Today in Tech: Fortune's exclusive Google CEO Q&A

January 19, 2012: 12:26 PM ET

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* In an exclusive interview with Fortune, Larry Page, Google's original CEO, who reassumed the position a year ago, talks about the "family" environment Google (GOOG) tries to encourage, how it differs from his own grandfather's workplace, and how free food encourages people to eat less. (Fortune)

* Over at Yahoo (YHOO), there's a hiring freeze and talk of some layoffs, as the Internet company gears up to institute cost-cutting initiatives and announce another weak quarter next week. (All Things D)

* Apple (AAPL) is getting into digital textbooks. iPad-friendly textbooks from initial partners Pearson, McGraw HIll, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will start at $14.99 and be available through the new iBookstore textbooks category. Also unveiled: an ITunes U app, which will let teachers create courses. Meanwhile students will be able to access that material, read books, view presentations, lectures, and assignment lists, and be notified of updates via the app as well. (9 to 5 Mac and Apple)

* At Facebook's Open Graph app launch event, the social network announced that over 60 web sites and apps -- Ticketmaster, RottenTomatoes, Pinterest, among others -- can now publish user activity on the Timeline profiles and Ticker. (TechCrunch)

* Numerous Web sites, including Google, Wikipedia and Wired, "blacked out" part or all of their content for 24-hours to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA). Is it a political coming of age for tech? (The New York Times)

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JP Mangalindan
JP Mangalindan
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JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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