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11:40 AM ET, January 4, 2010

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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 …
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 …
David Carr / New York Times:
A Savior in the Form of a Tablet  —  Last year about this time, I was talking with an executive from Apple about e-readers and print at a conference we were both attending, much of it in the context of the mainstream media's original sin of giving away content if people happened to be reading it in digital form.
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 …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
What to watch for at the Consumer Electronics Show  —  The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the gadget industries SuperBowl.  This year's CES events start Tuesday.  Floor show exhibits open on Thursday and run through Sunday.  VentureBeat's Anthony Ha and I will be covering lots of stories at the show.
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 distinction 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: Digits and Rev2.org
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.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Vonage's Second Calling  —  Forbes Magazine dated January 18, 2010  —  The Internet telephone company wants to go from your home to your cell phone.  —  In 2002 Internet telephone company Vonage pioneered service that routed phone calls over the Web, cutting frequent callers' long-distance phone bills by as much as half.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: In Allowing Ad Blockers, a Test for Google  —  IN a manifestolike e-mail message sent last month to all Google employees, Jonathan Rosenberg, a senior vice president for product management, told them to commit to greater transparency and open industry standards.
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 …
Louis Gray:
Twitter Continues Hiring Spree, Adding Ten New Staffers  —  Twitter's pedigree is getting increasingly rich at the expense of Google and other Silicon Valley tech titans.  With the holidays behind us, the microblogging powerhouse is starting the new year with more new faces at its San Francisco headquarters.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Thomson Reuters Acquires Discovery Logic To Boost Analytics  —  Thomson Reuters is ringing in the New Year with an acquisition under its belt.  The business news and information conglomerate is acquiring Discovery Logic, a company that provides customizable analytics and scientific research software.
Discussion: PR Newswire and paidContent
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 …
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.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Public interest groups call for antitrust probe of TV Everywhere  —  Public interest groups on Monday will call for federal antitrust watchdogs to investigate an industry-wide strategy by television service providers that they say will strap users to unnecessarily high monthly subscription fees and stifle competition.
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: The Register, Guardian and BBC
Dave Altavilla / HotHardware.com News:
Intel Arrandale Core i5 and Core i3 Mobile Unveiled  —  Article Index:  —  Looking back at silicon innovation over the past decade, you'll notice three primary design targets that tend to dominate industry motivation and trends - power consumption, price and performance.
Electronista:
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.
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
A decade's worth of IPv4 addresses  —  During the first decade of the 21st century we went through over 1.3 billion IPv4 addresses. eighty-one percent of the usable IPv4 addresses are now gone, leaving us with just a couple years' supply left.  —  1,370 million IPv4 addresses were used up this past decade.
Dave Rosenberg / CNET News:
IBM software sticks to the plan for 2010  —  IBM's software business contributes $20 billion of IBM's revenue and 40 percent of its profits.  Suffice to say, it's an important part of Big Blue's market strategy to ensure that the software division performs at or above expectations every year.
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FTC to Facebook: We aren't movie business, we don't greenlight privacy policies  —  Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, wants to clear the air about Facebook's new privacy policy and the company's recent suggestion that his agency checked it out before it was launched.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
When/will Apple update the iPhone 3GS's Wifi to 802.11N?  —  Gizmodo and UberGizmo are both reporting that an Apple Job description is alluding to 802.11N wireless in the next iPhone. … The posting isn't particularly telling but it alludes to an iPhone software engineer needing 802.11N experience.
Discussion: PMP Today
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
 
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Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
RSSOwl Newsreader Updates to 2.0, Adds Feed Importing, Search Features
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Daniel E. Slotnik / New York Times:
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Steve / For Some Value of “Magic”:
Why Save MySQL Now?  —  I am having a hard time understanding …
Discussion: The Register and SitePoint
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2010
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Lenovo leaks ThinkPad Edge, X100e, T410s, W510, T510 and more ahead of CES