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4:30 PM ET, January 3, 2011

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DealBook:
Goldman Offering Clients a Chance to Invest in Facebook  —  Updated  —  Goldman Sachs has reached out to its wealthy private clients, offering them a chance to invest in Facebook, the hot social networking giant that is considering a possible public offering in 2012, according to people familiar with the matter.
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John Cassidy / Rational Irrationality:
Facebook-Goldman: Where Is the S.E.C.?  —  Happy New Year everybody.  I'm working on a post about the economic prospects for 2011, but, first-up, a quick memo to Mary Schapiro, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission: Mary, once again the boys and girls at Goldman Sachs appear …
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Goldman Sachs Clients Can Invest In Facebook's IPO — But You Can't
Discussion: Adotas
Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Why Facebook Is Such a Crucial Friend for Goldman
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Mediaite
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook's Valuation: By the Numbers
Discussion: DealBook and Wall Street Journal
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Goldman's Facebook coup
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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Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Intel's Sandy Bridge sucks up to Hollywood with DRM  —  CHIPMAKER Intel has cut a deal with Hollywood in its Sandy Bridge chips to put digital restrictions management (DRM) in them.  —  Intel's sellout to the big media companies makes it ‘safer’ for Hollywood studios to offer premium movies …
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Intel to launch Insider movie service with 1080p content …
Discussion: Pulse2
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Vizio details specs on VIA Tablet and VIA Phone, reveals VIA Plus is Google TV  —  Vizio has unveiled more about its plans for the new year which seem to consist largely of a huge push on Android, from the 4-inch phone and 8-inch tablet running a (still unspecified) flavor on their 1 GHz processors …
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Vizio to Introduce Tablet, Cellphone
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Google TV Coming To Vizio TVs and Blu-ray Players Later This Year
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.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Trouble In the House of Google  —  Let's look at where stackoverflow.com traffic came from for the year of 2010.  —  When 88.2% of all traffic for your website comes from a single source, criticizing that single source feels ... risky.  And perhaps a bit churlish, like looking a gift horse in the mouth …
Discussion: Anil Dash
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's market cap tops $300 billion  —  Giving ExxonMobil a run for its money in the race to be the world's most valuable company  —  In a broad 2011 rally that pushed the Dow up nearly a point in mid-morning trading Monday, Apple (AAPL) popped more than $7 (2.25%) to hit new record intraday highs …
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.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What will become of Twitter?  —  The current crop of tech writers in Silicon Valley are making the mistake tech writers always make.  They don't understand how the industry loops, so they misread the signs.  It's happening as they try to understand the connection between RSS and Twitter.
Reuters:
Apple iPhone alarm woes continue across the globe  —  (Reuters) - Some iPhone users across the globe 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.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Founder Kevin Rose Launches Private Newsletter Called Foundation  —  I bet you didn't know that Twitter was almost named Jittter or Twitch.  Well, now you will.  —  Last year Digg founder Kevin Rose was mulling over a new video show called fforward.  Fforward never launched, but the idea did change into something else.
Agam Shah / PC World:
Lenovo to Show First Tablets at CES  —  Lenovo will show its first tablets this week as it moves to make a mark in the fast-growing market led by Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab.  —  Lenovo executives said two consumer tablet devices will be shown at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Lenovo tries to escape boring designs with new ThinkPad laptops
Discussion: App Advice, IntoMobile and FT tech hub
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: News Corp. Online Gaming Head Sean Ryan to Head Facebook's Social Gaming Platform  —  Sean Ryan (pictured here), who arrived at News Corp. mid-year to set up a new online gaming unit, is moving to Facebook to head its key gaming platform, according to sources.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Time For Google To Leave Italy? …
Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:
Technology Takeovers May Pick Up as IBM, HP Push Into the Cloud
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Opera Unveils Touch-Based Web Browser ‘Opera for Tablets’
Discussion: My Opera, Droid Life and NewsGrange
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Kinect designers to debut motion controller for PCs
Discussion: SAI and Electronista
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
BitTorrent reaches 100 million subscribers monthly, 400k downloads daily
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Assessing the fate of the ‘Facebook Way’
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Outlawed, Cellphones Are Thriving in Prisons
Discussion: All Facebook, Gawker and textually.org
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Exits Lag in the Fourth Quarter, but IPO Hype Boils for 2011
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Like ‘Twitter For iPad’? Check Out Its Facebook Counterpart, Facepad
Discussion: App Advice, TiPb and Electricpig.co.uk
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Google Helps Seized BitTorrent Site to Regain Lost Traffic
Discussion: SelectStart
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Scott Kurnit's AdKeeper Raises $35 Million Second Round
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
iPhone = Mac 2.0  —  There are two ways to interpret the equation above.
Discussion: PC World and Enterprise Irregulars
 

 
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