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11:25 AM ET, January 1, 2010

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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Apple Expects to Ship 10 Million Tablets in First Year, Lee Kai-Fu Says  —  Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. expects to ship 10 million tablet computers in the device's first year of release, former Google Inc. Greater China president Lee Kai-fu wrote on his Web log, citing a friend familiar with the project whom he didn't name.
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Marco.org:
“The Tablet” and gadget portability theory  —  I haven't written about the supposed Apple tablet yet because nobody knows anything (including whether it even exists), so everyone's just talking out of their asses about it.  —  Normally, I'm perfectly willing to join in and endlessly talk …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are You Ready for iEconomy?  —  Jack Dorsey's Square, Incase, Verifone and now Mophie — these companies' credit card readers are turning the iPhone/iPod touch platform into an e-commerce engine.  —  Mophie, a Los Angeles-based company that makes accessories for the iPod/iPhone devices …
Megan McCarthy / Techmeme News:
Top 10 objectively biggest tech stories of 2009  —  Ignore all the other lists!  As we did last year, Techmeme has distilled its very own Top 10 story list, utilizing headline ranking data archived throughout the year.  While we employ a terrific team of news editors to guide our story selection …
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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Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China says 5,394 arrested in Internet porn crackdown  —  Buzz up!  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police arrested thousands in a drive against Internet pornography throughout 2009, officials said, vowing a deepening crackdown that critics say is being used to tighten overall censorship.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
TSA Withdraws Subpoenas Against Bloggers  —  TSA Special Agent John Enright, left, speaks to Steven Frischling outside the blogger  —  In the wake of public outcry against the Transportation Security Administration for serving civil subpoenas on two bloggers, the government agency has canceled …
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Nigel Kendall / Times of London:
Domain name extension ‘could boost cyber-crime’  —  The introduction of internet addresses in non-Roman scripts could offer fresh opportunities to cyber-criminals, experts have warned.  —  Next year the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) will for the first time …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
‘Start-up’ visas to boost US tech  —  A proposal that will make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs in the US to start the next Google or Yahoo will be debated in the new year.  —  Congressman Jared Polis has proposed a start-up visa to entice “foreigners with good ideas” to stay in the US.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
David Richards / Smarthouse:
HTC To Launch Apple iSlate Competitor  —  Smartphones, tablets and netbooks are set to be high on the agenda at this year's Consumer Electronics Show as traditional PC vendors look to compete with the new Apple iSlate which is due to be released on the 26th January in the USA.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Peering into MySpace's collective consciousness with real-time search  —  One of the most provocative essays on Internet culture I've read in the last couple years is Danah Boyd's take on viewing class divisions through social networks.  She controversially argued that “white flight” …
Aaron Mielke / SnapStream's ‘TV Searcher’ Blog:
Television news in 2009: Twitter, infidelity and more  —  (First time visitors: Welcome to SnapStream!  We make TV search software used by organizations, like the Daily Show, to search inside TV shows.  Read on or learn more about our products.)  —  At SnapStream we've been hanging onto …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:rakeshagrawal
Brad Stone / Bits:
Whoops!  F.C.C. Chairman Spams Facebook Friends  —  Facebook scam artists have closed out 2009 by snagging a prominent victim: Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.  —  On Friday morning at around 10:30 a.m., Mr. Genachowski sent his Facebook friends this puzzling message …
 
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Purva Patel / Houston Chronicle:
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Andy Patrizio / HardwareCentral:
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
$7.5 Million: Wikipedia Reaches Fundraising Goal
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft patent filing: Control a computer by flexing a muscle
Discussion: I'm Just Being Manan
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
LG finally brings mobile digital TV hardware to the States
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
MySpace Replaces Embedded Imeem Playlists With Ads
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Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
Mozilla Raindrop Aims to Solve Message Glut in 2010
Bill Ray / The Register:
Hacker rattles 21,000 iPhone unlockers
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Start-Up IPOs Go Elsewhere
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple COO Tim Cook Said To Be A “Top Candidate” For GM CEO Job (AAPL, GM)
Discussion: MacDailyNews
David Chartier / Macworld:
Billings 3.5 paves the way for iPhone companion
Discussion: Marketcircle Blog and The Loop
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Google Countdown Reveals Its Explosively Colorful Secret
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Search Engine Land
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
Plastic Logic's long journey to Vegas
Mia / YouTube Blog:
YouTube's Top 10 Launches of 2009