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9:50 AM ET, January 5, 2011

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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.
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 …
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: Softpedia News and WinBeta
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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Kyle Baxter / TightWind:
Android Isn't About Building a Mobile Platform  —  Google isn't a web application company—they're an advertising company.  That's what they do best, and that's what drives their company.  Of Google's $23.6 billion of revenue in 2009, all but $760 million of it was derived from advertising …
Discussion: Tech Sanity Check
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Matt Asay / The Register:
Beastly Android will batter Apple's iOS beauty  —  Complexity: the price of freedom  —  Open...and Shut Apple can still claim top spot in terms of US market share, according to recent data from Nielsen, but its lead is rapidly vanishing in Android's wake.  —  This means that developers increasingly …
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.
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: Beyond Search and FM Blog
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Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Rolling Stone ad features Thunderbolt, and Inspire 4G headed to AT&T  —  An astute reader noticed an advertisement in the current edition of Rolling Stone, featuring HTC's 4G phones.  Besides the Evo 4G and the T-Mobile G2, we see the latest additions to HTC's 4G stable — our friend the HTC Thunderbolt …
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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
HTC leaks AT&T's 4G hand...wait, what AT&T 4G?
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.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Memo to Twitter: Popularity Is Becoming a Commodity  —  So there I was flying back to San Francisco after the Holidays, flipping through the United Hemispheres magazine to better understand my awesome Snack Box options, when I was stopped by an animated drawing of Twitter founder Evan Williams …
Anil Dash:
If You Didn't Blog It, It Didn't Happen  —  Clive Thompson's newest Wired piece argues that the flow of short-form messages as we see on Twitter and Facebook is encouraging longer meditations in other media.  I've been thinking about this phenomenon for a while in terms of the impact …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
‘Hurt Locker’ lawyers continue antipiracy fight  —  Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, the law firm that has filed copyright complaints against thousands of accused illegal file sharers on behalf of independent filmmakers this year, is getting some important help.  —  DGW, which also operates under …
Discussion: DSLreports and TechEye
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GroupMe Scores $10.6 Million From Khosla Ventures And Others  —  GroupMe, a startup conceived at the TechCrunch Disrupt: New York hackathon, has closed its second round of financing.  This new round, $10.6 million, is a big round for a startup that's just 8 months old and had previously raised $850,000.
Discussion: VatorNews and VentureBeat
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Math That Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad  —  ROSLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — As students returned to class this week, some were carrying brand-new Apple iPads in their backpacks, given not by their parents but by their schools.  —  A growing number of schools across the nation are embracing the iPad …
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.
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: Softpedia News and Techie Buzz
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
DealBook:
Qualcomm to Buy Atheros for $45 a Share  —  Qualcomm, the wireless technology company, has agreed to buy the chip maker Atheros Communications for $3.1 billion, or $45 a share, in a deal that underscores the growing importance of smartphones and tablet computers.
Discussion: Tech Musings, Thanks:evelynrusli
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Alliance With Intel Shows Age  —  The technology industry's most lucrative partnership—the long-running alliance between Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp.—is coming to a day of reckoning.  —  Sales of tablets, smartphones and televisions using rival technologies are taking off …
FoxBusiness.com:
Google CFO Hints at Return to China  —  Google hinted Monday that it wants to return to China after it controversially quit the country last year after a dispute over censorship.  —  Patrick Pichette, Google's chief financial officer, told the paper that withdrawing Google from China …
Discussion: SAI
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 …
Jeffrey Ressner / American Way Magazine:
Online Experimenting  —  We take a peek inside Google Labs, the online giant's incubator for the next great idea.  —  Hardly anyone outside the company even knows it, but every December, an informal, almost comical award ceremony is held at Google's headquarters in Mountain View …
 
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Jane L. Levere / New York Times:
American Airlines in Fee Battle With Web Agencies
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
VC Money Keeps Pouring In For Ad Targeters: Turn Raises $20 Million
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
CEA: 80 Tablets to Be Shown at CES
Discussion: Mobilized, CNN and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Appeals court upholds first sale doctrine for promo CDs
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Warrantless cell phone search gets a green light in California
Grant Hatchimonji / Tablet PC Review:
Asus Eee Pads Revealed: Slider, Transformer, Slate, and MeMO
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Math: If Accounts Were Ranked By Followers, This Would Be The Equation
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Microsoft Warns of Image Problem
DealBook:
Qualcomm Is Said to Be Set to Buy Atheros for $3.5 Billion
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Verizon changing its upgrade policy; you'll have to wait 20 months for a new phone
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sony's PlayStation Phone finally gets Xperia, PlayStation logos
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Two faces of Android  —  The most remarkable thing about Android …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:kevinmarks
Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
US Tablet Sales Will More Than Double This Year
 

 
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