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8:55 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 …
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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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
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 …
Discussion: Yahoo! Tech, SiliconANGLE and BetaNews
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
‘Major’ Apple announcement coming January 27th, devs already working …
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: Digital Trends
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: paidContent
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
High stakes for Microsoft at CES  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be in Las Vegas this week for his second Consumer Electronics Show keynote since assuming the high-profile speaking slot from Bill Gates.  It's a pivotal moment for the company, in a variety of ways.
Discussion: BetaNews
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.
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
Kleiner-backed GOGII Releases textPlus for Android  —  Why pay for text messaging anymore when you can send texts for free?  That's the message GOGII is trying to send to users via its textPlus application, which has been wildly successful on the iPhone with over 3.2 million downloads.
Discussion: Android Central
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Slim, Large Screen E-Reader Skiff to Debut on Sprint  —  E-readers are likely to get hotter with the next generation of devices sporting color screens and large displays expected to launch through the year.  —  One of the first products to announce its arrival is the Skiff e-reader …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square  —  I recently sat down for coffee with Jack Dorsey to discuss Twitter, the location-based service Foursquare and his latest venture Square, an on-the-go credit card payment platform.  Mr. Dorsey is the co-founder and chairman of Twitter …
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 …
Discussion: DailyTech, Neowin.net and CrunchGear
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Google Blocking Negative Search Recommendations On Islam - Why?  —  Religion always causes a stir when it is debated, and Google seems to know it.  Google is not taking a fair approach to the way that it handles searches for different religions.  —  When you search for the major religions of the world …
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.
Discussion: MobileCrunch, Redmond Pie, Gizmodo and TUAW
 
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Analyst: Online Display Ads Set to Surge
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Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Poor IDNs. The Media Will Never Understand.
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Mobile DTV Backers Prep New Video Devices For 2010
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 Earlier Items: 
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
AppMakr To Make Anyone An iPhone App-Builder
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Brief: DVD sales tank in 2009 as Americans head to the cinema
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
A New Behemoth Emerges In Google Maps: Wikipedia
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Fresh legal woes for ConnectU founders
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nokia asks ITC to ban iPhone, iPod, and MacBook imports …
 

 
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