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5:55 AM ET, January 6, 2010


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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 …
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Google Phone Is a Worthy Rival but Not Revolutionary  —  Google sure does love shaking up the system.  —  Remember the original Google search page?  It made news because your search results popped up fast and were not cluttered with ads.  Remember when Google went public?
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Google's Nexus One Is Bold New Face in Super-Smartphones  —  Google this week is taking two dramatic steps to try to catapult devices using its Android mobile operating system into stronger competition with Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry in the battle for supremacy in the super-smartphone category.
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  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.
Matt Peckham / PC World:
Google Nexus One Today, but What About the Games?
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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 …
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Biggest Phone Move: Disrupting Carriers By Selling Direct To You (GOOG, VZ, DT)  —  Google's biggest, most important announcement today isn't the Nexus One smartphone's feature set, specifications, or which carrier networks it will work on.  It's Google's business model that matters.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple And Google Just Tag Teamed The U.S. Carriers
Discussion: iPhone Savior
Andrew / Boxee Blog:
By the pricking of my thumbs, something awesome this way comes.  —  It's the first press event at CES and time to tease you before our big announcement on the 7th so here's a sneak peek of something about the Boxee Box that we didn't show off at the Boxee Beta Event in December.
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, TUAW and Engadget HD
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.
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  —, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today introduced Kindle DX with Global Wireless …
Anil Dash:
Nobody Has A Million Twitter Followers  —  Last week, I wrote a bit about what it's like to be on Twitter's suggested user list.  The response to that post has been really gratifying, and I wanted to share a bit of what I've learned, as well some of the more interesting responses.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Quantcast: Mobile Web Growing Fast  —  The share of Web traffic from mobile devices increased 110% in North America over the past year and 148% globally, according to a new study by Quantcast.  While still only a small fraction of overall Web traffic (1.3% of all North American pageviews in December) …
Choire / The Awl:
Gawker Media Moves To Uniques: Be “Even More of a Hustler,” Says Nick Denton  —  “We all know that some pageviews are worth more than others,” writes Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton today in an internal memo.  “Think of an exclusive such as Gawker's embassy hazing pics …
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Doing It Wrong  —  Enterprise Systems, I mean.  And not just a little bit, either.  Orders of magnitude wrong.  Billions and billions of dollars worth of wrong.  Hang-our-heads-in-shame wrong.  It's time to stop the madness.  —  These last five years at Sun, I've been lucky …
Chris Nuttall /
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 …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
5 Reasons Why RSS Readers Still Rock  —  Recently I wrote about the decline of RSS Readers as a way for people to keep up with news.  I noted that while many people still use RSS Readers, usage has decreased due to the emergence of real-time and social flows of information via Twitter, Facebook and other such services.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid hands-on and impressions  —  There's no hiding the fact that the first images of the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid amazed us, and now after seeing the device we can say the feeling was well-founded — the detachable resistive multitouch display worked better than we ever expected for such an early preproduction unit.
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Chad Sapieha / Globe and Mail:
Your own personal black box
The year of the paywall  —  Newspapers will try to persuade online readers to pay in 2010
Krist Novoselic / Reverb:
Why I Agree With Bono  —  ​When I logged onto Twitter yesterday …
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Android Or IPhone? Wrong Question
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