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4:10 PM ET, January 25, 2012

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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Foxconn employee tells us that the next iPhone is ready for production, indicates likely summer launch  —  We received word from a reliable source at Foxconn in China that the iPhone 5, as it is currently being called, is now gearing for production.  The source said various sample devices …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T's Q1 2012 roadmap: Nokia Lumia 900 to launch March 18th for $99.99  —  We just received a portion of AT&T's 2012 roadmap from a trusted source, and it looks like AT&T isn't playing around this year.  There are some heavy hitters lined up for the first quarter of 2012 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Massive Numbers And Some Context  —  Simply looking over the numbers, it might be hard to wrap your head around what Apple just announced for their Q1 2012 results.  A company this big is not supposed to be able to nearly double revenue year-to-year.  Nor are they supposed to more than double profit.
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Bloomberg:
Apple 'Didn't Bet High Enough' on China IPhone Demand, Cook Says  —  Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. underestimated the “staggering” demand for the iPhone 4S when it started sales in China this month, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said.  —  “We thought we were betting bold,” …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's blow-out quarter: Once again, the Street blew it
Discussion: parislemon, ITworld.com, Mashable! and TUAW, Thanks:@philiped
Scott Lowe / IGN:
Xbox 720 Will Be Six Times as Powerful as Current Gen  —  Sources confirm fall 2013 release, detail graphics processing power.  —  The next Xbox will ship to retailers in late October or early November of next year with six times the processing power of the Xbox 360, sources close to the project have told IGN.
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O2 Blog:
O2 mobile numbers and web browsing  —  Security is of the utmost importance to us and we take the protection of our customers' data extremely seriously.  —  We have seen the report published this morning suggesting the potential for disclosure of customers' mobile phone numbers to website owners.
Steve Hakusa / Official google.org Blog:
Public Alerts now on Google Maps  —  Today marks the launch of a new Google Crisis Response project: Google Public Alerts, a platform designed to bring you relevant emergency alerts when and where you're searching for them.  —  If a major weather event is headed for your area …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google authorized Motorola to seek an injunction against the iPhone 4S and iCloud  —  These days, you can probably hear a pin drop if Apple and Google are in the same room.  Tensions are rising high as a direct legal clash increasingly appears to be inevitable.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Open webOS 1.0 announced: HP to complete webOS open sourcing by September, Enyo 1.0 and 2.0 code available today  —  Following up on its December announcement that it would open source the platform — a last-ditch effort to make it viable — HP has gone into detail today on exactly …
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Con Artist Starred in Sting That Cost Google Millions  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Wearing leg irons and guarded by federal agents, David Whitaker posed as an agent for online drug dealers in dozens of recorded phone calls and email exchanges with Google sales executives, spending $200,000 …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Amazon looking into taking on Netflix  —  Jeff Bezos and his team at Amazon are weighing a move to beef up the Web retailer's video-streaming service — possibly carving it out as a standalone, subscription-based operation, industry sources told The Post.  —  Such a move, if undertaken …
Matt Mullenweg:
On the Evolution of Investing  —  Today Y Combinator announced they are adding two new partners, Garry Tan and Aaron Iba.  This announcement is unique because it does not list their academic credentials, their previous investments, the boards of companies or non-profits they have sat on …
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Samsung: We'll Douse Kindle Fire With More Features, Pen, TV Integration  —  When it comes to Android tablets, Samsung is the anti-Amazon.  While the Kindle Fire comes in just one size, Samsung has released everything from the superthin Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus with a built-in remote control.
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
Facebook's Sandberg Gently Warns Europe About Privacy Rules  —  Concerned about privacy?  Maybe you should be concernedabout the economy instead.  That was the subtext of a keynote speech by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, at a technology conference in the heart of Europe on Tuesday.
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Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Companies Face Fines as Much as 2% of Sales Under EU Privacy Law
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Symantec tells customers to disable pcAnywhere software  —  (Reuters) - Symantec Corp advised customers to stop using its pcAnywhere software for accessing remote PCs, saying they are at increased risk of getting hacked because the blueprints to that software have been stolen.
Facebook:
How Journalists Are Using Facebook Subscribe  —  In September, we introduced Subscribe as a simple way for public figures to allow people to subscribe to their public updates on Facebook.  For journalists specifically, Subscribe has enabled each journalist's community of viewers and readers …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Andreessen Is Said to Seek $1.5 Billion in Fund-Raising  —  A name like Andreessen goes a long way in Silicon Valley.  —  Marc Andreessen, the venture capitalist who was a co-founder of Netscape, is in the process of raising $1.5 billion from investors for his namesake firm …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Bounces Back With a Q4 Beat  —  First look at Netflix Q4 earnings: Earnings of $0.73 per share and revenue of $876 million.  Wall Street was expecting around $0.54 a share and $857 million.  —  But at least as important are the company's subscriber numbers and guidance …
Discussion: Engadget
Joshua Kevin / Tech in Asia:
Angry Birds Coming to Facebook on Valentine's Day [EXCLUSIVE]  —  From left to right: Rovio's Henri, and Peter, with PO's Joshua, earlier today in Jakarta.  —  Speaking exclusively to Penn Olson today in Jakarta, Peter Vesterbacka, the ‘Mighty Eagle’ of Rovio, and Henri Holm, the SVP of Rovio Asia …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Web Services Debuts Storage Gateway To Securely Upload Enterprise Data To The Cloud  —  After launching distributed database DynamoDB last week, Amazon Web Services is debuting another product—AWS Storage Gateway, which is a service that provides enterprises with a new option …
Kevin Shalvey / Investor's Business Daily:
Emails Show SEC Prodded Zynga For Paying Figures  —  A cache of letters between SEC officials and Zynga (ZNGA) regarding the game maker's IPO filing show the struggle that company had with reconciling its internal metrics with those expected by regulators.  —  The SEC on Wednesday released …
Nicole Leverich / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
New research: Global surge in smartphone usage, UK sees biggest jump with 15% increase  —  Mobile devices are mainstream.  In fact, according to our newest research more consumers in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan use a mobile phone (feature phone or smartphone) than a computer (desktop or laptop).
Paul Morris / Redmond Pie:
Jailbreaking May Soon Become Illegal Again, Act Now To Help Keep It Legal  —  It was in July 2010, the United States government ruled that the jailbreaking and unlocking of Apple iPhones, as well as the rooting of Android devices was to be deemed a legal act, as long as the process …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Google works on Internet standards with TCP proposals, SPDY standardization  —  As part of Google's continuing quest to dole out Web pages ever more quickly, the search giant has proposed a number of changes to Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), the ubiquitous Internet protocol used …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Watch out Craigslist: ShopSavvy launches Savvylistings, a dead simple mobile marketplace  —  Even with the advent of online marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist, it's far too easy to accumulate junk that you'd be better off selling.  Now there's an easier way to sell your aging and neglected collection of vintage records.
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM, Thanks:@devindra
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Verizon helps data optimizer Skyfire raise $8M round
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
27,000 Google Chromebooks headed to U.S. schools
Discussion: SiliconFilter and TechCrunch
Twitter Blog:
Twitter Translation Center adds Right-to-Left Languages
Discussion: PC Magazine
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
The SOPA/PIPA Protests: Who Cared Most?
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Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
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Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
A bird's-eye view of T-Mobile's new spectrum trove
Discussion: VentureBeat and Engadget
Brian Clark Howard / Fast Company:
How Words With Friends Beat Scrabble At Its Own Game