadBlog.com, T3 News, GottaBeMobile, The Next Web and Evolver.fm
Greg Anderson / ArcticStartup Posts: Spotify Approaches An Actively Drowning Industry
Ravi Mandalia / ITProPortal: Spotify Working on Siri Integration
Brian Heater / Engadget: Spotify CEO shows off iPhone voice integration hack, love for Siri, Coldplay
Joshua Schnell / Macgasm: Did Spotify's Daniel Ek spill the beans about Siri integration with third party apps?
Chris Smith / T3 News: Tech Today: Spotify hacks Siri to work with iPhone app
Josh Smith / GottaBeMobile: Spotify Claims Siri Integration, Sign of Siri Features to Come in iOS 5.1?
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm: Forbes: Spotify's Daniel Ek Is ‘Most Important Man in Music’
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
The 50-inch Apple TV set rumor re-emerges — Apple's got a 50-inch TV set in its labs, a new report says. — Apple's much-expected TV set effort could truly be a big-screen affair, with a new report pegging the company gunning for a set beyond 40-inches in size.
Discussion: USA Today, iDownloadBlog.com, The Tech Herald Technology …, The Verge, Pocket-lint, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Edible Apple, 9to5Mac, Webomatica, NBC Bay Area, Softpedia News, Business Insider, T3 News, Geek.com, PadGadget, MacRumors, Redmond Pie, MacDaddyNews.com, SlashGear, PalmAddicts, Mobile Industry Review, Macgasm, Electronista, iClarified and MacDailyNews, more at Mediagazer »
Scott Martin / USA Today: Apple television gamble the talk of CES
Steven Mostyn / The Tech Herald Technology …: Apple to unveil 42-inch and 50-inch iTVs?
Ben Crompton / Pocket-lint: Apple TV said to be struggling for top-tier content as 50-inch set rumoured
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo: Is Apple Struggling To Organize Content For Its New TV Service?
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: Apple Reportedly Butting Heads With Content Producers Over iTV
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Report: Apple working on 42-inch+ HDTV in Jonathan Ive's studio, problems securing licensing deals continue
Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica: Want The Apple TV Proper Part #235
Sajid Farooq / NBC Bay Area: Next Gen Apple TV Exists at 1 Infinite Loop: Report
Jay Yarow / Business Insider: Apple's Design God Jony Ive Has ‘A Slick 50 Inch TV’ In His Secret Apple Studio, Says Ex-Apple Employee
Luke Johnson / T3 News: Apple iTV content issues emerge ahead of launch
Will Shanklin / Geek.com: Apple TV set reportedly held back by content deals
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Reports of 50" Apple Television in Jonathan Ive's Lab as Talk Heightens Ahead of CES
Ben Reid / Redmond Pie: Apple's 50-inch iTV Reportedly Dwells In Jony Ive's Design Lab, Slated For Release This Year
Eli Courey / MacDaddyNews.com: RUMOR: Apple Designer Jonathan Ive Has a 50-Inch Apple Television in His Studio
Chris Burns / SlashGear: Apple iTV 50 and 42-inch models tipped
Sammual James McLoughlin / PalmAddicts: Apple is currently working on a 42-inch television
Joshua Schnell / Macgasm: Right, someone at Apple leaked television information to the press
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
Apple unlikely to enter auction for Premier League TV rights — • BSkyB and ESPN will be back in the bidding — • Google and al-Jazeera may also enter market — The Premier League is preparing to go to market with its lucrative television contract in the second quarter of this year …
Discussion: MacRumors and Business Insider
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Do-it-yourself legal site Rocket Lawyer raises $10.8M — Just five months after raising $18.5 million, online legal services provider Rocket Lawyer has added $10.8 million in funding to its bank account, according to an SEC filing VentureBeat uncovered today.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
File-Sharing Recognized as Official Religion in Sweden — All around the world file-sharers are being chased by anti-piracy outfits and the authorities, and the situation in Sweden is no different. While copyright holders are often quick to label file-sharers as pirates …
