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11:25 PM ET, January 12, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: Apple will remove home button on next iPad and iPhone; Photo Booth and iLife coming?  —  We just got some pretty wild information from one of our Apple sources and while it's hard to believe at first, it does make sense.  We have exclusively been told that the reason Apple …
Discussion: SAI, RazorianFly and Apple Headlines
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Releases iOS 4.3 Beta  —  A few minutes ago Apple releases iOS 4.3 beta to developers.  It's available now in the iOS Dev Center.  The beta is available for iOS devices and the second generation Apple TV.  Supported iOS mobile devices are iPad, iPhone 4 and 3GS, iPod touch 2nd, 3rd and 4th gen. Build number is 8F5148b.
AppleInsider:
Apple issues iOS 4.3 beta with Personal Hotspot, new multitouch gestures [u]  —  Apple on Wednesday released the first beta of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, bringing support for Personal Hotspot, new multi-touch gestures, the ability for third-party applications to use AirPlay …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
iOS Wifi Hotspot?  It's in the Next Version, If Your Carrier Turns it On  —  The iOS version 4.3 will not include a wifi hotspot feature by default, contrary to hopes and reports this morning, but the feature can be turned on if carriers choose.  The Verizon iPhone announcement …
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
With iOS 4.3, Apple Drops iPhone 3G Support (and iPod Touch 2nd gen)
Discussion: RazorianFly and everythingiCafe, Thanks:ljamesmcdonald
Jason Perlow / Tech Broiler Blog:
Google's H.264 decision: It's all about YouTube costs  —  Everyone wants to boil down Google's decision to remove H.264 support from Chrome to be a religious one.  To me, it's obviously infrastructure-related.  —  Ah, the smell of religious fervor in the morning.  Do you smell it?  That flame-war smell.
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Tim Sneath / MSDN Blogs:
An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google  —  The world's ability to communicate with one another is a key factor in its rapid evolution and economic growth.  The Esperanto language was invented last century as a politically neutral language that would foster peace and international understanding.
Bloomberg:
Apple, Verizon Took Years to Clear IPhone Differences  —  Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Communications Inc. President Lowell McAdam works a few miles from the New York auditorium where he announced yesterday's deal to offer Apple Inc.'s iPhone.  It took him four years to get there.
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Royal Pingdom:
Internet 2010 in numbers  —  What happened with the Internet in 2010?  —  How many websites were added?  How many emails were sent?  How many Internet users were there?  This post will answer all of those questions and many, many more.  If it's stats you want, you've come to the right place.
Discussion: All Facebook and Soshable
Greg Blevins / Google Mobile Blog:
Now available: Google Places with Hotpot for iPhone  —  We recently released Google Places with Hotpot in Google Maps for Android, and starting now, you can have that same great experience as an iPhone app.  We realize the importance of finding places you'll love while you're out and about, no matter what mobile device you use.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
OnSwipe Raises, Like, A Million Dollars  —  PadPressed, the WordPress plugin that makes your blog look like a native app is branching out, with a new one million seed round of funding, a new name (OnSwipe) and homebase (New York).  The round, which was completed in a marathon 30 days …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires eBook Technologies  —  Google has just acquired eBook Technologies, according to a notice that is currently appearing on the company's homepage.  Google confirmed the acquisition, with a spokesperson giving us this statement: “We are happy to welcome eBook Technologies' team to Google.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and SlashGear
Conrad Saam / Search Engine Land:
Google vs. Bing: The Fallacy Of The Superior Search Engine  —  I can still remember when my when I first switched over to Google on the recommendation of my brother's girlfriend.  She's literally a rocket scientist and carries a lot of intellectual weight with me; her endorsement was fairly simple - “it returns great results”.
Discussion: SAI
Katherine Noyes / PC World:
Mozilla Exec: Firefox 4 Will Arrive in February  —  Firefox 4 is nearly ready for release, a recent post on Mozilla's developer mailing list suggests.  —  “Team, we've worked tremendously hard on Firefox 4, and it's time to ship it,” wrote Damon Sicore, Mozilla's senior director of platform engineering, on Tuesday.
