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11:00 AM ET, January 11, 2012

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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Sharing a search story  —  I've been reading a lot of the coverage of the Search plus Your World launch and I wanted to share my story and then clarify something.  —  I love to stay up until early in the morning playing Werewolf.  In early December I went to a journalism conference called …
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Google+:
We are a bit surprised by Twitter's comments about Search plus Your World, because they chose not to renew their agreement with us last summer (http://goo.gl/chKwi), and since then we have observed their rel=nofollow instructions.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Misdirection, Doublespeak, Non-Answers, And Straight Up Bad Decisions  —  God bless Danny Sullivan.  You should read his latest post tonight in which he tries to squeeze some information — any information — out of Google chairman Eric Schmidt about today's rather disastrous deep Google+ integration into Google Search.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Schmidt: Google+ Not Favored, Happy To Talk Twitter & Facebook Integration  —  Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt says Google+ content is not being favored over Twitter and Facebook by Google's search engine.  Rather, those companies can be treated the same if they grant Google the right permissions to access their content.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Twitter Complains About Google Giving Preference to Google+ Content  —  Twitter is now officially speaking out against Google's new search features that give prominent placement to content from its own social network, Google+.  —  In a statement, Twitter complained that “people, publishers …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Antitrust+?  —  Given my post last night, this will probably sound like piling on.
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Exclusive: Dell plots late-2012 consumer tablet launch  —  (Reuters) - Dell Inc intends to launch its first consumer tablet computer in late 2012, marking its entry into a hotly contested and increasingly crowded arena that has already claimed arch-foe Hewlett Packard.
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Hope To See The Next iPad At CES?  You Might, Without Knowing It  —  Yesterday, one day ahead of the 2012 CES, I saw what's supposedly the next-generation iPad.  I'd show you a picture, but there's honestly nothing to be seen.  Think iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S: this device so resembles the iPad 2 …
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Google's Schmidt Not Convinced Android is Fragmented  —  LAS VEGAS—Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Tuesday took issue with the idea that the Android mobile operating system is fragmented, arguing that there is instead a “differentiation” between devices.
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Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Google's Schmidt says devices, apps need to be friends
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and InfoWorld
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Motorola CEO: We're Going to Release Fewer Phones This Year  —  While the trend has been for Android device makers to throw new models off the assembly line at a dizzying pace, at least one phone manufacturer is stepping off the treadmill.  —  Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said his company plans …
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Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Motorola to make Intel-powered phones and tablets, first phone coming in the second half of 2012
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple May work with HTC to Fight off New Kodak Lawsuit  —  In February 2010 Eastman Kodak Company sued Apple claiming that they were infringing their patents related to digital cameras and certain computer processes.  In April of 2010 Apple counter sued by claiming that Kodak had infringed …
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm on Pricing, LTE, iPhone  —  With the AT&T deal dead and no similar transaction in sight, T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm has his work cut out for him.  —  So just what is he going to do?  —  Well, some of the details are still being worked out.
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
T-Mobile CEO says frequency band issue is ‘key reason’ for lack of iPhone
Discussion: PhoneArena, Mobilized and AllThingsD
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Lockdown: The coming war on general-purpose computing  —  Lockdown  —  The coming war on general-purpose computing  —  This article is based on a keynote speech to the Chaos Computer Congress in Berlin, Dec. 2011.  —  General-purpose computers are astounding.
Bloomberg:
Apple Acquires Israel-Based Flash-Memory Part Maker Anobit  —  Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. said it acquired Anobit Technologies Ltd., an Israeli company that makes a flash-memory drive part for the iPhone and iPad, confirming a press report from last month.
AppleInsider:
CES: GPU candidates for Apple's next iPad, iPhone are 20 times more powerful  —  Imagination Technologies announced on Tuesday that its next-generation PowerVR Series6 GPU core family, which could find their way into Apple's future iPhones and iPads, will offer 20 times more performance than the current generation.
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Breaking: Sponsored Stories begin to appear in News Feed  —  Facebook is now showing Sponsored Stories in users' News Feeds, a Facebook spokesperson tells us.  These paid units include a subtle indication that the post is “Featured.”  However, to respect the user experience …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Sony's Kaz Hirai: no PlayStation 4 at E3  —  It looks like you can officially put any hopes of a PlayStation 4 announcement at E3 to rest.  In a roundtable with reporters at CES, Sony's Kaz Hirai responded to a question about recent comments attributed to gaming division head Andrew House by stating that …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Dutch ISPs Ordered To Block The Pirate Bay  —  In 2010, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN went to court to try and force Ziggo, the largest ISP in the Netherlands, to implement a DNS and IP address block of The Pirate Bay.  —  To help avoid a damaging legal precedent, Ziggo was joined in the case by rival ISP XS4ALL.
Discussion: DSLreports, Reuters and The Next Web
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Adobe Reader updates to support e-signatures inside PDFs  —  Popular PDF viewing application Adobe Reader just got infinitely more functional for business users, with one of its most significant feature updates in years.  —  Adobe has released a new version of Reader with native EchoSign integration …
Want China Times:
Indignant workers threaten suicide at Foxconn park in Wuhan  —  About 300 Foxconn employees threatened to kill themselves on Jan. 2 after being denied compensation they were promised by the company.  (Internet Photo)  —  According to the Chinese anti-government website China Jasmine Revolution …
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
@ CES: Apple Is Scouting The Competition  —  Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) famously avoids the biggest event on the tech industry calendar, and given the traffic on Paradise Road this morning you can't exactly blame them.  But that doesn't mean Apple isn't scouting the competition in person at CES 2012.
 
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Sues Gome, Buynow Over Pirated Software in China
Discussion: ZDNet, Financial Times and ITProPortal
Kristen Gil / Think Quarterly:
Start-Up Speed  —  It's been a few years since Google …
Discussion: Business Insider
Bonnie Eslinger / Mercury News:
Facebook gets a big like from dozens of speakers at Menlo Park hearing on expansion plans
Jeffb / Nielsen Wire:
Consumer Electronics Websites: Microsoft is Most Visited, but Apple has Longest Time Spent
Discussion: WebProNews and Electronista
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Samsung outs new Chromebooks, Chromebox for April ship
Discussion: Engadget and Liliputing
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Paypal's mobile payments growing exponentially, reached near $4B in 2011
Paul Miller / The Verge:
T-Mobile Bobsled adds free calling for iOS and Android, expands group messaging
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Amazon the first UltraViolet retail partner; Samsung offering disc-to-digital on 2012 Blu-Ray players
Discussion: Bloomberg, Gizmodo and PC Magazine
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Google Maps game coming to Google+ [Video]
Discussion: Marketing Land and Mashable!
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
Tablets: What Amazon and Apple know that all the CES tablet peddlers are still missing