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7:30 PM ET, January 6, 2010

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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Exclusive: Apple's Tablet Has No Intel Inside  —  Stock quotes in this article: INTC , AAPL , MSFT , DELL  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. (TheStreet) — Apple (AAOL Quote) is throwing a glamorous Tablet party and chip partner Intel (INTC Quote) isn't invited.  —  With production time of its Tablet approaching …
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John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Rumor: Apple employee says Tablet UI has “steep learning curve”  —  While it probably won't encompass a 3D interface, there's been enough background murmurings about the method users will employ to interact with Apple's forthcoming tablet to expect something new.  What that “new” is?
John Martellaro / The Mac Observer:
How Apple Does Controlled Leaks  —  Monday's article at the Wall Street Journal, which provided confirmation of an Apple tablet device, had all the earmarks of a controlled leak.  Here's how Apple does it.  —  Often Apple has a need to let information out, unofficially.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Ballmer Will Not Be Showing “Courier” Slate PC at CES Opening Tonight  —  As much as BoomTown likes a good computer tablet faceoff, sources with knowledge of the situation said that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will not be whipping out the secret “Courier” slate PC …
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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 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
AOL Lusts for the Brad Pitt of the Blogosphere (and His Company)  —  AOL is interested in buying the world's largest tech blog, Mashable, we hear from a source at the internet conglomerate.  And in fact the two sides have been talking, people outside AOL have whispered to one another, and to us.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Sale Or No Sale: Mashable To AOL Talk Is Just That
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T finally goes Android, confirms Dell, HTC and Motorola on board  —  We're at the AT&T presser here at CES, but it looks like we know what to expect: the carrier just announced that it's launching five new Android devices in the first half of 2010, including devices from Motorola, Dell, and HTC.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's iPhone App Finally Gets Push Notifications, Contact Syncing  —  Well, with Joe Hewitt famously no longer working on the Facebook iPhone app, it took a little bit longer than some expected, but today a new version finally hit the App Store with a much requested new feature: Push Notifications.
Nathan Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
Nexus Name Irks Author's Estate  —  Daughter of Philip K. Dick Says Moniker for Google's Phone a ‘Clear Infringement’  —  As Google Inc. launches its Nexus One phone, one call that the company hasn't made is to the family members of science-fiction author Philip K. Dick …
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Google's biggest announcement was not a phone, but a URL
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
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Exclusive: Qualcomm to Power Apple iPhone  —  Stock quotes in this article: QCOM , AAPL , VZ , T  —  SAN DIEGO (TheStreet) — Apparently it's bakeoff season in tech, and the latest blue ribbon goes to Qualcomm (QCOM Quote).  —  Apple (AAPL Quote) has chosen Qualcomm as its chip supplier …
Discussion: Electronista
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox 3.5.7 fix could ‘goose’ browser upgrades  —  Mozilla released Firefox 3.5.7 and 3.0.17 on Tuesday to fix a common crash problem and the lack of a prominent suggestion to upgrade.  —  Firefox is supposed to prominently tell people when a major upgrade is available …
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
A short history of Hotmail  —  Hi, my name is Dick Craddock and I'm the Group Program Manager for Windows Live Hotmail.  “Group Program Manager” is just a fancy way of saying that I manage the team of Program Managers at Hotmail.  We have the job of planning each Hotmail release and managing that release from beginning to end.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
CES: Honey, I Shrunk the Thumb Drives  —  Coming soon: flash drives even smaller than the ones you already have. … Lexar Media, a memory-products unit of Micron Technology, is launching a line of what it calls “ultra-portable” USB flash drives at CES.  Chief among them is the Lexar Echo ZE …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Bends To Warner Bros., Won't Rent DVDs For 28 Days After They Go On Sale (NFLX)  —  This will please the movie industry: Netflix has agreed to a 28-day window before it rents Warner Bros. DVDs and Blu-ray discs after they go on sale.  The idea is that this will allow Warner Bros. to sell more discs …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
i/o Ventures - A Work/Cafe Incubator Launches In San Francisco  —  A small group of high profile startup executives are preparing to launch their next venture - a workspace incubator and angel investment fund called i/o ventures that aims to help new startups get a start with some initial capital and a cool place to work.
