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5:10 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  —  Aren't you glad the government fixed the IPO market?  —  In the old days (the 1990s), small companies could sell their stock in the public markets at reasonable cost, just like big companies.
Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Why Facebook Is Such a Crucial Friend for Goldman
Discussion: Mediaite and Inside Facebook
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Facebook's Valuation: By the Numbers
Discussion: 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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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Google TV Coming To Vizio TVs and Blu-ray Players Later This Year
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Vizio to Introduce Tablet, Cellphone
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Kevin Rose and SAI
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.
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 Partnerships  —  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 partnerships at its key gaming platform, according to sources.
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Is Due For A (Relatively) Boring 2011  —  Top Apple analyst Gene Munster just released his roadmap for Apple in 2011, and we have to say it looks relatively snoozy.  —  Compared to last year when Apple had an amazing year with the iPad, iPhone 4, Apple TV, and redesigned MacBook Air …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Time For Google To Leave Italy?  Italy Announces That YouTube Responsible For All Content  —  Not this again.  The Italian government has long had trouble comprehending how YouTube is simply a platform for users.  Of course, some might say this is willful ignorance.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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 …
 
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Stefan Krempl / The H Security:
27C3: danger lurks in PDF documents
Discussion: Help Net Security
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Did StumbleUpon just pass Facebook for social media traffic?
Discussion: SelectStart and Soshable, Thanks:martinsfp
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Motorola's big split takes place tomorrow
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Engadget
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’
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Kinect designers to debut motion controller for PCs
Discussion: SAI
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
BitTorrent reaches 100 million subscribers monthly, 400k downloads daily
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Assessing the fate of the ‘Facebook Way’
New York Times:
Outlawed, Cellphones Are Thriving in Prisons
Discussion: All Facebook and Gawker
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
A roadmap to CES 2011: parties, gadgets, apps, and exhaustion
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Apple support company sues customer for complaining
Discussion: TUAW and TekGoblin
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
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
iPhone = Mac 2.0  —  There are two ways to interpret the equation above.
Discussion: PC World and Enterprise Irregulars