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5:05 PM 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 …
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Orange: 'No, We Didn't Just Confirm Apple's Tablet'  —  Has mobile operator Orange spilled the beans on the supposed Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) tablet?  —  Bloggers got themselves tongue-tied Monday, when they leaped on comments - given by owner France Telecom's deputy CEO during a French radio interview …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
France Telecom exec implies Apple tablet to have 3G, Web cam [u]
Discussion: Phone Arena and Electronista
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 …
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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 …
KRAPPS:
New iPhone App Can Be Programmed To Display Porn  —  It's a well known fact that Apple does not tolerate porn in the App Store ... “Apple will not distribute applications that contain inappropriate content, such as pornography,” said Apple spokesman Tom Neumayer in an official company statement last June.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
From Print to Phone to Web.  And a Sale?  —  Print may be a flat medium, but that has not stopped magazine publishers from trying to add dimension to their pages.  For at least a decade, they have been experimenting with bar codes and icons that could take readers to Web sites …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Logs don't lie: Which tech execs have the White House's ear?  —  Who has the ear of the White House when it comes to tech issues?  Judging from the White House visitor logs, President Obama and his team have a soft spot for FCC Chair Julius Genachowski, who visited 48 times between June and September.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley, Thanks:atul
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.
Melissa Shapiro / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate Available for Download  —  Editor's note: On Friday PT, Mozilla released the release candidate for 3.6.  Check out the Mozilla Developer News announcement reposted below.  —  The Mozilla community is proud to announce the availability of a release candidate of Firefox 3.6.
John Leyden / The Register:
Rogue phishing app smuggled onto Android Marketplace  —  Ghost in the machine  —  A phisher hoping to harvest bank login details managed to smuggle his app onto the Android app store.  —  Malicious apps posted by Droid09 were quickly identified, prompting a warning to legitimate users and a ban for the VXer.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Fights Social Spam with “Mark You Don't Know” Response to Friend Requests  —  With more than 350 million monthly active users around the world, Facebook has a lot of users who want to make new friends.  And now the company is testing out a feature to make friending a little more meaningful.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Is Mozilla preparing to ditch Firefox add-ons as we know them?  —  One of the features that attract geeks and power users to Firefox is add-ons. these simple browser extensions allow you to customize pretty much everything about the browser, from the page being displayed to the browser itself.
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Yahoo! Shopping API Announcement  —  After careful consideration, we have decided to enter into a strategic partnership with PriceGrabber to power the Product Submit functionality of Yahoo! Shopping as of March 11, 2010.  As a result of these changes, Yahoo! will no longer provide …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
NoTube: Supreme Court Blocks YouTube From California's Prop 8 Trial  —  Here's a historic first you won't be seeing today: Coverage of a federal trial via YouTube.  —  The Supreme Court has put a halt, at least temporarily, on plans to let Google's (GOOG) video site stream coverage of the …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
After a Big Surge, Vietnam's Facebook Traffic Has a Strange Fall  —  Vietnam was, until this past fall, like most other countries in the booming region: Its citizens were moving on to Facebook.  Whether due to the games, photo sharing, status updates, privacy, or other features …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Will Announce Zimbra Sale to VMware Tomorrow, As It Considers Bids for Small Biz Unit  —  Yahoo is set to announce the sale of its Zimbra open-source email unit to VMware tomorrow, said sources, for a figure that is north of $100 million, but below the $350 million it paid for the unit in late 2007.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foxy Tactics: Google News Pulls The AP's Content As Contract Comes Up For Renewal  —  Through much of last year, the Associated Press threw public barbs and veiled threats at Google, while in private it was renegotiating its licensing agreement with Google News.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and The Big Money
Tim Difford / The Next Web:
SpotifiTunes Lets You Stream Your iTunes Library Using Spotify  —  Tired of waiting for Apple to introduce a streaming music service?  Frustrated at being unable to access your iTunes library when you're away from home?  A newly launched service enables you to access most of your tunes via Spotify.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Dragon iPhone app tweaked, search tool released  —  Nuance, which makes Dragon voice-to-text software, is forging ahead in the iPhone app market.  —  Over the weekend, the company updated its Dragon voice dictation app for the Apple iPhone and unveiled a new Dragon Search app to let you find info via voice.
Discussion: Macworld
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Judge: RealNetworks caused its own legal problems  —  RealNetworks has suffered yet another a legal blow in its battle to bring its DVD ripping software to market, and according to the judge, it's the company's own fault.  —  On Friday, Judge Marilyn Patel dismissed Real's antitrust claims …
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” …
Ari Allyn-Feuer / Ars Technica:
12 hour battery life in a high-end laptop?  Asus says yes  —  An ASUS laptop quietly on display at CES packed two GPUs, a high-end NVIDIA GeForce 310, and a humble Intel GMA... and intelligently switched, second-by-second, between them.  The UL80JT can also re-clock its Intel Core i7 CPU on a second-by-second basis.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Glitch strands Microsoft business customers  —  Microsoft's efforts to revamp a Web site that handles software licensing for businesses have resulted in hours of frustration for some of the company's most loyal customers.  —  Problems arose early last month when Microsoft aimed …
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 …
 
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PR Newswire:
Universal Music Group (UMG) Partners With Free All Music to Offer …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
CA Continues Buying Spree, Acquires Oblicore
Discussion: Datamation and PR Newswire
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Layoffs Start Today, Pick Up Steam As Week Goes On (AOL)
Discussion: paidContent and Gawker
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
BBC iPlayer to be built in to Samsung TVs
Discussion: Beet.TV
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Friendfinder Networks Cuts IPO Size By Half; Hoping For About $220 Million
Discussion: MediaMemo
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media Is Mad as Hell and, Well, Pens a Manifesto (And Here It Is!)
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon, Android and the tethering conundrum
Discussion: Open Source
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Security Flaw Makes It Easy To Bypass Verizon Droid Screen Lock
Discussion: Engadget
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Can the Skiff save the magazine industry?
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:bobcaswell
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
USB 3.0 SuperSpeed gone wild at CES 2010, trumps even your new SSD