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12:45 AM ET, January 6, 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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Google Phone Is a Worthy Rival but Not Revolutionary  —  Google sure does love shaking up the system.  —  Remember the original Google search page?  It made news because your search results popped up fast and were not cluttered with ads.  Remember when Google went public?
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.
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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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 …
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.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
A Few Thoughts on the Nexus One  —  There will be many posts focusing on the look, feel, and features of the Nexus One, so I'm going to focus on what Android's latest incarnation says about the competitive landscape - what I've elsewhere called the war for the web.  Android vs. iPhone is one important front in that “war.”
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Apple And Google Just Tag Teamed The U.S. Carriers
Bgurley / abovethecrowd.com:
Android Or IPhone? Wrong Question
Discussion: Techdirt and Paul Kedrosky's …, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 and Electronista
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: Stay N' Alive and 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.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Engadget, PC World, Digits and Crave
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 …
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 …
Discussion: DisplayBlog, Pulse2, GeekBrief.TV and Digits
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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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 …
Discussion: Reuters
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
ZumoDrive Lands Deal With HP To Power Storage And Syncing On Mini Netbooks  —  File syncing and storage startup Zumodrive has landed a deal with Hewlett-Packard to power the technology giant's newly announced CloudDrive on all HP Mini netbooks beginning in January 2010.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Doing It Wrong  —  Enterprise Systems, I mean.  And not just a little bit, either.  Orders of magnitude wrong.  Billions and billions of dollars worth of wrong.  Hang-our-heads-in-shame wrong.  It's time to stop the madness.  —  These last five years at Sun, I've been lucky …
Thanks:atul
Steve Alexander / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minneapolis' $20 million Wi-Fi completed  —  In October 2007, Bill Witzany of US Internet installed a relay node on Lasalle Avenue in Minneapolis to improve the Wi-Fi signal strength in that area.  The network, built under city contract, suffered technical and political delays.
 
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Arif Siddiquee / Official Google Reader Blog:
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Patrick Dengler / IEBlog:
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Chad Sapieha / Globe and Mail:
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Grant Gross / PC World:
CyberSitter Files Lawsuit Against China Over Green Dam
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Economist:
The year of the paywall  —  Newspapers will try to persuade online readers to pay in 2010
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Oracle buys data quality vendor
Discussion: The Register and Oracle
Krist Novoselic / Reverb:
Why I Agree With Bono  —  ​When I logged onto Twitter yesterday …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google To Introduce Click-to-Call (Billing) in Ads on Mobile Devices
Discussion: WhoLinksToMe and Softpedia News