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5:15 PM ET, January 17, 2012

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Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Google will protest SOPA using popular home page  —  Google, the Web's top search company and of technology's most influential powers in Washington, will post a link on the company's home page tomorrow to notify users of the company's opposition to controversial antipiracy bills being debated in Congress.
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House Judiciary Committee:
Stop Online Piracy Act Markup to Resume in February  —  Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today said that he expects the Committee to continue its markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act in February.  —  Chairman Smith: “To enact legislation that protects consumers …
Politico Pro:
SOPA protest nears zero hour  —  Internet companies and activists are hoping to join the Arab Spring and other online democracy movements by taking an estimated 7,000 websites offline Wednesday to send a message to Washington: Don't pass a pair of anti-piracy bills.
Tony Romm / Politico:
On SOPA and PIPA, MPAA and Chamber strike conciliatory note
Discussion: Geekosystem
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Research In Motion pushing for sale to Samsung  —  Research In Motion is currently weighing every single option it can think of in an effort to reverse a negative trend that is approaching a boiling point for investors.  Reports that RIM is currently in talks to license its software …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple to announce tools, platform to “digitally destroy” textbook publishing  —  Apple is slated to announce the fruits of its labor on improving the use of technology in education at its special media event on Thursday, January 19.  While speculation has so far centered on digital textbooks …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's education event is getting seriously over-hyped  —  The goal is to sell more iPads to schools, not to destroy the textbook industry  —  “This whole event is being blown out of proportion.”  —  That's a former Apple (AAPL) executive talking about the media drumroll …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Digits
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Scott Forstall is Apple's ‘CEO-in-waiting’ says new book  —  The senior VP's chief weakness, writes Fortune's Adam Lashinsky, is his naked ambition He's young (43).  Comfortable on stage (played Sweeney Todd in high school).  Has serious nerd credentials (Stanford, NeXT).
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook Open Graph Actions Are Coming This Wednesday  —  Facebook will on Wednesday launch the Open Graph applications it first debuted last September, sources told AllThingsD.  These are the apps made by outside developers that “frictionlessly” and continuously share users' actions …
Eytan Bakshy / Facebook:
Rethinking Information Diversity in Networks  —  How do your friends shape the information you see and read online?  Social networking technologies like Facebook let us connect to hundreds, even thousands of people — and have fundamentally changed how people get their information.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Is Totally Not an Echo Chamber, Says Facebook
Discussion: TechCrunch
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
Apple Files German Design Lawsuit Against Ten Samsung Smartphone Models  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) filed another suit in Germany, seeking to ban sales of Samsung Electronics (005930) Co.'s smartphone models, including the Galaxy S Plus and the S II.  —  The suit targeting 10 smartphones was filed …
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Chris Parsons / iMore:
iPad 3 code names and Facebook mentions found in iOS 5.1 beta 3  —  Deep within iOS 5.1 beta 3 are mentions to two next-generation iPad 3 code names, J1AP and J2AP, as well as ongoing references to Facebook.  While digging through firmware code is not a sure fire way of finding out exactly Apple is up to …
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Electronista:
iPad 3 display shipments may top 7m by launch, 10m after
Rafael Rivera / Within Windows:
Windows 8 Secrets: PC and Device Requirements  —  Last month, Microsoft released its hardware requirement documentation for Windows 8 logo certification.  This documentation contains Microsoft's guidelines for designing systems which successfully meet Windows performance, quality …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Amazon to Launch Cloud Search Service, Possibly Tomorrow  —  The genius of Amazon reminds me of the honeypot Winnie-the-Pooh gets stuck in.  They give such enticing value, that you can't resist sticking a paw in.  And then they keep giving more value.  Another paw.  Then a foot.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Sprint removing Carrier IQ starting this month, confirms HTC  —  Android Authority had reported yesterday that Sprint's HTC EVO 3D was getting a new firmware update that wiped Carrier IQ's software off the device, following up on a promise that the company had made in December to start disabling it across the lineup.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Secondary iPhone Market a Boon for AT&T, Verizon — and Apple, Too  —  Where do old iPhones go to die?  —  Some are thrown away.  Others are forgotten.  Still others are passed on to children and become iPods.  But many find a new life with a new owner.
Discussion: MacRumors, TUAW and Electronista
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Announces Resignation of Jerry Yang  —  Yahoo! Inc. YHOO -0.32% , the premier digital media company, today announced that Jerry Yang has resigned from its Board of Directors and all other positions with the company, effective today.  In addition, Yang resigned from the Boards …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Troubling Google Contractor Allegedly Caught Vandalizing Open Street Map (Updated)  —  The official blog of Open Street Map reports tonight that someone at a range of Google IP addresses in India has been editing the collaboratively made map of the world in some very unhelpful ways …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes Match Launches in 19 New Countries: Latin America, Baltics, Netherlands  —  Earlier today, we noted that iTunes Match had begun going live in Netherlands, following last week's news of an agreement between Apple and Dutch copyright oversight group Buma/Stemra.
Riva Richmond / New York Times:
Koobface Gang That Spread Worm on Facebook Operates in the Open  —  Five men believed to be responsible for spreading a notorious computer worm on Facebook and other social networks — and pocketing several million dollars from online schemes — are hiding in plain sight in St. Petersburg …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Paul Allen-backed Audience files for $75 million IPO  —  Audience, an audio software company backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has filed to raise $75 million in an initial public offering.  The Mountain View, California company claims to have created the “world's most intelligent voice processor …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD to launch ultrabook platform with lower cost  —  As Intel is ready to launch its next-generation Ivy Bridge platform for ultrabooks in April, hoping to bring down the average price of ultrabooks to US$799-999 with enhanced performance, AMD is also set to launch its Trinity-based platform …
Jack Kent / iSuppli®:
In-App Purchases Will Dominate the Smartphone App Business  —  What's the best way to make money in the smartphone apps market?  —  Surprisingly, the answer is to give away apps for free—and to generate revenue on subsequent sales of in-app purchases.  —  In-app purchases will rise …
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Netflix Hit With Class Action Suit By Angry Investors  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) has been hit with a class-action suit by a group of disgruntled investors who claim the online movie-rental chain withheld information from them prior to its steep stock-price plunge over the late summer and fall.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
AT&T throttling is a death sentence (Video)  —  AT&T and other major carriers in the United States recently instituted data throttling and began limiting network speeds for the top 5 percent of data-hungry users.  Carriers around the world tend to hide data throttling in fine print …
 
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
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Haaretz:
Cyber attack against Israeli websites used local computers, security expert says
Discussion: The Next Web and TG Daily
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Reuters Launches Web TV Channel, Bringing 10 New & Original Shows To YouTube
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
After Prescient Pivot, Aviary Tools Now Seeing 10 Million Photos A Month
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and Betabeat
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