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2:50 PM ET, January 5, 2010

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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
IT'S OFFICIAL: Google's Nexus One Phone Revealed  —  The Google Phone has been officially revealed.  After weeks of leaks and revelations, the search giant is finally telling the story behind its self-branded smartphone, which Google calls a “Superphone.”  —  In its announcement …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Moves to Keep Its Lead as Web Goes Mobile  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google's expected unveiling on Tuesday of a rival to the iPhone is part of its careful plan to try to do what few other technology companies have done before: retain its leadership as computing shifts from one generation to the next.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Nexus One: The TechCrunch Review  —  Yesterday Google wasn't in the business of selling mobile phones.  Today, they are.  The Nexus One smartphone has arrived and on sale at Google.com/phone.  Our live notes from the event are here.  —  I've been using the Nexus One with TMobile since mid-December as my primary mobile phone.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Google Reef  —  Today I'll be at Google to attend the press release of the Nexus One, the latest in a line of Android-powered phones and the first that will have Google's brand name on it.  —  I don't expect that the phone will be the real news (if you do, you can already read Engadget's review …
Discussion: CNET News and Engadget, Thanks:atul
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Nexus One review  —  The Nexus One.  In the modern climate of hyped (and over-hyped) smartphone launches, Google's official entry into the phone-sales game has excelled in a department where many find difficulty: generating legitimate excitement.  Of course, long before the name Nexus …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Apple to Buy Quattro Wireless for $275 Million  —  Apple is set to announce that it has acquired Quattro Wireless for $275 million, several sources confirmed.  —  The announcement might come as soon as tomorrow, upping the ante in the mobile advertising business significantly.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Apple Bought Quattro Wireless And Is Getting Into Advertising (AAPL, GOOG)  —  Why did Apple spend $275 million on Quattro Wireless, a mobile ad network?  The same reason it went after AdMob last year before Google outbid it, spending $750 million.  —  Here's a condensed version …
Discussion: GMSV
Trudy Muller / Apple:
Apple's App Store Downloads Top Three Billion  —  Apple® today announced that more than three billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store by iPhone® and iPod touch® users worldwide.  —  “Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months …
Gus Sentementes / BaltTech:
The 3D tech behind the rumored Apple “iSlate” tablet?  —  Some of the recent reports that predict Apple will launch some type of “tablet PC” next month have mentioned that the long-rumored device will have 3D graphics.  —  So what does “3D graphics” really mean and how could it be implemented?
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Dreaming Up Textbooks on an Apple Tablet
Discussion: MacRumors
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:   Can big trade shows survive Apple and Google?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Pricing Smoke Around The Tablet Fire
Discussion: The Apple Core and Yahoo! Tech
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:   Macworld Expo 2010: Success story or a disaster waiting to happen
Mario Queiroz / The Official Google Blog:
Our new approach to buying a mobile phone  —  Android was developed with one simple idea: Open up mobile devices to enable greater innovation that will benefit users everywhere.  —  We first executed on this vision a little over a year ago, when we launched Android on one device with one operator in one country.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google's Biggest Phone Move: Disrupting Carriers By Selling Direct …
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
ESPN to launch 3D network in June  —  ESPN is going 3D.  The venerable sports network will launch ESPN 3D on June 11 with a World Cup soccer match, creating what it says will be the first all three-dimensional television network to the home.  —  ESPN 3D expects to showcase at least 85 live sporting events during the first year.
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Gartner:
Gartner Acquires Burton Group  —     Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry, today announced that, on December 30, 2009, it acquired Burton Group, Inc. for approximately $56 million in cash.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google To Introduce Click-to-Call (Billing) in Ads on Mobile Devices  —  Google sent out notification to its AdWords advertisers that this month “your location-specific business phone number will display alongside your destination url in ads that appear on high-end mobile devices.
Discussion: MediaMemo and The Next Web
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
As AdWords Ads Get Images, What's Deemed Family Safe?
Discussion: Softpedia News
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Venture Integrating Skype Into the Family Room  —  SAN FRANCISCO — There will soon be something new to watch on the living room TV: your relatives and friends in different parts of the world.  —  On Tuesday, Panasonic and LG Electronics, two of the top television makers …
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
T-Mobile Upgrades to HSPA 7.2Mbps, First to Deploy HSPA+  —  Today T-Mobile announced that it has upgraded its entire 3G network to HSPA 7.2Mbps (peak speeds).  That's an improvement from 3.6Mbps, and should allow for faster wireless downloads.  T-Mobile also pointed out that its 3G footprint now covers some 200 million Americans.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple, Verizon in disagreement over CDMA iPhone pricing - report  —  As Apple and Verizon are rumored to be in negotiations for a summer 2010 CDMA iPhone launch, the nation's largest wireless carrier and the handset maker are believed to be at odds over pricing.
Discussion: DSLreports and Gizmodo
Meg Marco / The Consumerist:
Best Buy Optimization Is A Big Stupid Annoying Waste Of Money  —  Over the past year, a number of you have been telling us that, due to “pre-optimization” of computers, it's difficult — sometimes impossible — to walk into a Best Buy and leave with the advertised deal (in effect …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft rethinks, reveals prices for its Office 2010 SKU line-up  —  Microsoft is adding one new version to its line-up for Office 2010, a “Professional Academic” SKU that includes Outlook, as rumored late last year.  The company also is sharing its planned retail pricing for the suite.
Bgurley / abovethecrowd.com:
Android Or IPhone?  Wrong Question  —  In a recent New York Times article, Kathryn Huberty, a Morgan Stanley analyst was quoted suggesting that Apple's iPhone is the key catalyst for an important new technology trend.  “Applications make the smartphone trend a revolutionary trend …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's … and PC World, Thanks:atul
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
AirStash expands your iPhone's storage, wirelessly  —  You may be able to get your iPhones and iPod Touches in 32GB flavors these days, but what's an unlucky early adopter stuck with an 8GB model to do?  Get an AirStash, maybe, a device that pledges to add wireless storage to those devices and …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Msnbc buys breakingnews.com  —  A little more than a month ago msnbc announced plans to take over the @breakingnews Twitter handle, a news feed of breaking news tidbits with a whopping 1.5 million followers.  Today, the msnbc Digital Network — which is based in Redmond …
Dan Levy / Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley ‘Bloodbath’ Leaves Entire Office Buildings Empty  —  Over 43 million square feet of office space stands vacant in California's Silicon Valley, adding to the technology hub's biggest property glut since the dot-com bust  —  (Bloomberg) — Silicon Valley is beset …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Boxee Box officially announced: under $200, Flash 10.1 support  —  The Boxee Box has already been semi-announced once, but it's making a much more grand debut here at CES — and it's coming with a spec list this time.  Just as we'd heard, the asymmetrical streamer will be sold by D-Link for under $200 …
Discussion: Market Wire
 
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Stewart, ‘South Park’ dragged into YouTube row
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Charles Golvin / The Forrester Blog …:
2009: Year Of The Smartphone — Kinda
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
iPhone and Magic Mouse linked up by BTstack (video)
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EA SPORTS:
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Internet pirates find ‘bulletproof’ havens for illegal file sharing
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