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5:50 PM ET, January 22, 2012

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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 …
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
NYTimes: Why Apple builds its products in China  —  The NY Times just published an absolutely fascinating piece on Apple and why it builds almost all of its stuff in China.  Go read it.  Clearly some of our politicians could learn a lot from it.  —  The short of it is that companies …
Discussion: Business Insider
Fred Wilson / A VC:
A Post PIPA Post  —  On my way from a breakfast meeting to the office yesterday I got a phone call on my cell phone with a 202 area code on it.  I picked up the call and on the other end of the line was someone in Congress who I've known for a decade or more.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren't Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought  —  Reinforcing the fact that Chris Dodd really does not get what's happening, and showing just how disgustingly corrupt the MPAA relationship is with politicians, Chris Dodd went on Fox News …
Joel Spolsky / Google+:
Two things about SOPA/PIPA and then I'll shut up :)
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
The Uphill Battle Of Social Event Sharing: A Post-Mortem for Plancast  —  Editor's note: Mark Hendrickson is the founder and CEO of Plancast, a social site for planning events, which he has decided to stop working on full-time.  In this guest post, Hendrickson takes us through a detailed analysis …
Chester Yung / Wall Street Journal:
Hong Kong Freezes Megaupload Assets  —  HONG KONG—In an enforcement action Friday, Hong Kong Customs froze more than 300 million Hong Kong dollars (US$39 million) in assets held by the popular file-sharing site Megaupload.com, which was shut down by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Thursday.
Discussion: CNET and HK Customs
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Megaupload Details Raise Significant Concerns About What DOJ Considers Evidence Of Criminal Behavior
Discussion: TechSpot, New York Times and Pulse2
Reuters:
Europe to issue tough new data-protection rules soon  —  (Reuters) - The European Union will propose tough new rules in the coming days on how corporations handle Internet users' personal data, a long-awaited move that could have far-reaching implications for Web giants such as Google Inc and Facebook.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Uploaded.to Blocks US Visitors After MegaUpload Shutdown  —  Uploaded.to, one of the most popular file-hosting sites in the Internet, has closed its doors to US visitors.  The move is most likely a response to the FBI crackdown on MegaUpload two days ago.  US visitors of Uploaded.to currently get the following message.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Just Incentivized Every College Kid To Get An iPad.  As For High Schoolers...  As I watched Apple's iBooks event in New York City last week, my mind began to race about the ramifications of such announcements.  Everyone had a pretty good idea for weeks (or months if you read the Steve Jobs biography) …
Discussion: MacStories, Macworld and InvestorPlace
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Are there too many gadget choices?  —  At CES last week, I took to one of the many stages upstairs inside the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center for a panel dubbed “Argue The Future.”  Joining me for the discussion was our site's managing editor Nilay Patel, alongside representatives from HTC, Samsung Mobile, and Microsoft.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DLD 2012 - @Jack Dorsey: “Twitter Has A Business Model That Works”  —  Earlier this fine Sunday afternoon, Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey took the stage at the DLD Conference, the annual pre-Davos meeting of minds held in Munich, Germany.  —  In an interview with not one but two journalists …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: Tech Valuations Defy the Restraints of Reality  —  On a recent Thursday night I stood motionless and perplexed on the dance floor of a local club.  As I looked around, 300 or so people danced and darted back and forth to a free open bar while laser lights shot overhead.
 
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