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6:50 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 …
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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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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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 and PE Hub Blog
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines and sparkplug 9
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Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Why Netflix's Long-Term Focus in New Warner Bros. Deal is a Win for Everyone
Discussion: TechCrunch, Digital Trends and Netflix
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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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft: Google's Phone Plan ‘Very Difficult’  —  Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp.'s Robbie Bach, head of the division that makes mobile-phone programs, said Google Inc. will have a hard time attracting partners to its wireless software after introducing its own handset.
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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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 …
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 …
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.?
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.
Laura Oliver / Journalism.co.uk:
New tools for Sky journalists as social media strategy moves from one to many  —  Sky News is installing Twitter software across its journalists' computers, as part of plans to encourage more use of social media for newsgathering and reporting.  —  The Tweetdeck application …
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.
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
NAVIGON launches MobileNavigator for Android and Windows phones  —  NAVIGON is bringing MobileNavigator, its popular turn-by-turn navigation solution to Windows Mobile and Android users in North America.  Originally launched on the iPhone, MobileNavigator for Android and Windows Mobile utilizes …
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Surprise, surprise: HTC's Euro-spec Nexus One does multitouch  —  Alright, Google, we get it: you hate America.  That's the only conclusion we can reach for why the company's last two Android version hero devices — the Droid for 2. and the Nexus One for 2.1 — have mysteriously opted …
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
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
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
David Dahlquist / Macworld:
Security Cam app turns your iPhone into a security camera  —  Developer Crowded Road has had a rather difficult time getting its Security Cam App approved.  In fact, its claim its app was submitted to Apple back in December of 2008, yet was just approved recently.
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org:
National Broadband Plan Delayed
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French President receiving a new encrypted phone after a BlackBerry ban
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Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
BMC Scoops up Phurnace Software
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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
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's collaboration on SVG is a win for the open Web
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Computerworld:
Large-scale attacks exploit unpatched PDF bug
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
The Real Value of Tweets
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul