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4:50 PM ET, January 7, 2010

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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals New Touch Screen Technology for iPhone & MacBook Tablet  —  On January 7, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's multi-touch screen technology.  Apple's patent generally relates …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Plastic Logic (Finally) Shows Off The Que, Its (Very Expensive) Kindle Competitor  —  After promising to deliver its take on Amazon's Kindle for a couple of years, Plastic Logic is finally delivering: Here comes the Que proReader, which the company promises is “more than an eReader"-it's a “paperless briefcase.”
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Plastic Logic QUE proReader first hands-on (with video!)
Discussion: I4U News and techeblog.com
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google real-time search: 6 min. to spot quake  —  At 10:09:36 a.m. PST, a modest but noticeable magnitude 4.1 earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area.  Six minutes later, Google's real-time search system had spotted the activity and spiced up its search results.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Earthquake in the Bay Area?  Facebook Real-Time Search Starts to Look More Interesting  —  Although Twitter has until now owned real-time search results for news events, a minor (4.1) earthquake that hit Palo Alto and other parts of Silicon Valley today shows Facebook's real-time search …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Other HP Slate Runs On Android  —  Last night, during his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed off a prototype for a new HP Slate computer running on Windows 7.  It was supposed to be an Apple-stealing moment and it was Microsoft's moment …
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
HP's Windows 7 Slate Device Revealed by Steve Ballmer
New York Times:
Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards  —  LAS VEGAS — To the dismay of safety advocates already worried about driver distraction, automakers and high-tech companies have found a new place to put sophisticated Internet-connected computers: the front seat.
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus Are Coming to Verizon Exclusively January 25  —  The Palm Pre plus removed the navigation button, has 2x internal RAM, 16GB storage, and a built-in inductive back cover for Touchstone inductive charging.  —  The Pixi Plus is still “thin and lightweight” …
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
HTC launching “new category” of smartphone with HTC Smart  —  This morning HTC announced that it will be releasing a new BREW powered smartphone dubbed the HTC Smart, perhaps better known by its former name the Touch.B/Rome.  The goal of the HTC Smart, and future like handsets …
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
CES: The Network Is Our Top Priority, AT&T Says  —  AT&T's comments late last year about iPhone owners' data habits set off a firestorm among its customer base, some of whom interpreted it as AT&T being more interested in persuading customers to cut their data usage than in improving its network.
Discussion: TechFlash, DSLreports and iPhone Buzz
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Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee Beta Goes Public, Download Now  —  The Boxee Beta is officially out.  You can grab it here.  —  The Beta is available for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu (including 64bit.. ).  The version is still not available for Apple TV, yet, but we are working with the atv-creator community, and look forward to having news on this front.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Happy birthday to me!  I'm joining Google  —  Yes friends, I'm turning 29 and I've decided to go work for The Man.  —  In all actuality, I've been mulling over such a move for some time, considering a number of compelling opportunities for my next step.  After reviewing my options …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
‘Google Energy’ subsidiary considers clean power  —  Google took a step toward entering the energy business with the creation of a subsidiary called Google Energy and a request with a federal agency to buy and sell electricity on the wholesale market.  —  The search giant formed …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Intel Core presser: 32nm Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs (update: video!)  —  Intel has just concluded its first CES press event of 2010, dedicated to “announcing” the already well known Arrandale and Clarkdale CPUs.  They will be part of Intel's planned 27 total SKUs coming in 2010 …
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Samsung's 14-inch transparent OLED laptop (video)  —  If you thought the XPERIA Pureness was wild with its meager 1.8-inch transparent screen, wait'll you get a hold of Samsung Mobile Display's prototype 14-inch notebook — complete with what's being touted as the world's first and largest transparent OLED prototype.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple enables browser-based iTunes music previews  —  All this Lala.com talk and Apple still won't let us even preview tracks using a Web browser, why?  Well, the news here is that that just isn't true any more - Apple has at last fully -enabled Web browser-based song previews of tracks offered for sale via iTunes.
