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11:55 AM ET, January 5, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Nexus One review  —  The Nexus One.  In the modern climate of hyped (and over-hyped) smartphone launches, Google's official entry into the phone-sales game has excelled in a department where many find difficulty: generating legitimate excitement.  Of course, long before the name Nexus …
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Fred / A VC:
The Google Phone  —  In mid December as holiday gifts and cards were arriving daily in our office, I received a gift from Google.  It was a Nexus One.  I have been using it since that day as my primary phone.  In the box was a note from Google asking me to keep quiet about the phone until Jan 5th.
Discussion: Guardian
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Moves to Keep Its Lead as Web Goes Mobile  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google's expected unveiling on Tuesday of a rival to the iPhone is part of its careful plan to try to do what few other technology companies have done before: retain its leadership as computing shifts from one generation to the next.
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Is this the real disruption from the Google Phone?  —  Amidst all the hype about Tuesday's expected launch of the first Google Phone, there is one overriding question that has gone unanswered: what is the One Big Idea behind this device that is so compelling that Google thinks it's worth risking …
Discussion: Fone Arena
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Google Reef
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Apple to Buy Quattro Wireless for $275 Million  —  Apple is set to announce that it has acquired Quattro Wireless for $275 million, several sources confirmed.  —  The announcement might come as soon as tomorrow, upping the ante in the mobile advertising business significantly.
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 …
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Gus Sentementes / BaltTech:
The 3D tech behind the rumored Apple “iSlate” tablet?  —  Some of the recent reports that predict Apple will launch some type of “tablet PC” next month have mentioned that the long-rumored device will have 3D graphics.  —  So what does “3D graphics” really mean and how could it be implemented?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Pricing Smoke Around The Tablet Fire  —  Just when you thought everyone was all talked out about the Apple Tablet, there comes more news.  But today's news is both odd and interesting for a few reasons.  —  The big news today comes from a Wall Street Journal article which definitively states …
Trudy Muller / Apple:
Apple's App Store Downloads Top Three Billion  —  Apple® today announced that more than three billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store by iPhone® and iPod touch® users worldwide.  —  “Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Venture Integrating Skype Into the Family Room  —  SAN FRANCISCO — There will soon be something new to watch on the living room TV: your relatives and friends in different parts of the world.  —  On Tuesday, Panasonic and LG Electronics, two of the top television makers …
Gartner:
Gartner Acquires Burton Group  —     Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry, today announced that, on December 30, 2009, it acquired Burton Group, Inc. for approximately $56 million in cash.
Dan Levy / Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley ‘Bloodbath’ Leaves Entire Office Buildings Empty  —  Over 43 million square feet of office space stands vacant in California's Silicon Valley, adding to the technology hub's biggest property glut since the dot-com bust  —  (Bloomberg) — Silicon Valley is beset …
changewaveresearch.com:
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.
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Mike F. / The Life and Times of AdMob:
Metrics Update: Android
Meg Marco / The Consumerist:
Best Buy Optimization Is A Big Stupid Annoying Waste Of Money  —  Over the past year, a number of you have been telling us that, due to “pre-optimization” of computers, it's difficult — sometimes impossible — to walk into a Best Buy and leave with the advertised deal (in effect …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
AirStash expands your iPhone's storage, wirelessly  —  You may be able to get your iPhones and iPod Touches in 32GB flavors these days, but what's an unlucky early adopter stuck with an 8GB model to do?  Get an AirStash, maybe, a device that pledges to add wireless storage to those devices and …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and Switched
John Cook / TechFlash:
Msnbc buys breakingnews.com  —  A little more than a month ago msnbc announced plans to take over the @breakingnews Twitter handle, a news feed of breaking news tidbits with a whopping 1.5 million followers.  Today, the msnbc Digital Network — which is based in Redmond …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google To Introduce Click-to-Call (Billing) in Ads on Mobile Devices  —  Google sent out notification to its AdWords advertisers that this month “your location-specific business phone number will display alongside your destination url in ads that appear on high-end mobile devices.
Discussion: MediaMemo and The Next Web
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Boxee Box officially announced: under $200, Flash 10.1 support  —  The Boxee Box has already been semi-announced once, but it's making a much more grand debut here at CES — and it's coming with a spec list this time.  Just as we'd heard, the asymmetrical streamer will be sold by D-Link for under $200 …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
iPhone and Magic Mouse linked up by BTstack (video)  —  Even though you probably still can't figure out what good the ability to connect your Bluetooth keyboard to your iPhone will do, the BTstack project is steaming ahead with this demo of a connected Magic Mouse twirling its pointer all over Apple's handset.
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Mashable!
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple, Verizon in disagreement over CDMA iPhone pricing - report  —  As Apple and Verizon are rumored to be in negotiations for a summer 2010 CDMA iPhone launch, the nation's largest wireless carrier and the handset maker are believed to be at odds over pricing.
Discussion: DSLreports
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
T-Mobile Upgrades to HSPA 7.2Mbps, First to Deploy HSPA+  —  Today T-Mobile announced that it has upgraded its entire 3G network to HSPA 7.2Mbps (peak speeds).  That's an improvement from 3.6Mbps, and should allow for faster wireless downloads.  T-Mobile also pointed out that its 3G footprint now covers some 200 million Americans.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft rethinks, reveals prices for its Office 2010 SKU line-up  —  Microsoft is adding one new version to its line-up for Office 2010, a “Professional Academic” SKU that includes Outlook, as rumored late last year.  The company also is sharing its planned retail pricing for the suite.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
OpenID Connect  —  I've been thinking about how we make OpenID both easier and sexier for quite a while now.  As frustrating as the answer may be to technologists, the problem is not necessarily one that can be solved with more technology.  Instead, at some point, you have to move beyond …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Stewart, ‘South Park’ dragged into YouTube row  —  Stephen Colbert, the comedian, political satirist, and host of Comedy Central's “Colbert Report,” is funny on his show.  The animated characters on “South Park,” created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, are hilarious.  —  But will they be as witty on the witness stand?
Discussion: Softpedia News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Spring Design Strikes Deal With Google To Bring More Books To Its Alex eReader  —  Spring Design, developer of the dual-screen Alex eReader, has struck a deal with Google that gives users of the device access to more than one million Google Books online or downloaded using Alex's touch-screen browser and search apps.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Executive Shuffles At The Top For Opera And Brightcove  —  New year, new faces as two of the most innovative technology companies on the planet are making some changes in their management team.  —  Norwegian developer of desktop and mobile browsers and related technologies Opera Software …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Eye-Fi Pro X2 Wireless Transfers Photos Farther and Faster  —  What would make the Eye-Fi wireless SD cards even better?  Most folks would either say “more storage” or “more speed.”  What would you say to both?  Actually, you can bite your tongue because no matter what you say …
Agam Shah / PC World:
Lenovo Pushes New Smartbook as Netbook Alternative  —  Lenovo on Tuesday made a splash in the mobile market with the launch of its first smartbook, a mini-laptop that the company says combines the best features of netbooks and smartphones, albeit without telephone functions.
 
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Charles Golvin / The Forrester Blog …:
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Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Songbird Lands Deal With Philips, To Come Bundled With Millions …
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Kim Hart / Hillicon Valley:
FTC set to examine cloud computing
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Google Blocking Negative Search Recommendations On Islam - Why?
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Begins Testing Advanced Crowd-Sourced Content Moderation
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
High stakes for Microsoft at CES
Discussion: VentureBeat, VG247 and BetaNews