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Sling Media debuts four new OEM placeshifting media devices at CES 2010  —  Sling is coming to Vegas with four new placeshifting media devices that will allow you to sling your HD content around your house, control your Sling media with the touch of a finger and, in typical slingbox fashion …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Vanity Fair on Twitter fame: Twembarrassing  —  Vanity Fair magazine, with its crisp and alluring takes on everything from international affairs to celebrity culture, is the sort of publication known for being current, relevant, and in-the-know.  —  Yet in its February issue—yes …
Tyler Tschida / App Advice:
iPhone-Controlled Parrot AR.Drone May Be The Coolest Tech Toy Ever  —  Parrot's iPhone-controlled AR.Drone seems more like something the military would put to use, and probably somehow lose control of, but it's actually a new consumer friendly remote control flying toy that was recently shown off at this year's CES.
Discussion: PC Magazine, VentureBeat and Engadget
BBC:
Pi calculated to ‘record number’  —  A computer scientist claims to have computed the mathematical constant pi to nearly 2.7 trillion digits, some 123 billion more than the previous record.  —  Fabrice Bellard used a desktop computer to perform the calculation, taking a total of 131 days to complete and check the result.
Discussion: I4U News and Neowin.net
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Rogue Marketers Can Mine Your Info on Facebook  —  Got an e-mail list of customers or readers and want to know more about each — such as their full name, friends, gender, age, interests, location, job and education level?  —  Facebook has just the free feature you're looking for, thanks to its recent privacy changes.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Loves Apple's Quattro Deal  —  Google took time from its superphone frenzy yesterday to applaud something a competitor did: The search giant lead a public cheer for Apple (AAPL), which just bought mobile ad network Quattro.  —  Google's logic here is straightforward …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Pandora Partners With Pioneer On Internet Radio For Cars  —  Streaming music provider Pandora has struck a deal with electronics manufacturer Pioneer that will connect the internet radio service to users' cars.  The companies announced the deal at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sharp unveils quad-pixel technology for TVs with a trillion colors  —  If you didn't think your flat-panel TV could display colors properly, get ready for this.  Sharp is unveiling a new technology that allows it upcoming TVs to display a trillion colors.  —  The quad-pixel technology sounds simple.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Nokia's Ovi Store comes to AT&T  —  LAS VEGAS—Nokia on Wednesday said its Ovi application and mobile-content store is now available in the United States for AT&T wireless customers.  —  Consumers using Nokia devices such as the E71x, the Surge, the Mural, the 6650, the 6555 …
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Sony Relents After 11 Years, Launches First SD Card Line-up  —  Big news from the Sony camp today—they're embracing 1999's flash-in-the-pan fad and have launched their first line-up of SD cards.  Hopefully that spells the death of the evil Memory Stick and sliding disinterest in their propriety formats.
Mona Klausing / FLO TV:
FLO TV and mophie™ to Bring Live Mobile TV to the Apple® iPhone™ and iPod touch™  —  Unique Products to Deliver True Live Mobile TV to iPhone and iPod touch Users; Products Combine Live FLO TV™ Service with mophie's Intelligent Case Design
 
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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Feds Hand Out $47 Million in Grants for Green Data Centers
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia ‘Mystic’ leaked, collides E72 heritage with Centro-esque design
Discussion: The Nokia Blog and IntoMobile
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Inline Linking To An Image Copyright Infringement?
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Adobe Testing New Automatic Updater
Discussion: MacNN and Download Squad
Spencer Fry:
Disclosing Your Finances  —  Should you publicly publish your finances?
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comScore, Inc.:
comScore Reports $29.1 Billion in U.S. Retail E-Commerce Spending …
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
DivX tries again to bring streaming video to TV
Discussion: Download Squad, Mashable! and BetaNews
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Hyperlocal sites becoming major M&A targets
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