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2:55 PM ET, January 6, 2011

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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 …
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CONFIRMED: Skype To Acquire Qik For $150 Million  —  Update: A second source just confirmed the news, and told us that with an earnout, the price is $150 million.  —  Earlier: 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.
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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Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
Mac App Store by the numbers — almost 1,000 apps on Day One  —  Today's launch of the Mac App Store will doubtless be feeding analyst speculation for some time to come.  Developers who choose to work within it gain exposure; users who use it gain frictionless purchasing ability, unobtrusive DRM …
Discussion: Download Squad
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Releases OS X 10.6.6 and Mac App Store
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.
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, Telegraph and InfoQ
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Ballmer At CES 2011: “Whatever Device You Use, Windows Will Be There”
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web, WinRumors and Geek.com
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
CES: New Microsoft Surface to be priced at $7,600
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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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 …
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.
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: Computerworld, eWeek, Guardian, Inquirer, TUAW and BGR
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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: The Next Web
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft sold 8 million Kinects in 60 days
Discussion: VentureBeat and Fast Company
Jacob Schulman / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom first hands-on! (update: video!)  —  Look what we found hanging around the Motorola stand at CES this evening: none other than the just announced Motorola Xoom tablet.  While this sleek little device is still running a very early build of Honeycomb, we were able to sneak …
Discussion: MacRumors, Switched, Gizmodo and Geekword
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Motorola XOOM tablet announced
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 …
Jenna Dawn / Twitter Blog:
Celebrating a New Year with a New Tweet Record  —  Well, that didn't take long.  Just four seconds after midnight in Japan on January 1st, Twitterers set an all-time record in the number of Tweets sent per second (TPS).  At that moment, the world sent a staggering 6,939 TPS wishing friends …
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 Engadget
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.
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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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 …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Gaming Site OMGPOP Raises $10.1 Million, Plans Acquisitions
Discussion: SAI
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
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
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CES 2011: RealNetworks Steps Past Apple & Google to Offer Cloud-Based Music
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
T-Mobile, LG Team Up for Honeycomb G-Slate Tablet
Discussion: VentureBeat, Engadget and GeekSugar
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US Gov't Strategy To Prevent Leaks Is Leaked
Emil Protalinski / TechSpot:
Samsung develops DDR4 memory, up to 40% more efficient
Discussion: Geek.com
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Google's decreasingly useful, spam-filled web search
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
In 4G Race, Verizon Pulls Ahead With Pricey Speed
Discussion: DSLreports
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga To Acquire Flock, The Social Browser That You Never Used
 

 
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