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3:35 PM 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.
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Amazon Appstore Developer Blog:
Introducing the Amazon Appstore Developer Portal
Discussion: eMoney, Macworld, ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Amazon to open Android App Store later this year, developer portal launches in beta
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, AndroidGuys and TeleRead
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 …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
AT&T details 4G plans [updated]  —  AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega gave a keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.  The focus was undoubtedly 4G — as we reported earlier today — and de la Vega was joined by Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, HTC CEO Peter Chou …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Has More Than 600 Million Users, Goldman Tells Clients  —  Facebook has “600 million+ monthly active users,” according to a document Goldman Sachs is showing clients interested in investing in Facebook at a $50 billion valuation.  —  Goldman, which is itself investing $450 million in Facebook …
Discussion: Mixed Media
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Facebook Finances Focus of Bloomberg TV Tonight
Discussion: New York Magazine and BoomTown
Allen Kiehl / AndroidSPIN:
Exclusive: Hands on with the HTC Thunderbolt 4G  —  HTC Thunderbolt Browser, AndroidSPIN.com  —  We managed to get our hands on one of the new HTC Thunderbolt 4G's today and took a few pictures for your viewing pleasure.  As well we also managed to run a Quadrant Benchmark and show the results (which are at the bottom of this post).
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Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Rolling Stone ad features Thunderbolt, and Inspire 4G headed to AT&T
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Wins One Against Microsoft  —  Google Inc. has won a key ruling in its lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department, two months after the Web giant accused the agency of improperly favoring rival Microsoft Corp. in a contract bid to provide a new email system.
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: Daring Fireball and MacDailyNews
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Matt Asay / The Register:
Beastly Android will batter Apple's iOS beauty
Discussion: Tech Sanity Check
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.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Gene Munster: Google Has Given Up On Social  —  Count Piper Jaffray tech analyst Gene Munster among the Facebook bulls.  He just gave an interview to Bloomberg TV which must have made any Googlers listening cringe.  —  Here are the main points, paraphrased:  — Google has given up on social.
Discussion: Fortune
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 …
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Vizio Phone hands-on preview  —  Along with Vizio's new tablet, we had a chance to look at the HDTV maker's new Android device, unsurprisingly dubbed the Vizio Phone.  The phone is still in the early stages (both the hardware and software aren't production ready at all) …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel CEO: New chip will spur $125B in 2011 PC sales  —  Intel chief executive Paul Otellini said today that Intel's newest chip will generate $125 billion in revenue this year for PC makers.  The chip, codenamed Sandy Bridge, combines graphics and general computing functions …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Is Granted Its First Liquidmetal Patent [Exclusive]  —  A prototype fuel cell mobile phone by Hitachi.  Apple may be working on similar technology for the iPhone and iPad.  Photo: Slashphone  —  Apple has been granted its first patent related to Liquidmetal, a space-age metal alloy.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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 …
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.
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Google Was the Busiest Startup Acquirer of 2010  —  Google Inc. missed out on prized daily discounter Groupon in 2010, but it still acquired far more start-ups owned by venture capital firms than any other company last year.  —  In fact, it's the first time that Google has topped the annual list …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft's Move to Put Windows on ARM Chips a Long Time in the Making  —  When word first broke last month that Microsoft was planning to port Windows over to ARM-based chips, it seemed like it might be just a hasty reaction to the success of the iPad.  —  However, the move has been in the works …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Google Who?  LG Launches App Platform for TVs  —  LAS VEGAS — LG Electronics on Wednesday introduced its new Smart TV platform bringing apps, games and web-streamed movies to its latest televisions.  —  The platform will enable LG televisions to expand their capabilities …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Cable giant Comcast to Offer Live TV Streaming on Tablets  —  CEO Brian Roberts says the company wants to “reinvent how customers interact with their entertainment on TV, online and on mobile devices.”  —  NEW YORK - Cable giant Comcast plans to offer in-home streaming of live TV …
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
New Tile-Based Shell, App Model, And App Store Coming In Windows 8?  —  Article Rating: (Total Ratings: 47)  —  I don't normally like to publish rumors that I can't verify with at least a second source, but based on the corroborating evidence I received along with this tip, I do believe it's genuine.
 
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Super angel Jeff Clavier raising $35M fund
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: HP CMO Michael Mendenhall Resigns, Replaced by SAP Exec
Emma Hall / AdAge:
Three Groupon Ads Ruled Misleading in U.K.
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Kindle for Windows Phone 7 goes live
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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