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11:10 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, Mashable! and Techie Buzz
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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.
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Nerds Win: Nexus One Rooted Before It's Even Officially Unveiled  —  Even more impressive than the Droid's quick rooting, the Nexus One has been conquered from the inside before Google has even officially announced it.  —  The guy behind the rooting, a Modaco forum-goer named Paul …
Discussion: Techie Buzz, Redmond Pie and Engadget
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
This is why Apple denied Google Latitude from the App Store...  Another Apple patent today looks remarkably similar to the functionality of Google Latitude which Apple relegated to WebApp status earlier this year.  Obviously if Apple is working on their own version of Google Latitude …
Discussion: Patently Apple, Thanks:maclounge
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple misses Boot Camp update deadline  —  Promise to support Windows 7 by ‘end of year’ unfulfilled on Dec. 31  —  Computerworld - Apple has less than 24 hours to meet a self-imposed deadline to produce a version of its Boot Camp software that supports Windows 7.
Discussion: Macsimum News, AppleInsider and MacNN
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.
Louis Gray:
Like Convergence, Aggregation Is Better In Theory  —  There always seems to be a tug of war in technology between those who want a converged, multi-purpose device that does everything, or those who want a dedicated device that does one thing (or just a few things) extremely well.
Discussion: Lifestream Blog
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
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 …
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
Chris / cdixon.org:
What's strategic for Google?  —  Google seems to be releasing or acquiring new products almost daily.  It's one thing for a couple of programmers to hack together a side project.  It's another thing for Google to put gobs of time and money behind it.  The best way to predict how committed Google …
Thanks:atul
BrianB / PMP Today:
ONN (OWEN) E1 E-Book Reader Cometh  —  Owen (ONN) has had a few brilliant outings so far in the Chinese PMP market, and they may have a contender in the electronic paper (E-Ink reader) market as well. the OWEN E1 offers a 5-inch E-Ink display (20 lines per page at 30 characters per line) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ChaCha Makes Its Crazy Business Model...Profitable  —  We've always had a lot of fun with Indianapolis-based startup ChaCha.  They launched in 2007 as a human powered search engine - meaning a human found you answers when you typed in a query.  Pranksters, obviously, loved it.
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 …
 
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
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Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Microsoft Zune Eats Apple iPod Dust in Holiday Sales
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
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