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9:45 PM ET, January 21, 2010

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources detail physical design of Apple's upcoming tablet device  —  When Apple finally takes the wraps off its long-anticipated tablet next Wednesday, the device will strike a familiar chord with owners of the original iPhone, with similarities in industrial design trickling …
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
New Tablet Details: Twin Dock Connectors, a Big Antenna Panel, and Pricing Q's  —  So yesterday, I promised on Twitter that there would be a tablet-related update today.  Here are a couple of late-breaking, interesting details that we've had double-confirmed by sources.  —  (a) Double Dock Connectors.
Retrevo blogs:
A Blank Check for a Blank Slate?  —  Retrevo Pulse Report on the Apple Tablet  —  There is pretty strong consensus that we'll soon see an Apple media device with a 10-inch touchscreen that runs iPhone apps or Mac OS apps.  The big questions are, will anyone actually want one of these devices …
Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2009 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.  —  “Google had a strong fourth quarter, with 17% year over year revenue growth,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Figures Out Another Use For YouTube: Earnings Webcasts  —  If you've ever tried to listen in on a Google earnings call on the web, it's kind of a pain.  That's especially true if you use a Mac because Google insists that you use either Real Player (which is awful on the Mac) or Windows Media Player (which doesn't work on a Mac).
Discussion: internetnews.com
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:   Exclusive: YouTube profits “coming this year”
Jonathan Heiliger / Facebook Blog:
Breaking Ground on Our First Custom Data Center  —  We have come a long way from our roots in a Harvard dorm room, when Facebook was only available at some colleges and run on a single server.  Now with more than 350 million people worldwide and our service and business continuing to grow …
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Mike Rogoway / Oregonian:
Facebook picks Prineville for its first data center
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Microsoft's 'Don't Be Evil' Dilemma  —  As Google promises to stop censorship in China, free speech criticism is shifting to its biggest rival.  —  When Google announced last week that it would end its controversial practice of censoring search results in China, it pitted itself …
New York Times:   China Paints Google Issue as Not Political
Joshelman / Twitter Blog:
The Power of Suggestions  —  Hi, I'm Josh and I work in the product team at Twitter.  One of the areas I'm working on is helping new users get started so they know how to find and discover what interests them.  Today we're making the first of many changes here to help people ease …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Revamps SUL, Switches To Categorized Suggestions With No Mass-Following
Discussion: The Next Web
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Meet The New YouTube: Less Clutter, Easier Search, And No More Stars  —  YouTube is on a roll.  Last night, the world's largest video site rolled out HTML5 support, its first video rentals, and even a nifty music feature called Disco.  Today, it's making an even bigger change …
Melissa Shapiro / The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Delivers Firefox 3.6 to Millions of Users  —  Mozilla, a public-benefit organization dedicated to promoting choice and innovation on the Web, today released Firefox® 3.6, an update to its popular, free and open source Web browser.  The latest version of Firefox introduces cutting-edge features …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Don't Expect HTML5 to Overtake Flash Anytime Soon  —  YouTube made a bit of noise yesterday with the introduction of a new video player that uses HTML5 standard, which (in theory) could enable browsers to render video without an installed plugin like Adobe's Flash player.
Discussion: AppleInsider
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Vimeo pushing out HTML5 video player
Discussion: Vimeo, Mashable! and Gizmodo Australia
Peppi Kiviniemi / Wall Street Journal:
EU Clears Oracle to Buy Sun Microsystems  —  BRUSSELS — After a drawn out investigation, the European Commission on Thursday unconditionally cleared U.S. software giant Oracle Corp. to take over smaller rival Sun Microsystems Inc. in a $7.4 billion deal.  —  “I am now satisfied that competition …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Sun CEO: Go Oracle! [Internal Memo]
Discussion: GigaOM and Forbes
Bing / Search Blog:
Cooking up a storm with Bing Recipes  —  After watching Julie and Julia I think everyone might have a little bit of Julia Child inside of them somewhere (even Stefan...who would've thought he had an apron with his name on it).  So when you find yourself looking for that new recipe to whip …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google or Not, Motorola Pushes Forward on Android in China  —  If Google follows through on its threat to leave China, Motorola is ready to adapt.  —  On Thursday, Motorola said it would introduce an online store in China where users could download applications to run on phones powered by Google's Android software.
Discussion: Motorola Media Center
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Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Google shoots itself in the foot in mobile
Discussion: BetaNews
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple again delays 27-inch iMac shipment by 3 weeks  —  Just when it looked like Apple was putting its 27-inch iMac troubles behind it with a balance in supply and demand, the company has abruptly pushed new direct orders of its big screen desktop machines out by three weeks.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Facebook to Launch Dashboard for Your Games and Apps [PIC]  —  Facebook has announced that it is going to be launching two new features for organizing and interacting with Facebook apps, the Games Dashboard and the Applications Dashboard.  Developers will have access to a sandbox for the dashboards starting today.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Platform Dashboard News API Sandbox Now Open
Discussion: The Social
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Spotify now makes record labels money  —  Spotify now offers the music industry a sustainable revenue model according to a UK record label executive.  —  Revealing for the first time today how the commercial relationship works between the streaming service and the record labels, Rob Wells …
Los Angeles Times:
At Hulu, ‘free’ may soon turn into ‘fee’  —  The video website, launched by studios to distribute TV shows over the Internet without charge, now is considering ways to draw revenue, including charging for some episodes of popular shows.  —  Hulu soared to popularity by offering free online viewing of popular TV shows.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
With an Eye on the iPad, Condé Nast Declares Its $39,000 iPhone Magazine a “Success”  —  Some early numbers from Condé Nast's first attempt to create a digital version of one of its magazines: The publisher says it sold 6,614 copies of the December issue of GQ via iTunes, and some 12,000 copies of the January issue.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Pre Plus (and Pixi Plus) review  —  It's been about a year since Palm pulled itself back from the brink of imminent destruction with the announcement of webOS and the Palm Pre, and even less time since the products announced actually hit the market.  In that time span …
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless confirms Palm pricing; Wi-Fi Hotspot to cost $40 monthly
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
John Temple / TEMPLE TALK:
I'm moving to Honolulu to become the first editor of Peer News  —  I'm moving to Paradise.  For a dream job.  —  Today Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman of eBay, announced that I'm going to become the first editor of Peer News, a Honolulu-based local news service that will produce original …
 
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Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Web sites must support IPv6 by 2012, expert warns
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Tim Mullaney / Business Week:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
More on Verizon and its antipiracy efforts
Discussion: Ars Technica, DSLreports and p2pnet
Andrew Lipsman / comScore Voices:
2009: Another Strong Year for Facebook
Discussion: MediaPost and PC World
Farhad Manjoomon / Fast Company:
Why App Stores Are Not the Business Model for the 21st Century
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Netflix Just Gave iTunes A Big Fat Kiss
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Man Buried in Haiti Rubble Uses iPhone to Treat Wounds, Survive
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