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4:50 AM ET, January 5, 2011

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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 and WinBeta
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Disruptive Android App Store Now Open To Developers — Full Details  —  Fragmentation.  Curation.  Recommendations.  Take your pick: Android is getting all three, compliments of a new Amazon-run application marketplace due to launch later this year.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
See If You Can Spot The Problem With Microsoft's Tablet Strategy  —  Earlier today, computer maker Asus kicked off the Consumer Electronics Show a day early by announcing four upcoming tablet computers.  Three of them run Google's Android operating system.  One runs Windows 7.
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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.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
CEA: 80 Tablets to Be Shown at CES
Discussion: Mobilized, CNN and L.A. Times Tech Blog
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
What Everyone Seems to Miss In Facebook's Private or Public Debate...  ...is the core reason it makes sense for Facebook to be public: Accountability to its customers.  The rest of this debate is simply financial folks arguing amongst themselves.  —  Facebook is the greatest repository …
Discussion: FM Blog
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Reuters:
Goldman's “friends” get week to mull Facebook bet
Discussion: SAI
Felix Salmon:
Why Facebook won't go public  —  Miguel Helft explains …
Discussion: TechCrunch, SAI, Adotas and DailyFinance
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sales Are At 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.
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
HTC leaks AT&T's 4G hand...wait, what AT&T 4G?  —  HTC has jumped the gun in a pretty big way.  —  Android Central posts an HTC ad which appears in this month's Rolling Stone where HTC brags about being the first 4G phone on each of the four major US networks.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
#LessAmbitiousMovies Aims To Sort Of Take Over Part Of Your Twitter Stream  —  Hey you know what's happening right now?  #LessAmbitiousMovies, the craziest Twitter hashtag meme I've ever seen, pacing at around 200 tweets per minute.  The basic premise is to tweet out the titles of popular films …
Discussion: NetworkEffect and Tradigital
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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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 …
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.
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.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPad 2 case shows up at CES, packing a mockup iPad 2  —  We've been seeing supposed iPad 2 cases for about a month now, all of them with the same telltale cutouts: a camera hole in the back, a camera hole in the front, and a big ol' speaker hole.  Today's find beats them all, however …
Discussion: AppleInsider, 9 to 5 Mac and DeviceMAG
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
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 …
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:
VC Money Keeps Pouring In For Ad Targeters: Turn Raises $20 Million  —  Turn is the latest ad tech firm to greet the new year with a whopping sum of venture capital.  The Silicon Valley-based company has raised $20 million in a fourth round funding, bringing its total raised to $58.5 million in the past five years.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Kindle for Windows Phone 7 goes live  —  We knew it was coming... and you know what happens to things you know are coming?  They eventually come.  Case in point: Amazon's Kindle app for Windows Phone 7, first teased in October and now available to anyone with a WP7 device and a desire to read stuff.
 
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Jane L. Levere / New York Times:
American Airlines in Fee Battle With Web Agencies
Discussion: Tnooz
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google Lost Groupon, But Still Tops Most-Active Acquirer List
Jeffrey Ressner / American Way Magazine:
Online Experimenting  —  We take a peek inside Google Labs …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Warrantless cell phone search gets a green light in California
Discussion: Lifehacker
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chegg Hires Former Netflix COO To Manage Massive Textbook Warehouse
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Users Uploaded A Record 750 Million Photos Over New Year's
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
HP holding webOS event February 9th; PalmPad line may be revealed
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
So You Just Bought Sex.com For $13 Million - Now What?
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Two faces of Android  —  The most remarkable thing about Android …
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