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10:25 AM ET, January 6, 2010

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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Microsoft and H.P. to Reveal Slate PC Ahead of Apple  —  It could be one of Steve Ballmer's riskiest trade show moves in years.  —  On Wednesday, Mr. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, will unveil a novel take on a slate-type computer during his evening keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to show off Courier at CES?  Call me highly skeptical  —  The New York Times has heard Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is going to show off an HP multimedia slate during his opening keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 6.  And suddenly, everyone's predicting …
Discussion: Microsoft, Bink.nu and Zatz Not Funny!
Erik Chang / Shrinkage Is Good:
Nexus One vs iPhone, Droid & Palm Pre - Total Cost of Ownership  —  Today is Nexus One launch day and we decided in typical BillShrink fashion, we would take a look at the overall total cost of ownership of the Nexus One vs. iPhone vs. Droid vs. Palm Pre.  This is the first time that any phone …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Google Nexus One: Everything You Need to Know  —  The Nexus One, the Google Phone, is really here.  And everything you need to know about it?  Right here.  —  What Is It?  —  It's the latest, maybe greatest, Android phone.  Google calls it a “superphone” that's an “exemplar” of what you can do with Android.
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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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Google's biggest announcement was not a phone, but a URL  —  By now, you know the details of Google's first Google-branded, Google-sold “superphone,” the Nexus One: huge AMOLED touchscreen, thin-and-light form factor, available unlocked or on T-Mobile, pervasive voice input, etc.
Nathan Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
Nexus Name Irks Author's Estate
Discussion: The Register and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
AT&T:
AT&T Upgrades 3G Technology at Cell Sites Across Nation  —  Software Upgrade Sets Stage for Faster 3G Speeds, Enhanced Mobile Data Performance to Come with Capacity Upgrades Planned for 2010-2011
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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Hands-on with the Boxee Box  —  It looks just as small in real life, but not only that, the Boxee was sporting a new double sided remote.  The usual suspects are on the front, but on the back is a full qwerty keyboard for searching for your favorite shows.  The remote felt great in our hands …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Chris OBrien / SiliconBeat:
The Innovation Age Bias At Sequoia Capital  —  Today marks my return to blogging here after taking a couple months off.  I'm going to jump in with some thoughts from an event I attended last night at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.  —  The event was a reception for students …
Amazon.com:
Amazon Introduces Kindle DX with Global Wireless  —  New Kindle DX with Global Wireless enables customers to wirelessly download and read in over 100 countries -Available for pre-order now for $489 and ships Jan. 19  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today introduced Kindle DX with Global Wireless …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Welcome to the Age of Robot Reporters  —  One hour ago, three emergency vehicles responded to a report of an unconscious person at the world headquarters of Nike Inc. in Portland, Oregon.  How do I know?  An automated form-pumping robot from startup company Nozzl Media told me.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's 1st CTO Launches His Next Company (Screen Shots)  —  Adam D'Angelo was a programming genius who knew Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in high school, became the young company's first CTO and has just begun to unveil his new startup company, Quora.
Thanks:atul
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
HP launches first touch netbook  —  Touch is becoming a common feature on netbooks, with HP launching its first touch-enabled netbook a day after Lenovo announced its own entry at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  —  The HP Mini 5102 has a capacitive touchscreen option …
Arn / MacRumors:
ARM Cortex A9 Performance Demo - Likely Chip to Power iSlate and Future iPhones  —  As CES kicks off, one technology we've been hoping to hear more about is the status of the ARM Cortex A9 processor.  Apple's iPhone as well as many of its competitors including the just released Nexus …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple's tablet will use Verizon's 3G network, sources say  —  Wall Street analyst claims multiple carriers to support device, but ‘definitely Verizon’  —  Computerworld - Apple's tablet will use Verizon's wireless data network to connect to the Internet when users are out of range of a Wi-Fi hotspot …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
ASUS calls for better PC design  —  LAS VEGAS — Computer maker ASUS, which fueled the netbook craze with its Eee PC lineup, took a different direction during its Consumer Electronics Show press event here today, stressing the importance of better design for portable computers.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Now you can play Foursquare anywhere  —  Attention, suburbanites: You, too, can be the mayor of your local Home Depot.  —  That's because New York-based mobile location-sharing service Foursquare has made a subtle but big improvement.  It's no longer restricted to a list of cities …
PC World:
HP Puts USB 3.0 Ports in New Laptops  —  Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday said it has added USB 3.0 ports to its latest laptops that could boost data transfers between computers and devices such as storage drives and digital cameras.  —  HP will add up to three USB 3. ports in EliteBook business laptops …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Orange France boss confirms iPhone tidal wave, data surge, but happy to invest in infrastructure (AT&T?)  —  Apple's fortunes in France mean that the iPhone accounted for an impressive 77 percent of mobiles sold with a contract by France Telecom's Orange brand across the holiday season, confirmed the head of the company.
Newser:
The Apple Tablet Won't Save David Carr  —  I read your piece (well, most of it) in yesterday's Times about how the Apple tablet is going to save print.  It occurs to me that you may now be the most dedicated voice for old media—a bit William Jennings Bryan and a bit Pollyanna.
David Pierce / VentureBeat:
MyLikes lets publishers customize ads for their sites  —  Two ex-Googlers are launching a brand-new advertising system today called MyLikes.  The offering is designed to let publishers pick and choose their ads based on what they think their readers will respond to.
Discussion: GigaOM
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
New Enterprise Associates Bags Nearly $2.5 Billion For Thirteenth Fund  —  New Enterprise Associates (NEA) this morning announced (PDF) the official close of its thirteenth fund, which it began investing in May 2009.  At nearly $2.5 billion, it is comparable in size to NEA's prior fund …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Tim Bray / ongoing:
Doing It Wrong  —  Enterprise Systems, I mean.  And not just a little bit, either.
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Patrick Dengler / IEBlog:
Microsoft Joins W3C SVG Working Group
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