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1:00 PM ET, January 16, 2012

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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Why I Started PandoDaily  —  Several months ago I became obsessed with a colony of trees in Utah called Pando Trees.  Measuring 43 hectares and weighing 6,000 tons, they're pretty impressive above ground.  But what really matters is what is happening below.  The interconnected root system is the oldest living organism in the world.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sarah Lacy's PandoDaily launches with $2.5 million in funding  —  Sarah Lacy, an author and veteran journalist (most recently with TechCrunch) is launching PandoDaily, a daily technology news blog focused on startups and the startup ecosystem.  The name for the site comes from a colony of trees in Utah called, Pando Trees.
Discussion: AdAge
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Is Facebook IPO on Track for Late May?  —  According to multiple sources, the long anticipated public offering of Facebook is now likely to come in the third week of May.  —  That means that the company must file its IPO documents within the next month, given the review by the Securities …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Why the video pros are moving away from Apple  —  Six months after the launch of Final Cut Pro X (FCPX), Apple's major overhaul to its professional video editing software Final Cut Pro, video pros find themselves increasingly looking at other software options.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Wintel tablet PCs may be priced from US$599-899  —  Wintel-based tablet PCs may see their prices go as high as US$599-899 due to Intel and Microsoft both being unwilling to drop their related hardware and software quotes, and as a result, it could push consumers from wanting to purchase the devices …
Reuters:
Hacker says to release full Norton Antivirus code on Tuesday  —  (Reuters) - A hacker who goes by the name of ‘Yama Tough’ threatened Saturday to release next week the full source code for Symantec Corp's flagship Norton Antivirus software.  “This coming Tuesday behold the full Norton Antivirus 1,7Gb src …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Google calls Murdoch's piracy allegations ‘nonsense’  —  News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch is talking nonsense, according to Google.  —  Murdoch, a Twitter user for only the past several weeks, used the service to unleash a barrage of accusations Saturday night against President Barrack Obama and Google.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
AWS offers free Windows on EC2 (kind of)  —  Amazon will let customers run free micro-instances of Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 on its EC2 service starting now, according to a new post to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) blog.  —  Such try-before-you-buy tactics have helped Amazon win converts …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zappos Suffers Security Breach; Customer Emails And Passwords Affected  —  It appears that Zappos was the victim of a cyber attack today from a hacker who gained access to the company's internal network through the company's servers in Kentucky.  While specifics of the attack were not revealed …
Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
Viruses stole City College of S.F. data for years  —  Personal banking information and other data from perhaps tens of thousands of students, faculty and administrators at City College of San Francisco have been stolen in what is being called “an infestation” of computer viruses with origins …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Lovefilm Adding ABC TV Show Archive In UK Netflix Fight  —  In its war with Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX), Amazon's Lovefilm has licensed U.S. TV shows from ABC (NYSE: DIS) Studios through Disney UK under the “ABC TV On-Demand” VOD brand.  —  That service will be available for no extra charge …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Design Sets Tone at Square, a Mobile Payments Start-Up  —  The headquarters of the start-up Square would be the absolute worst place to play hide-and-seek.  There are no offices.  Executives sit in open cubicles.  All of the conference rooms, large and small, are surrounded by walls of clear glass.
Discussion: Betabeat
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Linux won't be locked out of Windows 8 PCs, but FUD continues  —  Summary: A new draft of Microsoft's Windows 8 hardware certification specs confirms what we already knew: the new Secure Boot feature won't lock out Linux on hundreds of millions of new PCs.  But Linux backers are demanding …
Discussion: OStatic blogs and Ars Technica, Thanks:theromit
DealBook:
Wall Street Jostles to Help Silicon Valley Manage Newfound Wealth  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Sam Odio expected a few congratulatory e-mails when he sold Divvyshot, his online photo-sharing service, to Facebook last April for millions of dollars.  —  Instead, his in-box was flooded with pitches …
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast is the fastest broadband provider in the U.S.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM rolls out new social analytics tools
Discussion: Bits, SiliconANGLE and eWeek
Reuters:
Hackers disrupt Tel Aviv exchange, El Al websites
Discussion: The Next Web
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
A TV Debate on Antipiracy
Discussion: msnbc.com and Business Insider
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Microblogging use in China quadruples in 2011: report
Discussion: paidContent, WebProNews and BBC
Horace Dediu / @asymco:
A second view into the history of personal computing. http://twitpic.com/87nbjj
 Earlier Items: 
Milt Freudenheim / New York Times:
Epic Systems, Digitizing Health Records Before It Was Cool
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Beepl bats off Quora comparisons to launch its smart, social Q&A platform
Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
The TV Business Keeps Getting Stronger !
Mikael Ricknäs / PC World:
Nokia Sells 450 Wireless and Video Patents to Sisvel
Discussion: Techie Buzz and SlashGear
Maddy Savage / BBC:
Twitter feed gives Swedes a new picture
Discussion: WebProNews and Slashdot
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Hulu Plans to Raise Money to Fund Expansion Into Original Shows