John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Major Apple Product Announcement Set for Wednesday, Jan. 27 — So, that rumored Apple event everyone has been jawing about these past few weeks? It's on and it's going to be a big deal. — Sources in a position to know tell me Apple (AAPL) is indeed planning a media event later this month …
Discussion: Macworld, CNET News, AppleInsider, Digits, Phone Arena, TG Daily, Macsimum News, Ars Technica, Obsessable, 9 to 5 Mac, Tech Trader Daily, OSNews, Electronista, Silicon Alley Insider, TechSpot, Technologizer, I4U News, TUAW, MacRumors, EverythingiCafe, Daring Fireball, GeekSugar, LOOPRumors and Gizmodo
Dan Moren / Macworld: Report: Apple scheduling Jan. 27 media event
John Paczkowski / CNET News: Major Apple product announcement set for January 27
Andrew LaVallee / Digits: Will Apple Buzz Overshadow CES (Again)?
Aharon Etengoff / TG Daily: Rumor: Apple prepping iSlate for January 27 event
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: Apple special event moved from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27?
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Apple event bumped back to January 27th
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: ‘Tablet Tuesday’ moved to Wednesday January 27th?
Thom Holwerda / OSNews: Freescale Launches Tablet Reference Design
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot: Apple tablet to be unveiled at January 27 media event?
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Apple Event Later This Month
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Apple Tablet Event One Day Later As Initially Rumored
Steven Sande / TUAW: Apple event scheduled for Wednesday, January 27th, NOT the 26th
Tim Barribeau / EverythingiCafe: Apple Media Event Scheduled for Jan. 27 Not 26? UPDATED
Kazouz / LOOPRumors: iPhone OS 4.0 on January 27?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pinging In The New Year: Seesmic Acquires Ping.fm — Well that didn't take long. Just four days in 2010 and we already have an acquisition. Social networking application Seesmic has acquired the social status updater Ping.fm. — The move positions the various Seesmic applications …
Discussion: The Next Web, Mashable!, CNET News, alarm:clock, louisgray.com, GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb, paidContent, VentureBeat, Ping.fm Blog, RotorBlog.com, GMSV and silicontap.com
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Seesmic Acquires Ping.fm
Rafe Needleman / CNET News: Seesmic buying Ping.fm social update service
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Seesmic Looks Beyond Twitter - Acquires Ping.fm
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Seesmic Buys Social Network Updating Service Ping.fm
Maris Dagis / RotorBlog.com: Best Facebook Desktop Clients For Mac And Windows
John Murrell / GMSV: Seesmic, Thomson Reuters spend their gift cards
Loïc Le Meur / Seesmic Blog:
We've acquired Ping.fm. Get ready to update 50 social networks from Seesmic — Your friends are not all in one social network, but we want to help you stay in touch with them anytime and from any device. That is Seesmic's vision and to deliver this faster, we have acquired Ping.fm.
Discussion: Financial Times and TECH cocktail
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times: Seesmic acquires Ping and 50 social networks
Shashi Bellamkonda / TECH cocktail: Loic Le Meur announces Seesmic acquired Ping.fm
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook fights back, disallows the Suicide Machine — Like the computer in the movie “2001,” Facebook is struggling to keep its profiles from virtual extinction at the hands of its arch enemy - the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine. — The Suicide Machine is a clever Web site out of the Netherlands …
Discussion: PC World, All Facebook, The Next Web, Digits, Softpedia News, Network World, Mashable! and Rev2.org
Jared Newman / PC World: Facebook Cuts Off Access to Profile-Killing Service
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web: Facebook Bans Ye Olde Web 2.0 Suicide Machine - No Account Killing For You
Andrew LaVallee / Digits: Social Network Suicide? Not If Facebook Can Help It
Paul McNamara / Network World: Facebook blocks ‘Web 2.0 Suicide Machine’
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Suicide Wars: Facebook Blocks App From Deleting Member Profiles
Craig Agranoff / Rev2.org: The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine - Facebook Responds
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google And Spotify Dance Over U.S. Launch — Spotify. The elusive European streaming music startup that you just can't get access to in the U.S., unless you know someone or jump through a few hoops. — The U.S. launch has been delayed over aggressive negotiations with the labels …
John Murrell / GMSV: Tech's new year starts with a full slate
Martin Bryant / The Next Web: Spotibot turbo-charges music discovery in Spotify
Shane Manning / AndroidGuys: Nexus One to Include Built-In Version of Spotify?
