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3:45 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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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  —  Stock quotes in this article: INTC , AAPL , MSFT , DELL  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. (TheStreet) — Apple (AAOL Quote) is throwing a glamorous Tablet party and chip partner Intel (INTC Quote) isn't invited.  —  With production time of its Tablet approaching …
Discussion: VentureBeat and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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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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
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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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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's iPhone App Finally Gets Push Notifications, Contact Syncing  —  Well, with Joe Hewitt famously no longer working on the Facebook iPhone app, it took a little bit longer than some expected, but today a new version finally hit the App Store with a much requested new feature: Push Notifications.
Discussion: Download Squad and The Next Web, Thanks:atul
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, Mashable!, Gearlog and VentureBeat
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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
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Bends To Warner Bros., Won't Rent DVDs For 28 Days After They Go On Sale (NFLX)  —  This will please the movie industry: Netflix has agreed to a 28-day window before it rents Warner Bros. DVDs and Blu-ray discs after they go on sale.  The idea is that this will allow Warner Bros. to sell more discs …
Discussion: CNET News, paidContent, NewTeeVee and Engadget, Thanks:bobcaswell
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.
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: Download Squad, BetaNews and Mashable!
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 …
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 …
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Best Buy drops Napster CEO, president posts  —  Updated at 1:30 p.m. PST to include Best Buy's decision to eliminate CEO and president positions.  —  Best Buy has decided that the Napster music service is too top heavy and eliminated the music service's CEO and president positions, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
AOL Lusts for the Brad Pitt of the Blogosphere (and His Company)  —  AOL is interested in buying the world's largest tech blog, Mashable, we hear from a source at the internet conglomerate.  And in fact the two sides have been talking, people outside AOL have whispered to one another, and to us.
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 …
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
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 …
 
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Robert McMillan / PC World:
Adobe Testing New Automatic Updater
Discussion: Download Squad and MacNN
Spencer Fry:
Disclosing Your Finances  —  Should you publicly publish your finances?
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Reports $29.1 Billion in U.S. Retail E-Commerce Spending …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Seeking Alpha
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Disney offers KeyChest, but where is the KeyMaster?
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Pres. Obama to unveil $250-million math, science program
Discussion: ZDNet and Washington Post
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Sony Relents After 11 Years, Launches First SD Card Line-up
Discussion: Sony and BetaNews
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Kristen Nicole / All Facebook:
Universal Studios Uses Facebook App to Gain Blu-ray Traction
Discussion: BetaNews and Inside Facebook
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Vimeo's offers 1080p high-def video, mobile options for paying users
Discussion: 901am and Softpedia News
Chris OBrien / SiliconBeat:
The Innovation Age Bias At Sequoia Capital
Erik Chang / Shrinkage Is Good:
Nexus One vs iPhone, Droid & Palm Pre - Total Cost of Ownership