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3:30 PM ET, January 19, 2012

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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
Apple Unveils All-New iTunes U App for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch  —  Entire Courses from Top Universities Now Available in One App  —  Apple® today announced an all-new iTunes® U app, giving educators and students everything they need on their iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch® to teach and take entire courses.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple's New Math.  Or: Why A $15 E-Book Equals a $75 Paper Book.  —  McGraw-Hill normally sells high-school textbooks for $75 a pop. Now it says it will sell electronic versions of the same books, via Apple, for $15 apiece.  How can the publisher make that work?
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.”
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 launch at $14.99 or less from partners Pearson, McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and DK Publishing  —  Apple officially unveiled its entrance into textbooks with the new “iBooks 2″ app and “iBooks Author” e-book authoring tool.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Hands-On With iBooks Author: eBook Authoring Made Easy, Not Just for Textbooks
Discussion: Technologizer and PC World
Summify:
Summify Joins The Flock At Twitter!  —  You've probably noticed we've been quiet lately.  Well, we're extremely excited to announce that Summify has been acquired by Twitter!  I know, right?  We can hardly believe it ourselves!  —  Roughly 2 years ago, we moved from Romania to Vancouver …
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Matt Lynley / Business Insider:   Twitter Is Making A Gigantic Move (And Going To War With A Board Member)
The Politico:
On PIPA, Senate in talks to yank search  —  Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) are in discussions to exempt search-result blocking from the PROTECT IP Act, sources confirmed to POLITICO.  —  Kyl made the proposal to Leahy on Wednesday.  The measure is one of the biggest sticking points …
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed
Matt Flegenheimer / Bits:
After Protest, Wikipedia Says 'We're Not Done Yet'
Discussion: Computerworld, BBC and Pocket-lint
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Charges Seven With Online Piracy  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Bureau of Investigation moved against a group of suspected online pirates Thursday, targeting the popular file-sharing website megaupload.com a day after Washington lawmakers were besieged by complaints about legislation designed …
Discussion: GigaOM, Electronista and The Next Web
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The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement
Discussion: Gizmodo and BGR
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Surprising New Figure in the Piracy Wars? Swizz Beatz, Megaupload.com's Secret CEO
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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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Larry Page: Google should be like a family  —  In an exclusive Q&A, Google's co-founder and CEO explains how he built a No. 1 workplace — and why it matters.  —  Google also claimed the top spot on our list in 2007 and 2008 - making it the only three-time champion.
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Jeremy C. Owens / Mercury News:
The opposite of evil: Google named best place to work in America
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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Paul Graham:
A Word to the Resourceful  —  A year ago I noticed a pattern in the least successful startups we'd funded: they all seemed hard to talk to.  It felt as if there was some kind of wall between us.  I could never quite tell if they understood what I was saying.
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.
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: CNET
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Shutters Twitter Widget ‘Tweets’ Because Of ‘Extremely Low Usage’  —  LinkedIn is planning to shut down its Tweets application as of January 31, 2012.  As you may remember, the Tweets application allowed users find and keep track of their LinkedIn connections on Twitter …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple introduces us to Siri, the Killer Patent  —  On October 4, 2011Apple launched the iPhone 4S with Siri, just one day prior to Steve Jobs passing.  Today, the first killer patent application behind Siri was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Discussion: BGR, CNET, AppleInsider and SEO by the Sea
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.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Google CIO Raises $73 Million To Reform Payday Loans With Data-Driven Startup ZestCash  —  ZestCash, a company founded by former Google CIO and VP of engineering Douglas Merrill to legitimize the payday loan industry, has raised $73 million round of funding.
Discussion: VentureBeat, WebProNews and PC World
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU to decide on Google, Motorola Mobility deal Feb 13  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators set on Thursday a new February 13 deadline to decide whether to clear Google's takeover of U.S. handset maker Motorola Mobility after the Internet search engine came forward with new documents to support its case, the EU Commission said.
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Appstores.com Launches An ‘AdSense For Mobile Apps’
Discussion: Business Insider and GigaOM
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Apple iTunes U hands-on (video)
Discussion: The Verge
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla demos MediaStream Processing, audio mixing in Firefox
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Foxconn chairman likens his workforce to animals
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
No More Swiping: Card.io Launches New Consumer App, Developer Tools Which “See” Your Credit Card
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
Reuters:
News Corp pays out over hacking claims, said to admit coverup
 Earlier Items: 
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Adds WebRTC to Chrome for In-browser Voice, Video Chat
Discussion: SlashGear and Softpedia News
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
eBay's John Donahoe Literally Starts Hammering Out the Plan for Mobile Payments
Electronista:
New fast Fourier math could give image compression 10X boost
Discussion: PhysOrg.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Oops - Sony Ericsson Swings To A 207 Million Euro Net Loss In Q4 2011
Basil Katz / Reuters:
Man charged with stealing software from NY Fed
Discussion: VentureBeat and Geekosystem