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7:10 AM ET, January 5, 2012

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Elad Blog:
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, Betabeat and metarand
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
You are what you curate: Why Pinterest is hawt
Discussion: @manan
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.
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
The “Highest Quality” Google Tablet  —  I have no doubt that Google is working on some kind of “Nexus” tablet — they have to be.  To say Android's entrance into the tablet space has been a flop is a vast understatement.  Google needs to get on top of this situation.
Wall Street Journal:
Kodak Preparing for Chapter 11 Filing  —  Eastman Kodak Co. is preparing for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy-protection filing in the coming weeks should efforts to sell a trove of digital patents fall through, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The struggling photography icon …
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: The Next Web and Techdirt
Paul Thurrott / WindowsITPro:
Exclusive: Microsoft and Nokia's Plans for Marketing Windows Phone in 2012  —  With predictably parroting that information—I thought it might be worthwhile to set the record straight.  Microsoft and Nokia will not spend “in the neighborhood of $100 million” to market Windows Phone this year.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
HP Envy 15 (late 2011) review  —  How many corners do you have to cut for a $1,100 MacBook Pro competitor?  Six years after the introduction of the MacBook Pro, it appears the PC industry has finally realized that Apple was onto something.  With laptops like the Dell XPS 15z and Samsung Series 7 Chronos …
Anton D. Nagy / pocketnow.com:
HTC Radiant LTE Windows Phone for AT&T: First Images  —  The phone pictured above may look a lot like the HTC Titan, but according to a reliable source, this will indeed be a distinct device, the LTE-capable HTC Radiant tipped by Paul Thurrott to land on AT&T.
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Some Venture Funds Hit ‘Pause’ on Big Deals  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Over the past year, Marc Andreessen invested in a series of high-profile Web companies, including Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Groupon Inc. Now the Silicon Valley venture capitalist is hitting the pause button on such big-name deals.
Discussion: A VC, @pkedrosky and Business Insider
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.
Steve Blank:
Why The Movie Industry Can't Innovate and the Result is SOPA  —  This year the movie industry made $30 billion (1/3 in the U.S.) from box-office revenue.  —  But the total movie industry revenue was $87 billion.  Where did the other $57 billion come from?
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
CEO John Donahoe Talks About on What's Next for eBay's PayPal, After Scott Thompson's Surprise Exit to Yahoo  —  In an interview this afternoon, eBay CEO John Donahoe confirms that it was indeed a “shock” — as he wrote to staff in a memo — after returning from a long New Year's weekend …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Brand new CEO, same old messed up Yahoo
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: Macgasm, T3 News and Evolver.fm
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Issues Refunds for “Premature” Purchases of GameStore App  —  Earlier this week, an app called GameStore was accidentally made available for purchase on the App Store.  The app, which appeared to be a test or development app of some sort, offered several racing-themed in-app purchases but without any actual functionality.
Discussion: SlashGear
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
You don't get to decide if you're a platform  —  Seeing lots of startups pitch themselves as a platform play right out of the gate.  The reality is, you don't get to tell people you're a platform, they tell you.  The platforms we think about today (e.g. Twitter, FB, Android/iOS) …
Rusty Blazenhoff / Laughing Squid:
PayPal Makes Buyer Destroy a Valuable Antique Violin To Get a Refund  —  Erica, a Regretsy reader, recently sold an old French violin to a Canadian buyer who then disputed the violin's label.  In order for the buyer to get his money back, PayPal required him to completely destroy it and send …
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.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
RIM: Jefferies Says Moving Toward Licensing BB Software  —  Following a report yesterday by Canada's The Financial Post stating that Research In Motion (RIMM) might strip its two CEOs of their chairman role, Jefferies & Co.'s Peter Misek this morning writes that his own “checks” confirm …
Discussion: Softpedia News and MobileSyrup.com
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.
 
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Owen Gibson / Guardian:
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T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Raspberry Pi computers fetch high prices at charity auction
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Sweet irony: Righthaven sued by company it used to sue others
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Is Said to Hire Adobe Executive Todd Teresi to Run IAd
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Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
Android platform distribution statistics updated: .6-percent or around a million devices on ICS