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11:45 AM ET, January 19, 2012

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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple announces new iPad textbook experience with iBooks 2  —  On Thursday, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller took the stage to talk about education, and announced Apple's ambitious plan to reinvent the textbook.  That plan includes iBooks 2, which Schiller called a “new textbook experience for the iPad.”
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple: 20,000 Education iPad Apps Developed; 1.5 Million Devices In Use At Schools  —  At Apple's education event today, the company revealed a number of compelling stats regarding iPad use in the education and learning space.  Apple's SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller announced …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Apple announces free iBooks Author app for OS X for publishing books to the App Store  —  We're here at Apple's education-themed event at the Guggenheim museum in New York City, and Phil Schiller's just introduced iBooks Author, an OS X program for producing books including — yes — educational texts.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple's new iBook textbooks start at $14.99 or less from partners Pearson, McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and DK Publishing  —  Apple has officially unveiled their entrance into textbooks with the new iBooks 2 app and iBooks Author e-book authoring tool.
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple to help “reinvent the curriculum” with new iTunes U  —  Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue announced a revamp of iTunes U on Thursday, designed to help teachers create full online courses instead of just creating videos or lectures.  The new iTunes U will have its own app, which is similar to iBooks.
Carl Sjogreen / Facebook Blog:
Introducing New Apps for Timeline  —  New timeline apps are now available from Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest, Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot, TripAdvisor, and others.  You can now enhance your timeline with apps that help you tell your story, whether you love to cook, eat, travel, run, or review movies.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Most Interesting Uses of Facebook's New Open Graph  —  As I told you yesterday would happen, and as had been expected for a while, Facebook tonight added tools to help more than 60 food, fashion, fitness, travel and other applications share users' activity to Facebook more smoothly, precisely and automatically.
Discussion: eWeek, CNET and Lifestream Blog
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed  —  Members of the Senate are rushing for the exits in the wake of the Internet's unprecedented protest of the Protect IP Act (PIPA).  At least 13 members of the upper chamber announced their opposition on Wednesday.
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Brian X. Chen / Bits:
How Wikipedia Turned Off the Lights
Discussion: New York Times, Thanks:bxchen
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Not a Kodak Moment: Legendary Camera Maker Files for Bankruptcy Protection  —  Struggling camera maker Kodak said on Wednesday night that it has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.  —  The move, which had been expected, follows years of struggle by the film giant to transition to a digital imaging company.
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Could Instagram Come To Windows Phone Before Android?  —  Instagram is one of the most popular apps on the iPhone.  The photo-sharing service, which lets users snap pictures and spruce them up with one-click filters, has rocketed to 15 million users, and was recently named iPhone app of the year by Apple.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Handset maker: Windows Phone OS costs $23-plus per copy?  —  Summary: Is Microsoft charging some of its phone OEMs between $23 and $31 per copy to license its Windows Phone OS?  —  There's a report on TrustedReviews.com that quotes an official with Windows Phone OEM ZTE as saying the company …
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Amazon Kindle Fire: More Profitable Than Expected?  —  The Amazon Kindle Fire might be a more profitable product than you think.  —  RBC Capital analyst Ross Sandler reached that conclusion in a research note this morning, after he assessed the results of a proprietary survey of 216 Kindle Fire owners.
Michael Hastings / Rolling Stone:
Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  Under house arrest in England, the WikiLeaks founder opens up about his battle with the ‘Times,’ his stint in solitary and the future of journalism  —  It's a few days before Christmas, and Julian Assange has just finished moving to a new hide-out deep in the English countryside.
Electronista:
New fast Fourier math could give image compression 10X boost  —  MIT develops new Fourier algorithm for image tech  —  MIT researchers have put forward a paper for a new approach to fast Fourier transform math that could provide a major lift to image compression and other signal processing technology.
Discussion: PhysOrg.com
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
GM augmented reality window prototype will entertain you, make your back hurt  —  Sure, we knew Samsung's windows were getting smarter, but now your car windows may be joining in as well.  GM asked students at Israel's Bezalel Academy of Art and Design to come up with apps that could be used …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
eBay's John Donahoe Literally Starts Hammering Out the Plan for Mobile Payments  —  John Donahoe has a hammer, and he's not afraid to use it.  —  The yellow hammer, which the eBay CEO purchased at Home Depot using PayPal, signals that the company's plans for entering the mobile payments business has entered the construction phase.
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Whited00r Puts iOS 5 on iPhone 2G, iPod Touch 1G  —  Give new life to your aging iOS devices with Whited00r  —  Still using a first-gen iPod Touch or a second-generation iPhone?  Sick of all the multi-tasking, home-screen folders and faster performance of all those iOS versions you can't run on your …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Zynga buys four mobile gaming companies  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc said it bought four small mobile game companies for an undisclosed sum as the top maker of Facebook games seeks to expand its lineup on smartphones and tablets.  —  The company's top mobile executive David Ko told Reuters …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Wolfram unveils interactive education portal on eve of Apple NYC event  —  On the eve of Apple's education-related event in New York City, Wolfram has launched an education portal that features an interactive textbook, dynamic teaching tools and lesson plans.
Basil Katz / Reuters:
Man charged with stealing software from NY Fed  —  (Reuters) - Prosecutors charged a computer programmer with stealing software code valued at nearly $10 million from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  —  They charged Bo Zhang, who worked as a contract programmer at the bank …
Discussion: TechEye and CNET
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
As Weak Q4 Earnings Loom, Yahoo Freezes Hiring and Also Contemplates Layoffs  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo has instituted a hiring freeze across the company and is contemplating a reduction-in-force in support units of the company.  —  While the details of any layoffs …
Discussion: The Tech Trade
Reuters:
News Corp pays out over hacking claims, said to admit coverup  —  (Reuters) - The British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp looks set to settle at great expense a string of legal claims after admitting wide-scale phone hacking that was both known about and concealed by senior management.
 
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
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Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
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Discussion: Fast Company