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4:15 PM ET, January 8, 2010


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Google Mobile Blog:
Finding places “Near me now” is easier and faster than ever on  —  Last month, Vic Gundotra, VP of Engineering, demonstrated at the Computer History Museum the ability to search by using your location as the query.  Starting today, you can try this yourself by going to …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's Near Me Now is Live & Good Enough to Replace Yelp  —  One month ago Google unveiled five big new technologies in one day - and then launched real-time search that afternoon.  One of those five was something called Near Me Now, and it just went live moments ago.
Alan Patrick / broadstuff:   The Limits to Growth of Location Based Services
Will Oremus / Mercury News:
Apple plans new prototype store in downtown Palo Alto  —  Apple is quietly preparing to move its downtown Palo Alto store to a new, larger space just a block away on University Avenue, The Daily News has learned.  —  There it will build an Apple Store that project developers referred …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Behind the Warner Bros. and Netflix Accord  —  Earlier this week, Netflix cut a deal with Warner Bros. that will delay the availability of new Warner movies to Netflix subscribers by almost a month, but expand the number of older Warner films available for digital streaming.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Digits, and VideoNuze, Thanks:bobcaswell
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Stabs Us In The Heart So Hollywood Can Drink Our Blood  —  I love Netflix.  They're one of my favorite companies.  I think they run their business right both internally and externally.  That's why it was so painful yesterday when they stabbed me in the heart.
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Chat with Verizon Wireless CTO Lynch on end of all-you-can-eat pricing  —  Verizon Wireless imagines that its coming LTE mobile broadband network will run all kinds of devices such as tablet computers, home appliances, automobiles, smart phones and televisions that you may not necessarily get from a Verizon store.
Discussion: VentureBeat and FierceWireless
James McQuivey / paidContent:
Let's Get Real: Why The Reporting On 3D TV Is Mostly Hype  —  Sit through one too many CES keynotes, press conferences, or pitches, and you just might leave Las Vegas with the mistaken idea that 3DTV is going to be in all of our living rooms next year.  ESPN (NYSE: DIS) and Discovery …
Lauren Goode / Digits:   CES: Mark Cuban on 3-D, HD, LSD
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Blu-ray's 3D spec isn't what it could be
Discussion: Download Squad
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Source: Apple shopping for LED camera flash components  —  Apple in recent months has moved to procure significant quantities of LED camera flash components that could help the iPhone maker's next-generation mobile handsets produce superior image and video captures in low-light situations, AppleInsider has learned.
Greg Badros / Facebook Blog:
Calling All Ph.D. Students  —  As Facebook engineers, we are surrounded by engaging technical problems to solve.  We've recently tackled efficient photo storage, distributed computation and crowdsourced translations, to name a few.  While we're working on inventive solutions on a daily basis, we can't do it alone.
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Lots of iPhone/AT&T woes at CES  —  At the world's largest high-tech show and tell, many are complaining about their iPhone service.  —  A spokesman for AT&T, which provides service exclusively for the iPhone, didn't immediately return an e-mail for comment on potential network problems at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Ion add-on to equip iPhone with full Qwerty keyboard  —  iType turns you handset into a Sinclair Z88  —  CES 2010 Ion, a company best known for its USB turntables and cassette decks, has introduced a Qwerty keyboard add on for... the iPhone.  —  Ion's iType: fast text entry on the iPhone
Royal Pingdom:
How Google collects data about you and the Internet  —  Google has, perhaps more than any other company, realized that information is power.  Information about the Internet, information about innumerable trends, and information about its users, YOU.  —  So how much does Google know about you and your online habits?
Barbara Krasnoff / Computerworld:
CES: Which do developers prefer: iPhone or Android?  —  As the owner of a relatively new Droid, I'm still in the “Oh, cool, what else can I do with this?” phase.  So when I wander around CES, I tend to gravitate to booths that feature apps that offer Android versions.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz Gives Herself B-Minus Grade for First Year on Job  —  Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) — Carol Bartz gives herself a B-minus in her first year as chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., saying she could have moved faster to reorganize the company and strike a Web-search agreement with Microsoft Corp.
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Apple tablet supply chain points to Q2 launch: sources  —  TAIPEI (Reuters) - Suppliers for Apple Inc's new tablet computer have begun shipping touchscreen panels and will start delivering aluminum casings for it next month, sources said, implying a second-quarter product launch.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Internet phone gadget unveiled at CES sparks controversey  —  Buzz up!  —  LAS VEGAS - The company behind the magicJack, the cheap Internet phone gadget that's been heavily promoted on TV, has made a new version of the device that allows free calls from cell phones in the home …
Discussion: DSLreports and PC World
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Corrected: Twitter's Acquisition of Mixer Labs: Was For $5.2 Million  —  Not a new funding round as we reported earlier this morning.  Twitter bought geolocation services startup Mixer Labs late last year, but the amount wasn't disclosed: now in a new SEC filing it is slightly more clear …
Stuart Miles /
The Dell Mini 5: Dell tablet gets a name  —  CES 2010: More details revealed at CES  —  Dell's 5-inch Internet tablet?is to be called the Dell Mini 5 according to the company, suggesting that it will fit in its portable products range as the second handset to follow the Dell Mini 3 and slot in under the “Mini” range of netbooks.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Analysts Wonder if People Will Buy the Google Nexus One Without Trying It  —  Table of Contents:  —  Consumers must buy Google Nexus One smartphone from Google's Web store unlocked for $529, or pay $179 with a two-year service contract from T-Mobile.  This smartphone-as-a-service …
Discussion: Mobile Messaging 2.0
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hearst Is Ready to Show Off Its Skiff E-Reader Platform, but It Doesn't Want to Tell Quite Yet.  Is Anyone Ready to Buy?  —  Here's another e-reader clamoring for attention in a Consumer Electronics Show full of e-readers: The Skiff Reader, produced by a company funded by publisher Hearst Corp. and supported by Sprint.
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR and The Tech Herald …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TC50 Finalist SeatGeek Raises Series A Funding, Revamps Website  —  SeatGeek was definitely one of the finalists of the most recent TechCrunch50 conference that I thought were most interesting from a business model perspective.  Apparently, I'm not the only one, as the New York-based startup …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple-Backed Imagination Technologies Announces PowerVR SGX545 Mobile Graphics Chip  —  Imagination Technologies today announced the launch of its PowerVR SGX545 graphics IP core, a new, high-end addition to the company's SGX series already used in the iPhone 3GS and third-generation iPod touch.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nokia CEO says one-size-fits-all phones don't fit the world  —  Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo says that the developed world is warming up to smartphones that share a lot of features.  But the world's biggest cell phone maker has sold more than 750 million basic phones …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google open-source boss comes clean on Android  —  ‘We could do better,’ DiBona tells devs  —  Google open source guru Chris DiBona has acknowledged that the company's freewheeling approach to building a mobile operating system can cause a few headaches for developers …
Discussion: Download Squad
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
China Blocks IMDB Movie Website  —  Amazon owned, a popular web database of movies and actors, is no longer accessible from China.  —  Why China Blocked IMDB  —  While there has been no official comment on why the IMDB site was blocked inside China, rumors on Twitter suggest …
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