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3:30 PM ET, January 21, 2012

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Megaupload Details Raise Significant Concerns About What DOJ Considers Evidence Of Criminal Behavior  —  Yesterday I wrote up a first reaction to the Megaupload case.  Having spent some more time going through the indictment in much greater detail, I have some more thoughts and concerns.
Discussion: Pulse2, VentureBeat and GigaOM
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Inside Megaupload's Megamind: Kim Dotcom's Playboy Bunnies, Russian Nuclear Vessels, And Private War On Terror  —  In the Wild, Wild West-era of digital media, there is no cowboy quite like Kim Dotcom.  Part Sean Parker, part Kevin Mitnick, with a whiff of Notorious B.I.G. …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Explainer: How can the US seize a “Hong Kong site” like Megaupload?
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Love online: 100,000 Grindr users exposed in hack attack  —  The Grindr app, left, and founder Joel Simkhai's profile.  —  A popular “meat-market” smartphone app that spawned a sexual revolution in Australia's gay community has been compromised by a Sydney hacker, potentially exposing …
Rocky Agrawal / VentureBeat:
This post on Google+ statistics is a billion* times better than any other post  —  In Thursday's Google earnings call, CEO Larry Page told the world that the company's fledgling social network, Google+ has reached 90 million registered users.  He went on to say that, “Over 60 percent …
Discussion: VentureBeat and reDesign, Thanks:@theromit
New York Times:
Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class  —  When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley's top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president.  —  But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke, President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own …
Discussion: Fortune, New York Times and 9to5Mac
Clay Shirky:
Pick up the pitchforks: David Pogue underestimates Hollywood  —  Writing in his blog on the New York Times yesterday, David Pogue, one of the Times' tech columnists, advises toning down the alarmist rhetoric over SOPA, suggesting that opponents of the bill (and its Senate cousin PIPA) should Put Down the Pitchforks.
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Y Combinator:
RFS 9: Kill Hollywood  —  Hollywood appears to have peaked.  If it were an ordinary industry (film cameras, say, or typewriters), it could look forward to a couple decades of peaceful decline.  But this is not an ordinary industry.  The people who run it are so mean and so politically connected …
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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Killing Hollywood Will Require Learning Hollywood's Game
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Investment Firm Y Combinator Goes on Offensive Against Hollywood
Antoine Leblond / MSDN Blogs:
Designing the Windows Store user experience … When we set out to design the Windows Store, we had a number of design goals and principles that guided us to our final experience.  The fundamental building block of our Store design was to ensure that people could easily discover and quickly acquire apps.
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Android App Inventor Open Sourced, Code Released  —  Last year, Google decided to shutter Google Labs, a place where a number of incredibly wonderful experimental projects lived.  Among the projects that got the ax was one of my favorites: Google's Android App Inventor.
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon setting up first “fulfillment center” in India  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is setting up its first “fulfillment center” in India as the world's largest Internet retailer tries to break into the world's second most-populous nation.  —  Fulfillment centers are giant warehouses …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Google To Close Social Graph API, Not OpenSocial  —  A cool way of seeing how pages are interconnected socially is being shut down.  Google says its Social Graph API is being retired.  —  Social Graph API Closes In April  —  The news came in a blog post today:
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google to Shut Down Picnik, Social Graph API and Urchin, Open-Sourcing Sky Map
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Engineering Windows 8 for mobile networks … People want similar mobility on their PCs as they get on their smartphones.  —  It is unlikely that your end goal is just to get connected to the Internet.  Instead, connecting to the Internet is a step (or a hurdle) towards what you really want to do …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On the Proprietary Nature of the iBooks Author File Format  —  Daniel Glazman, co-chairman of the W3C CSS Working Group, has a detailed technical analysis of the iBooks Author file format: … He thinks these nonstandard extensions are a strategic mistake on Apple's part:
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Buys Social Shopping Platform Mertado To Bolster Groupon Goods
Discussion: AllThingsD, CNET and silicontap.com
Kori Schulman / White House.gov Blog:
The White House Joins Google+
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Foxconn Responds To CEO's “Employees Are Animals” Comment