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12:10 AM ET, January 14, 2012

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Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Prepare March IPad 3 Debut With Sharper Screen, Faster Chip  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s next iPad, expected to go sale in March, will sport a high-definition screen, run a faster processor and work with next-generation wireless networks, according to three people familiar with the product.
Stefan Magdalinski / Mocality Kenya:
Google, what were you thinking?  —  I'm very proud of the business that we've created here at Mocality, but I'm especially proud of two things:  — Our crowdsourcing program.  When we started this business, we knew that (unlike in the UK or US, where you can just kickstart your directory business …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Updated: ‘Mortified’ Google To Act On Those Who Poached Rival's Clients  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has “apologised unreservedly” after its Kenyan outfit poached customers from a rival business directory by systematically accessing its database.  —  The CEO of local business directory startup Mocality …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Busted: Google gets caught scraping Kenya's biggest business listings database
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Under voter pressure, members of Congress backpedal (hard) on SOPA  —  The public outcry over the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act seems to have gotten so loud that even members of Congress can hear it.  On Thursday we covered the news that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was expressing second thoughts about SOPA's DNS provisions.
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Wikipedia considering joining SOPA blackout protest  —  A bipartisan coalition in Congress is trying to push through the Stop Online Piracy Act, but a growing number of Web sites—including Wikipedia—appear poised to register strong protest the legislation.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
ITC: Motorola does not violate Apple patents  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Motorola's Droid smartphones do not violate three Apple patents, dealing a blow to Apple's legal offensive against the Android smartphone ecosystem.  —  The ruling is preliminary …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Tim Cook's Email to Apple Staff Regarding Supplier Responsibility Report  —  Earlier today, Apple released its 2012 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report, an annual report that was supplemented for the first time by a public list of over 150 companies that supply components and manufacturing services to the company.
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Apple reveals a list of its suppliers for the first time
Bloomberg:
FTC Said to Expand Antitrust Probe to Add Google+ Service  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is expanding its antitrust probe of Google Inc. (GOOG), the world's most popular search engine, to include scrutiny of its new Google+ social networking service, according to two people familiar with the situation.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Snapshot of the computer market, with and without iPad  —  If tablets are computers, Apple's share of the global market now dwarfs its competitors  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Deutsche Bank  —  Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore came away from this year's Consumer Electronics Show …
Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:
Pinspire, The Hottest New Startup To Completely Rip Off The Hottest New Startup  —  It's no mistake that Pinspire.com is built on the same concept, has the same look, the same color scheme and even the same feel to its cursive logo as the hugely popular social bookmarking site Pinterest.
Discussion: @cdixon, @jason and Business Insider
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Flickr to remove features including Google's Picnik, but promises big things in 2012  —  In a blog post today, Flickr has promised that a big 2012 is in store for its users.  The massive photo sharing community owned by Yahoo! has announced some “New Year's cleaning”, which includes the removal …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Uber car impounded, driver ticketed in city sting  —  The D.C. Taxicab Commission is wasting no time showing Uber, the hybrid taxi-limousine service, who's boss.  An Uber car was impounded and its driver was ticketed this morning as part of a sting operation, said the commission chairman, Ron Linton.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
OnLive Desktop for iPad Now Available on App Store  —  OnLive's virtual Windows 7 / Office app for the iPad has arrived on the App Store.  As we reported earlier this week, OnLive Desktop offers iPad users access to full-featured versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Hands-On With OnLive's Windows 7 iPad App: Nice Tech Demo, Not That Useful Yet
Discussion: GigaOM and GigaOM
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Lumia 900 to be released in March, says Nokia developer newsletter  —  When Microsoft and Nokia announced that the Lumia 900 is coming to AT&T, the best either company would give us for a release date was in “the coming months.”  However, apparently the message that they need to keep things vague …
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Nick Wingfield / Bits:
One on One: Stephen Elop, Nokia Chief
Discussion: Softpedia News
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
New York City gets a Software Engineering High School  —  This fall New York City will open The Academy for Software Engineering, the city's first public high school that will actually train kids to develop software.  The project has been a long time dream of Mike Zamansky …
Discussion: A VC, CNET and adafruit industries blog, Thanks:ampressman
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
After Being Banned, Grooveshark Returns to iOS and Android With HTML5 App  —  Grooveshark may have been booted from both the iTunes App Store and Android Market, but that's not stopping the controversial music streaming startup from forging ahead with its mobile strategy.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
LightSquared Presses for Investigation  —  WASHINGTON—Wireless start-up LightSquared has filed a complaint with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's inspector general asking for an investigation into a member of an industry advisory board that has been critical of the company's network.
Discussion: BGR, The Verge, GigaOM and Computerworld
 
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Reuters:
AVG Technologies files for IPO of up to $125 million
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Survey: 80% Say Social Networks Had No Influence On Holiday Shopping Decisions
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
AMD's Lightning Bolt: Low Cost Thunderbolt Alternative for USB 3.0/DP
Dennis Fisher / threatpost:
Researchers Find Way to Sniff Corporate Email Via BlackBerry PlayBook
Discussion: Electronista and eWeek