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5:55 AM ET, January 13, 2011

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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.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2 will take pics, shoot flicks  —  We found four interesting files in the latest SDK and they all amount to the next-generation iPad having a camera.  You will notice the same shutter screen as found on the iPhone and iPod touch in addition to camera roll icons for videos and pictures.
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
New iOS Feature Coming: ‘Find My Friends’  —  Some further digging into the newly released iOS 4.3 developer build has revealed settings for a new feature called “Find My Friends”.  The strings are associated with the Settings app and is related to “MobileMe”.
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
Ross Miller / Engadget:
iOS 4.3 code reveals new iPhone and iPad models, rumor mill suggests a dislike of the home button  —  History lesson, folks.  If you dig far enough into iOS's code, you'll eventually come across iPhone3,1, which is the AT&T iPhone 4, and the analogous iPhone3,2 (i.e. Verizon iPhone).
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 …
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL'S NEW PROBLEM: Mike Arrington  —  When AOL bought TechCrunch last September, the first question on everyone's lips was, “How long could Mike Arrington possibly last as an AOL employee?”  —  Yesterday, four months after the deal, we may have begun to learn the answer to that question.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Real Blogs Don't Buy Ads On Google  —  Blogs, even big blogs, are supposed to be a little different than old media sites.  We write faster and update often.  The writing is less processed.  We break more real news and we don't hesitate to opine.  We tend to get in fights with readers in the comments.
Discussion: SAI
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
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Google's dropping H.264 from Chrome a step backward for openness
Discussion: GigaOM
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: Google Operating System and SAI
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Peter Yared / VentureBeat:
Google already knows its search sucks (and is working to fix it)  —  It's a popular notion these days Google has lost its “mojo” due to failed products like Google Wave, Google Buzz, and Google TV.  But Google's core business — Web search — has come under fire recently for being the ultimate in failed tech products.
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.
Read It Later Blog:
Is Mobile Affecting When We Read?  —  Printed media used to allow us to read in the places we found most comfortable.  When you imagine yourself reading the newspaper it's probably in your favorite chair, at the breakfast table, or at the cafe with an orange mocha frappuccino in your hand.
Awaneesh Verma / The Official Google Blog:
A new look for Google Translate for Android  —  (Cross-posted from the Google Mobile Blog and Translate Blog)  —  When we launched the first version of Google Translate for Android in January 2010, we were excited about the year ahead.  For the first time, we were bringing the capabilities supported …
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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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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Samsung GT-i9023 hits FCC: a new version of the Nexus S with Android 2.4?  —  FCC filings have a curious tendency to launch us into far-reaching bouts of speculation, but hear us out — we think we're onto something here.  A Samsung phone with model number GT-i9023 just passed the FCC with AWS 3G — T-Mobile's band.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
German Govt. Says Google Analytics Now Verboten  —  In a move that could harm its own businesses, the German government is targeting Google on privacy issues again — this time over Google Analytics.  —  German privacy officials are concerned that Google Analytics tracks web users' IP addresses …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Longtime Facebook Biz Dev Leader Ali Rosenthal to Depart  —  Alison “Ali” Rosenthal, a veteran of the Facebook business development team, will leave the company at the end of this week, she told NetworkEffect.  —  Rosenthal had focused on mobile business development in recent years …
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.
Pete Warden / ReadWriteHack:
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: Beyond Search
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: SlashGear and ReadWriteWeb
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
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 …
Discussion: OnSwipe Company Blog
 
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Chinese Crackdown On Piracy Enters The Digital Domain
Discussion: Sinobytes, TechEye and TeleRead
Chris / cdixon.org:
Predicting the future of the Internet is easy: anything it hasn't …
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
Mobile airwaves seen key to U.S. competitiveness
Electronista:
Leak: CDMA iPhone coming to China, Japan, Korea
Discussion: DigiTimes and The Next Web, Thanks:kristopherwong
Walter S. Mossberg / All Things Digital:
Skype Does Better With Group Calls Than Mobile
Bloomberg:
MySpace Sale, Merger or Spinoff Being Weighed by News Corp., Official Says
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 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Garratt / VG247:
Source - Sony to announce PSP2 in Tokyo on January 27
John C Abell / Epicenter:
YouTube Unleashes Vevo Music Vids on Mobile* (*Android Only)
Matt Asay / The Register:
HTML5: An antidote for Apple App Store-itis
Corky / Cork'd Content:
Cork'd: The Final Tasting Note
Don Clark / Digits:
Samsung Joins IBM in Research For Future Chips
Discussion: Inquirer and eWeek
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
Travelzoo's Groupon Competitor Already Valued at $400 Million
Thanks:vacanti
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
$50 Billion?  Hah! …
Discussion: Sramana Mitra and Gawker
Greg Blevins / Google Mobile Blog:
Now available: Google Places with Hotpot for iPhone
 

 
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