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8:55 AM ET, January 11, 2010

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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
France Télécom / Orange Exec Confirms Apple Tablet Is On The Way  —  Apple is doing a fine job keeping shush about the tablet computer it has been working on for several years and which is due to be announced later this month in California.  —  But just in case anyone was still …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Can the Skiff save the magazine industry?  —  There has been quite a bit of talk about Hearst's Skiff ereader and we got a hands-on last night before the show closed.  The device is about as big as a Kindle DX (11.5-inch display and a very thin bezel) but quite thin (.25-inches).
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:bobcaswell
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
CES 2010: What did we learn this week?  —  Without a doubt, Android has emerged from CES 2010 as the software platform story of the year.  In a strange way, the sudden surge of activity for the platform prior to CES, and even prior to Google's Nexus One announcement the day before CES …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
This Will Be The Year Adobe's 2 Million Flash Developers Come To The iPhone  —  It's no secret that Apple doesn't like Flash.  It won't allow Flash apps to run on the iPhone or iPod Touch despite all of Adobe's cajoling and pleading, and despite the fact that it's long been working in the labs.
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Dan / Predictably Irrational:
What boyfriends and girlfriends search for on Google  —  You know how Google sometimes “predicts” what you might be searching for by giving you a little drop down menu of suggested search queries?  These suggestions, of course, are based on what other users frequently search.
Discussion: Kindle Review
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
High-Tech Sex?  Porn Flirts With the Cutting Edge  —  Adult Entertainment Expo Kicks Off as Consumer Electronics Show Continues  —  The porn industry peddles a product as old as Adam and Eve, and it's always found the most cutting edge ways to do it.  —  It's no accident that each year …
Discussion: Telegraph and Agence France Presse
Brad Stone / New York Times:
The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s  —  My 2-year-old daughter surprised me recently with two words: “Daddy's book.”  She was holding my Kindle electronic reader.  —  Here is a child only beginning to talk, revealing that the seeds of the next generation gap have already been planted.
Discussion: TeleRead, /Message and Slashdot, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ewan / Mobile Industry Review:
Palm Pre has apparently sold just 220 units in Ireland  —  You know things aren't going too well for Palm when a heavyweight industry source gives you a call to say 'you'll never believe this'.  —  I always have to steady myself just in case it's something shocking.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and mocoNews
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
USB 3.0 SuperSpeed gone wild at CES 2010, trumps even your new SSD  —  Just in case you didn't notice the arrow, that's a USB 3.0 cable up there, plugged into a USB 3.0 port, running in a Fujitsu laptop that is the first to pack integrated support for USB 3.0.  How fast was it?
Discussion: PC World
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
No, Your First Impression Isn't Wrong: Android ISN'T As Nice As The iPhone  —  Tried Android and feel it doesn't measure up to the iPhone?  TechCrunch would have you think it's just because you didn't try it long enough.  It's not the phone, you see.  It's you.  And that's bull.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Google Nexus One vs Apple iPhone 3GS
Alexia Tsotsis / All Shook Down:
Video: The Richter Scales Take on Crunchpad Debacle, Google Voice Gate, and Murdoch/Google Wars  —  In further proof that Techcrunch founder Mike Arrington has a sense of humor, we present The Richter Scales' “In the Valley” a ballad to the tune of “At the Copacabana” making light of the perpetual …
Discussion: lalawag, Thanks:percival
Tim Arango / New York Times:
How the AOL-Time Warner Merger Went So Wrong  —  A decade ago, America Online merged with Time Warner in a deal valued at a stunning $350 billion.  It was then, and is now, the largest merger in American business history.  —  The Internet, it was believed, was soon to vaporize mainstream media business models on the spot.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Social science meets computer science at Yahoo  —  Shortly after Carol Bartz took over as chief executive of Yahoo Inc. early last year, she met with Prabhakar Raghavan for an overview of the Sunnyvale Web giant's research division.  As the head of Yahoo Labs ran through the catalog …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Study Finds That Papers Lead in Providing New Information  —  There are more places to go for local news but less news to find there, and the great majority of actual reporting still comes from newspapers, according to a study of the Baltimore area that is scheduled to be released on Monday.
Discussion: Reportr.net
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Security Flaw Makes It Easy To Bypass Verizon Droid Screen Lock
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Moblin Linux on x86 smartphone: Intel's small step forward
Maija Palmer / blogs.ft.com:
No end in sight for 50-year copyright levies war
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Firm to Release Database & Web Server 0days
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crunchies
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Site's terms still enforceable even if users never read them
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Schmadeke / Chicago Tribune:
Robbery getaway is foiled by GPS
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mathew Ingram Joins GigaOM
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work, Thanks:susanbeebe
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 shown off very, very quietly
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
Startups & VCs: Learn How to Design, Market, & Eat Your Own …
Discussion: Daily Patricia and Helloform, Thanks:atul
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Built By Google  —  Pete logs onto his desktop computer.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
The magical chip that delivers Nexus One's call quality