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5:45 PM ET, January 13, 2011

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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 a crystal clear photo of the BlackBerry Dakota — you know, the device that's going to sit right at the head of the BlackBerry family dinner table.
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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Exclusive: Next-generation BlackBerry Curve appears, brings specs with it  —  That BlackBerry 8520 feeling a bit outdated?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 …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Too much hardware choice  —  From my Verizon iPhone post: Even the gadget blogs have a hard time feigning enthusiasm for this week's hot Android phone because they still haven't taken the shrinkwrap off of last week's.  Not enough Nick's response: Wait, the stream of high-quality …
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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 …
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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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Why Apple won't yet ditch the home button on the iPhone and iPad
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Can the New iOS 4.3 Switching Gestures Obviate the Home Button?
Discussion: MacRumors
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 …
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 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM's Watson wins Jeopardy practice round: Can humans hang?  —  IBM's Watson supercomputer won a practice round against Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and raised a lot of questions about the capabilities of artificial intelligence.  —  Watson, a four-year effort by IBM …
Paul Carton / InvestorPlace:
New Survey Shows Verizon iPhone Will Have Major Impact on U.S. Wireless Service Providers  —  Can AT&T Forestall Large-Scale Defections?  —  The details of a Verizon iPhone have finally been released, but what impact will this long expected move actually have on U.S. wireless service providers and their subscribers?
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”.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL Outsources Sports; Fanhouse Brand Absorbed Into Sporting News  —  AOL (NYSE: AOL) organized a hasty after-market call to announce three content deals designed to buttress its push towards premium content.  The most prominent involves a content sharing arrangement with The Sporting News.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Steve Ballmer finally shows who's in charge of Microsoft  —  In his 11th year as chief executive and third outside the shadow of Chairman Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer is asserting surprising control over Microsoft.  There were signs in 2010, but events over just the last week …
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.
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 …
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.
Haavard / My Opera:
Is the removal of H.264 from Chrome a step backward for openness?  —  In a lengthy article at Ars Technica, Peter Bright argues that removing support for a closed standard from Chrome is a step backward for openness.  —  I disagree strongly with this assertion, and will try to somewhat briefly explain why …
Discussion: OSNews
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Intel Beats Earnings Expectations Despite Slower PC Market  —  Chipmaker Intel just reported quarterly earnings of 59 cents a share beating the expectations of analysts who had expected earnings of 53 cents.  Revenues were $11.5 billion, ahead of the forecast of $11.37 billion.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Considers Moving Its Headquarters.  To Brisbane, CA?  —  The San Francisco Business Times is reporting that San Francisco-based microblogging darling Twitter is looking into a real estate purchase in Brisbane California, specifically the 200,000 square foot current home of Walmart.com at the Sierra Point Towers.
Gizmodo:
The Greatest Scam in Tech  —  In the tech world, a few questions are usually enough.  Does the product work?  Is the idea good?  How much does it cost?  But as Peep Telephony reminds us, there's a fourth, all-important qualification: Is it real?  —  The Consumer Electronics Show …
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.
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 …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
No, In Fact, We Haven't Seen This Movie Before  —  Thanks to monster private financings from Groupon and Facebook, as well as the promise of major IPOs from Demand, LinkedIn, Zynga and others, the predictable “watch out, here we go again” buzz is rising up in the press.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
How Much Revenue Does Flickr Make From Paid Pro Accounts, My Guess?  $50 Million Per Year  —  Over at Quora today somebody asked the question, How many Flickr accounts are pro accounts?  Yahoo doesn't make the number of accounts or Flickr's financials public, but I thought I'd just do a brief bit of guessing on my own.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Memo to Facebook: Supersize It  —  At a Y Combinator event in October, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg told an audience of young entrepreneurs, “We've not once bought a company to get a company.  We buy companies to get excellent people.”  Indeed, Facebook has grown notorious for small …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft working on ‘Concero’ cloud-management portal
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Scoop: Benchmark Closes ‘Oversubscribed’ Seventh Fund with $425M
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Analysis: a year after China retreat, Google plots new growth
Discussion: Search Engine Land and DailyTech
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
HP Exec Hints at WebOS Future: Smartphones, Tablets, PCs & More
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Chatroulette Founder Andrey Ternovskiy Raises New Funding: “50,000 Naked Men”
Discussion: Geek.com
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Runet: Why the Russian internet doesn't need the West
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Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Google, Weinstein Co. Strike Film Deal
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Mobile VC Investment Was A Massive $6.1B In 2010.  Google, Intel Led The Way
Discussion: GigaOM, TechEye and PhoneArena, Thanks:dangilmartin
Manton Reece / Manton.org:
App Store 30% cut