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6:15 PM ET, January 2, 2010

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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
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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 …
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.
Discussion: B. Mann Consulting
Bill Ray / The Register:
iSlate? I spy more control from Cupertino
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
Boy Genius Report:
Google Nexus One to rock out on AT&T?  —  This isn't completely confirmed, but we've heard from a source that there will be an AT&T 3G-compatible version of the Google Nexus One.  Our connect described it as being a “second” unlocked model, with the T-Mobile-subsidized unit being locked to T-Mobile.
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.
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Chrome Passes Safari as No. 3 Browser  —  Google's Chrome browser overtook Apple's Safari to become the world's third-most popular browser just 16 months after its debut, a Web metrics company reported Friday.  —  Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), meanwhile, lost almost a full percentage point in December …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Engadget
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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
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
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.
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
You Don't Mean Average, You Mean Median  —  Every quarter, without fail, a bunch of articles appear talking about the venture capital industries investment pace as a result of the PWC MoneyTree report.  I used to get calls from all of the Denver / Boulder area reporters about my thoughts on these …
Discussion: Growthology
 
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Nik Fletcher / Download Squad:
Foursquare beta now available for the Palm Pre
Discussion: Mashable! and Engadget
Darnell Clayton / The Blog Herald:
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Discussion: AndroidGuys, Mashable! and PalmAddicts
Wall Street Journal:
Google, India Test the Limits of Liberty
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Microsoft: Buy Office now, before injunction axes disputed feature
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