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9:35 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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Google's Near Me Now is Live & Good Enough to Replace Yelp
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
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.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Ion add-on to equip iPhone with full Qwerty keyboard  —  iType turns you handset into a Sinclair Z88  —  CES 2010 Ion, a company best known for its USB turntables and cassette decks, has introduced a Qwerty keyboard add on for... the iPhone.  —  Ion's iType: fast text entry on the iPhone
Discussion: Technologizer, iTWire and The Next Web
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 …
SciTeDaily:
Google's Book Scanning Technology Revealed  —  Google was awarded a patent for a device to rapidly scan high-quality of images of books last March, as reported by NPR and CNet.  However, no one has been able to get a glimpse of how the system works in practice, until now.
Discussion: Beyond Search and Slashdot
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.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Greenpeace ranks Apple as greenest electronics maker  —  After falling prey to harsh criticism from Greenpeace over its use of toxic chemicals in products for years on end, Apple was honored this week with the environmental advocacy group's top ranking as the greenest electronics maker.
Richard Barley / TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck For iPhone Gets A New-Year Update  —  Happy New Year TweetDeckers!  We hope you all had a great festive season and that 2010 is off to a good start for you.  —  We are kicking our new year off in fine form with a feature-packed update to the TweetDeck iPhone app, which is available now from the App Store.
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 …
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 …
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.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz Gives Herself B-Minus Grade for First Year on Job  —  Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) — Carol Bartz gives herself a B-minus in her first year as chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., saying she could have moved faster to reorganize the company and strike a Web-search agreement with Microsoft Corp.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
LG GW990 hands-on video  —  You'll know this device as the 4.8-inch revolutionary intent on making us fall madly in love with MIDs all over again (or should that be for the first time?).  Good thing then that we now know it as the device that bears a thousand Engadget fingerprints.
Discussion: Mobile Roar, SlashGear and IntoMobile
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Russia Considers Banning Sex Online in the Daytime  —  Can you imagine going to YouTube following a link on Twitter to watch some video recommended by a friend as a funny one (though NSFW) and since you are not at work, you feel perfectly safe clicking the link to watch it as this is exactly …
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Blu-ray's 3D spec isn't what it could be  —  While 3D is all the rage at CES this year, we learned today from the BDA that one of the biggest sources of 3D content isn't what it could be.  The first thing that could, should, be better is the limited support for frame rates.
Discussion: Download Squad
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
Bloomberg:
Lenovo Says Windows 7 Will Drive Computer Demand for the Next Three Years  —  Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) — Lenovo Group Ltd., China's biggest personal-computer maker, said Windows 7 will boost demand for its products for the next three years as companies and consumers adopt Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system.
Charlie Demerjian / Semiaccurate.com recent articles:
Qualcomm signs with Global Foundries  —  CES 2010 40nm, 28nm, 4G and netbooks, oh my  —  GLOBAL FOUNDRIES JUST announced a major win by signing Qualcomm to a fab contract.  If anyone was waiting to see if Global Foundries had what it took to compete for the best, they now have their answer.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google open-source boss comes clean on Android  —  ‘We could do better,’ DiBona tells devs  —  Google open source guru Chris DiBona has acknowledged that the company's freewheeling approach to building a mobile operating system can cause a few headaches for developers …
Discussion: Download Squad
John / THINK / Musings:
charting the real time web OR the curious tale of how TechCrunch traffic inexplicably fell off a cliff in December  —  For a while now I have been thinking about doing a post about some of the data we track at betaworks.  Over the past few months people have written about Twitter's traffic being up …
Discussion: Darren Herman, Thanks:atul
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
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon 8X72 chipset due by end of 2010  —  Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset may only now be turning up in any real number of mobile devices - you'll find its 1GHz thrumming away in the HTD HD2, Google Nexus One and various Smartbooks announced at CES 2010 this week …
Discussion: Phone Arena and Liliputing
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 …
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Stuart Pfeifer / Los Angeles Times:
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Matthew Casperson / ProgrammableWeb:
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Phil Wahba / Reuters:
Borders in deal with Alex e-reader for e-books
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HP updates Envy 13 and Envy 15 laptops, lowers prices significantly
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David Dahlquist / Macworld:
Security Cam app turns iPhone into a security camera
Discussion: CNET News and PC World
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