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8:50 AM ET, January 5, 2012

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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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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
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 …
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: SlashGear and NPR
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: Business Insider and Techi.com
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
FT Buys Its Web App Maker; CEO Ridding's Memo  —  The Financial Times has acquired London-based web and application developer Assanka, which made the web app on which the publisher has based its independence from iTunes.  —  Assanka launched the HTML5 web app with the paper's in-house product team …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile review  —  It's been almost nine months since Nokia released a carrier-branded smartphone in the US, the Symbian-powered Astound for T-Mobile.  That was before the company's sea change — it has come a long way since then, betting its future almost entirely on Microsoft's Windows Phone.
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 …
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.
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.
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, Macgasm, T3 News and Evolver.fm
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Taiwan's Elan says Apple to pay $5 million in patent settlement  —  TAIPEI (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 …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Raspberry Pi computers fetch high prices at charity auction  —  The Raspberry Pi is a tiny yet powerful computer that's expected to retail for just $25-35, but bidders on Ebay are offering up mountains of cash for the devices — the foundation is auctioning off ten pre-production units …
Discussion: Gizmodo, EE Times and Raspberry Pi
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Google Complaint Decision Hasn't Been Reached by EU's Antitrust Regulator  —  European Union regulators haven't decided whether they should file a formal complaint against Google Inc. (GOOG) over possible discrimination against rivals in search results, the EU's antitrust chief said.
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Sweet irony: Righthaven sued by company it used to sue others  —  Righthaven is in the final throes of full collapse.  The copyright lawsuit factory claimed to have less than $1,000 in operating capital when opposition lawyers attempted to collect a judgment against Righthaven …
Discussion: TeleRead
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.
Thanks:jbruin
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge S430 is the first Windows laptop with Intel's Thunderbolt; Edge E430 and E530 also announced  —  Lenovo figured you might just not be content with the new ThinkPad ultrabook or the dual processor / dual operating system ThinkPad Hybrid X1, so how about a smattering of ThinkPad Edge laptops?
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.
 
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek going Android, Acer eyeing Windows 8 for tablet PC market
Discussion: Electronista
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
RIM: Jefferies Says Moving Toward Licensing BB Software
Discussion: Softpedia News and MobileSyrup.com
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Washington Post's Don Graham Form Media Friendship
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Issues Refunds for “Premature” Purchases of GameStore App
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 Earlier Items: 
Rusty Blazenhoff / Laughing Squid:
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Steve Blank:
Why The Movie Industry Can't Innovate and the Result is SOPA
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Is Said to Hire Adobe Executive Todd Teresi to Run IAd
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Some Venture Funds Hit ‘Pause’ on Big Deals
Discussion: @pkedrosky, A VC and Business Insider