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9:25 PM ET, January 6, 2011


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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 …
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
Why the Mac App Store Sucks  —  Apple launched the Mac App Store today, allowing you to browse, search, read reviews, and buy Mac software of all kinds in one streamlined location.  And it's terrible.  Here's why.  Sure, the Mac App Store is a good idea in theory.
Discussion: Cult of Mac, App Advice and RazorianFly
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 …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Mac App Store Cracked Open for Piracy  —  The Mac App Store's security has been cracked.  This means that, by installing a software called Kickback, you will be able to pirate any applications in the store.  However, the crack will not be available until February 2011, according to Dissident:
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Computerworld, Thanks:gizmodo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Mac App Store Offers A Taste Of OS X Lion And The Future Of The Platform
Discussion: TUAW
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
Mac App Store pricing of featured apps
Goldman customers get Facebook financials  —  (Reuters) - Facebook earned $355 million in net income in the first nine months of 2010 on revenue of $1.2 billion, according to documents that Goldman Sachs is providing to clients.  —  Goldman began hand-delivering copies of the 101-page private …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Will Go Public or Disclose Financials by April 2012  —  Facebook Inc. will begin disclosing financial information or stage an initial public offering by April 2012, according to a new 100-page private-placement memo now being distributed to potential investors in the company.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Even If It Had 500 Shareholders Today, Facebook Doesn't Have to …
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 …
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
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.
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 …
Apple Said to Have Approached Blackstone's Tosi to Becoming Finance Chief  —  Apple Inc. approached Blackstone Group LP Chief Financial Officer Laurence Tosi to become its finance chief, three people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  Tosi told Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman that he plans to stay …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Most Worthless Week in Tech  —  The case against the Consumer Electronics Show.  —  A year ago, Steve Ballmer took the stage of the Consumer Electronics Show to tout a technology that he promised would change the world: the Windows operating system.  Newcomers to CES might have been baffled …
Discussion: BetaNews and I'm Just Being Manan
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Buys Web Conferencing Platform DimDim For $31 Million In Cash  —  Salesforce is continuing its shopping spree into 2011.  The company has announced that it has acquired DimDim, a web conferencing service for $31 million in cash.  —  DimDim, which has raised around $9 million in venture funding …
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.
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 …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Verizon launching 10 LTE devices, promises 175 markets by 2012  —  We've wondered about rollout speeds before, and given the launch in 38 markets, we knew that it would be somewhat fast.  However, live from the stage at CES, we've just heard that Verizon will be launching LTE into 175 markets by the end of 2011.
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.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Will Hollywood's ‘UltraViolet’ plan 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 …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Android 3.0 Honeycomb shown off in new series of videos  —  Courtesy of T-Mobile and its newly announced G-Slate tablet by LG, several videos showing off Google's new tablet-only OS have surfaced.  Honeycomb will power the next generation of Android tablets, and it appears to offer …
Discussion: Examiner, Android Police and Pulse2
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Google Apps Adds an Anti-Spam Weapon to Its Arsenal  —  One of the most frustrating aspects of the battle against spam over the last several years has concerned overly aggressive filters.  You can be a perfectly innocent person sending a perfectly routine email, yet the spam filter …
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Amazon Web Services Improves Support Offerings  —  Amazon Web Services on Thursday rolled out two premium support tiers and announced a 50 percent price cut on existing premium plans, heightening competition with rivals like Rackspace and making a clear overture to enterprises that wish to run their operations in the cloud.
Thousands of stolen iTunes accounts for sale in China  —  Apple's iTunes service has been targeted several times by criminals in recent years  —  Tens of thousands of fraudulent iTunes accounts are for sale on a major Chinese website, it has been revealed.
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