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12:40 PM ET, January 3, 2011

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DealBook:
Goldman Invests in Facebook at $50 Billion Valuation  —  Facebook, the popular social networking site, has raised $500 million from Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor in a deal that values the company at $50 billion, according to people involved in the transaction.
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Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Why Facebook Is Such a Crucial Friend for Goldman
Discussion: SAI
Nielsen Wire:
Apple Leads Smartphone Race, while Android Attracts Most Recent Customers  —  The race for the lead in U.S. smartphone operating system (OS) consumer market share is tighter than it has ever been.  According to November data from The Nielsen Company, the popularity of the Android OS among …
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Wall Street Journal:
Google Digital Newsstand Aims to Muscle In on Apple  —  Google Inc. and Apple Inc. have stepped up their battle to win over publishers, as the two companies vie to become the dominant distributor of newspapers and magazines for tablet computers and other mobile devices.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The “Digital Newsstand” …
Discussion: Marco.org
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Intel's 2nd Generation Core processor family announced, includes 29 new CPUs and enhanced graphics  —  They're here!  That is, Intel's Sandy Bridge mobile and desktop processors herein known as the 2nd Generation Core processor family or more simply as Intel Core 2011 processors to us.
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Intel to launch Insider movie service with 1080p content …
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Vizio to Introduce Tablet, Cellphone  —  Company to Unveil Tablet, Cellphone With Same Strategy as Its Low-Cost TVs  —  Vizio Inc., which put inexpensive flat-panel TVs in living rooms, now is setting its sights on cellphones and tablet computers.  —  Vizio, which has vied with Samsung Electronics Co …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Lenovo tries to escape boring designs with new ThinkPad laptops  —  Lenovo is unveiling its latest computers bit by bit at the Consumer Electronics Show.  The first to be unveiled are its new line of ThinkPad laptops, which are aimed at business users.  —  These machines reflect the attempt …
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Toshiba announces unnamed Tegra 2-powered Android tablet, waits only for Honeycomb  —  Let the Tegra 2-powered, Android Honeycomb tablet announcements begin!  Apparently (and understandably) staying away from a Folio 2 moniker, Toshiba is kicking off CES with its new unnamed 10.1-inch Android tablet …
Reuters:
Apple woes continue as some oversleep in Asia and Europe  —  (Reuters) - Some iPhone users in Asia and Europe complained of malfunctioning alarms on the first working day of 2011, even after Apple reassured users that its phones' built-in clocks will work from Monday.
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Wireless to Showcase Google-Powered 4G Phones  —  Verizon Wireless is expected this week to show off several devices powered by Google Inc. software for its new 4G network, underscoring the importance of the two companies' relationship even as speculation mounts that Verizon will get to offer the iPhone this year.
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Apple support company sues customer for complaining  —  Returning to my inbox after the New Year's break, I found it full of Greeks bearing rifts.  —  The national press, the tech blogosphere, even normal, ordinary human beings on Twitter are railing against Systemgraph …
Discussion: MacNN, TekGoblin, TechEye, Examiner and The Loop
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Like ‘Twitter For iPad’?  Check Out Its Facebook Counterpart, Facepad  —  In what has become one of the not-so-great mysteries of technology, Facebook still hasn't launched a native iPad application nine months after the device made its debut, despite the fact that many thousands …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung Galaxy S hits target, surpasses 10 million units sold  —  Samsung has officially confirmed that its Galaxy S smartphone range has eclipsed 10 million units sold, hitting the company's target just 7 months after the device launched.  —  We previously reported that the handset …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
A roadmap to CES 2011: parties, gadgets, apps, and exhaustion  —  Techno geeks will converge on Sin City this week for a taste of gadget heaven.  The Consumer Electronics Show will likely draw more than 126,000 people to Las Vegas, from opening previews on Tuesday through valiant last stands on Sunday.
New York Times:
Outlawed, Cellphones Are Thriving in Prisons  —  ATLANTA — A counterfeiter at a Georgia state prison ticks off the remaining days of his three-year sentence on his Facebook page.  He has 91 digital “friends.”  Like many of his fellow inmates, he plays the online games FarmVille and Street Wars.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Exits Lag in the Fourth Quarter, but IPO Hype Boils for 2011  —  There is a lot of hype swirling that 2011 is going to be the big comeback year for the venture-backed IPO.  And we're talking about big, gaudy IPOs, not small ones that essentially function as another funding round.
Nathaniel Whittemore / Assetmap:
Let's End the Myth that Ideas are Worthless  —  I love Silicon Valley.  I love the entrepreneurial energy and the blister and pop of passion being painted into reality every day.  But if entrepreneurial density is the Valley's greatest asset, it can also, sometimes, be its greatest weakness.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Ideas matter, great execution of a bad idea = failure
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Trouble In the House of Google
Discussion: Anil Dash
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's market cap tops $300 billion
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacRumors
Eric Savitz / Tech Musings:
Internet Creeps Into New TVs; In 2010, 21% Had Connectivity
Mark Krynsky / Lifestream Blog:
The Year in Lifestreaming for 2010
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Google Helps Seized BitTorrent Site to Regain Lost Traffic
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Facing WikiLeaks Threat, Bank Plays Defense
Discussion: Reuters
Bloomberg:
Qualcomm to Invest $1 Billion in Taiwan Display Plant
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Scott Kurnit's AdKeeper Raises $35 Million Second Round
 Earlier Items: 
Henry Blodget / SAI:
The U.S. Mood, As Inferred From Twitter
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
iPhone = Mac 2.0  —  There are two ways to interpret the equation above.
Paul Eckert / Front Row Washington:
Republican puts crosshairs on Holder over WikiLeaks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Square Starts 2011 with A New Round At A Big Valuation
Discussion: VatorNews
John Bennett / Against Monopoly:
Against Monopoly: China joins the patent trolls; wake up America
camen design:
RSS Is Dying, and You Should Be Very Worried
Discussion: parislemon
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Seven Technologies That Will Rock 2011