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
2 Million Downloads and Counting: Why Such Loyalty for Microsoft Office?  —  In the past seven weeks, more than 2 million people have downloaded the beta for Microsoft Office 2010.  That's a whopping 40,000 downloads per day.  It's a record breaking pace, surpassing the beta release for Microsoft Office 2007.
Discussion: Softpedia News and broadstuff
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Jive Software Acquires Social Media Monitoring Startup Filtrbox  —  Businesses and brands have already caught onto the immense power of the social stream that runs through Twitter and Facebook to track the pulse of conversations around consumers.  Both tech giants and startups are competing …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Breaking Up in a Digital Fishbowl  —  THERE is a scene in the movie “He's Just Not That Into You” in which Mary, played by Drew Barrymore, laments the numerous technological ways she is being rebuffed by a potential beau.  E-mail.  Text messages.  MySpace.  “It's exhausting,” she complains.
Discussion: /Message
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Forget TV Everywhere, How About Netflix Everywhere?  —  It seems Netflix has already reached a tipping point in the consumer electronics market, as it signed up five more CE manufacturers to enable its streaming services on their devices.  Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba and Funai …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
The Real Value of Tweets  —  Google and Microsoft are paying millions for tweets, but even they can't tell whether their deals will pay off  —  Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) are paying Twitter $25 million to crawl the short posts, or tweets, that users send out on the micro-blogging service.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook is Building a New Payment Operations Team  —  Although Facebook has been talking about building a payments service for years, the project has only slowly rolled out.  —  One big part of payments, its Credits virtual currency, launched more than a year ago and the company began testing …
Discussion: Inside Social Games, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is the YouTube Case Finally Ready to Start Moving Again?  —  Nearly three years after Viacom (VIA) first sued Google (GOOG) over copyright infringement, the case may finally be ready to start moving again.  Both sides have asked a federal court for summary judgment, which means there's …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Dell confirms Android-powered tablet device  —  CES 2010: New slate-like 5-incher shown off  —  Dell has teased with a new tablet/slate PC at its keynote speech at CES in Las Vegas.?  —  Giving virtually no details, as per usual with Dell's teasers, the new device will get a 5-inch screen size and be Android powered.?
BBC:
Mobile use ‘may help’ Alzheimer's  —  After all the concern over possible damage to health from using mobile phones, scientists have found a potential benefit from radiation.  —  Their work has been carried out on mice, but it suggests mobiles might protect against Alzheimer's.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Might Dump Google For Microsoft (AOL, MSFT, GOOG)  —  AOL CEO Tim Armstrong says the company's search deal with Google expires soon, and that while it'd be happy to re-up, Microsoft (MSFT) and others will get a fair chance to earn AOL's business.  —  “I had a Google sweatshirt on for almost …
Discussion: paidContent and Search Engine Land
 
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Phone Arena:
French President receiving a new encrypted phone after a BlackBerry ban
Discussion: The Register
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
BMC Scoops up Phurnace Software
Discussion: Phurnace Blog and The Register
Bradford.N.Cross / Measuring Measures:
Social Networks Without the Networking
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Journalist, freelance and sci-fi authors groups take aim at Google book settlement
Discussion: p2pnet and Open Book Alliance
Kartik Singh / The Official Google Blog:
Chat on Translator Toolkit
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's collaboration on SVG is a win for the open Web
Discussion: Global Nerdy
 Earlier Items: 
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Large-scale attacks exploit unpatched PDF bug
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Mobile Phones Eliminate Single-Serving Devices
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Panasonic blows it out with 3D Blu-ray deck, HDTVs, channels and $21k camcorder
Mike Coop / SiliconANGLE:
EXCLUSIVE: MagicJack to Announce World's Lowest-Priced Femtocell
Discussion: Computerworld and DSLreports, Thanks:atul