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12:30 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.
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 …
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Yahoo! Shopping API Announcement  —  After careful consideration, we have decided to enter into a strategic partnership with PriceGrabber to power the Product Submit functionality of Yahoo! Shopping as of March 11, 2010.  As a result of these changes, Yahoo! will no longer provide …
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 …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Is Mozilla preparing to ditch Firefox add-ons as we know them?  —  One of the features that attract geeks and power users to Firefox is add-ons. these simple browser extensions allow you to customize pretty much everything about the browser, from the page being displayed to the browser itself.
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
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.
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” …
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft will patch Mac Word to comply with court order  —  Also strips custom XML tech from Windows' Word 2003 over the weekend  —  Computerworld - Microsoft will patch Word on the Mac to comply with a federal court's ruling requiring it to remove custom XML technology …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Macsimum News and TUAW
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 …
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
BBC iPlayer to be built in to Samsung TVs  —  The manufacturer has confirmed that the catch-up TV service will be one of its first Apps  —  The BBC's iPlayer TV catch-up software will be built directly into TVs that will be widely available in the UK within months, the Corporation has confirmed.
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.
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 …
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Friendfinder Networks Cuts IPO Size By Half; Hoping For About $220 Million
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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
Ewan / Mobile Industry Review:
Palm Pre has apparently sold just 220 units in Ireland
Discussion: mocoNews and 9 to 5 Mac
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