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10:40 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.
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and EverythingiCafe
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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.
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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.
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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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
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 and Softpedia News
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: DSLreports and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
Discussion: PC World, eWeek and ReadWriteWeb
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.
Discussion: Engadget, PC World and IntoMobile
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.
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.
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
E-Commerce Gets Better-Than-Expected Holiday Boost  —  After Tepid Year, Online Retailers Feel Optimistic About 2010  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Online retailers are back in the game, with holiday sales coming in just short of 2007 levels.  Given gloomy forecasts for the sector …
 
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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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Pi calculated to ‘record number’
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
CES: Honey, I Shrunk the Thumb Drives
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