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9:50 AM ET, January 17, 2012

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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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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple working with McGraw-Hill on education announcement slated for Jan.19 at Guggenheim
Discussion: BGR and Wall Street Journal
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  —  Jobs and Forstall.  Source: AppLecture.com  —  He's young (43).  Comfortable on stage (played Sweeney Todd in high school).
Discussion: MacRumors, CNET, 9to5Mac and Business Insider, Thanks:philiped
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 …
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
OK, Gawker, We'll Engage in Your Link Bait for Just One Post  —  The water cooler chatter from early this morning in PandoDaily's virtual offices (aka email):  —  Sarah: “We don't want to reference ‘accusers’ before we have them.”  —  Trevor: “Well by the afternoon, we will have them!”
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Tech Industry Buys Itself a Mouthpiece
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 …
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 …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows 8's locked bootloaders: much ado about nothing, or the end of the world as we know it?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Troubling Google Contractor Allegedly Caught Vandalizing Open Street Map  —  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 …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Building the next generation file system for Windows: ReFS … In this blog post I'd like to talk about a new file system for Windows.  This file system, which we call ReFS, has been designed from the ground up to meet a broad set of customer requirements, both today's and tomorrow's …
Ben Grubb / The Age:
Aussie wunderkind gets $US250k for technology that could revolutionise web  —  He is 16, an Australian living in London and recently scored $US250,000 in investment from a billionaire for a technology that could change the way we read emails, news articles or any other text on our computers.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Wikipedia founder defends blackout  —  Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, has defended the decision to blackout the website tomorrow despite criticism from Twitter's chief executive.  —  The digital encyclopaedia will voluntarily shut down for 24 hours tomorrow in a protest against internet piracy laws in the United States.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter's Dick Costolo calls Wikipedia's SOPA blackout ‘foolish’
Ian Paul / PC World:
Log into Gmail on a PC via Your Smartphone  —  Google recently introduced a fun (and more secure) way to log into your Google account from a public terminal without entering your password into the PC, and instead using your smartphone and a QR code.  —  The method is similar to how Google sets …
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google: That QR Login Page is Just an Experiment, “We're Already Working on Something Better”
Discussion: Softpedia News and ZDNet
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung Group plans record $41 billion investment in 2012  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Group, which includes Samsung Electronics Co, said on Tuesday it is raising its 2012 investment to a record $41.4 billion, underscoring the widening gulf between the dominant South Korean conglomerate and its faltering competitors.
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Why UltraViolet Produced More Questions Than Answers At CES  —  The UltraViolet initiative left the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week with an important new retail channel in Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), a new marketing partnership to launch an upcoming ad blitz, and some splashy …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former First Round Capital VC Charlie O'Donnell Launches New Brooklyn-Based Venture Firm  —  A new venture firm is launching in Silicon Alley today.  VC Charlie O'Donnell, who has worked as at both First Round Capital and Union Square Ventures, is launching his own venture firm today, New York-based Brooklyn Bridge Ventures.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
America's first Nokia Windows Phone already free on contract  —  Nokia's first Windows Phone-powered smartphone to launch in the United States is already available for free on contract.  Nokia and T-Mobile unveiled the Nokia Lumia 710 last month and confirmed that while the handset is certainly …
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Even Woz Thinks the Android Bests the iPhone  —  Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak still loves his iPhone, but says in some ways, Android has leapt ahead.  Wow.  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs hated the Android smartphone operating system so much that he vowed he would spend his last dying breath …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
What Might A Facebook Search Engine Look Like?  —  (image) Dialing in from the department of Pure Speculation...  As we all attempt to digest the implications of last week's Google+ integration, I've also be thinking about Facebook's next moves.  There's been plenty of speculation in the past …
Discussion: Techland and Business Insider
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 …
 
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Bloomberg:
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Cornelius Rahn / Bloomberg:
Europe Seeks to Prevent U.S. Dominating Cloud
Discussion: GigaOM
Dan Munro / Forbes:
Healthcare Delivers Technical Knockout at CES
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former CBS Interactive Head Neil Ashe to Lead Wal-Mart's Global Online Commerce Biz
Discussion: GeekWire, Reuters and paidContent
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
The Year Of The Dumb And Dumber, Sub-$100 Smartphone - 500 Million Of Them
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Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Zynga Chief Talks IPO, Lessons Learned
Discussion: Joystiq
Alicia Eler / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Why Do People Use Facebook?
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone apps: does quantity equal success?
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Digital Trends, Thanks:timan25
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
CBS Opens Sports Site to Fantasy App Makers
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Uh-oh, PC: Half of computing device sales are mobile
Discussion: Appolicious Advisor
John P. Mello Jr. / PC World:
Maker of Steve Jobs Action Figure Kills Project
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Samsung and Apple looking at new waterproof smartphone tech