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8:55 PM ET, January 7, 2012

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Microsoft, Defying Image, Has a Design Gem in Windows Phone  —  “GORGEOUS,” raves The Huffington Post.  —  “Best-looking smartphone operating system in the industry,” gushes Slate.  —  “Far superior to most if not all the Android smartphones,” says TechCrunch.  —  Sounds like the usual adulation for a gadget from Apple.
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
OLPC XO 3.0 tablet: an 8-inch tablet for $100, with Android and Sugar options for the children (update: pictures!)  —  It was over four years ago that OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte showed off images of an XO tablet, and promised it would ship to kids of the developing world in 2010 for $100 each.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
How Google beat AP with Iowa caucus results (and why it matters)  —  WNYC's John Keefe decided to use Google's election results for his map tracking the results of Iowa's GOP caucus for three reasons:  — Google's data were easier to deal with than the files provided by the Associated Press.
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET:
The joy of Microsoft's ‘avoid ghetto’ GPS patent  —  Pedestrians have sometimes felt neglected when it comes to GPS directions.  —  Indeed, not so long ago, one lady sued Google because the directions its map offered led her (she believed) to be struck by a car.
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Nick Denton's 'State of Gawker 2012′ Memo: ‘Relentless and cynical traffic-trawling is bad for the soul.’  —  Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton occasionally sends out missives for his company that usually contain a little bit of insight into the way his company is trending …
Discussion: Media Decoder and Snarkmarket
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Etsy Makes It Easy For Users To Post Items To Pinterest With New ‘Pin It’ Button  —  Online pinboard Pinterest is all the rage these days, and as Etsy is showing today with its latest product announcement, e-commerce sites are starting to realize the power of pinning.
Discussion: @evanreas and @semil
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
EMI sues MP3 reseller ReDigi  —  Music buyers are prevented from selling or distributing used digital tracks and albums in the same way they do with CDs or vinyl albums, EMI said in copyright complaint filed in New York today.  —  EMI, one of the four largest recorded-music companies …
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
Sorry Mike, Facebook could reboot and we'd mess it up again  —  Michael Arrington wrote a compelling piece suggesting Facebook's continued success is dependent upon allowing users to wipe their friend slate clean and rebuild their graph.  This second time around he suggests …
Discussion: @ripemp, @hunterwalk and @lizgannes
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HTML5 cross-platform game company Moblyng shuts down (exclusive)  —  Moblyng was ahead of its time in making cross-platform HTML5 games for mobile devices.  Too far ahead, it seems, as the company has shut down, VentureBeat has learned.  —  Just a year ago, the company said in a filing …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Vizio's next market?  Desktop and laptop PCs (Update: pictures!)  —  Just when it seems like everyone is running away from the PC business, well known HDTV company Vizio has apparently decided that after dabbling in lightbulbs, it's a great time to get in.  Chief Technology Officer Matt McRae revealed …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft will no longer provide detailed Windows Phone update information  —  Microsoft is planning to remove detailed Windows Phone update information from its site, the company announced on Friday.  Where's My Phone Update? has served as a popular destination with carrier specific update information …
Jordan Robertson / Bloomberg:
Yahoo's New CEO May Have Compensation as High as $27 Million  —  Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) — Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Scott Thompson may receive compensation of as much as $27 million, including salary, potential bonus, restricted shares and other forms of pay.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Safari 5 for OS X, Firefox 9 for Windows 7 crowned victors of browser benchmark battle  —  Tom's Hardware has been running its meticulously detailed Browser Grand Prix since early 2010, and today it has crowned two new winners: Firefox 9 won in the latest Windows 7 Ultimate tests, while Safari 5 was the top browser for OS X Lion.
 
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Manan Kakkar / India IT Blog:
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