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4:20 PM ET, January 2, 2010

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John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Antacid tablet  —  As the (rumored) year of the Apple tablet dawns, John Siracusa offers his predictions.  Expect the expected.  —  Man, nothing saps my motivation to write like smart people I agree with writing about the same topic.  But my feed has turned brown once again in NetNewsWire, so something has to be done.
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Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
HTC Working With Google On a Chrome OS Tablet  —  Everyone is clamoring about tablets these days—ourselves included—so it is not too surprising that Google and HTC are reportedly working together to join the fray with a Chrome OS Google Tablet.  —  Smarthouse, an Australian publication …
Bill Ray / The Register:
iSlate?  I spy more control from Cupertino  —  Rumours, speculation and state control  —  Apple is probably going to launch some sort of tablet PC next month, probably on January the 26th, but is this a revolution in computing or a revolution in control?  —  The iSlate will take the iPhone concept …
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
The world doesn't need an Apple tablet, or any other  —  Apple's rumored tablet computer cannot live up to the hype, which has reached almost ridiculous levels of rumor, speculation and anticipation.  The rumored tablet will fall short of expectations, because they are simply too unrealistic.
Discussion: peterme.com, Thanks:atul
David Carr / New York Times:
Why Twitter Will Endure  —  I can remember when I first thought seriously about Twitter.  Last March, I was at the SXSW conference, a conclave in Austin, Tex., where technology, media and music are mashed up and re-imagined, and, not so coincidentally, where Twitter first rolled out in 2007.
Discussion: Off On A Tangent, Thanks:atul
Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Calgary / DROID Devour gets shot up in silver, new info  —  Motorola making a device in more that one color?  You don't say... One of our connects sent us the above photo of the Motorola Calgary / DROID Devour / Whatever, and confirmed the specifications we posted a few months back.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Chicken Wire Spurs Wi-Fi Failures  —  Two things beloved by San Francisco resident Galen Pewtherer just couldn't get along: his Edwardian-style house and wireless Internet access.  —  In 2008, Mr. Pewtherer tried to replace his old-fashioned cable Internet connection with a Wi-Fi network …
Discussion: Guardian and HotHardware.com News
Laura June / Engadget:
Plethora of new HP laptops, desktops leak ahead of CES  —  Holy smokes!  A ton of unannounced HP laptops and desktops just came across our desk, in addition to those Envy models we saw just a few days back.  Ahead of what we presume will be their formal announcement next week right around CES …
Fred / A VC:
Areas Of Interest  —  A few days ago, I exchanged emails with a journalist friend.  She said the following, “I'm just wondering which sectors/investment areas/types of start-ups you think will be exciting investments in 2010, and which you're staying away from because they're over-hyped, not yet ready, etc.”
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ten Technologies That Will Rock 2010  —  Now that the aughts are behind us, we can start the new decade with a bang.  So many new technologies are ready to make a big impact this year.  Some of them will be brand new, but many have been gestating and are now ready to hatch.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Buy Office now, before injunction axes disputed feature  —  OK, so Microsoft isn't explicitly telling its customers to stock up on Microsoft Office licenses now, before a Jan. 11 injunction requires all new copies to be stripped of a technology found to infringe on a smaller company's patent.
Discussion: XML Aficionado
Charles Jade / TheAppleBlog:
In December iPhone Jumps, OS X Plateaus, Safari Falls to Chrome  —  The last report for 2009 from web metrics firm Net Applications ends another solid year of growth for the iPhone OS.  In contrast, Mac OS X appears to be flattening out at around five percent, while Chrome has officially passed Safari …
Discussion: OSNews, AppleInsider, Electronista and TUAW
 
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Apple competitors betting tablets will take off
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple: Best [—] of the Decade
Discussion: GigaOM
Hugh Schofield / BBC:
French online piracy law in force
Discussion: Helloform and TeleRead
Wall Street Journal:
China Is Losing a War Over Internet