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11:05 PM ET, December 30, 2009

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Clayton Morris / Fox News:
Exclusive: Apple's January Announcement Confirmed  —  Following a Financial Times report that Apple has scheduled a special media event for January 26th in San Francisco, I've spoken to a source inside Apple who confirmed a “big” event for January.  While nothing official has been handed …
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Ben Kunz / Business Week:
Five Ways Apple's Tablet May Change the World  —  The iPad is on the way, and it just might reduce calling costs, cut your commute, and, to the delight of journalists everywhere, pull print media back from the brink  —  Business writers love hyperbole.  The ground will swell.  The paradigm will shift.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Has Big Plans for Google Voice, Cloud Computing in 2010  —  Google's Bradley Horowitz, vice president of product management at Google, said Google Voice and cloud computing will be huge plays for the search engine giant in 2010.  Expect the Gizmo5 assets to bolster the Google Voice phone management application.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Facebook App Maker Hit With Data-Breach Class Action  —  RockYou, the popular provider of third-party apps for Facebook, MySpace and other social-networking services, is being hit with a proposed class-action accusing the company of having such poor data security that at least one hacker got away …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
TSA Threatens Blogger Who Posted New Screening Directive  —  TSA Special Agent John Enright, left, speaks to Steven Frischling outside the blogger's home in Niantic, Connecticut, after returning Frischling's laptop Wednesday.  —  Photo: Thomas Cain/Wired.com
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Microsoft Zune Eats Apple iPod Dust in Holiday Sales  —  OK, it's really no shocker that Apple's iPod touch trounced Microsoft's Zune HD in holiday sales.  But couldn't the Zune have at least done a little better?  Amazon's list of Bestsellers in Electronics has the iPod touch in the second and third spot …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Prepping New “Premiere” DVR?  —  Due to a possible shipping slip up, we may have just caught our first glimpse of the next model in TiVo's Series3/HD line.  When Patrick McCarron recently upgraded to a TiVo HD, his packaging contained a TiVo Premiere and Premiere XL setup guide.
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Pogie Awards for the Year's Best Tech Ideas  —  Wow, what an opportunity!  Imagine having a newspaper column published precisely on the last day of the year.  What a chance to step back, look ahead, sum it all up.  —  Or else I could just trot out my usual end-of-year silliness, better known as the Pogie Awards.
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech
Chip Chick:
DataJack to Launch Unlimited Prepaid Mobile Broadband for $39  —  3G mobile broadband on the go is great, but the costly monthly fees and long term contracts have kept it from becoming adapted by the masses.  This might soon change when DataJack launches at CES next month.
Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Thank you for a very big 2009  —  As we wrap up the year here at Hulu HQ, I'd like to send - on behalf of the whole Hulu team - a very big thank you to our customers.  It is our customers that make Hulu possible and it is our customers that have enabled this service to thrive in 2009.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Sprint Overdrive dual-mode WiMAX / EV-DO mobile hotspot leaks into the wild  —  Move over, MiFi — this Sprint Overdrive dual-mode WiMAX / EV-DO mobile hotspot that just hit our inbox has taken over as our new object of broadband desire.  Our tipster says internal training on the Sierra-built device …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T to FCC: Let My Landlines Go!  —  The Federal Communications Commission is delving into the future of communications with a request for comments on an all-IP telephone network.  Last week, AT&T filed its comments, which shows someone at the carrier is reading GigaOM, or at least the writing on the wall when it comes to landlines.
Michael Gartenberg / SlashGear:
The Tragedy of One Laptop Per Child  —  It didn't come as much as a surprise, but the good folks working on the One Laptop Per Child Project announced that the that the OLPC XO-2 concept had been shelved and in what appears to be bowing to the hype of tablet form factors, they've announced the new XO-3.
Matthew Kelch / DroidMuff.in:
Swype keyboard preview for Droid leaked  —  You may have heard about Swype before — it's an innovative input method from the co-inventor of T9, Cliff Kushler.  Currently Swype is only officially available on Windows Mobile.  However, a preview version of Swype for Android has leaked.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Digg looking to aggregate what's hot on Twitter and Facebook  —  Digg founder Kevin Rose dropped a morsel of information about a major overhaul to the social news website that's been a long time coming (at least seven months, which is like four years in Internet time).
