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, ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, GigaOM, alarm:clock, paidContent, Ping.fm Blog, louisgray.com, GMSV, RotorBlog.com 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
John Murrell / GMSV: Seesmic, Thomson Reuters spend their gift cards
Maris Dagis / RotorBlog.com: Best Facebook Desktop Clients For Mac And Windows
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
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 …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web: Spotibot turbo-charges music discovery in Spotify
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: Spotify linked to Google Nexus One handset launch
John Murrell / GMSV: Tech's new year starts with a full slate
Shane Manning / AndroidGuys: Nexus One to Include Built-In Version of Spotify?
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: Spotify USA to launch with Nexus One?
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: All Facebook, Digits, Softpedia News, Mashable!, Network World and Rev2.org
Andrew LaVallee / Digits: Social Network Suicide? Not If Facebook Can Help It
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Suicide Wars: Facebook Blocks App From Deleting Member Profiles
Paul McNamara / Network World: Facebook blocks ‘Web 2.0 Suicide Machine’
Craig Agranoff / Rev2.org: The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine - Facebook Responds
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.
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech, TeleRead, Scobleizer, Recovering Journalist, Enterprise Irregulars and Romenesko
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech: The NY Times (hearts) Apple's iSlate
David Rothman / TeleRead: Apple-ology of the moment: Can The Tablet save the media?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: Oh, Joe, the world doesn't need a Tablet? Really?
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist: Apple's Tabula Rasa
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko: Potts: How Apple's tablet could influence seven types of media
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: AppleInsider, Silicon Alley Insider, Technologizer, MacRumors, Daring Fireball and Gizmodo
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Apple Event Later This Month
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: TechCrunch, paidContent, ReadWriteWeb, Silicon Alley Insider, MediaMemo and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: News Corp. Unloads Rotten Tomatoes Onto Flixster
Rafat Ali / paidContent: News Corp/IGN Sells Off Rotten Tomatoes To Flixster; Retains Minority in Combo
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Flixster Acquires Rotten Tomatoes
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: First M&A of 2010: Flixster + Rotten Tomatoes
Christina Warren / Mashable!: Flixster to Acquire Rotten Tomatoes
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, AppleInsider, MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and Phone Scoop
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews: Nokia Asks ITC To Ban Apple Imports, Including iPhone
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Nokia Beseeches ITC to Ban Apple Products from Europe
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: Gizmodo, The iPhone Blog, Electronista, 24/7 Wall St., Maximum PC, Techland 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?
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: MobileCrunch, PalmInfocenter, PhoneDog.com, EverythingPre, Mobile Whack and PreCentral.net
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Rumor: Palm Pixi to go Pink?
Tim Carroll / PalmInfocenter: Sprint Inventory Leak Reveals Pink Palm Pixi
Christopher Meinck / EverythingPre: Pink Palm Pixi Coming To Sprint?
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net: Pink Pixi on Sprint reaffirmed
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, ITworld.com and techeblog.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
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
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 …
Barry Levine / NEWSFACTOR: Freescale Unveils $199 Touchscreen Tablet Computer
Freescale Semiconductor: Freescale evolves second-generation smartbook form factors with new tablet design
Brooke Crothers / CNET News: The $199 tablet according to Freescale
Dwight / blogs.chron.com: CES week begins
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
Gabriel Madway / Reuters: CES-Freescale takes aim at tablet computer market
Cisco Cheng / PC Magazine: Freescale Announces Smartbook/Tablet Prototype
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.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: All Human Interaction Now Meta-Interaction
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.
Benjamin Rubenstein / Neowin.net: Facebook rolling out new design to some users
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, TechStartups.com, VatorNews and Enterprise Irregulars
Kristopher Smith / TechStartups.com: Graphic.ly Brings In $1.2 Million
Chris Caceres / VatorNews: Graphic.ly scores $1.2 million
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Nokia's New Mobile Chief: We'll Match Apple, RIM By 2011 — If he had wanted to debunk those rumors that it might buy Palm, Nokia's new mobile phones head Rick Simonson could have picked a more outright denial. — Simonson, who in November switched from CFO to run the mobile unit …
Discussion: Times of India, MobileTechWorld, Digital Daily, Electronista and atmaspheric
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Nokia: “By 2011...We Will Be at Par With Apple and RIM”
Jonathan Greene / atmaspheric: Nokia suggests waiting just one more year
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! 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
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 …
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.
Discussion: DSLreports and Lockergnome Blog Network
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: VMware Likely to Buy Zimbra from Yahoo — Yahoo is close to sell its Zimbra unit to VMware, according to several sources close to the situation. — Sources said the deal will be announced soon, but the price for the open-source email unit was still unclear.
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.
Discussion: eWeek, MediaPost, TechCrunch, PC World, jkOnTheRun, Silicon Alley Insider and PC Magazine
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek: Intel Readies 32-nm Chip Launch at CES
John Capone / MediaPost: List of Lists To End All Lists
John Biggs / TechCrunch: Vegas-bound! What To Expect From CES This Year
Tony Bradley / PC World: Intel Unveils Details on Arrandale and Clarkdale Processors
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Video Look at My CES Gear Choices and Why I Chose Them
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider: The 10 Big Trends That Will Emerge From CES
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine: CES 2010: What to Expect — A more intimate show could mean …
Jackie Noblett / Boston Business News:
EMC acquires Archer Technologies — Data-storage giant EMC Corp. announced Monday it will acquire Archer Technologies, a maker of IT security and risk management software. — Terms of the deal were not disclosed. EMC officials expect the acquisition to close in the first quarter of 2010.
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.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley, Between the Lines, DSLreports, Company Town, Post Tech, Technology Liberation Front, Maximum PC and Daily Patricia
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech: Welcome to 2010: what's up this week
Paul Lilly / Maximum PC: Public Interest Groups Ask for Antitrust Investigation into TV Everywhere Plan
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.
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim and TechCrunch
Frank Reed / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Twitter Adds to Its Ranks
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 …
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Are you a small business? …
Marisa Torrieri / TMCnet:
Wireless Management Report: Mobile Consumer Electronics Device Shipments to Grow 55-Fold Between 2008 and 2015 — Wireless Management Report: Mobile Consumer Electronics Device Shipments to Grow 55-Fold Between 2008 and 2015 — ABI Research (News - Alert) is forecasting a 55-fold growth …
Discussion: Business Wire