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11:10 AM 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.
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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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).
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Releases iOS 4.3 Beta
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.
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)  —  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.
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
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Late Surge On Internet Deals Heat Up VC Funding  —  2010 ended with a bang for start-up funding with deals and dollars hitting an eight-quarter high in the fourth quarter of 2010.  Buoyed by a raft of Internet deals, fourth quarter VC funding hit $6.5 billion spread out over 735 deals.
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Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Mobile VC Investment Was A Massive $6.1B In 2010.  Google, Intel Led The Way
Discussion: PhoneArena and Mobile Entertainment, Thanks:dangilmartin
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.
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.
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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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:   Feature: Google's dropping H.264 from Chrome a step backward for openness
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: msnbc.com
Manton Reece / Manton.org:
App Store 30% cut  —  The Mac App Store launched!  Like many developers I spent the day taking it out for a spin, thinking about whether this changes everything, and trying to ignore the fact that my app Clipstart isn't in the store on day 1 even though I submitted to Apple 7 weeks ago.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Shazam and Spotify team up on iOS and Android apps  —  In yet another sign that Spotify has gone mainstream the company has just announced a partership with Shazam — the ubiquitous mobile music identification service.  Under the deal, Shazamers will now be greeted with a “Play in Spotify” feature for all music discovered.
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.
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 / 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: Beyond Search
 
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Mobile airwaves seen key to U.S. competitiveness
Discussion: DailyTech
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
OnSwipe Raises, Like, A Million Dollars
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Q4 PC Sales Miss Gartner Est.; Apple Up 24% In U.S.
Bloomberg:
MySpace Sale, Merger or Spinoff Being Weighed by News Corp., Official Says
Tom Connor / Ars Technica:
Peep show: inside the world of unsecured IP security cameras
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Verizon Ending Upgrade Discount Program Before iPhone Release
 

 
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