Discussion: PC Magazine, DSLreports, PC World, Mashable!, Inquirer, Computerworld, Digital Trends, Technologizer, Wired.co.uk, Examiner, Techland, Tech Europe, Fudzilla, msnbc.com, Business Insider, SlashGear, Techdirt and The Digital Reader
Angela Moscaritolo / PC Magazine: Sweden Formally Recognizes File-Sharing as a Religion
DSLreports: Piracy Becomes a Religion in Sweden - Missionary Church of Kopimism Approved by Authorities
Mikael Ricknäs / PC World: File Sharing “Church of Kopimism” Becomes Officially Recognized in Sweden
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!: Sweden Recognizes File-Sharing as a Religion
Dave Neal / Inquirer: Filesharing is a religion in Sweden
Jeff Hughes / Digital Trends: In Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V we trust: File sharing made an official Swedish religion
Ed Oswald / Technologizer: File Sharers Get Religious In Sweden
Olivia Solon / Wired.co.uk: Sweden recognises church of file sharing as a religion
Michael Santo / Examiner: Church of file-sharers recognized as official Swedish religion
Graeme McMillan / Techland: Sweden Recognizes File Sharing as an Official Religion
Ben Rooney / Tech Europe: Sweden's Church of File Sharing
Nick Farrell / Fudzilla: Filesharing is an official religion
Suzanne Choney / msnbc.com: Piracy ‘church’ gets approval from Swedish government
Adam Taylor / Business Insider: ‘File Sharing’ Has Been Recognized As An Official Religion In Sweden
Michael Crider / SlashGear: Church of Kopimism file sharing religion recognized in Sweden
Mike Masnick / Techdirt: Kopimism Approved As Official Religion In Sweden: File Sharing Now Protected Under Freedom Of Religion Laws?
Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader: File Sharing is Now a Religion - Kopimism
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Taiwan's Elan says Apple to pay $5 million in patent settlement — (Reuters) - Elan Microelectronics Corp, a Taiwanese touch design company, said on Thursday that Apple Inc will pay $5 million as part of a settlement in a patent infringement case. — The statement said the two companies …
Discussion: The Register, CNET, GigaOM, 9to5Mac, MacRumors, Between the Lines Blog, taiwannews.com.tw, The Next Web, WebProNews, Softpedia News, Electronista, @fosspatents, TechCrunch and PhoneArena
Bill Ray / The Register: Apple coughs $5m for multitouch patents
Lance Whitney / CNET: Apple coughing up $5 million to settle patent infringement suit
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM: Apple reportedly pays $5 million to settle touch patent case
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Apple to pay $5 million to settle patent infringement case with Elan Microelectronics Corp
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Apple Reportedly Settles Multi-Touch Patent Lawsuit from Elan for $5 Million
Matt Brian / The Next Web: Apple pays $5 million to settle patent lawsuit with Taiwanese chipmaker Elan
Shaylin Clark / WebProNews: Apple Settles Patent Lawsuit For $5 Million
Florian Mueller / @fosspatents: That Elan-Apple settlement looks like a relatively cheap one, not much above litigation expenses (if at all). But cross-licensing must hurt.
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype's GroupMe drops mobile voice chat, saying group text enough — Skype bought two mobile app companies last year: GroupMe for its group SMS service and Qik for its live mobile video streaming and sharing. GroupMe stripped out its voice conferencing as of 1 January 2012, they say for lack of use.
Discussion: The Verge
Adi Robertson / The Verge: Skype's GroupMe mobile messaging drops voice to focus on text
Evan Narcisse / Kotaku:
Patents Show that the Next Xbox Might Be a DVR, Too — Xbox 3, Xbox 720, NextBox... whatever you call it, lots of rumors are being floated about Microsoft's next home console. Some say it'll output Avatar-level visuals while others say it'll lean heavily on cloud architecture.