Tom Connor / Ars Technica:
Peep show: inside the world of unsecured IP security cameras  —  If you're in public, you're on camera.  If you walk into a coffee shop, the owner gets you at the register.  Visit a larger store, and chances are they have your face as soon as you cross the threshold.
Discussion: MOTHERBOARD
Patrick Garratt / VG247:
Source - Sony to announce PSP2 in Tokyo on January 27  —  VG247 has learnt that Sony it to hold a “business overview and strategy meeting” in Tokyo on January 27, and has been told that Sony will use the event as a reveal platform for PSP2.  —  Nothing is known of the meeting's content …
Pete Warden / ReadWriteWeb:
Secrets of BackType's Data Engineers  —  How do three guys with only seed funding process a hundred million messages a day?  I sat down with the BackType team to discover how they built a service relied upon by companies like bit.ly, Hunch and The New York Times.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
$50 Billion?  Hah!  Insiders Say Facebook's Goal Is To Be The First TRILLION Dollar Company  —  Goldman Sach clients are buying $1.5 billion worth of Facebook stock at a $50 billion valuation.  —  Yesterday, Wedbush analyst Lou Kerner said that if Facebook were a public company, it would be valued closer to $100 billion right now.
Discussion: Sramana Mitra and Gawker
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Q4 PC Sales Miss Gartner Est.; Apple Up 24% In U.S.  —  Global personal computer shipments in Q4 rose 3.1%, year over year, in unit terms, to 93.5 million PCs, Gartner reported this afternoon.  That was below the 4.8% growth the firm had projected for Q4.  —  Holiday PC sales were weak, said analyst Mikako Kitagawa.
Discussion: The Seattle Times and Electronista
Corky / Cork'd Content:
Cork'd: The Final Tasting Note  —  Today marks a bittersweet day for Cork'd as we announce it will wind down operations.  After 1.5 years, CEO, Lindsay Ronga will move on to other opportunities.  “Working with Gary and Jon marked a milestone in my career and I am so thankful for the opportunity.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Adknowledge Raises $200 Million In Debt, Equity Financing  —  Ad network Adknowledge has raised a huge $200 million in a combination of debt and equity financing with a particular goal in mind: buying more companies as it seeks to build up its ability to tap into inventory across mobile, video, content sites, and display.
Matt Asay / The Register:
HTML5: An antidote for Apple App Store-itis  —  Imitation not the sincerest form of flattery  —  Open...and Shut To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  Or in the case of our idea-starved tech industry, an app store.  —  The tech world is increasingly awash in app stores.
Discussion: FierceMobileContent and ZDNet
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
Travelzoo's Groupon Competitor Already Valued at $400 Million  —  Five months ago, Travelzoo, an old internet 1.0 company, decided to expand their business by launching a Groupon competitor.  —  In September, Travelzoo Launched a Groupon Competitor  —  They have always been known for sending …
Thanks:vacanti
The Local:
Google Analytics targeted by data protection officials  —  German web companies could face hefty fines for using Google's online metrics service after data protection officials broke off talks with the US internet giant this week and threatened to pursue a precedent-setting court case.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google Translate Adds Conversation Mode for Real-time Audio Translation  —  Google has implemented an early version of a feature for its translation app that does on the fly audio translation from one language to another.  —  The feature, known as Conversation Mode, is being added to Google Translate for Android.
 
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MySpace Sale, Merger or Spinoff Being Weighed by News Corp., Official Says
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John C Abell / Epicenter:
YouTube Unleashes Vevo Music Vids on Mobile* (*Android Only)
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Don Clark / Digits:
Samsung Joins IBM in Research For Future Chips
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
OpenJDK code lands as Mac Port Project springs to life
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Emmy Huang / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
On Improving Privacy: Managing Local Storage in Flash Player
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Rackspace, Akamai forge partnership
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Media Will Relate to Facebook in the Future
Saijel Kishan / Bloomberg:
Clarium Hedge Fund Slumps 90% From Peak After Thiel Has Third Losing Year
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Noel Randewich / Reuters:
AMD CEO left partly over mobile strategy: source
David / TmoNews:
Samsung Vibrant Plus Will Offer 21+ Mbps 4G Speeds
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Apple can't claim exclusive rights to ‘App Store’
 

 
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