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9:55 PM ET, January 6, 2010

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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 …
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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?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple tablet: $340 in parts?  —  With manufacturing costs, Apple could build the thing for less than $350, says an analyst  —  Sports Illustrated on a tablet.  Source: Time Inc.  —  Here's a neat trick.  In a report to clients Wednesday, Susquehanna Financial's Jeffrey Fidacaro published …
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 faceoff, sources with knowledge of the situation said that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will not be whipping out the secret “Courier” slate PC …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to show off Courier at CES? Call me highly skeptical
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.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Sale Or No Sale: Mashable To AOL Talk Is Just That
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Pandora Partners With Pioneer On Internet Radio For Cars  —  Streaming music provider Pandora has struck a deal with electronics manufacturer Pioneer that will connect the internet radio service to users' cars.  The companies announced the deal at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Where to Watch CES 2010 LIVE Stream
Discussion: Microsoft and Joystiq
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.
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 …
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Sony BDP-S770 Blu-ray Player Has 3D, Wi-Fi and Netflix Plus iPhone …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Crave and CES 2010
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.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Exclusive: Qualcomm to Power Apple iPhone  —  Stock quotes in this article: QCOM , AAPL , VZ , T  —  SAN DIEGO (TheStreet) — Apparently it's bakeoff season in tech, and the latest blue ribbon goes to Qualcomm (QCOM Quote).  —  Apple (AAPL Quote) has chosen Qualcomm as its chip supplier …
Discussion: Electronista and Mashable!
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
CES: Look out, Chumby: Here comes the Sony Dash  —  The Sony Dash is due out in April for $199.99.  —  LAS VEGAS—If you've been following Chumby Industries at all, you know the company was more interested in licensing out its Internet mini apps than making actual hardware devices.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
i/o Ventures - A Work/Cafe Incubator Launches In San Francisco  —  A small group of high profile startup executives are preparing to launch their next venture - a workspace incubator and angel investment fund called i/o ventures that aims to help new startups get a start with some initial capital and a cool place to work.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sharp unveils quad-pixel technology for TVs with a trillion colors  —  If you didn't think your flat-panel TV could display colors properly, get ready for this.  Sharp is unveiling a new technology that allows it upcoming TVs to display a trillion colors.  —  The quad-pixel technology sounds simple.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Samsung to launch an app store that lets you tweet from your TV  —  Electronics maker Samsung announced today that it's getting into the application store game — but it's thinking beyond the smartphone app stores that seem so hot right now.  Instead, the company says you should be able …
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
A short history of Hotmail  —  Hi, my name is Dick Craddock and I'm the Group Program Manager for Windows Live Hotmail.  “Group Program Manager” is just a fancy way of saying that I manage the team of Program Managers at Hotmail.  We have the job of planning each Hotmail release and managing that release from beginning to end.
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
Phone Arena:
More info about the Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  A leaked Verizon document reveals detailed specifications about the carriers upcoming Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus models.  The Pre Plus will come with 16GB of internal memory …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
CES: Honey, I Shrunk the Thumb Drives  —  Coming soon: flash drives even smaller than the ones you already have. … Lexar Media, a memory-products unit of Micron Technology, is launching a line of what it calls “ultra-portable” USB flash drives at CES.  Chief among them is the Lexar Echo ZE …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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 …
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Pi calculated to ‘record number’  —  A computer scientist claims to have computed the mathematical constant pi to nearly 2.7 trillion digits, some 123 billion more than the previous record.  —  Fabrice Bellard used a desktop computer to perform the calculation, taking a total of 131 days to complete and check the result.
Discussion: I4U News and Neowin.net
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 …
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.
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Vodafone says will sell Google smartphone within weeks  —  Buzz up!  —  LONDON (AFP) - British mobile phone giant Vodafone announced Wednesday that it will start selling Google's Nexus One smartphone in Britain within the next few weeks, with France and Germany likely to follow.
 
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