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January 31, 2012, 6:05 PM

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Facebook readies to file US$5bn IPO, could grow  —  Facebook is expected to file to raise US$5bn in a preliminary IPO prospectus on Wednesday morning, which while less than anticipated could be increased to ultimate investor demand, according to sources close to the deal.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: The IM Conversation In Which 19-Year-Old Zuckerberg Decided To Build Facebook, This Year's $100 Billion IPO  —  Later this week, Facebook will file documents with the SEC to announce its intention to go public.  —  People close to the deal expect the company to be valued somewhere …
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Facebook's Sandberg in Spotlight En Route to IPO  —  Facebook Inc.'s Sheryl Sandberg recently threw a fundraiser for President Obama, dining with Lady Gaga and the president himself.  Last week, she was a highly visible co-chair of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 35% to $17.43 Billion; Kindle Device Sales Nearly Triple During the Holidays  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011.  —  Operating cash flow increased 12% to $3.90 billion …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon: Big Kindle sales, but sales and outlook fall short  —  Summary: Amazon's fourth quarter sales and outlook fall short of expectations.  Kindle sales surge.  —  Amazon's fourth quarter sales missed projections, but earnings were ahead.  The big wild card was Kindle device sales, which tripled over the holidays.
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Why Has Andreessen Horowitz Raised $2.7B in 3 Years? … Since Marc and I founded Andreessen Horowitz three years ago, we have raised $2.7 billion.  That statement begs a few questions.  The two most obvious are:  — Why did such a new venture capital firm raise so much money?
Pablo Chavez / Google Public Policy Blog:
Changing our privacy policies, not our privacy controls  —  Last week we heard from members of Congress about Google's plans to update our privacy policies by consolidating them into a single document on March 1.  Protecting people's privacy is something we think about all day across the company …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Neil Young and the Sound of Music  —  You know what the biggest problem with music today is?  —  Sound quality.  —  That's Neil Young's take on the issue, anyway.  For years, the musician has been obsessed with improving the way modern music sounds, sonically speaking.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Filing: Without Itanium Chip, HP Is “Strategically Screwed”  —  Last night, a California judge made some key rulings in the ongoing litigation between Hewlett-Packard and Oracle over the latter's decision to stop supporting Intel's Itanium chip.  —  One thing Judge James Kleinberg did was dismiss …
More: GigaOM and eWeek
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Rumor: Office 15 for Windows 8 will be desktop apps, not fully Metro style  —  Microsoft's next generation of Office, codenamed Office 15, will receive interface tweaks to make it more touch friendly on Windows 8, including a radial menu system, but won't be rebuilt as full “Metro style” apps using the new WinRT programming model.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga CEO: We aren't the copycats on Bingo social game (exclusive interview)  —  Mark Pincus, chief executive of social gaming giant Zynga, denied that Zynga copied a rival's Bingo game on Facebook.  Instead, he said in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat that the accuser in this case borrowed from Zynga.
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Who is Apple's new retail boss, and what will he do?  —  Tim Cook has made his first major appointment since taking the reins at Apple, bringing in the head of British technology retailer Dixons, John Browett.  He comes in to fill the gap left by the departure of Ron Johnson …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
ITC throws out Barnes & Noble's antitrust claims against Microsoft ahead of trial: no signs of wrongdoing  —  Barnes & Noble's primary line of defense against Microsoft's allegations of patent infringement by the bookseller's Android-based devices has collapsed in its entirety.
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Seeking To Banish “Distraction” Microsoft Replaces Hotmail Display Ads With Deals  —  Microsoft is trying to make ads in Hotmail better.  The company is replacing conventional display ads in its webmail service with deal ads that it believes will be more relevant and interesting to users.
Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Tech-led Boom  —  Three breakthroughs are poised to transform this century as much as telephony and electricity did the last.  —  In January 1912, the United States emerged from a two-year recession.  Nineteen more followed—along with a century of phenomenal economic growth.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon S3 Reports Staggering Growth in 2011  —  Amazon Web Services just reported jaw-dropping growth in the number of objects stored in Amazon S3 year over year.  —  “As of the end of 2011, there are 762 billion (762,000,000,000) objects in Amazon S3.  We process over 500,000 requests per second …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with multicam, broadcast monitoring  —  Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with multicam, broadcast monitoring  —  Apple on Tuesday updated its professional workflow application, Final Cut Pro X, adding a number of significant features.
CNET:
Feds: We obtained MegaUpload conversations with search warrant  —  One of the most curious aspects of the U.S. government's case against MegaUpload is the large number of the company's internal communications acquired by the FBI.  —  Kim DotCom  —  In one exchange, MegaUpload managers …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Firefox 10 Launches: Promises Fewer Add-On Compatibility Issues, Enables Fullscreen API  —  Now that Mozilla has fully embraced its rapid-release cycle, an update from version 9 to 10 of its popular Firefox browser isn't really an event anymore.  Nevertheless, version 10, which launched today …
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: WikiLeaks to move servers offshore, sources say  —  Prince Michael Bates of Sealand stands atop the helipad on his World War II era “micronation” — a possible future location for Wikileaks' servers.  —  Julian Assange's investors are in the process of purchasing a boat …
More: Mashable! and TG Daily
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Why the Raspberry Pi won't ship in kit form  —  When the Raspberry Pi ships later this year, it will be delivered to your door as a finished unit.  The more adventurous tinkerers among you, as well as adept system builders, have asked the Raspberry Pi Foundation why they can't get them in kit form instead.
Thanks:@mthwgeek
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Apple appeals iPad trademark decision in China  —  A Chinese court rejected Apple's lawsuit for the iPad trademark in the country  —  Apple has appealed a Chinese court ruling last December that rejected its ownership of the iPad trademark in the country, and could expose the company …
More: CNET and The Next Web
Reuters:
Mexicans overcharged billions for phone, web: study  —  (Reuters) - Mexicans have been overcharged $13.4 billion a year for phone and internet services as the industry dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim gouges customers and keeps the economy from growing, a study released on Monday said.
More: DSLreports

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