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2:10 PM ET, January 13, 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 …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Can the New iOS 4.3 Switching Gestures Obviate the Home Button?  —  A bunch of DF readers on Twitter are wondering whether the new four-finger gestures in today's iOS 4.3 developer beta suggest that Apple might remove the Home button from future iOS hardware.  I think not.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: BlackBerry Dakota gets pictured; the touch and type BlackBerry you've been waiting for  —  We just got our hands on the first ever photo of the BlackBerry Dakota — you know, the device that's going to sit right at the head of the BlackBerry family dinner table.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Too much hardware choice  —  From my Verizon iPhone post: … Not enough Nick's response: … Yes, it is, for a few major reasons.  —  Most people don't read gadget blogs or even know what Android is.  They generally hear about individual phones, without distinguishing much based on operating system.
Discussion: Coyote Tracks
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Allen Kiehl / AndroidSPIN:
Breaking: T-Mobile internals confirm Samsung is holding the Android world Hostage  —  We recently received a tip from someone we feel is a reliable source.  The information in the tip has just confirmed everything we have ever thought about Samsung, OTA's and new devices.
JR Raphael / JR Raphael's blog:
Android upgrades: Which manufacturers can you trust?  —  For most smartphone users, Google's Android upgrades are both a blessing and a curse.  On the one hand, each upgrade opens the door to exciting new features and functions for a phone.  On the other hand, the updates don't arrive instantly …
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”.
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Is Apple Building A Mobile Social Network?
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.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Next-Generation iPad to Launch in the U.S. on April 2nd or 9th?  —  MacNotes.de reports that the second-generation iPad is currently scheduled to debut in the United States on one of the first two Saturdays in April: the 2nd or the 9th.  (The report's headline states the 2nd or 7th …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial: For The First Time, Android Surpasses iOS Mobile Ad Impression Share  —  This has been a significant few weeks for Millennial Media.  The ad network just closed a $27.5 million investment round, announced that the company had tripled its revenue in 2010, and today, is releasing one of its more noteworthy monthly reports.
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”.
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Peter Yared / VentureBeat:
Google already knows its search sucks (and is working to fix it)
Awaneesh Verma / The Official Google Blog:
A new look for Google Translate for Android  —  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 on Google Translate—like machine translation …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Mobile VC Investment Was A Massive $6.1B In 2010.  Google, Intel Led The Way  —  Boutique investment house Rutberg & Company have released their numbers on VC and M&A activity in the mobile sector, and the figures confirm that 2010 was a doozy.  —  Mobile now represents 34 percent …
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: Next-generation BlackBerry Curve appears, brings specs with it  —  That BlackBerry 8520 feeling a bit outdated?  Well, we might have just what you've been waiting for — the next generation BlackBerry Curve.  Codenamed “Apollo,” the new BlackBerry Curve finally brings …
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.
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.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Chatroulette Founder Andrey Ternovskiy Raises New Funding: “50,000 Naked Men”  —  Following a week's worth of back and forth and blown off interviews, including one scheduled at 11 p.m EST, Chatroulette founder Andrey Ternovskiy finally picks up his cell phone after several rings.
Discussion: Geek.com
Chris / cdixon.org:
Predicting the future of the Internet is easy: anything it hasn't yet dramatically transformed, it will.  —  People love to focus on horse races: NYC vs Silcon Valley, Facebook vs Twitter, IPO markets vs private exchanges, the valuation of some startup vs some other startup.
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
The first look at The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper  —  An official introduction to The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's new iPad newspaper, is expected on Jan. 19, possibly at an event with Apple's Steve Jobs.  —  But peeking inside the source code of its recently-launched companion website …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TripIt Bags An ExIt - Acquired By Concur For Up To $120 Million  —  Concur, a publicly-listed provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, this morning announced it has agreed to acquire TripIt, which helps travelers easily organize and share travel plans.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Google's dropping H.264 from Chrome a step backward for openness  —  The promise of HTML5's <video> tag was a simple one: to allow web pages to contain embedded video without the need for plugins.  With the decision to remove support for the widespread H.264 codec from future versions of Chrome …
James Kanter / New York Times:
Europe Inquiry Focuses on Google Business Practice  —  BRUSSELS — European antitrust investigators are asking advertisers whether Google ever suggested that they increase spending in return for improved visibility in its Web search results, or stymied attempts to move their business elsewhere.
Discussion: Post Tech and Fair Search
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Exclusive: Google, Weinstein Co. Strike Film Deal  —  Given the pressure Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is under to land premium content deals for YouTube, you would think they would shout from the rooftops about securing its largest top-shelf film haul yet, from Weinstein Co. But a closer inspection reveals …
Bloomberg:
Google's Purchase of ITA Software May Be Challenged by U.S.  —  The U.S. Justice Department is preparing for a possible antitrust lawsuit to stop Google Inc.'s $700 million acquisition of ITA Software Inc., according to people familiar with the situation.  —  Department officials …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Reuters
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Facebook changes its lobbying status in Washington  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As lawmakers and regulators ponder sweeping changes to online privacy law, Facebook is working to shape its image on Capitol Hill and avert measures potentially damaging to its information-sharing business.
Discussion: p2pnet
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM's Watson wins Jeopardy practice round: Can humans hang?
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
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