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8:40 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.
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
An application war is brewing in the cloud
Discussion: SaaS 2.0
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google Voice to go fully VoIP, open to all in 2010?
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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.
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
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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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” …
Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless getting Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus?  —  We've heard that Verizon Wireless will be 100% carrying the Palm Pixi in addition to the Palm Pre, and that the official names will be the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus.  We have also been told that the Palm Pre Plus …
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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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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and bub.blicio.us
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 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 …
Discussion: CNET News and GigaOM
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.
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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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.
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 …
Engadget:
Ten gadgets that defined the decade  —  As 2009 winds down and we try to come up with new and clever ways of referring to the early years of this century, there's really only one thing left to do: declare our ten favorite gadgets of the aughts and show them off in chronological order.
Discussion: Switched, Massively and Joystiq
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Engadget for iPhone / iPod touch: available now!  —  Good news, everyone!  Our very own iPhone / iPod touch app is finally really available in Apple's much talked about and critically acclaimed App Store!  That's right, all the excitement and info you've come to know and love from Engadget …
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
GroundMap launches geotagging social media platform  —  As social media platforms continue to gain popularity, we as users have begun to be confronted by large amounts of information that sometimes seems unmanageable.  A number of startups have come up with solutions for bucketing tweets …
Discussion: 901am
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Androidification of Everything  —  A few days ago, Antonio Rodriguez, a Boston-based entrepreneur and founder of Tabblo, emailed to let me know that he was leaving Hewlett-Packard to go do something new.  Rodriguez sold Tabblo to HP in 2007 and had been working on some cool stuff at HP …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
YouTube's Quest to Suggest More  —  SAN BRUNO, Calif. — YouTube, the video site owned by Google, is about 10 times more popular than its nearest competitor.  But Hunter Walk still thinks of it as an underdog.  —  For Mr. Walk, director of product management at YouTube, the competition is not other Web sites: it's television.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com to sell call center service to other companies?  —  Is Amazon.com planning to offer its call center technology to other companies?  A new job posting from the online retailer seems to indicate so.  Amazon is seeking engineers to work on its “internally developed Call Center Platform” …
 
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Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Microsoft Zune Eats Apple iPod Dust in Holiday Sales
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Pacific Lake Uses ‘Very Obscure’ Strategy To Help Entrepreneurs
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Dave Freeman / CrunchGear:
jWIN licenses Polaroid name, prepares to market
 Earlier Items: 
J. Peter Bruzzese / J. Peter Bruzzese's blog:
Windows in business: Lots of jewels in an otherwise dismal year
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
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Google building a base under Android with Nexus One
Discussion: thebigmoney.com and Gadget Lab
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