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12:05 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 …
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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: DSLreports and iPhone Buzz
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Reuters:
Wireless industry in flux as Google steps in  —  The smoke has finally cleared on Google Inc's highly anticipated Nexus One smartphone, but the ramifications of the Internet company's new role as a mobile phone vendor are still hazy.  —  For established wireless companies, Google represents a new heavyweight jumping into the ring.
Discussion: PC World, Googling Google and Engadget
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.
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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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
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
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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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Google And On2 Technologies Revise Merger Agreement  —  In August 2009, Google announced that it had agreed to acquire On2 Technologies for - then - roughly $106 million.  At the end of last year, On2 - not for the first time - postponed a meeting at which it had hoped to get shareholder approval for its purchase by Google.
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 and The Awl
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: DailyTech, Gizmodo and Softpedia News
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.
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Marc's Voice
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 …
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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Mobile Phones Eliminate Single-Serving Devices  —  This tiny sensor, from OmniVision, is capable of capturing 14.6-megapixel images and 60-frames-per second HD video.  —  As chips and sensors become smaller and more advanced, mobile phones are beginning to swallow and adopt any number of new functions.
Discussion: Memex 1.1
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 (AMZN) for a couple of years, Plastic Logic is finally delivering: Here comes the Que Pro Reader, which the company promises is “more than an eReader” — it's a “paperless briefcase”.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Intel Core presser: 32nm Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs  —  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, including four varieties of Core i3 …
Discussion: Intel
Sophie Hardach / Reuters:
France considers “Google tax” to pay creative work  —  Buzz up!  —  PARIS (Reuters) - France could start taxing Internet advertising revenues from online giants such as Google, using the funds to support creative industries that have been hit by the digital revolution, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
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 …
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 …
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.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Hands On With Motorola Backflip, A Folding Android Phone  —  Think of it like a Cliq, but with a folding instead of a sliding keyboard, so the screen doesn't cover so much of the keyboard when it's open.  —  Motorola says the guts are basically the same as the Cliq's, so expect a performance level on par with that and not the Droid.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Panasonic blows it out with 3D Blu-ray deck, HDTVs, channels and $21k camcorder  —  Had enough of the CES barrage?  Nah.  Panasonic just cut loose a few new releases of its own, with the highlight of the bunch being the planet's first integrated Full HD 3D camcorder.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Saygus Android Phone Promises Easy Video Calls  —  LAS VEGAS — It's not easy to find an Android phone that hasn't been churned out by the HTC factory.  The Saygus Vphone is a smartphone from a Utah-based company that promises a nifty handset with one unique feature: the ability to make two-way video calls even on an EDGE network.
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
T-Mobile, 3 Cosy Up To UK Nexus One  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) only announced Vodafone as an upcoming UK Nexus One carrier, in its Tuesday unveiling.  —  But, true to its wish that more carriers should join in, T-Mobile and 3 UK are also aiming to offer their service with the handset.
 
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Easily spoofed traffic can crash routers, Juniper warns
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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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