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10:30 AM ET, January 21, 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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Interview With Eric Schmidt, Larry Page And Sergey Brin  —  Late last summer we were ready to break a big story - that Eric Schmidt would be stepping down as the CEO of Google.  Multiple sources and all that jazz.  The basic story was that he was tired (who wouldn't be) …
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Google's Stock Under Eric Schmidt
Discussion: Fortune, imagine and asymco
Harry McCracken / Techland:   The Eric Schmidt Era: Google 2001 vs. Google 2011
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Why Is Eric Schmidt Stepping Down at Google?
Discussion: SAI
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Eric Schmidt, Google's outgoing CEO, to cash out shares worth $335 million
Discussion: Geek.com, Mashable! and SAI
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google to Launch Groupon Competitor [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Google is preparing launch Google Offers, the search giant's Groupon competitor, Mashable has learned.  We have the documents to prove it.  One of our sources has sent us a confidential fact sheet straight from the Googleplex about the company's new group buying service.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Confirmed: Google Readies “Google Offers” Groupon Clone  —  Google is about to launch a Groupon clone according to Mashable.  Called “Google Offers,” the blog showed some promotional collateral that presents a very Groupon-like daily deal offering: [Google Offers Image] As everyone reading this knows …
Gabe Rivera / @gaberivera:
Via @sea, Google hosts a “Google Offers” logo, and here it is: http://goo.gl/dGaB0
Discussion: Fortune
Justin Scott / Mozilla Add-ons Blog:
Blocking the Skype Toolbar in Firefox  —  The Skype Toolbar for Firefox is an extension that detects phone numbers in web pages, and re-renders them as a clickable button that can be used to dial the number using the Skype desktop application.  This extension is bundled with the Skype application …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Mozilla To Block Skype's Browser Toolbar - Skype Responds, Recommends Upgrading
Discussion: The Next Web
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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Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Tweets Hit Techmeme, Bloggers in a Tizzy
Gabe Rivera / @gaberivera:
We're now including tweets on Techmeme and this will be the first one. @-reply with something clever to join the Discussion!
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 …
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2 will have the same cameras as the iPod touch  —  Oh, hello.  We've done some digging in the latest SDK it looks like Apple's much rumored second-generation iPad will not feature some fancy 5 megapixel camera, but will instead shoot your flicks and take your pics with something close to a 1 megapixel camera.
Discussion: App Advice, SlashGear and MacNN
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Meet Apple's New Boss, The Most Powerful Gay Man in Silicon Valley  —  It looks increasingly like Steve Jobs' reign at Apple is over.  If the CEO doesn't return from his third, indefinite medical leave, COO Tim Cook will succeed him, marking a new era not only for Apple but for gay progress.
Theuni / XBMC:
You asked for it: XBMC for AppleTV2, iPad, iPhone4.  —  The XBMC team is proud to present our first ARM-based release, and it's a big one.  Scott Davilla, with the help of Edgar (gimli) Hucek and Zeljko (amet) Ametovic and several other developers and testers, is finally ready to pull the curtain off of his fun little secret.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Verizon's First iPhone Commercial: It Begins  —  Well that didn't take long.  Here it is, the first Verizon iPhone commercial.  —  As you can see, the focus is on clock — the first one on 11:59 — implying that people in all different walks of life are waiting for something.
Jeanette Borzo / Wall Street Journal:
Can Employers Fire Over Facebook Gaffes?  —  Facebook gaffes that can cause trouble in the workplace aren't unique to drunken college students any more.  As more companies—and their workers—tap into the world of blogs, Twitter and Facebook, employers are tripping over legal potholes in social media.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
What a Stolen Credit Card Costs on the Digital Black Market  —  Cybercriminals have gotten so sophisticated recently that their operations are almost indistinguishable from the legit businesses they rip off.  Here's a “menu” of services offered by cybercriminals, including working physical credit cards …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Google's Android Market Rules Could Squeeze Amazon's Android App Store  —  Google's stance on prohibiting apps in Android Market from being mini-app stores led to the quick demise of Kongregate Arcade, a Flash game portal app that was pulled Wednessday less than a day after it launched.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mass shipments of iPad 2 now expected in April  —  Although Apple was rumored to launch the iPad in February or March, a new report from Digitimes claims Apple's next-gen tablet will hit the mass shipment stage in April of this year.  In addition, Apple has upped their amount of PCB suppliers …
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Motorola Apologizes For PR Gaffe, Promises Better Bootloader Policy  —  Despite Motorola continually making some of the hottest Android handsets - and the pattern continues with the Atrix - some of the most passionate Android fans refuse to become customers because of a “locked bootloader”.
Discussion: Engadget
comScore, Inc.:
Email Evolution: Web-based Email Shows Signs of Decline in the U.S. While Mobile Email Usage on the Rise  —  Growing Number of Communication Channels Prompts Shift in Consumers' Email Behavior  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released results …
Ben Popper / New York Observer:
Neverware Means Never Buying a New Computer Again  —  There is something odd about the computer Jonathan Hefter keeps at his desk in the Dogpatch Labs tech incubator just off of Union Square.  The space is filled with employees from some of New York's most promising startups …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
SkyFire Pulls In Another Million Bucks With The Launch Of SkyFire For iPad  —  Up until recently, the revenue model for SkyFire's smartphone browser (you know, the one that converts Flash Video on-the-fly for playback on handsets that otherwise could never touch it?) wasn't too clear.
 
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Confirmed: iPad 3G launching soon in China
Discussion: The Next Web
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
VCs roared back in 2010, investing the most money since 2007
Discussion: Datamation, GigaOM and DealBook
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Survey: Only 25% Want to Share TV Habits With Friends
Discussion: SideReel Blog and eHomeUpgrade
Bloomberg:
LinkedIn Said to Be Worth Almost $3 Billion in Secondary Sale
Discussion: TechCrunch and Beet.TV
Brooks / SPORTSbyBROOKS:
Sporting News Paid AOL Millions To Drop Fanhouse
Paul Thurrott / WindowsITPro:
Microsoft and Google in a War of “Nines”
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
In Race to Market, It Pays to Be Latecomer
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:daveambrose
 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's $3.9 Billion Investment Was in LCD Displays?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With anti-Zynga strategy, Kabam raises $30M for social games
Verizon:
Verizon Files Appeal in Federal Court Regarding FCC Net Neutrality Order
Arik Hesseldahl / New Enterprise:
Meg Whitman, Patricia Russo Among Five Joining HP Board
Discussion: New York Times, eWeek and Bloomberg
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
NY Times to Charge Less Than $20/Month for Web Access
 

 
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