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: Spotify linked to Google Nexus One handset launch
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: Spotify USA to launch with Nexus One?
New Survey Shows Android OS Roiling the Smart Phone Market — Google's (GOOG) Android mobile operating system was released more than a year ago, midst high expectations it would change the smart phone market. But the big transformation never materialized - until now.
Discussion: Computerworld, Silicon Alley Insider, Brainstorm Tech, AppleInsider, Macworld, Tech Beat, 901am and Android Central, Thanks:atul
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld: Demand for Android phones makes ‘monstrous’ 250% jump
Silicon Alley Insider: CHART OF THE DAY: Android Taking Wind Out Of iPhone's Sails (GOOG, AAPL, RIMM)
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech: Android cuts into iPhone's mindshare
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat: Shoppers' Interest in the iPhone Slips
Arnold Zafra / 901am: More Users are Planning to Buy Android Phones
Phil Nickinson / Android Central: Survey: Android sees big gain among prospective smartphone purchasers
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nokia asks ITC to ban iPhone, iPod, and MacBook imports, files another lawsuit against Apple — Looks like Nokia is going all-out in its patent fight with Apple: in addition to the lawsuit it's filed over GSM standards and last week's International Trade Commission complaint …
Discussion: mocoNews, Maximum PC, 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors, AppleInsider, IntoMobile, TUAW, EverythingiCafe and Phone Scoop
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews: Nokia Asks ITC To Ban Apple Imports, Including iPhone
Bart Salisbury / Maximum PC: Nokia Steps Up Patent Fight Against Apple with Another Lawsuit
Mel Martin / TUAW: Nokia brings more legal complaints against Apple
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Nokia Beseeches ITC to Ban Apple Products from Europe
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: VMware Likely to Buy Zimbra from Yahoo — Yahoo is close to selling its Zimbra unit to VMware, according to several sources close to the situation. — Sources said the deal could be announced soon, but the price for the open-source email unit was still unclear.
Discussion: CNET News, TheStreet.com, Between the Lines, Tech Trader Daily, virtualization.info and Silicon Alley Insider
Matt Asay / CNET News: Zimbra buy to raise VMware's cloud ante
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com: Tech Rumor: Yahoo Selling Zimbra?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Yahoo Reportedly Nears Sale of Zimbra To VMware
Alessandro Perilli / virtualization.info: VMware to acquire Zimbra?
Kara Swisher / Silicon Alley Insider: VMware Likely To Buy Zimbra From Yahoo (YHOO)
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Fresh legal woes for ConnectU founders — It must have been quite the unwanted holiday gift: CNET has learned that there's a new lawsuit on the table against Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the identical twins who alleged that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stole their code and business plan …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog: Everyone Wants a Piece...of Facebook
Flixster Inc. Acquires Rotten Tomatoes From IGN Entertainment — Combination of Top Brands Creates a Leader in the Online Movie Space, Reaching 30 Million Monthly Moviegoers; IGN to Receive Equity Stake in Flixster — SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Flixster Inc., producer …
Discussion: Mashable!, paidContent, TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb, MediaMemo, Silicon Alley Insider, /Film, bub.blicio.us and The Next Web
Christina Warren / Mashable!: Flixster to Acquire Rotten Tomatoes
Rafat Ali / paidContent: News Corp/IGN Sells Off Rotten Tomatoes To Flixster; Retains Minority in Combo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: News Corp. Unloads Rotten Tomatoes Onto Flixster
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Flixster Acquires Rotten Tomatoes
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: First M&A of 2010: Flixster + Rotten Tomatoes
Peter Sciretta / /Film: Flixter Buys Rotten Tomatoes
Kristen Nicole / bub.blicio.us: Flixter Acquires Rotten Tomatoes, Remains Focused on Growth.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Coming soon: Apple's $20 billion revenue explosion — Blink and you may have missed it in among the seasonal festivities and dawn of the new decade, but CNBC's December 30 Power Lunch show gave a little insight into the power behind Apple's stock advance, with Phil Cusick …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Apple's tablet and the 3G pricing wild card
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Trying to Add Portability to Movie Files — It is easy to take a DVD to a friend's house and watch it on his TV. But things are more complicated when digital video downloads are involved. A movie file bought from Blockbuster.com will not work on a Sony HDTV, for example …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Gizmodo, 24/7 Wall St., The iPhone Blog, Maximum PC, Techland, Electronista and Daily Patricia
Paul Lilly / Maximum PC: DECE Announces Plans for Digital Movie Purchases
Allie Townsend / Techland: Your Compatible Digital Entertainment Collection: Are We Close?
