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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.”
Dan Wineman / venomous porridge:
The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA  —  Apple just released iBooks Author, a free Mac app for creating digital books for the new version of iBooks.  I haven't played with it much, but so far it looks like a very good tool.  However, a curious thing happens when you go to export your work in iBooks format:
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple's new iBook textbooks launch at $14.99 or less from partners Pearson, McGraw Hill …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Apple announces free iBooks Author app for OS X for publishing books to the App Store
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Hands-On With iBooks Author: eBook Authoring Made Easy, Not Just for Textbooks
Discussion: Gizmodo and Technologizer
The United States Department of Justice:
Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement  —  WASHINGTON - Seven individuals and two corporations have been charged in the United States with running an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy …
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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 …
Billboard:
Swizz Beatz's Resume: The History of a Multi-Tasker  —  In today's fluid economy it's not uncommon to have a second job.  A third, fourth, or fifth job though, is something special.  And when you're super-producer Swizz Beatz and you have a baker's dozen jobs at once, it's frankly less …
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Surprising New Figure in the Piracy Wars? Swizz Beatz, Megaupload.com's Secret CEO
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)
Google Investor Relations:
Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.  —  “Google had a really strong quarter ending a great year.  Full year revenue was up 29% …
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Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
Google earnings rise 6%, but miss targets
Discussion: Bloomberg
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Reports Record Revenue: Up 5% To $20.9B, Earnings At $0.78 Per Share  —  Microsoft just reported its second quarter 2012 earnings with revenues of $20.9 billion, an 5% increase from the same period of the prior year.  Microsoft's operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share …
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Profit Tops Estimates on Xbox, Demand
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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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 …
Discussion: GamePolitics blogs
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
SOPA protest by the numbers: 162M pageviews, 7 million signatures
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IBM's Q4 Revenue Up 2 Percent To $29.5B; Net Income Up 4 Percent To $5.5B  —  IBM just released fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 earnings today.  Non-GAAP earnings came in at $4.71, up 11 percent; GAAP earnings per share were $4.62 per share (up 11 percent) for the quarter.
Bloomberg:
Apple Seeks ‘Clarifying Language’ on Patents in Kodak Loan  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) asked a bankruptcy court to attach “clarifying language” to any order approving financing for Eastman Kodak Co.  —  Apple said in a filing today the order should indicate that no security interests or liens …
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Not a Kodak Moment: Legendary Camera Maker Files for Bankruptcy Protection
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Bing Maps to get Nokia branding on all devices - including rivals'  —  Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, has told Pocket-lint that we shall soon be seeing the Nokia brand name within other devices and not just the company's own phones.  —  “You'll starting seeing the word ‘Nokia’ on a map …
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.
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.
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.
 
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Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Exclusive: Xbox Live games coming to other platforms
Intel:
Intel Reports Record Year
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Deepens Push Into Online Display Ads
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Appstores.com Launches An ‘AdSense For Mobile Apps’
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Apple iTunes U hands-on (video)
Discussion: The Verge
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Shutters Twitter Widget ‘Tweets’ Because Of ‘Extremely Low Usage’
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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
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Google CIO Raises $73 Million To Reform Payday Loans With Data-Driven Startup ZestCash
Discussion: VentureBeat, PC World and WebProNews
eMarketer:
US Online Advertising Spending to Surpass Print in 2012
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
As Weak Q4 Earnings Loom, Yahoo Freezes Hiring and Also Contemplates Layoffs
Discussion: CNET and TechSpot
Electronista:
New fast Fourier math could give image compression 10X boost
Discussion: The Register and PhysOrg.com
Michael Hastings / Rolling Stone:
Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview