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1:30 PM ET, January 7, 2010

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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals New Touch Screen Technology for iPhone & MacBook Tablet  —  On January 7, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's multi-touch screen technology.  Apple's patent generally relates …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Plastic Logic (Finally) Shows Off The Que, Its (Very Expensive) Kindle Competitor  —  After promising to deliver its take on Amazon's Kindle for a couple of years, Plastic Logic is finally delivering: Here comes the Que Pro Reader, which the company promises is “more than an eReader"-it's a “paperless briefcase.”
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
CES: The Network Is Our Top Priority, AT&T Says  —  AT&T's comments late last year about iPhone owners' data habits set off a firestorm among its customer base, some of whom interpreted it as AT&T being more interested in persuading customers to cut their data usage than in improving its network.
Discussion: DSLreports and iPhone Buzz
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Reuters:
Wireless industry in flux as Google steps in
Discussion: PC World and Googling Google
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple enables browser-based iTunes music previews  —  All this Lala.com talk and Apple still won't let us even preview tracks using a Web browser, why?  Well, the news here is that that just isn't true any more - Apple has at last fully -enabled Web browser-based song previews of tracks offered for sale via iTunes.
New York Times:
Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards  —  LAS VEGAS — To the dismay of safety advocates already worried about driver distraction, automakers and high-tech companies have found a new place to put sophisticated Internet-connected computers: the front seat.
Discussion: /Message
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Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Pioneer puts Pandora Radio in your car
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
2 Million Downloads and Counting: Why Such Loyalty for Microsoft Office?  —  In the past seven weeks, more than 2 million people have downloaded the beta for Microsoft Office 2010.  That's a whopping 40,000 downloads per day.  It's a record breaking pace, surpassing the beta release for Microsoft Office 2007.
Discussion: broadstuff and Softpedia News
Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
‘Google Energy’ subsidiary considers clean power  —  Google took a step toward entering the energy business with the creation of a subsidiary called Google Energy and a request with a federal agency to buy and sell electricity on the wholesale market.  —  The search giant formed …
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Qualcomm officially announces the new BREW Mobile Platform  —  If you recall, we did talk about Qualcomm's plans to update its BREW platform, and have mentioned that it may also have HTC and Acer on board.  Now at the CES, they are officially announcing the new open Brew Mobile Platform …
Discussion: PR Newswire and AT&T
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
HTC launching “new category” of smartphone with HTC Smart
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Intel Core presser: 32nm Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs (update: video!)  —  Intel has just concluded its first CES press event of 2010, dedicated to “announcing” the already well known Arrandale and Clarkdale CPUs.  They will be part of Intel's planned 27 total SKUs coming in 2010 …
Discussion: eWeek, Intel and Gizmodo
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Happy birthday to me!  I'm joining Google  —  Yes friends, I'm turning 29 and I've decided to go work for The Man.  —  In all actuality, I've been mulling over such a move for some time, considering a number of compelling opportunities for my next step.  After reviewing my options …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Jive Software Acquires Social Media Monitoring Startup Filtrbox  —  Businesses and brands have already caught onto the immense power of the social stream that runs through Twitter and Facebook to track the pulse of conversations around consumers.  Both tech giants and startups are competing …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
The Real Value of Tweets  —  Google and Microsoft are paying millions for tweets, but even they can't tell whether their deals will pay off  —  Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) are paying Twitter $25 million to crawl the short posts, or tweets, that users send out on the micro-blogging service.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
HP's Windows 7 Slate Device Revealed by Steve Ballmer  —  It's not Courier, but HP's rumored slate PC is here, now.  Steve Ballmer and his hardware specialist Ryan Asdourian just showed it off, and man is it cute.  Updated with VIDEO  —  Update:Adrian just spotted this official video:
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Breaking Up in a Digital Fishbowl  —  THERE is a scene in the movie “He's Just Not That Into You” in which Mary, played by Drew Barrymore, laments the numerous technological ways she is being rebuffed by a potential beau.  E-mail.  Text messages.  MySpace.  “It's exhausting,” she complains.
Discussion: /Message
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Samsung's 14-inch transparent OLED laptop (video)  —  If you thought the XPERIA Pureness was wild with its meager 1.8-inch transparent screen, wait'll you get a hold of Samsung Mobile Display's prototype 14-inch notebook — complete with what's being touted as the world's first and largest transparent OLED prototype.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Google And On2 Technologies Revise Merger Agreement  —  In August 2009, Google announced that it had agreed to acquire On2 Technologies for - then - roughly $106 million.  At the end of last year, On2 - not for the first time - postponed a meeting at which it had hoped to get shareholder approval for its purchase by Google.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Mobile Phones Eliminate Single-Serving Devices  —  This tiny sensor, from OmniVision, is capable of capturing 14.6-megapixel images and 60-frames-per-second HD video.  —  As chips and sensors become smaller and more advanced, mobile phones are beginning to swallow and adopt any number of new functions.
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Kartik Singh / The Official Google Blog:
Chat on Translator Toolkit  —  Collaboration is an important part of translation.  Whether you work with editors to translate documents, customers to clarify terms or project managers to meet deadlines, working with other translators is key to making high-quality translations.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's collaboration on SVG is a win for the open Web  —  Microsoft's Patrick Dengler, a senior program manager on the Internet Explorer team, revealed this week that Microsoft is joining the W3C's Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) working group.  In a post on the official IE blog …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Mike Coop / SiliconANGLE:
EXCLUSIVE: MagicJack to Announce World's Lowest-Priced Femtocell  —  I spent this morning with Dan Borislow and Y.W. Sing, the CEO and Vice Chairman of MagicJack.  In mid-November, I met with Dr. Sing in his Silicon Valley office for a preview of what we discussed today …
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
Ask Me, Ask Me: Tumblr Adds a New Query Feature  —  Good news for anyone who loves interacting with a particular Tumblr: The blogging platform has added an Ask feature that allows you to directly ask a blogger questions.  —  The Tumblr staff began testing out this feature over Christmas, but only opened it to all users today.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Boost extends unlimited plan to full Sprint network  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Boost, a unit of Sprint Nextel (S.N), said on Thursday that it would extend its $50-a-month unlimited service plan to the entire Sprint network in an effort to improve customer growth and handset choice.
Discussion: Softpedia News and MobileBurn.com
AppleInsider:
Google Nexus One teardown photos reveal ‘thoughtful’ design  —  A teardown of Google's new custom-designed Nexus One handset found no major surprises in the straightforward smartphone, though its ease of disassembly was called impressive.  —  As usual, iFixit wasted no time to get inside …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Panasonic blows it out with 3D Blu-ray deck, HDTVs, channels and $21k camcorder  —  Had enough of the CES barrage?  Nah.  Panasonic just cut loose a few new releases of its own, with the highlight of the bunch being the planet's first integrated Full HD 3D camcorder.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Widget Engine gets more traction with MIPS deal  —  Yahoo is trying to become the de facto leader in putting web pages on the TV.  That's why it has cut a deal with MIPS Technologies, the chip design company, which will make it easy to run the Yahoo Widget Engine on TVs and other digital home devices.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Journalist, freelance and sci-fi authors groups take aim at Google book settlement  —  Three national authors groups comprising more than 4,000 writers and journalists today decried the controversial agreement between Google and author-publisher groups that would allow the tech giant to sell access to millions of books online.
Discussion: p2pnet
David Dalka / Online Marketing Management Strategy:
Google Local Business Center Results Emailed to Random Business Leaders?  —  At 9:25 PM CST tonight I received the following highly surprising email from Google Local Business Center (I have covered the numbers to protect the web site traffic data and subject matter of Google's apparent privacy victim).
 
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Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
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Cisco Advances Social Media Platform
Discussion: eWeek and WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Bayley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Updated and Corrected: E-Book Buyer's Guide to Privacy
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Why Buy a Standalone Box When Vudu Has Apps Already On the TV?
Discussion: Engadget and paidContent
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Hands On With Motorola Backflip, A Folding Android Phone
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile gets U.S. exclusivity on HTC HD2