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8:10 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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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google imposes $350 early termination fee for subsidized Nexus …
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
HTC admits customers have Nexus One 3G trouble, not yet blaming the phone
Discussion: PC World
Sylvie Barak / TG Daily:
Apple takes a bite out of LCD and OLED supply  —  An interesting rumor reached the ever alert ears of TG Daily's hacks on the CES showroom floor last week, with word that Apple has snapped up all available supply of 10.1-inch multi-touch display LCD and OLED screens for its upcoming tablet.
Ronen Halevy / BerryReview.com:
HOT!  First Picture of BlackBerry Curve 8910  —  We first heard about the BlackBerry Curve 8910 earlier today.  Tonight one of our Secret Agents scored a live picture of the BlackBerry Curve 8910 for us to ogle.  From what I am seeing this revision replaces the trackball with a trackpad …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok You Luddites, Time To Chill Out On Facebook Over Privacy  —  In 2004 everyone freaked out when Gmail launched because Google would be reading your emails to figure out what ads to serve you.  “Privacy advocates objected to the advertising model, which involves Google's robot eyes scanning every e-mail …
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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 …
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.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
“Anonymous” Facebook Employee Interview: Fact vs Fiction
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gizmodo Australia
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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The top trends at the Consumer Electronics Show
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: ReadWriteWeb and A VC
David Ebner / Globe and Mail:
The killer app that busted ski-resort snow jobs  —  Exaggerated reports of snow on ski hills used to be routine leading up to the weekend, but not since the iPhone began to expose the truth — Do you want to know how much fresh powder has really fallen on your favourite ski hill?  There's an app for that.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mochi Media Acquired By Shanda Games For $80 Million  —  Mochi Media, a Flash game advertising network and payments platform funded by Accel Partners and Shasta Ventures, has been acquired by Shanda Games for $60 million in cash and $20 million in equity.  The company has raised $14 million over two venture rounds.
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
E-Mail?  Free.  Internet?  That'll Cost You.  —  EVERYBODY wants to be connected, and most major airlines in the United States have made bets that in-flight Wi-Fi Internet service will be a profitable sideline, or at least a worthwhile brand enhancer.  —  As the year started …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Google's Approach to Social for 2010  —  Though Google's social strategy has been catch-up at best to date, the company does have a master plan — at least according to engineering director David Glazer, whom I spoke with last week at Google HQ.  He said across a variety of products …
Discussion: chrisbrogan.com
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Half of all data centers understaffed, Symantec survey finds  —  Budget, lack of qualified applicants challenge IT shops  —  Fifty percent of IT executives say their data centers are understaffed, and companies are still looking for more ways to cut costs, according to Symantec's latest “State of the Data Center” report.
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.
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft pulls Office from own online store  —  On injunction deadline, Microsoft yanks all but one edition; other online retailers have suite to sell  —  Computerworld - Microsoft Corp. has pulled almost every version of Office from its own online store to comply with a court order requiring …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Airport Scanners Can Store, Transmit Images  —  Contrary to public statements made by the Transportation Security Administration, full-body airport scanners do have the ability to store and transmit images, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Discussion: The Register, Slashdot and Boing Boing
John Capone / MediaPost:
Texting: It's Not Just For Children Anymore  —  The stereotypes of the teenager whose thumbs are surgically attached to his or her mobile device and the older parent who sees the same as a phone without wires are, like most stereotypes, not entirely inaccurate, but also not very reliable either.
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: Alec Saunders SquawkBox and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Mike / Marksonland:
Yahoo is the Online Version of the Paper Box Manufacturer  —  I have to say I'm intrigued by what seems to be Yahoo's new business plan: identify core services and then ditch or outsource everything else.  First went search, now say goodbye to comparison shopping.  —  It's an interesting strategy for the company.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
Sony Could Increase Blu-ray Capacity By 33 Percent  —  Sony appears to be readying technology that would increase the capacity of Blu-ray discs from 25 Gbytes to 33.4 Gbytes, an increase in capacity of just over 33 percent.  —  Nikkei Electronics Asia quotes a source at Sony …
Discussion: PC World
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.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
E-Readers Everywhere: The Inevitable Shakeout  —  Samsung, Plastic Logic, enTourage Systems, Hearst, and Spring Design launched e-readers at CES against Sony, Amazon, and even Apple's rumored tablet  —  Johnny Makkar is intent on buying a digital book reader.
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Fix finalized for SSL protocol hole
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