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2:10 PM ET, January 2, 2010

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John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Antacid tablet  —  As the (rumored) year of the Apple tablet dawns, John Siracusa offers his predictions.  Expect the expected.  —  Man, nothing saps my motivation to write like smart people I agree with writing about the same topic.  But my feed has turned brown once again in NetNewsWire, so something has to be done.
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Bill Ray / The Register:
iSlate?  I spy more control from Cupertino  —  Rumours, speculation and state control  —  Apple is probably going to launch some sort of tablet PC next month, probably on January the 26th, but is this a revolution in computing or a revolution in control?  —  The iSlate will take the iPhone concept …
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Chicken Wire Spurs Wi-Fi Failures  —  Two things beloved by San Francisco resident Galen Pewtherer just couldn't get along: his Edwardian-style house and wireless Internet access.  —  In 2008, Mr. Pewtherer tried to replace his old-fashioned cable Internet connection with a Wi-Fi network …
David Carr / New York Times:
Why Twitter Will Endure  —  I can remember when I first thought seriously about Twitter.  Last March, I was at the SXSW conference, a conclave in Austin, Tex., where technology, media and music are mashed up and re-imagined, and, not so coincidentally, where Twitter first rolled out in 2007.
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Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Calgary / DROID Devour gets shot up in silver, new info  —  Motorola making a device in more that one color?  You don't say... One of our connects sent us the above photo of the Motorola Calgary / DROID Devour / Whatever, and confirmed the specifications we posted a few months back.
Laura June / Engadget:
Plethora of new HP laptops, desktops leak ahead of CES  —  Holy smokes!  A ton of unannounced HP laptops and desktops just came across our desk, in addition to those Envy models we saw just a few days back.  Ahead of what we presume will be their formal announcement next week right around CES …
Charles Jade / TheAppleBlog:
In December iPhone Jumps, OS X Plateaus, Safari Falls to Chrome  —  The last report for 2009 from web metrics firm Net Applications ends another solid year of growth for the iPhone OS.  In contrast, Mac OS X appears to be flattening out at around five percent, while Chrome has officially passed Safari …
Discussion: OSNews, AppleInsider, Electronista and TUAW
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Apple Lets You Get Stalky With Google Latitude-esque Patent  —  While it was initially suggested that Google Latitude was rejected from the app store to keep iPhone users from confusing it with Maps, this new patent shows that Apple might be working on their own friend- and ex-girlfriend-tracking app.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Seeking Profit in Open-Source Search Software  —  Lucid Imagination is the latest beneficiary of what I like to call the boil-in-a-bag open-source business model.  This is what happens when a few people spot a popular open-source project and decide to give it a corporate wrapper.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Apple competitors betting tablets will take off  —  While the technology world waits anxiously for Apple's foray into the Internet tablet market, rival consumer electronics companies are jumping in, betting that the thin, keyboard-less electronic slate will be the next “it” device.
Fred / A VC:
Areas Of Interest  —  A few days ago, I exchanged emails with a journalist friend.  She said the following, “I'm just wondering which sectors/investment areas/types of start-ups you think will be exciting investments in 2010, and which you're staying away from because they're over-hyped, not yet ready, etc.”
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Wall Street Journal:
China Is Losing a War Over Internet  —  Beijing Has Prevailed in Battles, but Segment of Society Has Awakened to the Constraints  —  BEIJING—These appear to be dark days for the Internet in China.  —  Four months into a crusade against Internet pornography, the government is closing thousands of sites …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
News Corp, Time Warner Cable Reach Deal Without Blackouts; Scripps Still On Bubble  —  Fox viewers across the U.S. should be able to get their Sugar fix tonight without a blip now that News Corp (NYSE: NWS) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) have managed to agree on a new deal.
 
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Loïc Le Meur / Seesmic Blog:
One Million Status Updates a Day in 2010
Discussion: The Next Web
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
AT&T fails to deploy iPhone Tethering and 3G MicroCell in 2009
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Virus Scanners for Virus Authors
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple: Best [—] of the Decade
Discussion: GigaOM
Hugh Schofield / BBC:
French online piracy law in force
Discussion: Helloform and TeleRead