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11:00 AM ET, January 11, 2010

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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
France Télécom / Orange Exec Confirms Apple Tablet Is On The Way  —  Apple is doing a fine job keeping shush about the tablet computer it has been working on for several years and which is due to be announced later this month in California.  —  But just in case anyone was still …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Security Flaw Makes It Easy To Bypass Verizon Droid Screen Lock  —  Bad news, Droid owners.  Android OS version 2.0.1, which all up-to-date Droids are running, has a bug that makes it fairly easy to bypass the phone's screen-lock security mechanism.  The security feature, when working …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
This Will Be The Year Adobe's 2 Million Flash Developers Come To The iPhone  —  It's no secret that Apple doesn't like Flash.  It won't allow Flash apps to run on the iPhone or iPod Touch despite all of Adobe's cajoling and pleading, and despite the fact that it's long been working in the labs.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft makes it legal to rent Windows, Office worldwide  —  For the past few years, Microsoft has been conducting experiments in various countries as to how and whether “renting” software could become a viable business model.  The answer seemingly must have been yes …
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
CES 2010: What did we learn this week?  —  Without a doubt, Android has emerged from CES 2010 as the software platform story of the year.  In a strange way, the sudden surge of activity for the platform prior to CES, and even prior to Google's Nexus One announcement the day before CES …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media Is Mad as Hell and, Well, Pens a Manifesto (And Here It Is!)  —  Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt said he has had it with some mainstream media depictions of his social media content company, especially one report that called it a “content mill.”  —  So, what did he do?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
High-Tech Sex?  Porn Flirts With the Cutting Edge  —  Adult Entertainment Expo Kicks Off as Consumer Electronics Show Continues  —  The porn industry peddles a product as old as Adam and Eve, and it's always found the most cutting edge ways to do it.  —  It's no accident that each year …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Can the Skiff save the magazine industry?  —  There has been quite a bit of talk about Hearst's Skiff ereader and we got a hands-on last night before the show closed.  The device is about as big as a Kindle DX (11.5-inch display and a very thin bezel) but quite thin (.25-inches).
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:bobcaswell
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon, Android and the tethering conundrum  —  Dear Verizon: Please get your software act together so Android phones can be tethered to laptops to be used as wireless cards.  —  That plea comes after weeks of wanting a Droid (probably a Nexus One now), but having to refrain from a phone upgrade …
Jaron Lanier / Wall Street Journal:
World Wide Mush  —  In his new book, “You Are Not A Gadget,” online pioneer Jaron Lanier explains how the Internet has gone off course; a chorus of voices makes everything flat—and scary  —  All too many of today's Internet buzzwords— including “Web 2.0,” “Open Culture,” “Free Software” …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
How the AOL-Time Warner Merger Went So Wrong  —  A decade ago, America Online merged with Time Warner in a deal valued at a stunning $350 billion.  It was then, and is now, the largest merger in American business history.  —  The Internet, it was believed, was soon to vaporize mainstream media business models on the spot.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:mrinaldesai
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Social science meets computer science at Yahoo  —  Shortly after Carol Bartz took over as chief executive of Yahoo Inc. early last year, she met with Prabhakar Raghavan for an overview of the Sunnyvale Web giant's research division.  As the head of Yahoo Labs ran through the catalog …
Discussion: Screenwerk
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Acknowledges Nexus One 3G Problem  —  If there was a problem yo I'll solve it...While the internet was quick to jump on a problem existing between the Nexus One and 3G, neither Google nor T-Mobile acknowledged the problem.  Granted we're only five days in from the initial sale date …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
USB 3.0 SuperSpeed gone wild at CES 2010, trumps even your new SSD  —  Just in case you didn't notice the arrow, that's a USB 3.0 cable up there, plugged into a USB 3.0 port, running in a Fujitsu laptop that is the first to pack integrated support for USB 3.0.  How fast was it?
Discussion: PC World
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Study Finds That Papers Lead in Providing New Information  —  There are more places to go for local news but less news to find there, and the great majority of actual reporting still comes from newspapers, according to a study of the Baltimore area that is scheduled to be released on Monday.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s  —  My 2-year-old daughter surprised me recently with two words: “Daddy's book.”  She was holding my Kindle electronic reader.  —  Here is a child only beginning to talk, revealing that the seeds of the next generation gap have already been planted.
Discussion: TeleRead, /Message and Slashdot, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Friendfinder Networks Cuts IPO Size By Half; Hoping For About $220 Million  —  Adult entertainment company Friendfinder Networks is finding the going tough in a recessionary market, much like the rest of the industry and has rest its expectations: after filing for an IPO exactly a year ago …
Discussion: MediaMemo
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
No, Your First Impression Isn't Wrong: Android ISN'T As Nice As The iPhone  —  Tried Android and feel it doesn't measure up to the iPhone?  TechCrunch would have you think it's just because you didn't try it long enough.  It's not the phone, you see.  It's you.  And that's bull.
Discussion: Computerworld, Guardian and jkOnTheRun, Thanks:atul
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Moblin Linux on x86 smartphone: Intel's small step forward
Dan / Predictably Irrational:
What boyfriends and girlfriends search for on Google
Discussion: Kindle Review
Maija Palmer / blogs.ft.com:
No end in sight for 50-year copyright levies war
Ewan / Mobile Industry Review:
Palm Pre has apparently sold just 220 units in Ireland
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and mocoNews
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Firm to Release Database & Web Server 0days
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Alexia Tsotsis / All Shook Down:
Video: The Richter Scales Take on Crunchpad Debacle, Google Voice Gate …
Discussion: lalawag, Thanks:percival
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 shown off very, very quietly
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Built By Google  —  Pete logs onto his desktop computer.
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