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8:15 AM ET, January 15, 2012

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Macon Phillips / White House.gov Blog:
Obama Administration Responds to We the People Petitions on SOPA and Online Piracy  —  The White House has responded to two petitions about legislative approaches to combat online piracy.  In their response, Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at Office of Management and Budget …
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Tim O'Reilly / Google+:
I was pleased to see the measured tone of the White House response to the citizen petition about #SOPA and #PIPA  —  https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/ petitions#/!  /response/combating-online-piracy- while-protecting-open-and-innovative- internet  —  and yet I found myself profoundly disturbed …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Pirates!  Rupert Murdoch Rails About Obama, Google, and Silicon Valley  —  On Friday, Rupert Murdoch and his top executives gathered for a day-long private confab in Las Vegas to think big thoughts about digital stuff.  I'm guessing there wasn't a session entitled “How Great is Google?”.
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
Last saturday i woke up mad - a #BlackoutSOPA origin story  —  Last saturday i read that news networks were undercovering the SOPA/PIPA debate - in fact there was evidence that the networks owned by SOPA/PIPA supporters were less eager to cover the topic than their independent colleagues.
Discussion: CNET, hypebot and The Huffington Post
Daniel J. Wakin / New York Times:
Ringing Finally Ended, but There's No Button to Stop Shame  —  They were baying for blood in the usually polite precincts of Avery Fisher Hall.  —  The unmistakably jarring sound of an iPhone marimba ring interrupted the soft and spiritual final measures of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 at the New York Philharmonic on Tuesday night.
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Designing “Mute”  —  An iPhone alarm disrupted a Philharmonic performance: … And a lot of people started condemning the iPhone mute-switch behavior, which doesn't mute all sounds all the time.  —  John Gruber defended Apple's implementation.  Andy Ihnatko strongly disagreed and argues for a hard-line …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Robert Scoble / Google+:
What +Hillel Fuld doesn't know about Windows Phone and its chances in the market  —  So Hillel laid out why I'm wrong, in the article on Business Insider linked to below, when it comes to Windows Phone's chances.  —  But, see, he's an observer and hasn't done the hard work.
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Hillel Fuld / Business Insider:
Here's Why Robert Scoble And The Rest Of The Pundits Are Wrong: Windows Phone Will Be A Success  —  This is a guest post from digital marketer Hillel Fuld, you can follow him on Twitter here.  —  You know Microsoft did SOMETHING right when everyone seems to be talking about the Windows Phone platform.
Discussion: Bits, Thanks:hilzfuld
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Our Google+ Conundrum  —  I'm going to add another Saturday morning sketch to this site, and offer a caveat to you all: I've not bounced this idea off many folks, and the seed of it comes from a source who is unreservedly biased about all this.  But I thought this worth airing out, so here you have it.
Discussion: Business Insider, VentureBeat and Forbes, Thanks:steverubel
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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Samsung Merging Its Bada OS With Intel-Backed Tizen Project  —  Samsung said it is working on merging its homegrown “bada” smartphone operating system with Tizen, an operating system project the company is conducting with chipmaker Intel.  —  Samsung is merging its bada smartphone operating system …
Paul Graham:
Schlep Blindness  —  There are great startup ideas lying around unexploited right under our noses.  One reason we don't see them is a phenomenon I call schlep blindness.  Schlep was originally a Yiddish word but has passed into general use in the US.  It means a tedious, unpleasant task.
Peter Walker / Guardian:
‘Piracy’ student loses US extradition battle over copyright infringement  —  TVShack's Richard O'Dwyer faces 10 years in jail for operating website US authorities say hosts links to copyrighted material  —  A judge ruled on Friday that a 23-year-old student can be extradited to the United States …
Discussion: Daily Mail, Reuters, Boing Boing and BBC
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple factory inspections turn up scores of labor violations  —  An addendum discloses for the first time the names of 156 Apple suppliers  —  From Apple's Supplier Responsibility Progress Report  —  Apple's (AAPL) sixth annual “supplier responsibility” report is sure to be closely read by both critics and competitors.
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Apple becomes the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association
 
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