Discussion: ITworld.com, Business Insider, SlashGear, Destructoid, Softpedia News, VG247 and ITProPortal
Pasmith / ITworld.com: Xbox DVR-feature might let you record your greatest gaming moments (and TV, too)
Dylan Love / Business Insider: The Next Xbox Might Also Be A DVR
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear: Microsoft patent lends weight to Xbox 720 set-top box rumors
Dale North / Destructoid: Patent points to next Xbox having DVR functions
Johnny Cullen / VG247: USPTO patent points to DVR function in next Xbox
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
Apple Now Taking Legal Action Against App Store Piracy — Apple has begun an attack on App Store piracy. The popular resource for cracked iOS apps known as Apptrackr recently said that Apple has begun sending large amounts of takedown notices, thereby forcing Apptrackr to relocate …
Discussion: Computerworld, Business Insider, Mobile Marketing Watch, TUAW, GamePolitics blogs, everythingiCafe, Ars Technica, Macgasm and AppleInsider
Steven Sande / TUAW: Apple reportedly cracking down on App Store pirates
James Fudge / GamePolitics blogs: Apple Targets Apptrackr with DMCA Take-Downs
Christopher Meinck / everythingiCafe: Apple Cracking Down On App Store Piracy
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica: Apple reportedly putting DMCA squeeze on App Store pirates
Grant Brünner / Macgasm: Apple on the war path against app piracy
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Lithium Raises $53.4M Fourth Round To Push For Lead in Social Brand Software — Big consumer brands generate all sorts of consumer interest and expertise, but they've generally struggled to capitalize on these relationships to improve themselves. Lithium has been building itself …
Discussion: VatorNews, VentureBeat, GigaOM, Lithium, Business Insider and A Software Insider's Point …
Krystal Peak / VatorNews: Lithium reels in $53.4M to build social experiences
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider: Lithium Scores $50 Million To Help Big Companies Harness Their Biggest Fans
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Translate for Android Gets Handwriting Recognition — Here is a small but nifty update for Google Translate for Android: the app now features experimental handwriting recognition for Chinese and Japanese characters. You can also enable this feature for English, French, Italian …
Discussion: Google Translate Blog, PhoneArena and MacStories
Daniel Keysers / Google Translate Blog: Sometimes it's easier just to write it
Federico Viticci / MacStories: Google Translate for iOS Updated with iPad Support
Wayne Rash / eWeek:
LightSquared GPS Interference Issue Faces Congressional Oversight — Table of Contents: — NEWS ANALYSIS: A U.S. defense spending bill signed by President Barack Obama includes provisions that require LightSquared wireless LTE network to meet Congressional guidelines aimed …
Discussion: All Points Blog, FierceBroadbandWireless and dailywireless.org
Adena Schutzberg / All Points Blog: LightSquared Update - 1/5/12 - 2012 Defense Spending Act May Kill Any Chance of LightSquared Launch
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Defense Bill: Bad News for Lightsquared
Charlie Zhu / Reuters:
Huawei dismisses U.S. calls for probe of Iran business — (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said on Wednesday that calls by six U.S. lawmakers to investigate whether the giant Chinese telecommunications equipment maker has violated a sanctions law by supplying sensitive technology to Iran were based on inaccurate media reports.
Discussion: The Register, Hillicon Valley, The Next Web and Wall Street Journal
Brid-Aine Parnell / The Register: US lawmakers claim Huawei sold censor tech to Iran
Steve Stecklow / Wall Street Journal: Huawei Probe Sought
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Are You The World's Best Programmer? Compete In Facebook's 2012 Hacker Cup — Facebook has announced its 2012 Hacker Cup, a global computer programming competition. The event will serve as an important recruiting tool to attract great coders to the company, which is constantly battling …
Discussion: PC Magazine, CSOONLINE.com, Facebook, Network World, Inquirer, WebProNews, Softpedia News, Friending Facebook Blog, CNNMoney.com and ReadWriteWeb
Leslie Horn / PC Magazine: Facebook Opens Registration for 2012 Hacker Cup
David Alves / Facebook: Announcing Facebook's 2012 Hacker Cup
Joab Jackson / Network World: Facebook brings back the hack
Dave Neal / Inquirer: Facebook will host its second Hacker Cup
Zach Walton / WebProNews: Facebook Hosting 2012 Hacker Cup
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog: Facebook announces 2012 Hacker Cup
Laurie Segall / CNNMoney.com: Facebook seeks world champion hacker
Alicia Eler / ReadWriteWeb: Facebook Announces 2nd Annual Hacker Cup