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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Drops ‘Droid’ Brand For Newest Android Phone (VZ, MOT, GOOG)  —  More Android phones are coming to Verizon Wireless, but the latest one won't get the carrier's memorable “Droid” branding.  —  The Motorola Devour, announced today, is scheduled to launch in March.
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New York Times:
Amazon Is Said to Buy Touch-Screen Company  —  In a sign that Amazon wants to upgrade its Kindle e-reader to compete head-on with the Apple iPad, Amazon has acquired Touchco, a New York-based start-up specializing in touch-screen technology, a person briefed on the deal said Wednesday.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
He Calls Google A Vampire, But Mark Cuban's Mahalo Is Doing The Sucking  —  Yesterday, Mark Cuban warned media owners in a keynote speech that Google is a vampire trying to suck them dry, giving them nothing back and daring owners to block it.  This is the same Mark Cuban who is an investor in Mahalo …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mark Cuban May Hate News Aggregators, But He Also Wants To Invest In Them
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
From MSFT evangelist to Mac enthusiast - the other side of the road  —  For five years I was a Microsoft evangelist to the startup and venture capital community.  That ended a couple months ago.  I am now a Developer Advocate at Google and I love it.  After years of defending Microsoft …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:   Microsoft refugee discovers Macs
Wall Street Journal:
Textbook Firms Ink E-Deals For iPad  —  Major textbook publishers have struck deals with software company ScrollMotion Inc. to adapt their textbooks for the electronic page, as the industry embraces a hope that digital devices such as Apple Inc.'s iPad will transform the classroom.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Monster Buys Yahoo HotJobs For $225 Million In Cash (YHOO, MWW)  —  Monster (MWW) will buy Yahoo (YHOO) HotJobs for $225 million in cash, the companies announced today.  —  Details from the release:  — “Monster and Yahoo! have also entered into a three year commercial traffic agreement …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
SlideShare Launches Custom Channels for Businesses  —  SlideShare just announced that it now offers businesses the ability to create their own custom channels on the popular document sharing service.  These channels allow businesses and enterprises to share their presentations, e-books and whitepapers with a wider audience.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Skype says new 3G iPhone app coming ‘really soon,’ will have CD-quality sound  —  After the news last week that Apple and AT&T are now allowing VoIP apps to make phone calls over the 3G network, Skype said it's still waiting to release a new 3G-ready version of its software for the iPhone.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Simplifies The Creation Of Business Applications With Visual Process Manager  —  2009 was a banner year for Salesforce.com.  The enterprise cloud computing company made significant enhancements to its product lineup, reported overall strong earnings, and even launched their own …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's iPad May Gain an Intelligent Bezel in the Future  —  Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published two major granted patents of Apple's covering tablets and advanced touch technologies.  The first patent may provide us with a glimpse of a future implementation of an intelligent tablet bezel.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
John Gruber's Daring Fireball Gets Comments (Whether He Likes It or Not)  —  John Gruber of Daring Fireball is the most influential Apple pundit on the web, but readers often complain about the lack of comments on his website.  —  In fact, Gruber's site is famous for not having comments.
Discussion: Tech Central, Mashable! and rizzn.com, Thanks:atul
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Nehalem Mac Pros take 20% performance hit when playing audio  —  Apple's latest Mac Pro, jammed with multicore Nehalem-based Xeon processors, is designed to be a computing beast with power to spare for the most demanding tasks.  Since the current Mac Pros became available in October of 2009 …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
RIM Coiled for Spring Surprise: Rumor  —  Stock quotes in this article: RIMM , MOT , AAPL , GOOG  —  WATERLOO, Ont.  (TheStreet) — Finally, some signs that the creative sap is running again at Research In Motion(RIMM Quote).  —  RIM has been fairly criticized for losing a step …
Discussion: FierceWireless and I4U News
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple's iPad heralds tablet explosion, analysts say  —  Apple's iPad tablet launch last week reflects the real start of a new market segment for media tablets that the analysts at ABI Research predict will grow from four million units shipped this year to 57 million each year by 2015.
Casey Chan / Android Central:
Firefox on Android Progressing Nicely, Loads First Page  —  Like we said before, it's going to take some time before Fennec aka Firefox Mobile actually gets on Android.  But at least it looks like porting Fennec over to Android is progressing rather nicely—they actually got their first page load.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile App or Browser-Based Site?  Report Says The Browser Will Win on Mobile  —  Mobile search company Taptu has released a detailed report showing that the future of the Mobile Web is likely to be dominated by cross-platform browser-based mobile web sites - rather than apps built specifically for iPhone …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows veteran Mike Nash to leave Microsoft  —  A couple of weeks after Windows Senior Vice President Bill Veghte decided to leave Microsoft, another Windows marketing veteran is doing the same.  —  Mike Nash, Corporate Vice President of Windows Platform Strategy, will be leaving the company in February.
Reuters:
Microsoft's Bing will make money: executive  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's 10-month-old search engine Bing, which has struggled to make headway against Google, can be a viable runner-up and make money online eventually, according to one of its top executives.
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wall Street Journal Busts Down Its Paywall For A Day (HMC, NWS)  —  WSJ.com is free for users to explore today, thanks to a sponsorship from Acura.  —  Breaking news and feature articles that would normally be behind the Wall Street Journal's paywall can be accessed for free during the one-day preview.
Discussion: Changing Way and FishBowlNY
Schneier on Security:
Anonymity and the Internet  —  Universal identification is portrayed by some as the holy grail of Internet security.  Anonymity is bad, the argument goes; and if we abolish it, we can ensure only the proper people have access to their own information.  We'll know who is sending us spam …
Suzanne Bearne / nma.co.uk:
Apple recruits key talent to lead drive into mobile ad sales  —  Apple has made its first concerted move into the UK mobile advertising market as it seeks to take advantage of the burgeoning sector.  —  The iPhone manufacturer has recruited two mobile ad industry heavyweights as it plans goes head to head with Google.
CNET News:
Google struggles with social skills  —  Fed up with its progress, Google has decided that its social-networking strategy could use a few more followers.  —  Perhaps no one did a better job of capturing the Internet from its inception until, say, 2007, than Google.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The Twitter Train Has Left the Station  —  George Packer usually writes about foreign affairs, politics and books for The New Yorker, but this week he decided to attack Twitter in a blog post that ironically got much of its attention because a link to it was reposted more than 700 times on Twitter.
Discussion: TechStartups.com, Thanks:atul
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
ARM: our netbooks will fly with or without Windows  —  ARM chief executive Warren East has claimed that netbooks could swallow 90% of the PC market, in an exclusive interview with PC Pro.  —  The British chip design firm, which is the biggest rival to Intel's dominant Atom processors in the netbook space …
Kevin Fox / fox @ fury:
Do the iPad's missing apps point to a multitasking dashboard?  —  Steve's iPad keynote felt just a little off.  We got what we wanted, but it still felt a little like the iPad was a vehicle full of potential rather than a self-contained package of productivity.  This morning I woke up and realized what was missing: The minor apps.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another Googler Joins the Obama Administration-Now We've Got a Foursome!  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  It will be like they never left the Googleplex in Silicon Valley if this Washington, D.C., invasion of execs from the search giant keeps up.
Discussion: The Register
 
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