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9:45 AM ET, January 4, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google And Spotify Dance Over U.S. Launch  —  Spotify.  The elusive European streaming music startup that you just can't get access to in the U.S., unless you know someone or jump through a few hoops.  —  The U.S. launch has been delayed over aggressive negotiations with the labels …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
What to watch for at the Consumer Electronics Show  —  The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the gadget industries SuperBowl.  This year's CES events start Tuesday.  Floor show exhibits open on Thursday and run through Sunday.  VentureBeat's Anthony Ha and I will be covering lots of stories at the show.
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Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:   CES 2010: What to Expect  —  A more intimate show could mean …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Freescale reveals 7-inch smartbook reference design, hopes to see it ship for $200  —  Freescale Semiconductor is helping to kick this year's CES off with a bang, as its latest reference smartbook design actually has somewhat of a sexy flair to it.  Currently, the model is little more than a great idea …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Trying to Add Portability to Movie Files  —  It is easy to take a DVD to a friend's house and watch it on his TV.  But things are more complicated when digital video downloads are involved.  A movie file bought from Blockbuster.com will not work on a Sony HDTV, for example …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Watching TV Together, Miles Apart  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For the lonely couch potato, help is on the way.  —  Simple technology, including video chatting services like Skype, is making it possible for far-flung friends to watch shows together, even if they can't share the same bowl of popcorn.
David Carr / New York Times:
A Savior in the Form of a Tablet  —  Last year about this time, I was talking with an executive from Apple about e-readers and print at a conference we were both attending, much of it in the context of the mainstream media's original sin of giving away content if people happened to be reading it in digital form.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Romenesko
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2010  —  A new decade.  I like the sound of that.  I'm a bit late on these, but for some reason these predictions refused to be rushed.  I haven't had the contemplative time I usually get over the holidays, and I need a fair amount of that before I can really get my head around …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: In Allowing Ad Blockers, a Test for Google  —  IN a manifestolike e-mail message sent last month to all Google employees, Jonathan Rosenberg, a senior vice president for product management, told them to commit to greater transparency and open industry standards.
Louis Gray:
Twitter Continues Hiring Spree, Adding Ten New Staffers  —  Twitter's pedigree is getting increasingly rich at the expense of Google and other Silicon Valley tech titans.  With the holidays behind us, the microblogging powerhouse is starting the new year with more new faces at its San Francisco headquarters.
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook fights back, disallows the Suicide Machine  —  Like the computer in the movie “2001,” Facebook is struggling to keep its profiles from virtual distinction at the hands of its arch enemy - the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine.  —  The Suicide Machine is a clever Web site out of the Netherlands …
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Nokia's New Mobile Chief: We'll Match Apple, RIM By 2011  —  If he had wanted to debunk those rumors that it might buy Palm, Nokia's new mobile phones head Rick Simonson could have picked a more outright denial.  —  Simonson, who in November switched from CFO to run the mobile unit …
Discussion: Times of India
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Quantcast Raises $27.5 Million Third Round Led By Cisco  —  Audience analytics firm Quantcast has raised a large $27.5 million third round led by Cisco (NSDQ: CSCO).  The company will use the proceeds to support its targeted ad initiative, the six-month-old Quantcast Media Program.
Discussion: AdExchanger.com and silicontap.com
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
Weeks after Marrying Pinch Media, Flurry Gets in Bed with ComScore and Starts Revenue Machine  —  Flurry Analytics has been real busy holiday season.  They recently merged with Pinch Media to create the biggest (in terms of user base) mobile analytics platform on the market.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Lenovo leaks ThinkPad Edge, X100e, T410s, W510, T510 and more ahead of CES  —  Hey Lenovo, your cards are showing.  Just weeks after the FCC tipped us off on a new pair of netbooks that are all but definitely slated for a CES unveiling, Lenovo has no one but its web administrator(s) to blame for this one.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Vonage's Second Calling  —  Forbes Magazine dated January 18, 2010  —  The Internet telephone company wants to go from your home to your cell phone.  —  In 2002 Internet telephone company Vonage pioneered service that routed phone calls over the Web, cutting frequent callers' long-distance phone bills by as much as half.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Oh, Joe, the world doesn't need a Tablet?  Really?  —  Oh, Joe Wilcox sure knows how to get bloggers going when he wrote about how the hype over Tablet PCs is just way overdone.  His headline?  The world doesn't need an Apple tablet, or any other.  —  I'll focus on the “or any other” part of the discussion first.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Bono risks becoming next Lars Ulrich  —  Ever since Paul McGuinness, manager of the rock band U2, began lashing out at Internet Service providers two years ago for allegedly profiting from and encouraging illegal file sharing, U2 fans have wondered whether McGuinness spoke for the band.
Discussion: BBC
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Why Save MySQL Now?  —  I am having a hard time understanding …
Discussion: The Register and SitePoint
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
A Second Stab at Convergence
Rita Chang / AdAge:
Can Google Sell — and Market — a Smartphone?
Discussion: The Consumerist
Alice Rawsthorn / New York Times:
Impact of ‘iSlate’ Could Rival iPhone
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