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6:40 AM ET, January 9, 2012

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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Lenovo launches first Ice Cream Sandwich TV  —  Lenovo is entering the TV business at this year's CES, and it's doing so with a splash: The company announced the world's first TV set running Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich, Sunday.  The device, dubbed the Lenovo K91 Smart TV …
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Lenovo IdeaTab S2: a 10.1-inch, dual-core Android 4.0 tablet with keyboard dock attachment  —  Asus's Transformer tablets are getting some competition at CES, folks: Lenovo has just unveiled its own 10-inch tablet with a detachable keyboard dock for extra battery life, and on its own …
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 …
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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.
NDH / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Launches in UK, Ireland Today  —  Today we're bringing Netflix to the UK and Ireland.  I am Neil Hunt, chief product officer at Netflix.  I'm proud to have led the product team that brings Netflix to the country where I grew up, after spending most of my career in California.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Why Everybody In Seattle Suddenly Wants To Work For Amazon  —  Amazon has been a cornerstone in Seattle for more than 15 years now, but it wasn't always seen as a great place to work.  —  Employees talked about long hours and a pressure-cooker atmosphere, and the core business — e-commerce — didn't seem very sexy.
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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Consumer Electronics Show Loses Clout as Industry Shifts  —  The International Consumer Electronics Show, which will open on Tuesday in Las Vegas, is impossible to ignore.  It will smother the city's gigantic convention center with gadgets and those who make and promote them …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
LG to launch Android phones with VMware virtualization on Verizon ‘in the coming months’  —  LG's here at CES 2012 showing off VMware virtual Android machines running on a Verizon Revolution — you can have a “personal” phone that you manage yourself, and then hit a button and click …
Discussion: Gizmodo and PhoneArena
Eric Franklin / CNET News:
Toshiba's new tablet is thinnest yet, but does its price kill it?  —  The Excite X10 doesn't exactly fit into a hand, but the svelte nature of the tablet makes it easily maneuverable.  —  LAS VEGAS—Touting a thin product draws lots of attention and not to be outdone by the Transformer Prime …
Antti Vilpponen / ArcticStartup Posts:
Finnish Operator Required To Block Access To ThePirateBay, Among Others  —  Elisa, one of the largest internet service providers in Finland, has been forced to block access to The PirateBay for its customers.  Elisa issued a press release (in Finnish) on the matter moments ago.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Enough with the Samsung bashing
Discussion: PC World
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BSkyB Buys Stake In Social TV Start-Up Zeebox
Discussion: The Register, Guardian and Lost Remote
John Seabrook / New Yorker:
Will Robert Kyncl and YouTube Revolutionize Television?
Discussion: Engadget and The Verge
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Facebook Adds In-Game Offers Option For All Developers, Hoping To Further Diversify Revenue
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Expands Retail Partnerships; Now Sold At OfficeMax And UPS Store Locations
Discussion: Engadget
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
NinjaVideo “queen” gets 22 months in jail, owes $200,000 to Hollywood
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
Why Android tablets failed: A postmortem
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