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1:40 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
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.
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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 …
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 and SlashGear
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, Engadget, InfoQ and Computerworld
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Ballmer At CES 2011: “Whatever Device You Use, Windows Will Be There”
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 …
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
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:   Read Goldman Sachs' Secret Facebook Pitch Memo
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.
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, Reuters and Fast Company
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 …
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, Geekword and Gadgetwise
AppleInsider:
New Apple patent for network booting could lead to cloud-based Mac OS X  —  Apple has recently been granted a patent for administering and maintaining a network-booted operating system, possibly laying further groundwork for a cloud-based version of Mac OS X.
Discussion: eWeek, Inquirer and BGR
Marco.org:
Google's decreasingly useful, spam-filled web search  —  Jeff Atwood, in Trouble In the House of Google: … (via Anil Dash's nice roundup on the issue)  —  I've been frustrated as well by Google's apparent defeat by spam.  It's not a sudden issue — it's been gradually worsening for a few years.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga To Acquire Flock, The Social Browser That You Never Used  —  Zynga is acquiring Flock, a beleaguered startup founded in 2005 by Bart Decrem and Geoffrey Arone, we've confirmed.  The deal should be announced shortly.  —  The company has raised nearly $30 million in venture capital, although the last round was closed in 2008.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry PlayBook Review  —  A Hands-On Pre-Release Review of the BlackBerry PlayBook  —  I've FINALLY gone hands-on with the BlackBerry PlayBook and thus it's time for me to report back with my initial review and impressions of Research In Motion's first tablet device featuring the all-new QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS.
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Marin Perez / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry PlayBook will have Sprint 4G
 
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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
Emil Protalinski / TechSpot:
Samsung develops DDR4 memory, up to 40% more efficient
Discussion: Geek.com
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
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Foursquare puts a limit on the number of friends you can have
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Samsung's Series 9 laptop is the Windows Macbook Air killer you've been waiting for
 

 
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