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9:40 AM ET, January 5, 2010

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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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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:   With Mobile Ad Networks Being Snapped Up By Google And Apple …
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 …
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Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Is this the real disruption from the Google Phone?  —  Amidst all the hype about Tuesday's expected launch of the first Google Phone, there is one overriding question that has gone unanswered: what is the One Big Idea behind this device that is so compelling that Google thinks it's worth risking …
Discussion: Fone Arena and Digital Trends
Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Ship Tablet Device in March  —  Apple Inc. plans to unveil a new multimedia tablet device later this month, but doesn't plan on shipping the product until March, people briefed by the company said.  —  While the shipping time hasn't been finalized and could change …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Pricing Smoke Around The Tablet Fire  —  Just when you thought everyone was all talked out about the Apple Tablet, there comes more news.  But today's news is both odd and interesting for a few reasons.  —  The big news today comes from a Wall Street Journal article which definitively states …
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?
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
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 …
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple's App Store Downloads Top Three Billion - ten million app downloads per day  —  Apple (AAPL) today announced that more than three billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store by iPhone and iPod touch users worldwide.  —  “Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months …
changewaveresearch.com:
New Survey Shows Android OS Roiling the Smart Phone Market  —  Google's (GOOG) Android mobile operating system was released more than a year ago, midst high expectations it would change the smart phone market.  But the big transformation never materialized - until now.
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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 …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Internet pirates find ‘bulletproof’ havens for illegal file sharing  —  Internet pirates are moving away from safe havens such as Sweden to new territories that include China and Ukraine, as they try to avoid prosecution for illegal file sharing, according to experts.
Discussion: TorrentFreak
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 …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
iPhone and Magic Mouse linked up by BTstack (video)  —  Even though you probably still can't figure out what good the ability to connect your Bluetooth keyboard to your iPhone will do, the BTstack project is steaming ahead with this demo of a connected Magic Mouse twirling its pointer all over Apple's handset.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
OpenID Connect  —  I've been thinking about how we make OpenID both easier and sexier for quite a while now.  As frustrating as the answer may be to technologists, the problem is not necessarily one that can be solved with more technology.  Instead, at some point, you have to move beyond …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Begins Testing Advanced Crowd-Sourced Content Moderation  —  In an effort to better remove inappropriate content, Facebook is testing out what it calls Facebook Community Council, according to new Council member and Boing Boing guest poster Andrea James.
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 …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Understanding Windows 7's ‘GodMode’  —  Windows 7's so-called GodMode is actually a shortcut to accessing the operating system's various control settings.  —  (Credit: CNET News)  —  Although its name suggests perhaps even grander capabilities, Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: VMware Likely to Buy Zimbra from Yahoo  —  Yahoo is close to selling its Zimbra unit to VMware, according to several sources close to the situation.  —  Sources said the deal could be announced soon, but the price for the open-source email unit was still unclear.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Macworld Expo 2010: Success story or a disaster waiting to happen  —  I've been attending Macworld Expos since 1996, or thereabouts.  Ever year the excitement leading up to a Macworld is intense and exciting, but sadly this year is different.  —  We are just over a month away from the beginning …
EA SPORTS:
EA SPORTS Moves Forward with Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online Launch in January  —  For the past month, we have watched the Tiger Woods story play itself out while several of his sponsors have stepped away from the golfer.  At EA SPORTS, we've been particularly attentive because for the past year …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Songbird Lands Deal With Philips, To Come Bundled With Millions Of Portable MP3 Players  —  Don't count Songbird out yet.  The open source media player that's increasingly positioning itself as an alternative to Apple's iTunes has forged a deal with global electronics maker Philips.
Don Clark / Digits:
Lenovo Combines Laptop With Tablet, Using Two Chips  —  Thinking about a tablet computer instead of a laptop?  Lenovo is offering to sell you both at the same time.  —  The China-based computer maker is using the Consumer Electronics Show this week to announce an unusual hybrid product called …
Kim Hart / Hillicon Valley:
FTC set to examine cloud computing  —  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating the privacy and security implications of cloud computing, according to a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission.  —  The FTC, which shares jurisdiction over broadband issues …
Discussion: Softpedia News and ReadWriteWeb
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Our proposal to build and operate a white spaces database  —  It's been a while since we've talked about what's happening with white spaces being freed up for wireless broadband, but today we took another step towards making “Wi-Fi on steroids” a reality for consumers.
 
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Tim Hornyak / CNET News:
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Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
Kleiner-backed GOGII Releases textPlus for Android
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Analyst: Online Display Ads Set to Surge
Discussion: TechCrunch
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Google Blocking Negative Search Recommendations On Islam - Why?
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Mobile DTV Backers Prep New Video Devices For 2010
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
AppMakr To Make Anyone An iPhone App-Builder
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