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10:45 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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Was It Time For A Fresh Face?  Thoughts On Larry Page As The New Google CEO  —  Wow.  Just announced, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down from that position, to become “Executive Chairman,” with Google cofounder Larry Page stepping into the CEO role.  Below, some reflection …
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Google's Stock Under Eric Schmidt  —  Eric Schmidt announced that he was moving from CEO of Google to Executive Chairman, handing over the reigns of the company to Larry Page.  —  Under Schmidt's watch Google's stock exploded, but over the last year, it has flattened.
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.
Discussion: SAI and Mercury News
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Grows Revenues 26% In 4th Quarter To $8.44 Billion [Slides]
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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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Gabe Rivera / @gaberivera:
Discussion: Fortune
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Readies Groupon Clone [Confirmed]  —  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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google Offers won't kill Groupon, and that's exactly the point.
Discussion: Internet Evolution
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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Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Apple's Making It Impossible To Open Up Your iPhone By Secretly Swapping Its Screws
Discussion: Computerworld
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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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!
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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Arik Hesseldahl / New Enterprise:
Meg Whitman, Patricia Russo Among Five Joining HP Board  —  Former EBay CEO Meg Whitman, and former Alcatel-Lucent CEO Patricia Russo were among five new directors named to the board of directors at Hewlett-Packard.  The other three at Shumeet Banerji, CEO of Booz and Co …
Discussion: eWeek
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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.
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.
Discussion: @jevaun, Advocate and SFist
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.
Discussion: TechRadar.com and THINQ.co.uk, Thanks:robinwauters
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.
Discussion: TiPb, GigaOM, CrunchGear and IntoMobile
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web
Paul Thurrott / WindowsITPro:
Microsoft and Google in a War of “Nines”  —  Last week, Google issued a controversial announcement, claiming that the Gmail portion of its Google Apps service had achieved 99.984 percent uptime in 2010.  That's a pretty fantastical claim, especially when you consider that most Google Apps customers aren't even paying for the service.
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 …
Discussion: Computerworld, MacRumors, SlashGear and TUAW
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.
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.
 
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mass shipments of iPad 2 now expected in April
Discussion: DigiTimes and Electronista
Bloomberg:
LinkedIn Said to Be Worth Almost $3 Billion in Secondary Sale
Brooks / SPORTSbyBROOKS:
Sporting News Paid AOL Millions To Drop Fanhouse
comScore, Inc.:
Email Evolution: Web-based Email Shows Signs of Decline in the U.S …
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
In Race to Market, It Pays to Be Latecomer
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
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Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Post Insights Go Real Time
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Denise Leung / Flickr Blog:
Login to Flickr with your Facebook Account!
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Does Apple Plan an Online iPhone/iPad Backup Service?
Verizon:
Verizon Files Appeal in Federal Court Regarding FCC Net Neutrality Order
BBC:
Web images to get expiration date
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Box.net Upgrades Cloud Storage Platform With New UI, Collaborative Features And More
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Inventor Demos New P2P Live Streaming Protocol
 

 
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