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1:30 AM ET, January 5, 2010

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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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
‘Major’ Apple announcement coming January 27th, devs already working with beta SDK (update: shipping in March)  —  According John Paczkowski over at All Things D, Apple is planning a “major product announcement” for Wednesday, January 27th — not the 26th as we've heard in previous reports.
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 …
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.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
With Mobile Ad Networks Being Snapped Up By Google And Apple …
Discussion: CNET News and Gizmodo
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
Discussion: Android Central and TechCrunch
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: AppleInsider, CNN and T3.com News
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Understanding Windows 7's ‘GodMode’  —  Windows 7's so-called GodMode is actually a shortcut to accessing the operating system's various control settings.  —  Although it's name suggests perhaps even grander capabilities, Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden …
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.
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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.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Slim, Large Screen E-Reader Skiff to Debut on Sprint  —  E-readers are likely to get hotter with the next generation of devices sporting color screens and large displays expected to launch through the year.  —  One of the first products to announce its arrival is the Skiff e-reader …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square  —  I recently sat down for coffee with Jack Dorsey to discuss Twitter, the location-based service Foursquare and his latest venture Square, an on-the-go credit card payment platform.  Mr. Dorsey is the co-founder and chairman of Twitter …
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and Skype Blogs, Thanks:atul
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Google Blocking Negative Search Recommendations On Islam - Why?  —  Religion always causes a stir when it is debated, and Google seems to know it.  Google is not taking a fair approach to the way that it handles searches for different religions.  —  When you search for the major religions of the world …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Android To Take Over Your Washer Dryer and Microwave Oven  —  Phones, GPS, computers... Do we really want to give Android the power to control our washer-dryers and ovens and printers too?  Would someone hack them to microwave your underpants, wash your soup, and dry your pizza?  —  It probably doesn't matter.
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
Don Clark / Digits:
Lenovo Combines Laptop With Tablet, Using Two Chips  —  Thinking about a tablet computer instead of a laptop?  Lenovo is offering to sell you both at the same time.  —  The China-based computer maker is using the Consumer Electronics Show this week to announce an unusual hybrid product called …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Begins Testing Advanced Crowd-Sourced Content Moderation  —  In an effort to better remove inappropriate content, Facebook is testing out what it calls Facebook Community Council, according to new Council member and Boing Boing guest poster Andrea James.
Discussion: Mashable!
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Our proposal to build and operate a white spaces database  —  It's been a while since we've talked about what's happening with white spaces being freed up for wireless broadband, but today we took another step towards making “Wi-Fi on steroids” a reality for consumers.
Victoria Barret / Forbes:
What CIOs Should Never Do  —  How CIOs can be smart, savvy and successful.  —  Burlingame, Calif. — Mark Warren has a demanding audience.  He oversees technology at 20/20 Companies, a privately held Texas firm that employs 2,000 salespeople who represent companies in a wide range …
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony VAIO Z to offer ultra-fast “Quad SSD” in RAID 0 configuration, backlit keyboard?  —  We've already given you the leaked specs for the unannounced updates to Sony's VAIO Z series of laptops.  Now here's what you haven't heard: that SSD on the feature list is rather special, a “Quad SSD” in Sony language.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Electronista
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
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
High stakes for Microsoft at CES  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be in Las Vegas this week for his second Consumer Electronics Show keynote since assuming the high-profile speaking slot from Bill Gates.  It's a pivotal moment for the company, in a variety of ways.
 
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GSMArena.com:
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
MySpace Accepting Submissions for App Contest
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Google Watch:
Google Book Search Debated on PBS NewsHour
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
AppMakr To Make Anyone An iPhone App-Builder
Discussion: AppScout, mocoNews and iPhone Buzz
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Magic Mouse Blamed for Draining Bluetooth Keyboard Batteries [Updated]
Discussion: PC World, 9 to 5 Mac and Electricpig
EITB.COM:
Hacker hangs photo of Mr Bean on European Presidency website
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
LivingSocial grabs $5 million more to expand group-shopping deals
Discussion: GigaOM, paidContent and SocialTimes.com
 Earlier Items: 
Devindra Hardawar / Royal Pingdom:
Is there hope for Palm in the 2010 smartphone wars?
Discussion: FierceDeveloper and Electronista
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Coming soon: Apple's $20 billion revenue explosion
Discussion: Between the Lines
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Rolling Out Redesign To Some Users