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Windows Mobile and Xbox Live coming together, according to Microsoft job ad  —  The hints were already pretty strong on this one, but now Microsoft has come right out and said it, albeit in a job posting — the Xbox Live gaming platform is extending beyond the console and specifically onto WinMo phones.
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Verizon users irked by new Bing logo  —  In the past few weeks, a Microsoft Bing logo has popped up on the home screen of Verizon BlackBerry smartphones.  And many users aren't too happy about it.  —  The logo - a shortcut to a new, free Bing app, as Verizon explains …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Motorola: 2 New Phones At CES?  —  Motorola (MOT) may be planning to announce a pair of new phones at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, according to Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry.  — In a research note today, Chowdhry asserts that the company “may announce” …
The Editorialiste:
To aggregate, or report?  On successful online publishing  —  If there's one issue online publications have really battled with, it's the teeter-tottering relationship between the creation of original work and the aggregation of third-party content.  —  For years, most news organizations …
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Zee / The Next Web:
First Crisp and Clear Video Demo of Google's Nexus One. 10 Minutes of it.  —  Ten minutes covering virtually the entire Nexus One UI, giving a good indication of what to expect.  I still think the iPhone blows the interface away, but if the apps bring Google's level of usability and connectivity …
Discussion: Engadget
Wall Street Journal:
No File!  No Icon!  Litl Is a Big Idea, but Still Cloudy  —  One of the hottest ideas in the digital world now is the notion of dumping the traditional personal computer, where most programs and data are stored locally, for a stripped-down device that would operate primarily as a gateway …
Discussion: OSNews
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Virtual goods ‘to make billions’  —  Virtual goods such as weapons or digital bottles of champagne traded in the US could be worth up to $5bn in the next five years, experts predict.  —  In Asia, sales are already around the $5bn mark and rapidly growing.  —  For many, virtual goods …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Groovle Beats Google In Domain Battle With Groovy Defense  —  Back in 2007, we wrote about Groovle, a site that lets you skin Google with your favorite image, and serves results through Google's Custom Search.  It seems that Google wasn't much of a fan though: the search giant sought …
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Pacific Lake Uses ‘Very Obscure’ Strategy To Help Entrepreneurs  —  Pacific Lake Partners is raising $35 million, but not for your run-of-the-mill venture fund - it's for a rare breed of fund that provides capital for young entrepreneurs to search for a potential buyout opportunity.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
At Microsoft, is age more than just a number?  —  I'm not a big one for New Year's resolutions, but I do reflect at the end of each year on what happened and what's to come next.  I leaf through my virtual correspondence folders, remembering memorable reader notes, both good and bad.
David Pierce / VentureBeat:
Does voice-to-text technology actually work?  —  No matter how fast we learn to type, it's never going to catch up to how fast we can speak.  Luckily for us, technology might mean it doesn't have to.  Voice-to-text technology is entering more and more industries, and has the potential to make recording …
Discussion: David Risley dot com
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Sales of Apple's iWork office suite surge 50% in 2009  —  Apple's iWork software suite, in both standalone and box set SKUs, had a strong 2009, particularly in the wake of the launch of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in August.  —  According to the NPD Group, iWork 2009 sold 50 percent more units …
 
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Cathy Horyn / New York Times:
Why So Stodgy, Prada.com?  —  IN early November, Burberry deployed …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com to sell call center service to other companies?
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
YouTube's Quest to Suggest More
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Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
GroundMap launches geotagging social media platform
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Engadget:
Ten gadgets that defined the decade
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Top 10 moments in social media in 2009
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Androidification of Everything  —  A few days ago …
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jWIN licenses Polaroid name, prepares to market
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
New Slingbox Goodies Coming to CES
Discussion: I4U News, SlashGear and Electronista
Glyn Moody / Computerworld UK:
Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot