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11:15 AM ET, January 6, 2010

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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Microsoft and H.P. to Reveal Slate PC Ahead of Apple  —  It could be one of Steve Ballmer's riskiest trade show moves in years.  —  On Wednesday, Mr. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, will unveil a novel take on a slate-type computer during his evening keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to show off Courier at CES?  Call me highly skeptical  —  The New York Times has heard Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is going to show off an HP multimedia slate during his opening keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 6.  And suddenly, everyone's predicting …
Discussion: Microsoft, Redmond Pie and Bink.nu
AT&T:
AT&T Upgrades 3G Technology at Cell Sites Across Nation  —  Software Upgrade Sets Stage for Faster 3G Speeds, Enhanced Mobile Data Performance to Come with Capacity Upgrades Planned for 2010-2011
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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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Nathan Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
Nexus Name Irks Author's Estate
Discussion: The Register and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Andrew / Boxee Blog:
By the pricking of my thumbs, something awesome this way comes.  —  It's the first press event at CES and time to tease you before our big announcement on the 7th so here's a sneak peek of something about the Boxee Box that we didn't show off at the Boxee Beta Event in December.
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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Hands-on with the Boxee Box  —  It looks just as small in real life, but not only that, the Boxee was sporting a new double sided remote.  The usual suspects are on the front, but on the back is a full qwerty keyboard for searching for your favorite shows.  The remote felt great in our hands …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Erik Chang / Shrinkage Is Good:
Nexus One vs iPhone, Droid & Palm Pre - Total Cost of Ownership  —  Today is Nexus One launch day and we decided in typical BillShrink fashion, we would take a look at the overall total cost of ownership of the Nexus One vs. iPhone vs. Droid vs. Palm Pre.  This is the first time that any phone …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Google Nexus One: Everything You Need to Know
Amazon.com:
Amazon Introduces Kindle DX with Global Wireless  —  New Kindle DX with Global Wireless enables customers to wirelessly download and read in over 100 countries -Available for pre-order now for $489 and ships Jan. 19  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today introduced Kindle DX with Global Wireless …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's 1st CTO Launches His Next Company (Screen Shots)  —  Adam D'Angelo was a programming genius who knew Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in high school, became the young company's first CTO and has just begun to unveil his new startup company, Quora.
Thanks:atul
Arn / MacRumors:
ARM Cortex A9 Performance Demo - Likely Chip to Power iSlate and Future iPhones  —  As CES kicks off, one technology we've been hoping to hear more about is the status of the ARM Cortex A9 processor.  Apple's iPhone as well as many of its competitors including the just released Nexus …
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
HP launches first touch netbook  —  Touch is becoming a common feature on netbooks, with HP launching its first touch-enabled netbook a day after Lenovo announced its own entry at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  —  The HP Mini 5102 has a capacitive touchscreen option …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Welcome to the Age of Robot Reporters  —  One hour ago, three emergency vehicles responded to a report of an unconscious person at the world headquarters of Nike Inc. in Portland, Oregon.  How do I know?  An automated form-pumping robot from startup company Nozzl Media told me.
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape:
Hyperlocal sites becoming major M&A targets  —  While newspapers have been decimated by the economics transforming today's media industry, Web sites that report news and deliver other content at the neighborhood, or “hyperlocal,” level, are bursting with life, with many of them becoming sought …
Chris OBrien / SiliconBeat:
The Innovation Age Bias At Sequoia Capital  —  Today marks my return to blogging here after taking a couple months off.  I'm going to jump in with some thoughts from an event I attended last night at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.  —  The event was a reception for students …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Loves Apple's Quattro Deal  —  Google took time from its superphone frenzy yesterday to applaud something a competitor did.  The search giant lead a public cheer for Apple (AAPL), which just bought mobile ad network Quattro.  —  Google's logic here is straightforward …
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
DivX tries again to bring streaming video to TV  —  DivX, best known for its popular digital video file format, is making another attempt to extend its reach into video services.  At the Consumer Electronics Show today, the company is announcing DivX TV, a software platform for streaming video from the Internet to a user's television.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple's tablet will use Verizon's 3G network, sources say  —  Wall Street analyst claims multiple carriers to support device, but ‘definitely Verizon’  —  Computerworld - Apple's tablet will use Verizon's wireless data network to connect to the Internet when users are out of range of a Wi-Fi hotspot …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
ASUS calls for better PC design  —  LAS VEGAS — Computer maker ASUS, which fueled the netbook craze with its Eee PC lineup, took a different direction during its Consumer Electronics Show press event here today, stressing the importance of better design for portable computers.
Michael Kinsley / The Atlantic Online:
Cut This Story!  —  ONE REASON SEEKERS of news are abandoning print newspapers for the Internet has nothing directly to do with technology.  It's that newspaper articles are too long.  On the Internet, news articles get to the point.  Newspaper writing, by contrast, is encrusted with conventions …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Orange France boss confirms iPhone tidal wave, data surge, but happy to invest in infrastructure (AT&T?)  —  Apple's fortunes in France mean that the iPhone accounted for an impressive 77 percent of mobiles sold with a contract by France Telecom's Orange brand across the holiday season, confirmed the head of the company.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Klipsch LightSpeakers Screw Into Light Bulb Sockets, Play Music Wirelessly  —  These Klipsch LightSpeakers may be ugly as sin, but the idea of having speakers and LED lights in the same light bulb unit should appeal to haters of wires and unnecessary gadgetry.
Discussion: Business Wire, Crave and Obsessable
PC World:
HP Puts USB 3.0 Ports in New Laptops  —  Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday said it has added USB 3.0 ports to its latest laptops that could boost data transfers between computers and devices such as storage drives and digital cameras.  —  HP will add up to three USB 3. ports in EliteBook business laptops …
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Rumor: Apple employee says Tablet UI has “steep learning curve”  —  While it probably won't encompass a 3D interface, there's been enough background murmurings about the method users will employ to interact with Apple's forthcoming tablet to expect something new.  What that “new” is?
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Rogers confirms it will update the HTC Magic to Android 2.1, Dream to stay at 1.5  —  HTC Magic and Dream owners in Canada take note as Rogers has reconsidered its “No Donut or Eclair policy” for at least one of its two Android handsets.  Rogers has confirmed that, in the next few weeks …
 
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