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1:35 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 …
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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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?
Discussion: MacRumors Page 2, Edible Apple and TUAW
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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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.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple's tablet will use Verizon's 3G network, sources say
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: Gearlog, VentureBeat and Electronista
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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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.
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 …
Kristen Nicole / All Facebook:
Universal Studios Uses Facebook App to Gain Blu-ray Traction  —  Universal Studios has launched a Facebook app for the new year, giving away 2,010 Blu-ray movies.  Cute, right?  The weekly sweepstakes includes 25 prize packages, with films such as Wanted, Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
CES-Dell bringing smartphone to U.S. with AT&T  —  * To unveil Alienware “ultramobile” gaming platform at CES  —  Dell Inc (DELL.O) is bringing its first-ever smartphone to the United States with AT&T Inc (T.N) as the carrier, making a push into mobile devices as its core personal computer business struggles.
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 …
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: VentureBeat and Engadget
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: paidContent and Electronista
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
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Sony Relents After 11 Years, Launches First SD Card Line-up  —  Big news from the Sony camp today—they're embracing 1999's flash-in-the-pan fad and have launched their first line-up of SD cards.  Hopefully that spells the death of the evil Memory Stick and sliding disinterest in their propriety formats.
Discussion: BetaNews and Sony
 
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
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