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5:50 AM ET, January 23, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
RIM CEOs to Give Up Top Posts in Shuffle  —  WATERLOO, Ontario—After 20 years together at the helm of Research In Motion Ltd., Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, the company's co-chief executives, said they planned to turn over the top job early Monday to a little-known company insider as part of a board and management shuffle.
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
RIM: Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis step down, co-COO Thorsten Heins is the new CEO  —  It looks like the shake up everybody has been expecting at RIM has finally come to pass.  Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis have each stepped down from their co-CEO positions amid growing turmoil …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
RIM's new CEO isn't the shakeup it needed  —  For a brief moment, I had hopes that RIM had made a move that would unseat it from the funk it's been sitting in for years.  And then I watched the introductory video of newly-appointed CEO Thorsten Heins.  Anyone who assumes that a simple CEO swap …
Discussion: Gizmodo, YouTube and VentureBeat
Iain Marlow / Globe and Mail:
At Research In Motion, a new CEO vows to silence the doomsayers
Doug Alexander / Bloomberg:   Former Exchange Chief Stymiest Takes Helm at RIM in Shakeup
Electronista:
Megaupload CEO asks bail, loses US lawyer, sees more arrests  —  Megaupload saw its troubles expand on Sunday in multiple directions.  The file upload service's founder Kim Dotcom pressed for bail in a New Zealand court.  In a Reuters account, his attorney argued both that he had done nothing wrong …
Discussion: TorrentFreak, PC World and Bloomberg
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Filesonic Kills File-Sharing Service After MegaUpload Arrests  —  To users of systems like BitTorrent, file-sharing means just that - the sharing of files with others.  But this weekend users of Filesonic, one of the Internet's leading cyberlocker services, sharing files is currently a thing of the past.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
MediaFire CEO: Unlike Megaupload, our business model isn't built on piracy
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 …
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.
Niklas Magnusson / Bloomberg:
Daimler Acquires 15% of MyTaxi App for Clicking to Hail a Cab  —  Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) — Daimler AG, Germany's third-largest carmaker, bought a 15 percent stake in MyTaxi, a provider of an application that allows people to order a taxi with a click on an iPhone or Android device.
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Developer Is Building An App Store For Banned Android Apps  —  An Android developer by the name of Koushik Dutta is building an alternative Android app store which will house the apps that have been banned from Google's official Android Market.  These will include the custom ROMs …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Tumblr now reaches 120M people each month  —  Tumblr's quirky blogging platform and community network reaches 120 million people every month, founder and CEO David Karp disclosed at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich Monday.  —  Karp, citing the startup's latest Quantcast figures …
Discussion: AllThingsD and The Next Web
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Tablet and E-Reader Sales Soar  —  There was no must-have toy of Christmas 2011 — for youngsters, anyway.  —  For adults, tablet computers and e-readers were the gifts of choice, judging by a new report that indicates the number of adults in the United States who own tablets …
 
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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
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