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9:55 AM ET, December 31, 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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XLeung / Cloned In China:
Kaifu Lee said Apple Tablet looked like a bigger iPhone  —  Kaifu Lee, the Ex president of Google China , who also ever worked for Apple, revealed some information about the Apple tablet today through a Twitter alike microblog launched by Chinese news portal Sina.com.cn and his account on this microblog was verified.
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.
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 particularly …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Techie Buzz and Mashable!
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Nexus One trounces 3D benchmark, gets caught in high-res photoshoot  —  Just when you thought you'd seen it all with Nexus One, along comes an old friend with some higher resolution shots of the handset (hooray!) and a pretty impressive 3D benchmark test using Qualcomm's Neocore.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Now That Everything Is Known, Will The Google Nexus One Phone …
Discussion: Googling Google and Google Watch
Kim-Mai Cutler and Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Nine startup dreams and industries Google crushed in 2009  —  If you're an ambitious young tech entrepreneur with a compelling product hacked together and a slide-deck in hand, there's always one giant elephant in the room to worry about.  —  That, of course, is Google.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
John Mayer Wants You To Defragment Your Brain With A Digital Cleanse  —  Anyone who follows John Mayer on Twitter knows that he's a smart guy.  A bit kooky at times, sure.  But he's definitely not just shooting his mouth off with self-promotional drivel.  He's built up quite a following …
Discussion: one forty plus. and Gizmodo
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
How Many Servers Can One Admin Manage?  —  There's a discussion today at Slashdot about how many servers or users an admin can manage.  The question seeks to establish whether a department in which sysadmins each manage 900 user machines is understaffed.  As in any discussion of IT or data centers, practices vary widely.
Thomas Hoehn / A Thousand Words:
Your Photo in Times Square - When You Want It There!  —  Will you be visiting Times Square in the heart of New York City soon?  Perhaps you will be in the crowd on New Year's Eve?  If so, we have got something cool for you to try....  We recently upgraded our huge digital display on the 50-yard line of the Crossroads of the World.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
2000-2009: Microsoft's decade of shattered dreams  —  This will be the toughest commentary I likely will ever write about Microsoft.  It is toughest for me to compose because I see what Microsoft could have been in 2009 from where it started in 2000.  It is toughest on Microsoft …
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
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 TV.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and ResourceShelf
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
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple ‘Magic Wand’ Remote System Patent for Apple TV Resurfaces  —  Apple updated an existing patent application today that describes the implementation of a previously dubbed “Magic Wand” remote control to provide a more natural control experience when navigating a product like the Apple TV.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Obama admin: Mandated exemptions can strengthen copyright  —  The Obama administration has offered up a strange mix of copyright policies in its first year (both ACTA and Creative Commons, for instance), but it has at least made clear that “better copyright law” does not always mean “more copyright protection.”
Discussion: TeleRead
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Mophie iPhone credit card reader coming to a CES near you  —  iPhone accessory maker and recession antidote regular Mophie is about to make the most buzzworthy move of its short history by offering a credit card reader and accompanying transaction app for the Apple handset.
Discussion: Mobile Whack
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.
Juventino Quinones / My Pre:
Palm App Catalog is About to Reach 1000 Apps  —  The Palm App Catalog had about 800 applications by mid-December, those of us using a webOS phone were pleased, but wanted more.  So Palm is giving us more, so far we have reached 946 applications, my guess is that we might get to 1000 before the end of this year.
Discussion: WebOS Arena
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
‘Smartbooks’ Join Crowded PC Market  —  Companies gambling that they can shake up the portable-computer market plan to lay some cards on the table in Las Vegas next week.  —  The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show will be a coming-out party for a new breed of ultra-small laptops that act more like smart phones …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
We All Live In Public Now.  Get Used To It.  —  As the Web becomes more social, privacy becomes harder and harder to come by.  People are over-sharing on Facebook and Twitter, broadcasting their whereabouts every ten steps on Foursquare and Gowalla, and uploading photos and videos …
Discussion: /Message
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
At Foursquare Venues, The Mayor Eats For Free  —  Foursquare, the geo-location based check-in game, just announced its first venue that is combining badges and promotions.  On Foursquare you get badges for checking into places.  The person who checks into a place the most becomes the “Mayor.”
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Fresh out of China emerges the Motorola Shadow/Mirage, yet another Motorola Android handset  —  Our Chinese is a bit rusty and the details are sparse but it looks like Motorola may be brewing up another Android-powered handset.  This handset, codenamed the Mirage or the Shadow …
Discussion: AndroidGuys
Reuters:
Tweets, sexting “unfriended” in U.S. banned word list  —  KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - If you recently tweeted about how you were chillaxin for the holiday, take note: Fifteen particularly over- or mis-used words and phrases have been declared “shovel-ready” to be “unfriended” …
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft & Kia set to launch Ford Sync competitor at CES  —  Microsoft and Kia will unveil a Ford Sync competitor at CES next week.  —  Named Uvo, it is based on the Microsoft Auto software platform, now known as the Windows Embedded Auto software platform.
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 …
Discussion: The Register
 
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Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
No File! No Icon! Litl Is a Big Idea, but Still Cloudy
Discussion: OSNews
David Pierce / VentureBeat:
Does voice-to-text technology actually work?
Cathy Horyn / New York Times:
Why So Stodgy, Prada.com?  —  IN early November, Burberry deployed …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Sales of Apple's iWork office suite surge 50% in 2009
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com to sell call center service to other companies?
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Digg looking to aggregate what's hot on Twitter and Facebook
Thanks:atul
Michael Gartenberg / SlashGear:
The Tragedy of One Laptop Per Child
Engadget:
Ten gadgets that defined the decade
Discussion: Switched, Joystiq and Massively
Reuters:
Apple wins appeal over alleged iPod hearing loss
Discussion: Digits
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Pogie Awards for the Year's Best Tech Ideas