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5:50 PM ET, January 5, 2010

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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Google Nexus One: Everything You Need to Know  —  The Nexus One, the Google Phone, is really here.  And everything you need to know about it?  Right here.  —  What Is It?  —  It's the latest, maybe greatest, Android phone.  Google calls it a “superphone” that's an “exemplar” of what you can do with Android.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Google's Nexus One Is Bold New Face in Super-Smartphones  —  Google this week is taking two dramatic steps to try to catapult devices using its Android mobile operating system into stronger competition with Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry in the battle for supremacy in the super-smartphone category.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Nexus One: The TechCrunch Review  —  Yesterday Google wasn't in the business of selling mobile phones.  Today, they are.  The Nexus One smartphone has arrived and on sale at Google.com/phone.  Our live notes from the event are here.  —  I've been using the Nexus One with TMobile since mid-December as my primary mobile phone.
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 …
Matt Rozen / Adobe Featured Blogs:   Google's Nexus One will have Flash Player
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Google Reef
Discussion: Engadget and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   With Nexus One, Google paves the way for a Microsoft-branded phone
Mario Queiroz / The Official Google Blog:
Our new approach to buying a mobile phone  —  Android was developed with one simple idea: Open up mobile devices to enable greater innovation that will benefit users everywhere.  —  We first executed on this vision a little over a year ago, when we launched Android on one device with one operator in one country.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Biggest Phone Move: Disrupting Carriers By Selling Direct To You (GOOG, VZ, DT)  —  Google's biggest, most important announcement today isn't the Nexus One smartphone's feature set, specifications, or which carrier networks it will work on.  It's Google's business model that matters.
Examiner:   Google Nexus One phone unveiled $529 unlocked $179 T-Mobile with one rate plan
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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Apple Bought Quattro Wireless And Is Getting Into Advertising (AAPL, GOOG)
Discussion: Google, BoomTown and GMSV
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 …
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
ESPN to launch 3D network in June  —  ESPN is going 3D.  The venerable sports network will launch ESPN 3D on June 11 with a World Cup soccer match, creating what it says will be the first all three-dimensional television network to the home.  —  ESPN 3D expects to showcase at least 85 live sporting events during the first year.
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Anil Dash:
Nobody Has A Million Twitter Followers  —  Last week, I wrote a bit about what it's like to be on Twitter's suggested user list.  The response to that post has been really gratifying, and I wanted to share a bit of what I've learned, as well some of the more interesting responses.
Discussion: The Bivings Report, Thanks:arjo
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Now you can play Foursquare anywhere  —  Attention, suburbanites: You, too, can be the mayor of your local Home Depot.  —  That's because New York-based mobile location-sharing service Foursquare has made a subtle but big improvement.  It's no longer restricted to a list of cities …
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.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   As AdWords Ads Get Images, What's Deemed Family Safe?
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: Ars Technica, TUAW and EverythingiCafe
Bgurley / abovethecrowd.com:
Android Or IPhone?  Wrong Question  —  In a recent New York Times article, Kathryn Huberty, a Morgan Stanley analyst was quoted suggesting that Apple's iPhone is the key catalyst for an important new technology trend.  “Applications make the smartphone trend a revolutionary trend …
Discussion: Techdirt and PC World, Thanks:atul
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
5 Reasons Why RSS Readers Still Rock  —  Recently I wrote about the decline of RSS Readers as a way for people to keep up with news.  I noted that while many people still use RSS Readers, usage has decreased due to the emergence of real-time and social flows of information via Twitter, Facebook and other such services.
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 …
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.
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.
Krist Novoselic / Reverb:
Why I Agree With Bono  —  ​When I logged onto Twitter yesterday, I discovered U2's Bono going down in Tweeted flames.  Turns out the singer/philanthropist wrote a forward-looking Top-10 list for The New York Times in which he states, “A decade's worth of music file-sharing and swiping …
Discussion: CNET News
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Can big trade shows survive Apple and Google?  —  How strange is it that perhaps the two biggest product announcements this month will come right before major trade shows, rather than during them?  In less than two hours, Google is expected to officially launch the Nexus One smartphone at an event in Northern California.
Discussion: The Loop and TechCrunch
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 …
Choire / The Awl:
Gawker Media Moves To Uniques: Be “Even More of a Hustler,” Says Nick Denton  —  “We all know that some pageviews are worth more than others,” writes Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton today in an internal memo.  “Think of an exclusive such as Gawker's embassy hazing pics …
 
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Grant Gross / PC World:
CyberSitter Files Lawsuit Against China Over Green Dam
Discussion: CNET News and Bloomberg
Economist:
The year of the paywall  —  Newspapers will try to persuade online readers to pay in 2010
Discussion: Online Video Watch
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Oracle buys data quality vendor
Discussion: The Register and Oracle
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
Rhapsody comes to Android
Discussion: Play
Nat Ives / AdAge:
News Publishers Start Seeking Money From Twitter Feeds
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Dreaming Up Textbooks on an Apple Tablet
Discussion: TechFlash and eWeek
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Symantec software hits end-of-decade snafu
Dan Levy / Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley ‘Bloodbath’ Leaves Entire Office Buildings Empty
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Stewart, ‘South Park’ dragged into YouTube row
Discussion: Softpedia News
Charles Golvin / The Forrester Blog …:
2009: Year Of The Smartphone — Kinda
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
AirStash expands your iPhone's storage, wirelessly
Discussion: Switched
John Cook / TechFlash:
Msnbc buys breakingnews.com
Discussion: msnbc.com and Domain Name Wire
Meg Marco / The Consumerist:
Best Buy Optimization Is A Big Stupid Annoying Waste Of Money
Discussion: Maximum PC, Ars Technica and DailyTech
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EA SPORTS Moves Forward with Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online Launch in January