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hearst Shows Off Its Snazzy E-Reader, The Skiff Reader — Hearst released images of a new e-reader, the Skiff Reader, which it will begin selling later this year for a price it has yet to announce. — It will be the thinnest e-reader to hit the market, weighing just over a pound and sporting an 11.5" touch screen.
Discussion: skiff.com, TechFlash, Techland, jkOnTheRun and I4U News
Eric Engleman / TechFlash: New Skiff Reader: big and bendy
Allie Townsend / Techland: Skiff's New E-Reader Sounds Kind Of Dreamy
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Skiff Reader Sized for Big Content, But is it a Small Solution?
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Skiff Reader Based On LG Metal Foil e-Paper Debuts At CES 2010
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Slim, Large Screen E-Reader Skiff to Debut on Sprint
Slim, Large Screen E-Reader Skiff to Debut on Sprint
Discussion: Engadget, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: OK, Hearst's eReader is pretty cool
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Social Network Removes 5,000 Users For Putting On Weight During Holiday Season — No doubt seeking attention by making controversial decisions and statements, elitist social networking site BeautifulPeople.com says it has kicked out 5,000 users because other members signaled that they became …
Discussion: CNET News, Guardian, PR Newswire, Mashable!, AppScout, The Register and BBC
Don Reisinger / CNET News: Social network nixes users who ‘let themselves go’
Sam Jones / Guardian: Dating site expels 5,000 for festive weight gain
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Dating Site Expels 5,000 “Fatties” Over Holiday Weight Gain
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout: BeautifulPeople.com Expels 5K ‘Festive Fatties’
Lester Haines / The Register: BeautifulPeople ejects post-Xmas fatties
Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Ship Tablet Device in March — Apple Inc. plans to unveil a new multimedia tablet device later this month, but doesn't plan on shipping the product until March, people briefed by the company said. — While the shipping time hasn't been finalized and could change …
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
A New Behemoth Emerges In Google Maps: Wikipedia — Google's recent introduction of Place Pages within Maps came in sync with some key adjustments in the factors used to rank local search content. The combination of changes has resulted in Wikipedia abruptly emerging as a major influence on local search rankings.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:atul
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Google Maps, PlaceRank & Wikipedia
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Rolling Out Redesign To Some Users — Facebook seems to be rolling out its new site design to at least some people outside the company, although none of us at TechCrunch have yet to be graced with its presence. The new design is “exactly” like the screenshots that GigaOm posted on December 27, says one source.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Neowin.net
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb: Rock & Roll Will Never Die? It Might on Facebook
Benjamin Rubenstein / Neowin.net: Facebook rolling out new design to some users
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Watching TV Together, Miles Apart — SAN FRANCISCO — For the lonely couch potato, help is on the way. — Simple technology, including video chatting services like Skype, is making it possible for far-flung friends to watch shows together, even if they can't share the same bowl of popcorn.
Discussion: The Next Web and Gawker
Tim Difford / The Next Web: Will 2010 be the Year of Social TV?
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: All Human Interaction Now Meta-Interaction
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Graphic.ly Raises $1.2M For Comic Publishing — Graphic.ly, a content delivery system and community platform for the publishing world, today announced that they have raised $1.2 million in funding. Graphic.ly was originally named Take Comics, and was part of the 2009 TechStars program in Boulder, Co.
Discussion: paidContent, TECH cocktail, TechStartups.com, Enterprise Irregulars and VatorNews
Frank Gruber / TECH cocktail: Take Comics Turns Graphic.ly & Raises $1.2M
Kristopher Smith / TechStartups.com: Graphic.ly Brings In $1.2 Million
Chris Caceres / VatorNews: Graphic.ly scores $1.2 million
Popbox hub promises 1080p anywhere, Netflix — Syabas preluded CES today with its most ambitious media hub to date. The Popbox replaces the Popcorn Hour as the flagship media hub and revolves around a major, much more polished interface overhaul designed by Moxie's inventor and former Microsoft executive Dewey Reid.
