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1:10 PM 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  —  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.
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 …
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: Digits, rc3.org and VideoNuze, Thanks:bobcaswell
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Stabs Us In The Heart So Hollywood Can Drink Our Blood  —  I love Netflix.  They're one of my favorite companies.  I think they run their business right both internally and externally.  That's why it was so painful yesterday when they stabbed me in the heart.
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:
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: VentureBeat and FierceWireless
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Palm's next steps: Distribution outweighs product buzz (for now)  —  Palm unveiled the Pre and Pixi Plus and the news was widely expected.  As for the devices, Palm had no chance of replicating the product buzz it created a year ago.  However, the fact that Palm is taking its devices to Verizon Wireless may be more important anyway.
Discussion: TheStreet.com, Palm, Inc. and 901am
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Corrected: Twitter's Acquisition of Mixer Labs: Was For $5.2 Million  —  Not a new funding round as we reported earlier this morning.  Twitter bought geolocation services startup Mixer Labs late last year, but the amount wasn't disclosed: now in a new SEC filing it is slightly more clear …
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
Lauren Goode / Digits:
CES: Mark Cuban on 3-D, HD, LSD  —  Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban is in Las Vegas to take a look at all the technology that's being showcased this week at CES.  He sat down with The Journal to talk about which gadgets he's looking forward to seeing, why he thinks 2-D-to-3-D video processors are a …
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Lots of iPhone/AT&T woes at CES  —  At the world's largest high-tech show and tell, many are complaining about their iPhone service.  —  A spokesman for AT&T, which provides service exclusively for the iPhone, didn't immediately return an e-mail for comment on potential network problems at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Virtually Speaking
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.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and PalmAddicts
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.
Alan Wolf / TWICE:
Best Buy Dec. Sales Grow 13%  —  LAS VEGAS - Strong sales of notebook computers, mobile phones and major appliances, and a surge in online orders, boosted Best Buy's net domestic revenue 13 percent to $6.7 billion in December, while comp-store sales soared 9.3 percent.
Discussion: MarketWatch
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.
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
TwitAlbums: Private, Collaborative Content Sharing Via Twitter  —  Have you ever wanted to share a set of memories with some of your Twitter friends, keeping the content private while still allowing for collaboration between certain folks?  —  It's not anything we thought we wanted, either …
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 …
Thanks:atul
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hearst Is Ready to Show Off Its Skiff E-Reader Platform, but It Doesn't Want to Tell Quite Yet.  Is Anyone Ready to Buy?  —  Here's another e-reader clamoring for attention in a Consumer Electronics Show full of e-readers: The Skiff Reader, produced by a company funded by publisher Hearst Corp. and supported by Sprint.
Discussion: Adam Sherk
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Analysts Wonder if People Will Buy the Google Nexus One Without Trying It  —  Table of Contents:  —  Consumers must buy Google Nexus One smartphone from Google's Web store unlocked for $529, or pay $179 with a two-year service contract from T-Mobile.  This smartphone-as-a-service …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Cerf urges standards for cloud computing  —  Management of cloud assets requires protocols, standards, and research, Internet protocol designer says  —  Vint Cerf, a co-designer of the Internet's TCP/IP protocols and considered a father of the Internet itself, emphasized the need …
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
China Blocks IMDB Movie Website  —  Amazon owned IMDB.com, a popular web database of movies and actors, is no longer accessible from China.  —  Why China Blocked IMDB  —  While there has been no official comment on why the IMDB site was blocked inside China, rumors on Twitter suggest …
Mark Hefflinger / Digital Media Wire:
Report: U.S. Music Purchases Up 2.1% in 2009; Digital is 40%  —  New York - U.S. music purchases were up 2.1% in 2009 to 1.54 billion albums, singles, videos and digital tracks, and digital music now accounts for 40% of total U.S. music purchases, according to Nielsen SoundScan's year-end report.
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
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?
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
 
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Russia Considers Banning Sex Online in the Daytime
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon 8X72 chipset due by end of 2010
Discussion: Liliputing and Phone Arena
David / Wolfire Games Blog:
Why you should use OpenGL and not DirectX
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Devindra Hardawar / Royal Pingdom:
Why Twitter is Digg's biggest threat
Thanks:atul
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HP updates Envy 13 and Envy 15 laptops, lowers prices significantly
Discussion: DisplayBlog and GottaBeMobile.com
Timothy B. Hurst / ecopolitology:
USGS Develops Twitter-Based Earthquake Detection System
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
768-bit RSA cracked, 1024-bit safe (for now)
Discussion: The Register