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9:55 AM 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.
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
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: AppleInsider, Electronista and TUAW
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 …
Discussion: Liliputing and CrunchGear
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Apple competitors betting tablets will take off  —  While the technology world waits anxiously for Apple's foray into the Internet tablet market, rival consumer electronics companies are jumping in, betting that the thin, keyboard-less electronic slate will be the next “it” device.
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: DSLreports
Wall Street Journal:
China Is Losing a War Over Internet  —  Beijing Has Prevailed in Battles, but Segment of Society Has Awakened to the Constraints  —  BEIJING—These appear to be dark days for the Internet in China.  —  Four months into a crusade against Internet pornography, the government is closing thousands of sites …
Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China says 5,394 arrested in Internet porn crackdown
Megan McCarthy / Techmeme News:
Top 10 objectively biggest tech stories of 2009  —  Ignore all the other lists!  As we did last year, Techmeme has distilled its very own Top 10 story list, utilizing headline ranking data archived throughout the year.  While we employ a terrific team of news editors to guide our story selection …
Hugh Schofield / BBC:
French online piracy law in force  —  The first effects of France's new law against internet piracy will begin to be felt as the new year begins.  —  The law was passed after a long struggle in parliament, and in the teeth of bitter opposition from groups opposed to internet restrictions.
Discussion: Helloform
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
AT&T fails to deploy iPhone Tethering and 3G MicroCell in 2009  —  Facing intense criticism of its mobile network coverage from a variety of sources, AT&T has both failed to deploy its iPhone tethering strategy and to successfully get its 3G MicroCell product into widespread distribution.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
News Corp, Time Warner Cable Reach Deal Without Blackouts; Scripps Still On Bubble  —  Fox viewers across the U.S. should be able to get their Sugar fix tonight without a blip now that News Corp (NYSE: NWS) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) have managed to agree on a new deal.
Loïc Le Meur / Seesmic Blog:
One Million Status Updates a Day in 2010  —  Seesmic has changed quite a bit in 2009.  We shipped 5 Twitter apps which got more than 3.5 million downloads on Android, Blackberry, Windows, Web and OSX via Air.  Hundreds of thousands of users enjoy our apps daily and more than 60,000 joined TeamSeesmic …
Discussion: The Next Web
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