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7:50 AM ET, January 7, 2010

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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
HP's Windows 7 Slate Device Revealed by Steve Ballmer  —  It's not Courier, but HP's rumored slate PC is here, now.  Steve Ballmer and his hardware specialist Ryan Asdourian just showed it off, and man is it cute.  Updated with VIDEO  —  Update:Adrian just spotted this official video:
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
CES |  Project Natal launch confirmed for 2010 holidays  —  The Project Natal add-on for Xbox 360 will be released in time for the 2010 holiday season, a Microsoft executive announced Wednesday.  —  Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division, confirmed reports earlier Wednesday …
Dylan F. Tweney / Gadget Lab:
Microsoft Touts Home Entertainment at CES Keynote  —  LAS VEGAS — Microsoft detailed plans for XBox 360 enhancements, a new gesture-driven interface for the XBox, and a new tablet-style Windows PC tonight at a keynote presentation kicking off the Consumer Electronics Show here.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
CES: Steve Ballmer Keynote
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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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Exclusive: Qualcomm to Power Apple iPhone
Discussion: Electronista, Mashable! and MacRumors
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Samsung to launch app store that lets you tweet from your TV  —  Electronics maker Samsung announced today that it's getting into the app store game — but it's thinking beyond the smartphone app stores that seem so hot right now.  Instead, the company says you should be able to download …
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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 SuperSite Blog
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.
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.
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AppleInsider:
Google Nexus One teardown photos reveal ‘thoughtful’ design  —  A teardown of Google's new custom-designed Nexus One handset found no major surprises in the straightforward smartphone, though its ease of disassembly was called impressive.  —  As usual, iFixit wasted no time to get inside …
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.
Boy Genius Report:
Sprint 3G/4G Overdrive mobile hotspot gets official  —  What, you don't remember?  For all you road warriors out there, the new Sprint Overdrive sure seems like a no brainer.  In addition to offering up Sprint 3G's network a la MiFi style, the Sierra Wireless-crafted Overdrive …
Phone Arena:
More info about the Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  A leaked Verizon document reveals detailed specifications about the carriers upcoming Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus models.  The Pre Plus will come with 16GB of internal memory …
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile gets U.S. exclusivity on HTC HD2  —  For those of you who can't get enough pixels in your pocket, we've got some good news for you.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in his CES keynote, has announced that the HTC HD2 will arrive Stateside exclusively with T-Mobile.
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.
internetnews.com:
Cisco Advances Social Media Platform  —  Networking giant uses CES as a platform to announce a new home-based telepresence system as well.  —  Cisco is continuing its push into the home this week with a series of upgrades and new initiatives that are being announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Discussion: eWeek and WebProNews
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.
Mike Coop / SiliconANGLE:
EXCLUSIVE: MagicJack to Announce World's Lowest-Priced Femtocell  —  I spent this morning with Dan Borislow and Y.W. Sing, the CEO and Vice Chairman of MagicJack.  In mid-November, I met with Dr. Sing in his Silicon Valley office for a preview of what we discussed today …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, Distorted-Loop.com and hypebot
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.
Agam Shah / PC World:
AMD Launches DirectX 11 Laptop Graphics Processors  —  Advanced Micro Devices announced new DirectX 11 mobile graphics processors which should bring improved graphics and application performance to Windows 7 laptops, the company said on Thursday.  —  The company released ATI Mobility Radeon …
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Sony BDP-S770 Blu-ray Player Has 3D, Wi-Fi and Netflix Plus iPhone …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple tablet: $340 in parts?
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
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Discussion: Computerworld and Hardware 2.0
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
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