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2:55 PM 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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Ballmer Will Not Be Showing “Courier” Slate PC at CES Opening Tonight  —  As much as BoomTown likes a good computer tablet face-off, sources with knowledge of the situation said that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will not be whipping out the secret “Courier” slate PC that the company …
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?
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:   Exclusive: Apple's Tablet Has No Intel Inside
John Martellaro / The Mac Observer:
How Apple Does Controlled Leaks  —  Monday's article at the Wall Street Journal, which provided confirmation of an Apple tablet device, had all the earmarks of a controlled leak.  Here's how Apple does it.  —  Often Apple has a need to let information out, unofficially.
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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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Google's biggest announcement was not a phone, but a URL  —  By now, you know the details of Google's first Google-branded, Google-sold “superphone,” the Nexus One: huge AMOLED touchscreen, thin-and-light form factor, available unlocked or on T-Mobile, pervasive voice input, etc.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T finally goes Android, confirms Dell, HTC and Motorola on board  —  We're at the AT&T presser here at CES, but it looks like we know what to expect: the carrier just announced that it's launching five new Android devices in the first half of 2010, including devices from Motorola, Dell, and HTC.
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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: Macworld, Gearlog, Mashable! and VentureBeat
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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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox 3.5.7 fix could ‘goose’ browser upgrades  —  Mozilla released Firefox 3.5.7 and 3.0.17 on Tuesday to fix a common crash problem and the lack of a prominent suggestion to upgrade.  —  Firefox is supposed to prominently tell people when a major upgrade is available …
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 …
Tyler Tschida / App Advice:
iPhone-Controlled Parrot AR.Drone May Be The Coolest Tech Toy Ever  —  Parrot's iPhone-controlled AR.Drone seems more like something the military would put to use, and probably somehow lose control of, but it's actually a new consumer friendly remote control flying toy that was recently shown off at this year's CES.
Discussion: PC Magazine, VentureBeat and Engadget
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.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Rogue Marketers Can Mine Your Info on Facebook  —  Got an e-mail list of customers or readers and want to know more about each — such as their full name, friends, gender, age, interests, location, job and education level?  —  Facebook has just the free feature you're looking for, thanks to its recent privacy changes.
Discussion: All Facebook and Electricpig
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 …
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Vanity Fair on Twitter fame: Twembarrassing  —  Vanity Fair magazine, with its crisp and alluring takes on everything from international affairs to celebrity culture, is the sort of publication known for being current, relevant, and in-the-know.  —  Yet in its February issue—yes …
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.
Discussion: BetaNews and Mashable!
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Clickfree lets you backup your laptop on a BlackBerry's memory card  —  Under the Clickfree brand, Storage Appliance has created computer backup appliances that are very simple to use.  Now it's going a step further with a tiny memory card that can back up your entire laptop or other computers to your BlackBerry phone.
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Aggregate Knowledge Raises $9 Million For Online Ad Optimization Platform  —  Aggregate Knowledge, a provider of display ad optimization solutions, has closed a Series C financing round of $9 million led by OVP Venture Partners.  Also participating in the round are Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers …
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 …
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Reports $29.1 Billion in U.S. Retail E-Commerce Spending for Full November-December Holiday Season, Up 4 Percent vs. Year Ago  —  Season Highlights Include Growth Surpassing Forecasts and First $900 Million Spending Day on Record  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Sling Media debuts four new OEM placeshifting media devices at CES 2010  —  Sling is coming to Vegas with four new placeshifting media devices that will allow you to sling your HD content around your house, control your Sling media with the touch of a finger and, in typical slingbox fashion …
Discussion: Macworld, paidContent and Electronista
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Best Buy drops Napster CEO, president posts
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Pres. Obama to unveil $250-million math, science program
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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Sony Relents After 11 Years, Launches First SD Card Line-up
Discussion: BetaNews and Sony
Kristen Nicole / All Facebook:
Universal Studios Uses Facebook App to Gain Blu-ray Traction
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Vimeo's offers 1080p high-def video, mobile options for paying users
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Rogers confirms it will update the HTC Magic to Android 2.1, Dream to stay at 1.5
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Klipsch LightSpeakers Screw Into Light Bulb Sockets, Play Music Wirelessly
Discussion: Crave and Business Wire
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Orange France boss confirms iPhone tidal wave, data surge …
Discussion: IntoMobile
Chris OBrien / SiliconBeat:
The Innovation Age Bias At Sequoia Capital
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The Apple Tablet Won't Save David Carr
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