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12:20 AM ET, January 12, 2010

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Arn / MacRumors:
Fingerworks.com Content Pulled Ahead of Apple Tablet Announcement  —  The content of Fingerworks.com has been removed this week after remaining online for nearly 5 years after the acquisition of the company by Apple.  The removal seems to correspond with the impending announcement of an Apple tablet later this month.
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Nexus One Complaints Mount, Honeymoon is Over  —  The Nexus One “superphone” revolution appears to be experiencing some backlash.  Google's Nexus One has been available for less than a week, yet customers and developers are already amassing a growing list of issues and complaints.
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
HTC admits customers have Nexus One 3G trouble, not yet blaming the phone  —  If samples from customer support threads are an accurate indicator, hundreds and perhaps thousands of early adopters of Google's Nexus One phone aren't looking for humanity from some pinstripe or tapered edges, so much as from customer support.
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Acknowledges Nexus One 3G Problem
Phil Wong / The Rumpus.net:
Conversations About the Internet #5: Anonymous Facebook Employee  —  Facebook employees know better than most the value of privacy.  —  This past summer Facebook relocated from University Avenue in Palo Alto, CA — where several buildings fan out along the downtown strip — to a new central office in Stanford Research Park.
Discussion: Gawker, Neowin.net and Boing Boing
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
“Anonymous” Facebook Employee Interview: Fact vs Fiction  —  A supposed anonymous interview with a Facebook employee is generating some buzz around the web, after some apparently controversial information was spilled.  While some blogs are saying that the interview provides new “revelations” …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Gizmodo Australia
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
‘Anonymous’ Facebook interview: Real or fake?
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechCrunch
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 …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
France Télécom / Orange Exec Confirms Apple Tablet Is On The Way
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
The End of Yahoo Shopping?  Company Substantially Outsourcing To PriceGrabber  —  Relatively quietly Yahoo has decided to outsource most of Yahoo Shopping to PriceGrabber.  This is analogous to what Yahoo is doing with Microsoft-Bing in search but just not with Microsoft.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
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Ben Metcalfe Blog:   A cautionary tale on Yahoo!'s potential API legacies
Mike / Marksonland:   Yahoo is the Online Version of the Paper Box Manufacturer
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The best of the best and the worst of the worst of 2010 CES  —  I've been watching Twitter for the best of CES lists, and since I went last week I've got my own perspective on it too.  First, the coolest display I found was the Intel infoscan touch monitor.  That's the video that's above.
Discussion: Engadget, Thanks:scobleizer
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VentureBeat:
The top trends at the Consumer Electronics Show
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Plans to Upgrade Old Billboards in Street View  —  According to a new patent that was just granted to Google, the company could soon extend the reach of its advertising program in Google Maps to Street View.  This patent, which was originally filed on July 7, 2008 …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
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 …
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Network World:   Microsoft apologizes for, but doesn't really fix, software validation snafu
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
We need an independent invention defense to minimize the damage of aggressive patent trolls  —  Almost a third of our portfolio is under attack by patent trolls.  Is it possible that one third of the engineering teams in our portfolio unethically misappropriated technology from someone else …
Discussion: ReadWriteStart and A VC
Reuters:
Google hires ex-McCain communications head-source  —  * Matt Furman taking job with East Coast multinational  —  Google Inc (GOOG.O) has tapped the former communications chief of John McCain's presidential campaign to head up the company's corporate communications efforts, a source familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Theo Valich / Bright Side Of News:
Windows Mobile 7 definitely delayed to 2011  —  After speaking with multiple sources, we're now certain that we won't be seeing Windows Mobile 7 before World Mobile Congress in Barcelona in February 2011.  —  We spoke with representatives from Microsoft, Lenovo, Qualcomm, TI, Nokia, nVidia …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Ubergizmo and TechSpot
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Layoffs Start Today, Pick Up Steam As Week Goes On (AOL)  —  Updates:  — AOL Will Fire Fewer Than 500 From Dulles  — Laid-Off AOLers: DON'T SIGN ANYTHING!  — AOL Fires Everybody In Spain, Sweden  — AOL Layoff Victims: Recruiters Want You
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dave McClure To Launch Early Stage Venture Fund  —  Dave McClure has been investing in early stage startups for years.  He is a direct angel investor in a half dozen or more startups, including Mint, Simply Hired, Mashery, TeachStreet and others.  And he has invested in dozens more through fbFund …
Discussion: Daily Patricia, Thanks:atul
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Netflix Queues Hightlight Social, Political, Racial Divides  —  The New York Times has a great interactive map up that matches the popularity of various top rentals at Netflix against different area codes in 12 major metropolitan areas.  And while some of the information seems obvious …
Humberto Saabedra / PhoneNews.com:
Android 2.1 SDK Released  —  Following up on its announcement last week during the launch of the Nexus One, the Android Developers blog has announced the release of the Android 2.1 SDK.  —  As expected, the SDK adds support for animated wallpaper development, changes to signal strength visual output …
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: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Facebook is Wrong: Privacy Is Still Important  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told a live audience this weekend that the world has changed, that it's become more public and less private, and that the controversial new default and permanent settings reflect how the site would work if he were to create it today.
Andrew Hough / Telegraph:
Foxy ‘Roxxxy’: world's first ‘sex robot’ can talk about football  —  The world's first “sex robot”, a life-size rubber doll called Roxxxy who can have real conversations with her owner, including about football, has been unveiled.  —  The dark-haired, negligee-clad, life-size robotic …
 
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Airport Scanners Can Store, Transmit Images
Discussion: Slashdot and Boing Boing
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Warner Music Got $9 Million in Lala.com's Sale to Apple; Bronfman's Salary
Discussion: hypebot and Warner Music Group …
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Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
Grooveshark sued by another record company
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Logs don't lie: Which tech execs have the White House's ear?
Discussion: Hillicon Valley, Thanks:atul
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