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5:20 AM ET, January 8, 2010

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Google Mobile Blog:
Finding places “Near me now” is easier and faster than ever on Google.com  —  Last month, Vic Gundotra, VP of Engineering, demonstrated at the Computer History Museum the ability to search by using your location as the query.  Starting today, you can try this yourself by going to Google.com …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus first hands-on (video)!  —  We just had a chance to play around with the new Palm Pre Plus (and Palm Pixi Plus), and we must say — they've made some solid improvements to these devices.  We're going to focus on the Pre, since it's really had the bulk of the changes.
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus Are Coming to Verizon Exclusively January 25  —  The Palm Pre plus removed the navigation button, has 2x internal RAM, 16GB storage, and a built-in inductive back cover for Touchstone inductive charging.  —  The Pixi Plus is still “thin and lightweight” …
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee Beta Goes Public, Download Now  —  The Boxee Beta is officially out.  You can grab it here.  —  The Beta is available for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu (including 64bit.. ).  The version is still not available for Apple TV, yet, but we are working with the atv-creator community, and look forward to having news on this front.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Seizes 16 Domain Names From A Guy In One Fell Swoop  —  When you own domain names associated with the trademarks of a large company, more often than not, they're going to file a complaint with the ICANN UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy).  And more often than not, they're going to win control of the name.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Surprise, surprise: HTC's Euro-spec Nexus One does multitouch  —  Alright, Google, we get it: you hate America.  That's the only conclusion we can reach for why the company's last two Android version hero devices — the Droid for 2. and the Nexus One for 2.1 — have mysteriously opted …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Other HP Slate Runs On Android  —  Last night, during his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed off a prototype for a new HP Slate computer running on Windows 7.  It was supposed to be an Apple-stealing moment and it was Microsoft's moment …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft: Google's Phone Plan ‘Very Difficult’  —  Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp.'s Robbie Bach, head of the division that makes mobile-phone programs, said Google Inc. will have a hard time attracting partners to its wireless software after introducing its own handset.
David / Wolfire Games Blog:
Why you should use OpenGL and not DirectX  —  Often, when we meet other game developers and say that we use OpenGL for our game Overgrowth, we're met with stares of disbelief — why would anyone use OpenGL?  DirectX is the future.  When we tell graphics card representatives that we use OpenGL …
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Intel CEO shows first Moorestown smartphone  —  IDG News Service - Intel on Thursday showed the first smartphone based on its upcoming Moorestown platform for mobile devices.  —  The GW990 smartphone will be made by LG Electronics and ship during the second half of the year …
Timothy B. Hurst / ecopolitology:
USGS Develops Twitter-Based Earthquake Detection System  —  Seismologists say Twitter is the fastest way to get information out of an earthquake area, especially in those less densely populated.  —  People love to tweet about what's going on around them, especially when that something is exciting or otherwise newsworthy.
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 proReader, which the company promises is “more than an eReader"-it's a “paperless briefcase.”
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Devindra Hardawar / Royal Pingdom:
Why Twitter is Digg's biggest threat  —  The launch of the social news site Digg in 2004 was the perfect example of a good idea at the right time.  That was the year the term “Web 2.0″ started being thrown about to describe the rise of new web technologies that allowed for more interactive sites …
Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo BOSS To Survive Microsoft Deal In Some Form; Details Still Hazy  —  After months of silence, Yahoo's BOSS team is opening up to frustrated third party developers about the future of the powerful search platform.  A few hours ago, Yahoo's Ashim Chhabra left a post on the BOSS group forum …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Forget TV Everywhere, How About Netflix Everywhere?  —  It seems Netflix has already reached a tipping point in the consumer electronics market, as it signed up five more CE manufacturers to enable its streaming services on their devices.  Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba and Funai …
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Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Why Netflix's Long-Term Focus in New Warner Bros. Deal is a Win for Everyone
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google muses about ads in Street View  —  It might have been just a trial balloon, but last year Google floated the idea of putting ads in Street View.  —  Could virtual billboards one day show up in Google Street View?  —  A few months ago, Google gave a presentation to marketing …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Toshiba Satelitte E205 is first laptop with Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology  —  Toshiba seems to be the first out the door with Intel's just announced Wireless Display technology.  Actually the $999 Satellite E205 seems like one big group hug between Intel, Toshiba and Best Buy.
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 …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Dell confirms Android-powered tablet device  —  CES 2010: New slate-like 5-incher shown off  —  Dell has teased with a new tablet/slate PC at its keynote speech at CES in Las Vegas.?  —  Giving virtually no details, as per usual with Dell's teasers, the new device will get a 5-inch screen size and be Android powered.?
Arn / MacRumors:
CES 2010: NVIDIA Tegra 2 to Power Tablets in 2010  —  Amongst the tablet hype at CES, NVIDIA made a major announcement on Thursday introducing their latest Tegra 2 mobile chipset.  The Tegra 2 chipset incorporates 8 independent processors to handle web browsing, HD video encoding/decoding as well as mobile gaming.
Discussion: DigiTimes, CNN and Liliputing
Tyler Tschida / App Advice:
EA Reveals The Sims 3 World Adventures Details And Screenshots  —  It looks as if EA is going to try and ride the Sims brand all the way to the bank on the iPhone and iPod touch just as they have on the PC.  The company has revealed a brand new iPhone and iPod touch Sims game titled …
Discussion: PC World and IntoMobile
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HP updates Envy 13 and Envy 15 laptops, lowers prices significantly  —  HP's Envy lineup was introduced way back in the dark ages of last decade, so it's clearly due for a significant update.  In all seriousness, the refresh that popped up today for both rigs probably has a lot …
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
768-bit RSA cracked, 1024-bit safe (for now)  —  With the increasing computing power available to even casual users, the security-conscious have had to move on to increasingly robust encryption, lest they find their information vulnerable to brute-force attacks.
Discussion: The Register
Stuart Pfeifer / Los Angeles Times:
Prosecutors seek to dismiss drug charges against Broadcom's Henry T. Nicholas III  —  Federal prosecutors ask a judge to drop narcotics trafficking charges, wiping out the last piece of a criminal case that had tarnished the Irvine chip designer for nearly two years.
Matthew Casperson / ProgrammableWeb:
Napster Opens API: Puts Music on Your TV, iPhone and Web Site  —  Naspter is one of the most recognizable names in digital music, being one of the first music distribution platforms when it was released way back in 1999.  After much controversy, and changing hands several times in the last 10 years …
Discussion: GigaOM and CNET News
Mmpc / Microsoft Malware Protection Center:
Some Observations on Rootkits  —  Getting hit by a live rootkit infection is among the more unfortunate fates that can befall an unsuspecting computer user.  A rootkit burrows deep into the system, modifying it at a low-level in order to hide itself and other malware, and from there fights off attempts at deactivation and removal.
Discussion: PC World
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Intel announces AppUp, an app store for netbooks and beyond  —  It seems like the app store model popularized by Apple's iPhone is on its way from smartphones to other devices.  Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, chip-maker Intel announced that a beta test version of the AppUpCenter …
Discussion: Notebooks.com, SlashGear and Forward Thinking, Thanks:atul
 
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
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Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
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Phil Wahba / Reuters:
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Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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David Dahlquist / Macworld:
Security Cam app turns iPhone into a security camera
Discussion: CNET News and PC World
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is the YouTube Case Finally Ready to Start Moving Again?
Discussion: CNET News
Phone Arena:
French President receiving a new encrypted phone after a BlackBerry ban
Discussion: The Register
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook is Building a New Payment Operations Team
Discussion: Inside Social Games, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Intel Core presser: 32nm Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs (update: video!)