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6:25 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.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft's Bing To Be Default Search Engine On HP PCs Worldwide  —  That rumored Apple-rival slate isn't being unveiled, but Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer is announcing some minor pieces of news during his keynote this evening at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Highlights:
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
CES: Steve Ballmer Keynote  —  Steve Ballmer is delivering his annual state-of-Microsoft address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas tonight-the second he's given since taking over duties for former CEO Bill Gates.  If it's anything like last year's, it will offer a broad overview of Microsoft's …
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Where to Watch CES 2010 LIVE Stream
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Tech Report
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”
Discussion: BaltTech and I4U News
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Exclusive: Qualcomm to Power Apple iPhone
Discussion: Electronista, MacRumors and Mashable!
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple tablet: $340 in parts?
Discussion: FierceWireless
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Engadget, PC World and IntoMobile
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
CES: Look out, Chumby: Here comes the Sony Dash  —  The Sony Dash is due out in April for $199.99.  —  LAS VEGAS—If you've been following Chumby Industries at all, you know the company was more interested in licensing out its Internet mini apps than making actual hardware devices.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Oneforty Launching Its Premium Twitter App Store In Alpha Next Week  —  When we first wrote about Oneforty, the “App Store for Twitter” in September, founder Laura Fitton told us that plan was for the service to be a full-fledged e-commerce platform eventually.  That will start happening next week, we've learned.
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.
Devin Coldewey / MobileCrunch:
Hands on and video: Lenovo's Lephone  —  Lenovo gave us a chance to check out their latest smartphone today at CES 2010.  It's Android-based with a complete facelift and hardly any of the original OS sticking out.  I doubt they intended it to be, but it seems like a sort of interesting mix of webOS, iPhone, and Android features.
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.
 
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
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Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
FCC seeks extension for national broadband plan
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Robert Mullins / VentureBeat:
WaveMarket signs up AT&T to deliver third-party location-based apps
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Ed Bayley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Updated and Corrected: E-Book Buyer's Guide to Privacy
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Why Buy a Standalone Box When Vudu Has Apps Already On the TV?
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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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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
CES: Honey, I Shrunk the Thumb Drives
Discussion: Computerworld and Hardware 2.0
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
A short history of Hotmail
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:techvenkat