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8:00 AM ET, January 11, 2012

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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 …
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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.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Antitrust+?  —  Given my post last night, this will probably sound like piling on.  But I'm sorry, it's the first thing that comes to mind.  I don't see how it can't.  —  How on Earth is Google going to avoid antitrust inquiries with their new Search+ features announced today?
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.
Discussion: The Register and ces.cnet.com
Google+:
We are a bit surprised by Twitter's comments about Search plus …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Results Get More Personal With “Search Plus Your World”
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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Agam Shah / PC World:
Dell Announces XPS 13, Its First Ultrabook  —  Dell on Tuesday announced its first ultrabook, the XPS 13, making some noise amid a smaller presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas compared to previous years.  —  The laptop looks much like Apple's MacBook Air, has a 13-inch screen and weighs 2.99 pounds (1.35 kilograms).
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
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 …
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 …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Rolling Out News Feed Ads Ambiguously Marked “Featured”
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: NBC Bay Area and Computerworld
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.
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: Mobilized and AllThingsD
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Windows 8 pre-beta hands-on video and pictures  —  Microsoft is well on its way to providing a public beta copy of Windows 8, and we got an early hands-on with a pre-beta version of the operating system today.  Windows 8 build 8175 is on show at CES 2012, and Microsoft is demonstrating …
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.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Samsung outs new Chromebooks, Chromebox for April ship  —  Specs and price are similar to ast models but these are much better looking with a aluminum shells and thinner profile.  —  Perhaps most interesting (and fitting to the mission of Chrome) is the Chrome Box, a Mac Mini-looking ChromeOS device …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Liliputing and Engadget
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Eastman Kodak sues Apple over four and HTC over five digital imaging patents  —  Eastman Kodak keeps trying to force Apple into a license agreement relating to its portfolio of approximately 1,000 digital imaging patents.  It hasn't achieved a breakthrough in an ongoing ITC investigation …
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Beth Jinks / Bloomberg:
Kodak Adjusts Structure Under Faraci, Quatela to Cut Costs
Discussion: The Verge and mocoNews
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 …
 
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Bonnie Eslinger / Mercury News:
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Jeffb / Nielsen Wire:
Consumer Electronics Websites: Microsoft is Most Visited, but Apple has Longest Time Spent
Discussion: Electronista and The Next Web
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Paypal's mobile payments growing exponentially, reached near $4B in 2011
Discussion: Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / The Verge:
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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, PC Magazine and Gizmodo
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Google Maps game coming to Google+ [Video]
Discussion: Marketing Land and Mashable!
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Reddit to Black Itself Out Next Week in Protest of SOPA
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
Tablets: What Amazon and Apple know that all the CES tablet peddlers are still missing
Stephen Wolfram Blog:
A .data Top-Level Internet Domain?
Discussion: TechCrunch