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2:00 PM ET, January 6, 2011

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Apple:
Apple's Mac App Store Opens for Business  —  Apple® today announced that the Mac® App Store℠ is now open for business with more than 1,000 free and paid apps.  The Mac App Store brings the revolutionary App Store experience to the Mac, so you can find great new apps …
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Releases OS X 10.6.6 and Mac App Store
Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
Mac App Store by the numbers — almost 1,000 apps on Day One
Discussion: Download Squad
Tony Bates / The Big Blog:
Skype to acquire Qik  —  I'm happy to announce that we've entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Qik, a provider of mobile video software and services that let people capture, instantly share and preserve great moments on video from anywhere.  Qik has 60 employees …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Skype To Acquire Qik For ~$100 Million — Source  —  Internet phone giant Skype has acquired Qik, the service that lets you stream video from your smartphone, for around $100 million, a source tells us.  —  Skype will probably announce the news this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, this source says.
AppleInsider:
Apple restricting employee vacations as first 2011 products loom  —  Apple is quietly prohibiting vacation days for some retail employees for three weeks beginning later this month, a move that could foreshadow a significant product introduction in the coming weeks, AppleInsider has learned.
Andy Rubin / Google Mobile Blog:
A Sneak Peek of Android 3.0, Honeycomb  —  The past few weeks have been exciting ones for the Android team: we recently released Nexus S and Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and we've even had some of our most popular team members take a trip to space.  But we haven't stopped buzzing with excitement …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows at CES 2011  —  It's been an exciting day for Windows with lots of news shared.  I did however want to take a few minutes to share with you a bit more about the rest of the Windows story and the things we will be talking about this week at CES.  —  At last year's CES …
Discussion: Microsoft, InfoQ, Engadget and Computerworld
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Ballmer At CES 2011: “Whatever Device You Use, Windows Will Be There”
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Mac  —  Twitter is proud to introduce an appropriately slick and simple desktop application for Mac computers.  Twitter for Mac has launched today as part of the Mac App Store.  —  This app gives Twitter users another fast and convenient way to stay connected to what they care about the most.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Microsoft gives LCDs the power to see with Surface 2.0  —  Microsoft's Surface touchscreen technology for large displays has shed a lot of bulk in its newest iteration, and in the process it has also given liquid-crystal displays — the ubiquitous screens used in everything from laptops …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
CES: New Microsoft Surface to be priced at $7,600  —  Microsoft officials showed off “Surface 2.0″ — the new version of the company's multitouch tabletop — at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) yesterday.  —  There were lots of tweets and relatively few details, but on January 6 …
Discussion: Engadget
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Even If It Had 500 Shareholders Today, Facebook Doesn't Have to Disclose Financials Until Spring of 2012  —  For all those in a tizzy-including BoomTown-about Facebook's deal with Goldman Sachs, which some think is designed to circumvent securities rules related to shareholder numbers …
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Bloomberg:
Facebook at $50 Billion Looks More Like Tencent Than Google
Discussion: Bloomberg
Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Flooded With Facebook Orders
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Hollywood's ‘UltraViolet’ aims to replace the DVD  —  A group of stakeholders in the entertainment industry are poised to make a important sales pitch to consumers concerning the way they buy and watch movies and TV shows.  —  Warner Bros. Entertainment, Netflix, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard …
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Avatar Kinect: Now Your Avatar Smiles, Smirks and Talks When You Do  —  Your Xbox Live avatar leads a lonely existence.  Or did, anyway, before Avatar Kinect came along.  Now, Kinect recognizes your face: When you smile, when you raise your eyebrows, when you talk—and your Avatar uncannily does the same.
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Netflix and Hulu Plus with Kinect coming this spring to Xbox 360
Discussion: TechNet Blogs
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft sold 8 million Kinects in 60 days
Discussion: VentureBeat, Fast Company and Reuters
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
LinkedIn plans to go public in 2011: sources  —  (Reuters) - LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals, plans to go public in 2011 and has selected its financial underwriters, three sources familiar with the process told Reuters.  —  Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and JPMorgan …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Motorola XOOM tablet announced  —  Motorola Mobility on Wednesday announced the tablet countless Android fans have been waiting for.  The Motorola XOOM is a 10.1-inch full touchscreen device with specs that look like they'll line up pretty well with the rest of the Android slates we'll …
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Jacob Schulman / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom first hands-on! (update: video!)
Discussion: Switched, Gizmodo and Geekword
Dan Moren / Macworld:
AT&T halves price of iPhone 3GS, adds fuel to fire  —  The Mac App Store may be garnering the oohs and aahs this morning, but please, let's not forget about the iPhone.  AT&T certainly hasn't: the carrier announced on Thursday morning that it will begin selling the iPhone 3GS for just $49 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Skype is Killing it On Long Distance  —  Skype voice traffic is expected to grow by 45 billion minutes in 2010 to more than twice the volume added by all of the world's phone companies combined, according to research out today from consulting firm Telegeography.
Jonathan Christensen / The Big Blog:
Skype coming soon to Sony BRAVIA and VIZIO VIA TVs  —  Last year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we ushered in a new era of face-to-face communications with the introduction of Skype-enabled TVs.  This year at CES, we're making further strides in the living room by making it even easier to get Skype on your TV.
Discussion: I4U News, Erictric, Engadget and SlashGear
Marin Perez / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry PlayBook will have Sprint 4G  —  Research in Motion didn't want to be one-upped by the Motorola Xoom, so the company just announced that it's upcoming PlayBook tablet will have 4G capabilities thanks to Sprint and its WiMax network.  —  As you probably know by now …
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Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Ballmer on Windows Phone 7: 5,500 apps, updates coming, Verizon and Sprint in first half of 2011  —  Speaking at his company's CES keynote, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer let go several pertinent facts about the Windows Phone 7 operating system.  For starters, the much anticipated WP7 software update …
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Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:   Windows Phone 7's Success May Hinge On Games
 
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Zack Sheppard / Flickr Blog:
Introducing Flickr for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7!
Blake Whitman / Vimeo Blog:
Vimeo Plus now supports uploads up to 5 GB (Beta)
Discussion: Softpedia News and CNET News
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
One-way public relationships? Microsoft wants to patent ‘fans’
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eBay: Mobile Sales Grew From $600 Million To $2 Billion In 2010
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
CES 2011: RealNetworks Steps Past Apple & Google to Offer Cloud-Based Music
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
T-Mobile, LG Team Up for Honeycomb G-Slate Tablet
Discussion: VentureBeat, Engadget and GeekSugar
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
US Gov't Strategy To Prevent Leaks Is Leaked
AppleInsider:
New Apple patent for network booting could lead to cloud-based Mac OS X
Discussion: eWeek, Guardian, Inquirer and BGR
Emil Protalinski / TechSpot:
Samsung develops DDR4 memory, up to 40% more efficient
Discussion: Geek.com
Marco.org:
Google's decreasingly useful, spam-filled web search
Brandon LeBlanc / Windows Experience Blog:
Bring Multitouch Gestures to your Windows 7 PC with the new Touch Mouse
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
Cyber Monday Finally Gets Some Respect
Discussion: comScore, Inc.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
In 4G Race, Verizon Pulls Ahead With Pricey Speed
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga To Acquire Flock, The Social Browser That You Never Used
 

 
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