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1:15 AM ET, January 18, 2012

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Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Wikipedia, Craigslist, other sites go black in SOPA protest  —  Following through on their threats to shut down for a day over controversial proposed anti-piracy legislation, a coalition of websites including the hugely popular user-generated encyclopedia Wikipedia went black as midnight struck the East Coast.
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House Judiciary Committee:
Stop Online Piracy Act Markup to Resume in February
Yahoo! Inc.:
Yahoo! Announces Resignation of Jerry Yang  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), 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.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Sources: Four More Board Members Will Be Following Yang Out the Door  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is just the first shoe to drop in what is shaping up to be what looks like a large exodus of board members from the Silicon Valley Internet company.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Jerry Yang's Decision to Leave Yahoo Was His Own — Even If It Was Inevitable
Discussion: Business Insider
Reuters:
Samsung says not interested in buying RIM  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co said on Wednesday it was not interested in taking over Research In Motion after shares of the BlackBerry smartphone maker jumped more than 10 percent following a tech blog report that it was seeking to sell itself to the South Korean firm.
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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 …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Turns to iWork Executive for Textbooks  —  As Apple Inc. prepares to unveil a new digital-textbook service on Thursday, the spotlight is falling on its vice president who is leading core aspects of the new service: Roger Rosner.  —  According to people familiar with the matter …
Paul Venezia / InfoWorld:
Fundamental Oracle flaw revealed  —  A design decision made by Oracle architects long ago may have painted some of Oracle's largest customers into a corner.  Patches have arrived, but how much will they correct?  Over the past two months, InfoWorld has been researching a flaw …
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
Zeljka Zorz / Help Net Security:
Hackers steal $6.7 million in bank cyber heist  —  A perfectly planned, coordinated and executed bank robbery was executed during the first three days of the new year in Johannesburg, and left the targeted South African Postbank - part of the nation's Post Office service - with a loss of some $6.7 million.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
For Some Internet Start-Ups, a Failure Is Just the Beginning  —  Every entrepreneur hopes to start the next big thing.  But sometimes the first try doesn't go as planned.  —  Bradford Shellhammer remembers the exact moment he realized his fledgling Web start-up, Fabulis …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why Are Android Smartphones Bigger Than the iPhone?  —  Interesting theory from Jin Kim: … Kim makes a good case that an Android phone with a 3.5-inch display and 300+ pixels per inch resolution would reduce on-screen tap targets (like buttons) and text to an uncomfortably small size.
Discussion: DisplayBlog
Haaretz:
Israeli hackers bring down Saudi, UAE stock exchange websites  —  In fresh round of cyber warfare, Israel hackers, who go by the name IDF-TEAM, retaliate against Saudi attack on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, El Al websites.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone  —  Get Haaretz on Android
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Facebook, Zynga Luring Employees to Hog Bandwidth at Work Hours  —  Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) — Social-network users are hogging more computer-network bandwidth — from the cubicle next door.  —  A growing proportion of the capacity on corporate networks is being taken up by employees actively …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple axes last remaining Mac purchase rebate  —  Apple's promotion that offered a $100 rebate to customers who purchased a Mac and qualifying printer has been discontinued with no alternative incentives announced.  —  In a change to its promotion information webpage on Tuesday …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Developing for BlackBerry 10  —  “If you have a codebase, we're making it easy for you to bring your codebase to the platform.”  —  One of the bigger issues for developers in the wake of the BlackBerry Developer's Conference last October was the massive array of development platforms available on PlayBook and, by extension, BB10.
Royal Pingdom:
Internet 2011 in numbers  —  So what happened with the Internet in 2011?  How many email accounts were there in the world in 2011?  How many websites?  How much did the most expensive domain name cost?  How many photos were hosted on Facebook?  How many videos were viewed to YouTube?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HP appoints Bill Veghte as chief strategy officer, will lead ‘cloud and webOS open source initiatives’  —  Bill Veghte was already having his checks cut by HP (after cutting ties with Microsoft), but now he'll be filling a slightly different corner office.  The company today announced …
Discussion: HP, Reuters and The Register
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Sources: Google contractors fired after vandalizing OpenStreetMap, ‘no connection’ with Mocality incident (updated)  —  OpenStreetMap (OSM) representatives reported yesterday that miscreants originating from a Google IP address in India had extensively vandalized OSM — a Google spokesperson …
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.
Discussion: parislemon
Electronista:
iPhone 4S ship times shrink to 3-5 days  —  iPhone 4S shipping delays contract three months in  —  Apple showed it was just now starting to catch up to iPhone 4S demand on Tuesday after the online Apple Store saw lead times contract.  Having been set back by a week for nearly …
Discussion: The Next Web and iDownloadBlog.com
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Will Windows 8 on ARM be an OEM-only product?  —  Summary: Will Windows 8 on ARM be available only as something preloaded on new tablets and PCs from selected vendors?  We still don't know for sure.  —  All the recent back and forth over Microsoft disallowing the installation …
 
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Chill moves from live chat to social video discovery
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tubefilter
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Discussion: Neowin.net
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Ben Popper / VentureBeat:
Forget Facebook, the IPO market is dying, says SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert
Discussion: @markmilian
John Cook / GeekWire:
Paul Allen-backed Audience files for $75 million IPO
Discussion: VentureBeat
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
AT&T throttling is a death sentence (Video)
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com and MacRumors
Chris Parsons / iMore:
iPad 3 code names and Facebook mentions found in iOS 5.1 beta 3
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Sprint removing Carrier IQ starting this month, confirms HTC
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Secondary iPhone Market a Boon for AT&T, Verizon — and Apple, Too
Discussion: TUAW, Electronista and MacRumors
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
Apple Files German Design Lawsuit Against Ten Samsung Smartphone Models
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Scott Forstall is Apple's ‘CEO-in-waiting’ says new book