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11:00 PM ET, January 4, 2011

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Reuters:
Goldman's “friends” get week to mull Facebook bet  —  (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs is not giving its multimillionaire clients a lot of time or information to think about investing in a $1.5 billion Facebook private offering.  —  According to a customer who received a letter from Goldman …
Discussion: SAI
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Felix Salmon:
Why Facebook won't go public  —  Miguel Helft explains why Facebook is going to have to go public sooner or later: … This is a classic non sequitur: Helft's first sentence simply doesn't follow from his second.  Yes, it's nice for companies not to have to disclose their financial results.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Facebook, Twitter, & startup valuations …
Bloomberg:
Facebook Backer Helps Lure Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley to Silicon Valley
Discussion: SAI
Paul Thurrott / Windows Phone Secrets:
What's happening with Windows Phone updates in 2011  —  I can finally reveal a number of details about the first Windows Phone 7 update, a future major update, and how Microsoft intends to roll out updates generally.  It's not necessarily great news.  But here's what's happening.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 ‘NoDo’ update hitting phones in early February, ‘Mango’ coming later with IE9?  —  Word on the street from Microsoft savant Paul Thurrott is that Windows Phone 7's first update might go gold as early as this week — in time for Ballmer's CES keynote, in fact …
Discussion: PhoneDog.com
Andrew Mason / The Daily Groupon:
Why Groupon Isn't in Australia  —  Since Groupon started in 2008, we've grown from one to thirty-seven countries.  Australia, however, remains conspicuously absent from our lineup.  Australian customers and press have been asking why we still haven't formally launched …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Groupon Files Lawsuit Against Australian Clone “Scoopon”
Douglas Soltys / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry PlayBook Web Fidelity Video (Multimedia, Games and Social Networking)  —  Check out our latest BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet video, just in time for CES 2011!  When we posted the BlackBerry PlayBook vs. iPad comparison video, many Inside BlackBerry readers posted comments suggesting …
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Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
US Tablet Sales Will More Than Double This Year  —  Today Forrester published its revised US consumer tablet forecast, updating its previous forecast from June 2010.  When Apple's iPad first debuted, we saw the device as a game-changer but were too conservative with our forecast.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Steve Ballmer to tease Windows 8 at CES keynote  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is set to take to the stage tomorrow for the opening keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  —  Ballmer will detail a number of new announcements related to Windows Phone, Xbox and Windows.
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Two faces of Android  —  The most remarkable thing about Android is that it is the first widely adopted Open Source client operating system.  It's long been clear that Open Source is the best way to preserve infrastructural code from the vicissitudes of corporate and governmental volatility …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:kevinmarks
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
In the Works: A Google Mobile Payment Service?  —  “You'll be able to walk in a store and do commerce,” says Google's Eric Schmidt.  “You'd bump for everything and eventually replace credit cards”  —  Google (GOOG) is considering building a payment and advertising service that would let users buy milk …
Royal Pingdom:
Apache web server hit a home run in 2010  —  The World Wide Web would be nothing without web servers, and Apache has been king of that hill for a long time now.  Although its market share has been slipping a bit in recent years, Apache came back with a vengeance in 2010.
Discussion: Techie Buzz
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Math: If Accounts Were Ranked By Followers, This Would Be The Equation  —  exp(21 - 1.1*log(#followers))  —  If you ever wanted to know where you rank among Twitter users in terms of the followers you have, that's the equation.  Well, for most of you anyway.
Markus Nigrin / The Pocket Cyclone:
Mac App Store - Sneak Peak  —  In two days, the Mac App Store will open its gates.  —  While there is the usual amount of speculation out there on technicalities and its potential overall success, it seems widely unclear what will happen on Opening Day.  —  So last week I sent …
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacRumors
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Sure, RSS Is Dead — Just Like the Web Is Dead  —  A brush fire has been swirling through the blogosphere of late over whether RSS is dead, dying, or possibly severely injured and in need of assistance.  It seems to have started with a post from UK-based web designer Kroc Camen that got picked up by Hacker News and re-tweeted a lot.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sony's PlayStation Phone finally gets Xperia, PlayStation logos  —  We've heard of the mysterious, still-totally-unofficial PlayStation Phone running Android 2.2 in the past, but we'd also heard it could run 3.0 — thing is, that was back before we knew Gingerbread would be 2.3 …
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner to livestream opening day of new Congress on Facebook  —  Washington (CNN) - Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wants all his friends to see him get sworn in on Wednesday - Facebook friends that is.  —  For the first time ever, Congress will be broadcast live on Facebook.
DealBook:
Qualcomm Is Said to Be Set to Buy Atheros for $3.5 Billion  —  Updated  —  Qualcomm, the pioneering wireless technology company, is near an agreement to buy the chip maker Atheros Communications for about $3.5 billion, according to two people with direct knowledge of the talks …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
USA Today Buys Tech Products Site Network Reviewed.com  —  Gannett (NYSE: GCI) USA Today has acquired Reviewed.com, a group of 12 product-review websites.  The site provides in-depth, long takes on digital cameras, camcorders and high def televisions.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Toyota Entune-Bing and more in your car  —  Toyota today introduced Entune from CES in Las Vegas, its new built-in hardware / mobile phone application pair that brings Bing, Pandora, Open Table and more to your car's dashboard.  —  Basically, you'll be able to (after buying a new …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sales Have Slowed To A Trickle On Google's Chrome Web Store  —  In December, after months of anticipation and discussions with third-party developers, Google finally unveiled the Chrome Web Store — an online portal that lets users purchase and ‘install’ web applications like TweetDeck, MOG, and hundreds of others.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TV Content Check-In App Miso Lands $1.5M From Google Ventures And Hearst  —  The check-in app for TV content Miso has just announced $1.5 million in new funding led by Google Ventures with Hearst Interactive Media also participating in the round.  The startup had previously raised seed funding …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
HP holding webOS event February 9th; PalmPad line may be revealed  —  Uh oh, it's definitely going down — in addition to the flood of tablet devices headed to CES and Apple's rumored next event detailing the new iPad around February, HP just sent out invites to a webOS event of its own happening on February 9th.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Lenovo LePad tablet and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid return with Android 2.2 in tow  —  Remember last year at CES 2010 when Lenovo made a huge scene with the tablet / netbook U1 Hybrid, which ran Windows when docked and Lenovo's Skylight Linux in tablet mode?  And then Lenovo killed Skylight in favor of Android and put everything on hold?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Users Uploaded A Record 750 Million Photos Over New Year's  —  It doesn't come as a huge surprise, but it's still staggering to think about: over the New Year's weekend, Facebook saw 750 million photo uploads from its users.  That's a lot of celebrating, and it sets a new Facebook record.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Warrantless cell phone search gets a green light in California  —  The contents of your cell phone can reveal a lot more about you than the naked eye can: who your friends are, what you've been saying and when, which websites you've visited, and more.  There has long been debate over user privacy …
 
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Online Experimenting  —  We take a peek inside Google Labs …
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Netflix' Next Destination: On Your Remote Control
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Who owns your digital downloads? (Hint: it's not you)
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:paulfallon
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