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5:00 PM ET, January 20, 2011

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Eric Schmidt / The Official Google Blog:
An update from the Chairman  —  When I joined Google in 2001 I never imagined—even in my wildest dreams—that we would get as far, as fast as we have today.  Search has quite literally changed people's lives—increasing the collective sum of the world's knowledge and revolutionizing advertising in the process.
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Google Investor Relations:
Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010 Results and Management Changes  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.  —  “Q4 marked a terrific end to a stellar year,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Eric Schmidt Out As Google CEO, Larry Page Takes Over  —  Eric Schmidt is stepping down as CEO of Google, and Larry Page is taking over the company just announced in its earnings.  Here's Google: Starting from April 4, Larry Page, Google Co-Founder, will take charge of Google's day-to-day operations as Chief Executive Officer.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
LIVE: Google Explains Why Larry Page Is CEO
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Google’s Founders & CEO Promised To Work Together Until 2024
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Grows Revenues 26% In 4th Quarter To $8.44 Billion [Slides]
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Tweets can now become Techmeme headlines or discussion.  So tweet away.  —  For as long as newsmakers have used Twitter, tweets have broken news stories.  And yet for Techmeme, linking directly to tweets was never imperative - after all most newsworthy tweets are blogged within minutes, moreover with helpful context.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Taps Twitter For Faster Headlines, Pithy Context
Kyle / iFixit Blog:
Apple's Diabolical Plan to Screw Your iPhone  —  Expecting to be one of the first people in the world to buy the iPhone 4, I was dispatched to Japan for its release last June.  Much to the dismay of thousands of Japanese with similar intentions, my mission was thwarted …
Arn / MacRumors:
FaceTime, Camera and PhotoBooth Icons Confirm Camera in iPad 2  —  Apple's developer release of iOS 4.3 Beta 2 has provided more visual evidence confirming that the next iPad will carry a front facing camera as well as the Apple Camera App and Photo Booth App.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Billionaire Eduardo Saverin Leads Qwiki's $8 Million Round  —  TechCrunch Disrupt winner Qwiki has closed its $8 million series A financing, which I first reported a couple weeks ago when it was midway through the round.  Now we know the investors, and it is a very interesting group.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Co-Founder Backs Start-Up
Discussion: Fast Company
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
T-Mobile Confirms Sidekick 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G  —  T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm confirmed today that 4G HSPA+ versions of the T-Mobile Sidekick and the Samsung Galaxy S phones will be “coming soon,” according to a slide presented at a press breakfast today.
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Bloomberg:
T-Mobile USA Seeks $3 Billion Sales Growth, Mulls Partnerships on Spectrum
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC to launch Flyer tablet PC in March  —  HTC plans to launch three tablet PCs in the first half of 2011 with the first model, the Flyer, to begin shipping in the US market in March, according to sources at handset component suppliers.  The Flyer, which looks like an enlarged version …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Gets Sued For Letting Famous People Interact Online  —  Part of Twitter's appeal is that people can ‘connect’ and engage with celebrities online, even if most of them consider it to be, and treat it like, just another push marketing channel rather than a multi-dimensional communication system.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Eric Schmidt: All of Google's Strategic Initiatives in 2011 are Mobile  —  In the latest Harvard Business Review, guest contributor Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, writes about the company's plans for the coming year, saying “as I think about Google's strategic initiatives in 2011, I realize they're all about mobile.”
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
iOS 4.3 beta multitasking gestures demonstrated on iPhone, look like a handful (video)  —  If you came along for our most recent podcast you heard us discussing some of the new features uncovered in the iOS 4.3 beta, including multitouch gestures for multitasking like four-finger swipes to go between apps.
HP:
HP Announces Changes to Board of Directors  —  Five highly accomplished business leaders to be added to board  —  HP today announced that its board of directors has appointed five new members, effective Jan. 21, bringing the total number of board members to 13.
Discussion: NewEnterprise and @hpnews
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Arik Hesseldahl / All Things Digital:   Meg Whitman, Patricia Russo Among Five Joining HP Board
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
NY Times to Charge Less Than $20/Month for Web Access  —  New York Times Co. will charge readers less than $20 a month for full access to its namesake newspaper on the Web when the company introduces its paid service, a person familiar with the matter said.  —  The price has been set at less …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Considers Integrating a Display into their Magic Mouse  —  On January 20, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's Magic Mouse.  Apple is working on combining the Magic Mouse's touch surface …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Is About To Take Off: Number Porting Coming Soon For $20  —  We've been huge fans of Google Voice for quite a while now — it makes screening calls and managing multiple phones a breeze — but there's always been a huge thorn in its side: it didn't allow people to port their existing phone numbers over.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Inventor Demos New P2P Live Streaming Protocol  —  Bram Cohen, the inventor of the BitTorrent protocol that revolutionized file-sharing, is finalizing the code for his new P2P-live streaming protocol.  With his efforts he aims to develop a piece of code superior to all other streaming solutions on the market today.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Box.net Upgrades Cloud Storage Platform With New UI, Collaborative Features And More  —  Today, Box.net unveiled a brand new version of its cloud storage platform.  Box's CEO Aaron Levie says that in creating the new version of Box, the company focused on three key themes—simple, open and mobile.
YouTube Blog:
New YouTube homepage launches to all users  —  You may have noticed we've been experimenting with a new YouTube homepage.  After countless user studies and community surveys, one thing came in loud and clear: the homepage in its current form doesn't mean much to most of you, and could be more personally relevant.
Zokem:
In the US Market, iPhone Outperforms Other Mobile Platforms in User Loyalty by a Wide Margin, Android is Second, Blackberry Fourth  —  Zokem's industry leading Mobile Life panel in the US from the year 2010 reveals that iPhone scores 84% higher in loyalty ratings than the nearest competitor, Google Android.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple to fight Facebook with iOS 5 and Media Stream?  —  Ping was Apple's first attempt at the social networking but it pales in comparison to what they have coming.  Hidden deep in the iOS 4.3 file system is a new folder titled “Media Stream.”  Within that folder is some information about “Photo Streaming.”
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media's IPO to Take Place Next Week  —  According to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, Demand Media will finally launch its public offering later next week, after it completes its road show for investors.  —  Once it has its IPO, which is being led by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley …
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Coming soon: A new way to hack into smartphones  —  By breaking into the phone's radio firmware, hackers can take control of iPhone or Android devices  —  More than three years after the iPhone was first hacked, computer security experts think they've found a whole new way to break into mobile phones …
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Verizon:
Verizon Files Appeal in Federal Court Regarding FCC Net Neutrality Order
Discussion: Gizmodo and Between the Lines Blog
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia N9 to bust loose with MeeGo on Intel Atom power?
Discussion: The Nokia Blog
BBC:
Web images to get expiration date
Discussion: iGeneration Blog
Swetha Gopinath / Reuters:
NEC and Lenovo in PC joint venture talks: report
Liu Linlin / Global Times:
Apple accused of neglecting work safety
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Trapster Hacked: 10 Million Mobile Users Potentially Affected
Discussion: Neowin.net
Fred / A VC:
Monetizing Mobile Audio
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Apple Sues Nokia in London Over Patent for Touch-Screen Scroll
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
How ‘Cyberlockers’ Became The Biggest Problem In Piracy
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Motorola employee confirms locked bootloaders — and bad attitude
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Is Launching A Flipboard-Killer, “Editions”
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
LivingSocial CEO: “No Widescale Problem” …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Twitter Hits Nearly 200M Accounts, 110M Tweets Per Day, Focuses On Global Expansion
 

 
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