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5:50 AM ET, January 4, 2010

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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2010  —  A new decade.  I like the sound of that.  I'm a bit late on these, but for some reason these predictions refused to be rushed.  I haven't had the contemplative time I usually get over the holidays, and I need a fair amount of that before I can really get my head around …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Oh, Joe, the world doesn't need a Tablet?  Really?  —  Oh, Joe Wilcox sure knows how to get bloggers going when he wrote about how the hype over Tablet PCs is just way overdone.  His headline?  The world doesn't need an Apple tablet, or any other.  —  I'll focus on the “or any other” part of the discussion first.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Bono risks becoming next Lars Ulrich  —  Ever since Paul McGuinness, manager of the rock band U2, began lashing out at Internet Service providers two years ago for allegedly profiting from and encouraging illegal file sharing, U2 fans have wondered whether McGuinness spoke for the band.
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Lenovo leaks ThinkPad Edge, X100e, T410s, W510, T510 and more ahead of CES  —  Hey Lenovo, your cards are showing.  Just weeks after the FCC tipped us off on a new pair of netbooks that are all but definitely slated for a CES unveiling, Lenovo has no one but its web administrator(s) to blame for this one.
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.
Discussion: eWeek
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Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:   CES 2010: What to Expect  —  A more intimate show could mean …
Malatesta / WMExperts:
Year 2016 bug plaguing text messages?  Update: Work around found!  —  Anyone wake up from their hangover in the year 2016?  —  Seems a new bug has afflicted our phones today: text messages come dated six years from now.  —  So unless something really weird happened last night, we're seeing a nasty bug in our little gizmos.
Alice Rawsthorn / New York Times:
Impact of ‘iSlate’ Could Rival iPhone  —  LONDON — You don't need a crystal ball, seer stone, scrying pool or any other spooky stuff to guess what one of the most talked-about design projects of 2010 will be.  The tech blogs have been buzzing about it for months.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The year ahead: Five moving parts behind a 2010 tech recovery  —  The quarterly data points are looking up and there's a quiet optimism about technology spending for 2010.  But there are a bevy of wild cards.  —  The back half of 2009 could be summed up in one sentence: The bottom is in.
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 …
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: Daily Patricia and Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: ParisLemon, Thanks:atul
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The TSA's Intimidation Of Bloggers Over Leaked Security Rules Is A Disgrace  —  Shortly after the Christmas bomber tried to blow up a Delta flight into Detroit, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rolled out an emergency directive requiring airlines to implement draconian new security procedures.
Discussion: Gawker
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Tyranny Of Government And Our Duty Of Confidentiality As Bloggers
 
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John Cook / TechFlash:
RealNetworks buys Varia, combines with secret project
Discussion: mocoNews and www.pocketgamer.biz, Thanks:toddbishop
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Public interest groups call for antitrust probe of TV Everywhere
Sarah Weinman / DailyFinance:
Publishers Struggle with Strategies on When to Release Their E-Books
Steve / For Some Value of “Magic”:
Why Save MySQL Now?  —  I am having a hard time understanding …
Discussion: SitePoint
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
A Second Stab at Convergence
Rita Chang / AdAge:
Can Google Sell — and Market — a Smartphone?
Discussion: The Consumerist
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Uploader Gets Three Years Probation
Fred / A VC:
Affiliate Marketing Undervalues The Link
Discussion: Giles Bowkett and Darren Herman