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7:25 PM ET, January 8, 2012

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Microsoft, Defying Image, Has a Design Gem in Windows Phone  —  “GORGEOUS,” raves The Huffington Post.  —  “Best-looking smartphone operating system in the industry,” gushes Slate.  —  “Far superior to most if not all the Android smartphones,” says TechCrunch.  —  Sounds like the usual adulation for a gadget from Apple.
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Dan Seifert / MobileBurn.com:
“Sleek, metallic” Nokia Lumia 900 to debut for AT&T next week  —  The New York Times is reporting that the long-awaited flagship Nokia Windows Phone smartphone for the U.S. will debut next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Citing unnamed sources, the Times describes the phone as …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer's next-gen, quad-core Iconia Tab introduced at CES 2012 with a 1080p display  —  Acer's finishing up its CES 2012 presser with a teaser to end all teasers: there's a next-generation, quad-core Iconia Tab on the way.  The Android-based slate will be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 and will boast …
Paul Miller / The Verge:
Acer's AcerCloud unveil is a blatant iCloud ripoff  —  Which is which?  Acer just showed off its AcerCloud service, something that already sounded suspiciously like Apple's iCloud.  Even the “PicStream” element sounds a lot like Photo Stream.  Still not convinced?
Discussion: Business Insider
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Acer takes to the cloud with AcerCloud service, to launch in Q2 2012  —  Acer has today announced its entrance into the cloud computing space with its AcerCloud service.  The company says the software — which will come bundled with Acer's consumer PCs beginning in the second quarter of this year …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Acer announces Aspire S5, 'world's thinnest ultrabook' with Thunderbolt port  —  Ahead of its press conference at CES, Acer has just announced the new Aspire S5 ultrabook, which the company says is the world's thinnest — it's only 15mm at its thickest point.
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
Why Android tablets failed: A postmortem  —  Takeaway: Android tablets were expected to give the Apple iPad fierce competition in 2011.  It never happened.  Here's why Android tablets flopped.  —  As I gear up for CES 2012 next week, I can't help but think back to CES 2011 where the big story was all about Android tablets.
Discussion: SlashGear, CNET and Hardware 2.0 Blog, Thanks:abraham_pareja
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: It's business as usual with Windows Phone updates  —  Summary: ‘Nothing has changed in regard to how we work with carriers to deliver Windows Phone updates to our customers,’ maintained a Microsoft official following a change in Microsoft's update disclosure policy.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
NinjaVideo “queen” gets 22 months in jail, owes $200,000 to Hollywood  —  NinjaVideo.net's “queen” is going to jail—and paying the MPAA over $200,000.  —  A federal judge today sentenced Hana Amal “Queen Phara” Beshara to 22 months in a West Virginia prison and enrolled her (at her request) in a drug rehab program there.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Expands Retail Partnerships; Now Sold At OfficeMax And UPS Store Locations  —  For disruptive mobile payments startup Square, 2011 was a year of massive growth on many levels.  The startup ended the year with over 1 million merchants using the mobile payments platform to accept credit cards …
Discussion: Engadget
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Netflix expected to launch streaming service in the UK this week, says report  —  U.S online video streaming service Netflix is expected to launch in the UK this week, finalising a number of deals with movie and television studios and debuting a new marketing campaign in the coming days, The Guardian reports.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
2011: The Year Google & Bing Took Away From SEOs & Publishers  —  Increasingly over the years, search engines — Google in particular — have given more and more support to SEOs and publishers.  But 2011 marked the first significant reversal that I can recall, with both linking and keyword data being withheld.
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Joanna Stern / The Verge:
OLPC XO 3.0 tablet: an 8-inch tablet for $100, with Android and Sugar options for the children (update: pictures!)
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