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7:50 PM ET, January 8, 2010

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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.
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.
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 …
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
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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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 …
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.
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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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” …
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.
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.
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
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, Technologizer and DisplayBlog
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.
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 and Between the Lines
Google News Blog:
Fast Flip now available on Google News homepage  —  Today you may notice a change to the Google News home page: Near the bottom, we're now displaying stories from Google Fast Flip, the article-reading service we launched in September.  Fast Flip is still in Google Labs, so we'll continue to experiment with the format.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
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
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.
Alan Patrick / broadstuff:
The Limits to Growth of Location Based Services  —  LOcation Based Services - Game Theory defines attractiveness of service  —  Over the holidays, I had the opportunity to talk to “real” people - that is, the vast number of people who aren't social media junkies.  I was curious about their takes on Location Based Services.
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Chrome Dev Channel Updates for All Platforms, Adds Extension Support for Macs  —  Windows/Mac/Linux: If you're living life on the bleeding edge of Google's Chrome browser, good news: Google just pushed out an update to the dev channel, improving HTML5 audio and video for all platforms …
Discussion: PC World, TUAW and Chromium Blog
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?
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.
Taylor Buley / Velocity:
HP and Qualcomm Showcase New Android Netbook  —  LAS VEGAS — It's been a big week for Hewlett-Packard, and an even bigger one for Qualcomm.  At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Qualcomm chief executive Dr. Paul Jacobs took the stage with HP executive vice president and PC boss Todd Bradley …
 
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Christopher Breen / Macworld:
iPod pavilion at CES reflects the iPhone/iPod market
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Replaces Microsoft Banner Ads with Its Own Performance Ads …
Discussion: All Facebook
Jared Smith / ReadWriteWeb:
Wanted: Your Weather Reports, Geotagged and Tweeted
Discussion: srh.noaa.gov and Fast Company
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TC50 Finalist SeatGeek Raises Series A Funding, Revamps Website
Discussion: VentureBeat
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
The Dell Mini 5: Dell tablet gets a name
Grant Gross / PC World:
Heartland to Pay up to $60 Million to Visa Over Breach
Discussion: eWeek
 Earlier Items: 
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Corrected: Twitter's Acquisition of Mixer Labs: Was For $5.2 Million
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hearst Is Ready to Show Off Its Skiff E-Reader Platform …
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR and The Tech Herald …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Cerf urges standards for cloud computing
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
China Blocks IMDB Movie Website
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
TwitAlbums: Private, Collaborative Content Sharing Via Twitter
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google open-source boss comes clean on Android
Discussion: Download Squad