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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  —  One month ago Google unveiled five big new technologies in one day - and then launched real-time search that afternoon.  One of those five was something called Near Me Now, and it just went live moments ago.
Alan Patrick / broadstuff:
The Limits to Growth of Location Based Services
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Will Oremus / Mercury News:
Apple plans new prototype store in downtown Palo Alto  —  Apple is quietly preparing to move its downtown Palo Alto store to a new, larger space just a block away on University Avenue, The Daily News has learned.  —  There it will build an Apple Store that project developers referred …
Greg Badros / Facebook Blog:
Calling All Ph.D. Students  —  As Facebook engineers, we are surrounded by engaging technical problems to solve.  We've recently tackled efficient photo storage, distributed computation and crowdsourced translations, to name a few.  While we're working on inventive solutions on a daily basis, we can't do it alone.
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Apple tablet supply chain points to Q2 launch: sources  —  TAIPEI (Reuters) - Suppliers for Apple Inc's new tablet computer have begun shipping touchscreen panels and will start delivering aluminum casings for it next month, sources said, implying a second-quarter product launch.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Source: Apple shopping for LED camera flash components  —  Apple in recent months has moved to procure significant quantities of LED camera flash components that could help the iPhone maker's next-generation mobile handsets produce superior image and video captures in low-light situations, AppleInsider has learned.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Internet phone gadget unveiled at CES sparks controversy  —  Buzz up!  —  LAS VEGAS - The company behind the magicJack, the cheap Internet phone gadget that's been heavily promoted on TV, has made a new version of the device that allows free calls from cell phones in the home …
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Google hit with Nexus One sales model complaints  —  Complaints that typically go to the carrier now go to Google, which lacks sufficient customer support resources to handle the complaint volume  —  Google support forums are awash with people looking for help for problems with their Nexus One phones — and unable to find it.
Discussion: CNET News, MacDailyNews and PC World
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Analysts Wonder if People Will Buy the Google Nexus One Without Trying It
foursquare:
Foursquare.  Everywhere.  —  Hey all -  —  So this has been a pretty big week for us.  Since we launched last March, our #1 most requested feature has been “please add my city!”  After a few months of work, we thrilled to announce that we finally ripped apart the “foursquare only works in cities” …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nokia CEO says one-size-fits-all phones don't fit the world  —  Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo says that, while the tech community is very focused on smartphones, the world's biggest cell phone maker has sold more than 750 million basic phones in the emerging markets over the last five years.
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James McQuivey / paidContent:
Let's Get Real: Why The Reporting On 3D TV Is Mostly Hype  —  Sit through one too many CES keynotes, press conferences, or pitches, and you just might leave Las Vegas with the mistaken idea that 3DTV is going to be in all of our living rooms next year.  ESPN (NYSE: DIS) and Discovery …
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Lauren Goode / Digits:   CES: Mark Cuban on 3-D, HD, LSD
Brad Stone / Bits:
Behind the Warner Bros. and Netflix Accord  —  Earlier this week, Netflix cut a deal with Warner Bros. that will delay the availability of new Warner movies to Netflix subscribers by almost a month, but expand the number of older Warner films available for digital streaming.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Digits, rc3.org and VideoNuze, Thanks:bobcaswell
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Phone Arena:
Sprint 2010 line-up: leaked  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  A tipster has provided us with some useful intel on Sprint's upcoming phones in 2010 and it looks like a wide range of new devices will be making its way to end-users this year.  Keep in mind though this information is in no way confirmed officially.
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
Palm shares jump on CES, 2010 seen turnaround year  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Palm Inc shares jumped 10 percent on Friday after the company announced it will sell smartphones through top U.S. mobile carrier, Verizon Wireless, a deal that analysts said could mark the beginning of a turnaround for the handset maker.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Lots of iPhone/AT&T woes at CES  —  UPDATED with AT&T comment:  —  At the world's largest high-tech show and tell, many are complaining about their iPhone service.  —  Throughout the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, there were many faces and expressions of frustration.
Jacob Schulman / Engadget:
iType keyboard brings a physical keyboard to the iPhone, but there's a catch  —  Attention iPhone owners that have been praying for a physical keyboard forever: your prayers have been answers... kind of.  Ion Audio has debuted its iType iPhone keyboard at CES, and we can confirm that it does indeed work as advertised.
Discussion: Gizmodo, DisplayBlog and Technologizer
Barbara Krasnoff / Computerworld:
CES: Which do developers prefer: iPhone or Android?  —  As the owner of a relatively new Droid, I'm still in the “Oh, cool, what else can I do with this?” phase.  So when I wander around CES, I tend to gravitate to booths that feature apps that offer Android versions.
Royal Pingdom:
How Google collects data about you and the Internet  —  Google has, perhaps more than any other company, realized that information is power.  Information about the Internet, information about innumerable trends, and information about its users, YOU.  —  So how much does Google know about you and your online habits?
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Chat with Verizon Wireless CTO Lynch on end of all-you-can-eat pricing  —  Verizon Wireless imagines that its coming LTE mobile broadband network will run all kinds of devices such as tablet computers, home appliances, automobiles, smart phones and televisions that you may not necessarily get from a Verizon store.
Discussion: FierceWireless and VentureBeat
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.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Replaces Microsoft Banner Ads with Its Own Performance Ads in Some Countries  —  As part of Microsoft's $240 million strategic investment in Facebook back in 2007, the two companies agreed to expand their existing advertising agreement: Microsoft would run banner ads on Facebook …
Discussion: All Facebook
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TC50 Finalist SeatGeek Raises Series A Funding, Revamps Website  —  SeatGeek was definitely one of the finalists of the most recent TechCrunch50 conference that I thought were most interesting from a business model perspective.  Apparently, I'm not the only one, as the New York-based startup …
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Chrome Dev Channel Updates for All Platforms, Adds Extension Support for Macs
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The Dell Mini 5: Dell tablet gets a name
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TwitAlbums: Private, Collaborative Content Sharing Via Twitter
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google open-source boss comes clean on Android
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