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11:40 AM ET, January 17, 2010


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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Motorola Shadow is Nexus Two with sliding QWERTY keyboard?  —  Fan-made render?  Very possible, but we're intrigued by the notion.  The gang at Mobile01 have laid out two more photos of what is being called the Motorola Shadow (not to be confused with the T-Mobile Shadow) …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Early Windows Mobile 7 build gets handled, incompatible with previous WinMo apps?  —  In case you weren't aware, Mobile-review's Eldar Murtazin is somewhat of a living legend around these parts.  The Russian-borne phone guru manages to get his hands on an ample number of then-unreleased devices …
Discussion: and Download Squad
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Why is Apple blocking VoIP over 3G?  —  We wondered yesterday why Skype hadn't enabled Push Notifications in their latest iPhone update, and more importantly, why we couldn't use Skype, or any voice over IP service, over 3G?  Peter Parkes (not Spiderman), a Skype blogger, wrote in to clarify a few things for us.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and The iPhone Blog
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Next Android version will be called Froyo, says Erick Tseng  —  Proving once again that those who don't watch The Engadget Show are always going to be one step behind those who do, our latest star guest Erick Tseng has dropped a dollop of exclusive wisdom on us: Android's next big iteration will be known as Froyo.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
New York Times Ready to Charge Online Readers  —  New York Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. appears close to announcing that the paper will begin charging for access to its website, according to people familiar with internal deliberations.  After a year of sometimes fraught debate inside the paper …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
FoursquareX: Foursquare Addicts Need To Get This Desktop Fix Immediately  —  Use of the location-based service Foursquare is on the up and up.  But it's use is mainly limited to mobile phones currently.  That makes sense since the service is all about sending your location when on the go.
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
A Rebel in Cyberspace, Fighting Collectivism  —  In 2006, the artist and computer scientist Jaron Lanier published an incisive, groundbreaking and highly controversial essay about “digital Maoism” — about the downside of online collectivism, and the enshrinement by Web 2.0 enthusiasts of the “wisdom of the crowd.”
Katie Drummond / Danger Room:
Darpa: U.S. Geek Shortage Is National Security Risk  —  Sure, we're all plugged in and online 24/7.  But fewer American kids are growing up to be bona fide computer geeks.  And that poses a serious security risk for the country, according to the Defense Department.
Discussion: Fast Company, Maximum PC and DVICE
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Resistive screens are dead: HTC now selling a stylus for capacitive screens  —  When it comes to touchscreens, you just can't beat the feeling of a nice, high-quality capacitive screen.  If you've been using an iPhone, Motorola Droid, or any one of many capacitive smartphones made in the past few years …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music Resurrects Imeem Playlists  —  Last month, MySpace finally completed its deal to acquire troubled music startup Imeem.  Unfortunately for imeem fans, the bank shut the service down as soon as the deal was completed, redirecting them to a MySpace Music splash screen.
Discussion: CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo: “The Open Web is not a rose garden.”  —  Apparently, Yahoo didn't like the bad press it was getting following its decision to shutter its own Shopping API and instead strike a deal with PriceGrabber to use their data.  Neal Sample, Yahoo's Vice President of Open Strategy …
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Alarming network glitch makes the Internet lose track of who is who on Facebook  —  AP Exclusive: Network flaw causes scary Web error  —  A Georgia mother and her two daughters logged onto Facebook from mobile phones last weekend and wound up in a startling place …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple retaliates: requests US import ban on Nokia phones  —  As expected, Apple just responded to Nokia's ITC request to ban Apple device imports with a US embargo request of its very own.  Notice of Apple's complaint (without any detail) was posted yesterday on the website …
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