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12:00 PM 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 …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:   France Telecom exec implies Apple tablet to have 3G, Web cam
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft makes it legal to rent Windows, Office worldwide  —  For the past few years, Microsoft has been conducting experiments in various countries as to how and whether “renting” software could become a viable business model.  The answer seemingly must have been yes …
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Acknowledges Nexus One 3G Problem  —  If there was a problem yo I'll solve it...While the internet was quick to jump on a problem existing between the Nexus One and 3G, neither Google nor T-Mobile acknowledged the problem.  Granted we're only five days in from the initial sale date …
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.
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.
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Security Flaw Makes It Easy To Bypass Verizon Droid Screen Lock  —  Bad news, Droid owners.  Android OS version 2.0.1, which all up-to-date Droids are running, has a bug that makes it fairly easy to bypass the phone's screen-lock security mechanism.  The security feature, when working …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media Is Mad as Hell and, Well, Pens a Manifesto (And Here It Is!)  —  Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt said he has had it with some mainstream media depictions of his social media content company, especially one report that called it a “content mill.”  —  So, what did he do?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
From Print to Phone to Web.  And a Sale?  —  Print may be a flat medium, but that has not stopped magazine publishers from trying to add dimension to their pages.  For at least a decade, they have been experimenting with bar codes and icons that could take readers to Web sites …
Jaron Lanier / Wall Street Journal:
World Wide Mush  —  In his new book, “You Are Not A Gadget,” online pioneer Jaron Lanier explains how the Internet has gone off course; a chorus of voices makes everything flat—and scary  —  All too many of today's Internet buzzwords— including “Web 2.0,” “Open Culture,” “Free Software” …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon, Android and the tethering conundrum  —  Dear Verizon: Please get your software act together so Android phones can be tethered to laptops to be used as wireless cards.  —  That plea comes after weeks of wanting a Droid (probably a Nexus One now), but having to refrain from a phone upgrade …
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Google Agrees to Stop Scanning, Uploading China Authors' Books  —  Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., trailing Baidu Inc. in China's online search market, has agreed to meet demands from a local writers' group that it stop scanning and uploading books to the company's online library without authors' permission.
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.
Melissa Shapiro / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate Available for Download  —  Editor's note: On Friday PT, Mozilla released the release candidate for 3.6.  Check out the Mozilla Developer News announcement reposted below.  —  The Mozilla community is proud to announce the availability of a release candidate of Firefox 3.6.
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Friendfinder Networks Cuts IPO Size By Half; Hoping For About $220 Million  —  Adult entertainment company Friendfinder Networks is finding the going tough in a recessionary market, much like the rest of the industry and has rest its expectations: after filing for an IPO exactly a year ago …
Discussion: MediaMemo
John Leyden / The Register:
Rogue phishing app smuggled onto Android Marketplace  —  Ghost in the machine  —  A phisher hoping to harvest bank login details managed to smuggle his app onto the Android app store.  —  Malicious apps posted by Droid09 were quickly identified, prompting a warning to legitimate users and a ban for the VXer.
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.
Discussion: Computerworld, Guardian and jkOnTheRun, Thanks:atul
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Google Nexus One vs Apple iPhone 3GS
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft will patch Mac Word to comply with court order
Discussion: Ars Technica and Macsimum News
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
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
USB 3.0 SuperSpeed gone wild at CES 2010, trumps even your new SSD
Discussion: PC World
Ewan / Mobile Industry Review:
Palm Pre has apparently sold just 220 units in Ireland
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and mocoNews
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Firm to Release Database & Web Server 0days
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crunchies
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Site's terms still enforceable even if users never read them
Steve Schmadeke / Chicago Tribune:
Robbery getaway is foiled by GPS
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mathew Ingram Joins GigaOM
Alexia Tsotsis / All Shook Down:
Video: The Richter Scales Take on Crunchpad Debacle, Google Voice Gate …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and lalawag, Thanks:percival
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 shown off very, very quietly
Discussion: Electronista and Softpedia News
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
The magical chip that delivers Nexus One's call quality