Discussion: Fast Company, Engadget, CrunchGear, 901am, Zatz Not Funny!, Maximum PC, techeblog.com and ITworld.com
Kit Eaton / Fast Company: Popbox Is a Set-Top Box Done Right
Matt Burns / CrunchGear: Syabas' $130 Popbox video streamer, everyone
Arnold Zafra / 901am: CES 2010: From Popcorn Hour to Popbox Hub
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!: Syabas to Launch $130 Popbox
Paul Lilly / Maximum PC: Syabus Heats Up Popcorn Hour Brand with Popbox
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
LivingSocial grabs $5 million more to expand group-shopping deals — Social discovery network LivingSocial, which lets people review and share books, movies, restaurants and other types of entertainment, just raised another $5 million in an extended first round.
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM: LivingSocial Creator Takes New $5M Round
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: LivingSocial Raises Another $5 Million From Case, Others
Peter Cohen / The Loop:
Device turns iPhone, iPod touch into universal remote — L5 Technology is using this week's CES trade show in Las Vegas to debut the L5 Remote, a $50 accessory (paired with a free application) that turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a universal remote control. It's coming in February.
Discussion: App Advice, Business Wire, 9 to 5 Mac, Silicon Alley Insider, EverythingiCafe, I4U News, DVICE and Gizmodo
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice: L5Tech Will Turn Your iPhone Into A IR Remote
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: iPhone TV Remote No Longer A Fantasy
Tim Barribeau / EverythingiCafe: iPhone TV Remote To Appear At CES
Adam Frucci / DVICE: Finally, control your TV with your iPhone
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
A look at Apple's love for DRM and consumer lock-ins — Apple is a company known for many things, but embracing copyright freedoms has not been one of them. The company loves creating new and innovative products that challenge the world's perception of what it thought it wanted …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Len Lauer Leaves Wireless Industry; Lands CEO Job At Print Technology Company — With the mobile industry potentially entering one of its biggest growth periods in history, this one took us as a bit of a surprise: Len Lauer, who announced his resignation as Qualcomm's COO late last year …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Freescale reveals 7-inch smartbook reference design, hopes to see it ship for $200 — Freescale Semiconductor is helping to kick this year's CES off with a bang, as its latest reference smartbook design actually has somewhat of a sexy flair to it. Currently, the model is little more than a great idea …
Freescale Semiconductor: Freescale evolves second-generation smartbook form factors with new tablet design
Daniel Ionescu / PC World: An Affordable $199 Tablet for Everyone — And It's Not From Apple
Barry Levine / NEWSFACTOR: Freescale Unveils $199 Touchscreen Tablet Computer
Brooke Crothers / CNET News: The $199 tablet according to Freescale
Nathan Eddy / eWeek: Freescale Aims for $200 Tablet at CES
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Freescale Designs $200 Smartbook Tablet for All Day Use
Steven Sande / TUAW: HTC and other OEMs prepared to challenge the iSlate
Dwight / blogs.chron.com: CES week begins
Gabriel Madway / Reuters: CES-Freescale takes aim at tablet computer market
Cisco Cheng / PC Magazine: Freescale Announces Smartbook/Tablet Prototype
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft offers Windows XP, Office XP users 50 percent discount to encourage upgrades — Microsoft officials are well aware that its biggest Windows 7 and Office 2010 competitors are its own previous product iterations (Windows XP and Office XP/2003). To try and wean users away from older …
Discussion: Ars Technica and CrunchGear
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica: Brief: Microsoft pushes Windows, Office upgrades with 50% discount
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Are you a small business? …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Pink Palm Pixi spotted on Sprint system, Cupid is like ‘boomshakalaka’ — You know what's in just over a month? We'll tell you: Valentine's Day. You know what's coming up this Thursday? Something “new” from Palm. Now, we won't go so far as to say that a pink Palm Pixi is definitely …
Discussion: PalmInfocenter, EverythingPre, Mobile Whack, MobileCrunch, PreCentral.net and PhoneDog.com
Tim Carroll / PalmInfocenter: Sprint Inventory Leak Reveals Pink Palm Pixi
Christopher Meinck / EverythingPre: Pink Palm Pixi Coming To Sprint?
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Rumor: Palm Pixi to go Pink?
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net: Pink Pixi on Sprint reaffirmed