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8:10 PM ET, January 11, 2010

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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Orange: 'No, We Didn't Just Confirm Apple's Tablet'  —  Has mobile operator Orange spilled the beans on the supposed Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) tablet?  —  Bloggers got themselves tongue-tied Monday, when they leaped on comments - given by owner France Telecom's deputy CEO during a French radio interview …
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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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Fingerworks.com Content Pulled Ahead of Apple Tablet Announcement  —  The content of Fingerworks.com has been removed this week after remaining online for nearly 5 years after the acquisition of the company by Apple.  The removal seems to correspond with the impending announcement of an Apple tablet later this month.
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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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Layoffs Start Today, Pick Up Steam As Week Goes On (AOL)  —  Updates:  — AOL Will Fire Fewer Than 500 From Dulles  — Laid-Off AOLers: DON'T SIGN ANYTHING!  — AOL Fires Everybody In Spain, Sweden  — AOL Layoff Victims: Recruiters Want You
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL Begins New Round Of Layoffs; 1,100 Accepted Buyouts Offered In November
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft pulls Office from own online store  —  On injunction deadline, Microsoft yanks all but one edition; other online retailers have suite to sell  —  Computerworld - Microsoft Corp. has pulled almost every version of Office from its own online store to comply with a court order requiring …
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Theo Valich / Bright Side Of News:
Windows Mobile 7 definitely delayed to 2011  —  After speaking with multiple sources, we're now certain that we won't be seeing Windows Mobile 7 before World Mobile Congress in Barcelona in February 2011.  —  We spoke with representatives from Microsoft, Lenovo, Qualcomm, TI, Nokia, nVidia …
Discussion: TechSpot and Softpedia News
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The best of the best and the worst of the worst of 2010 CES  —  I've been watching Twitter for the best of CES lists, and since I went last week I've got my own perspective on it too.  First, the coolest display I found was the Intel infoscan touch monitor.  That's the video that's above.
Discussion: Engadget, Thanks:scobleizer
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Plans to Upgrade Old Billboards in Street View  —  According to a new patent that was just granted to Google, the company could soon extend the reach of its advertising program in Google Maps to Street View.  This patent, which was originally filed on July 7, 2008 …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dave McClure To Launch Early Stage Venture Fund  —  Dave McClure has been investing in early stage startups for years.  He is a direct angel investor in a half dozen or more startups, including Mint, Simply Hired, Mashery, TeachStreet and others.  And he has invested in dozens more through fbFund …
Discussion: Daily Patricia, Thanks:atul
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Dragon iPhone app tweaked, search tool released  —  Nuance, which makes Dragon voice-to-text software, is forging ahead in the iPhone app market.  —  Over the weekend, the company updated its Dragon voice dictation app for the Apple iPhone and unveiled a new Dragon Search app to let you find info via voice.
Ari Allyn-Feuer / Ars Technica:
12 hour battery life in a high-end laptop?  Asus says yes  —  An ASUS laptop quietly on display at CES packed two GPUs, a high-end NVIDIA GeForce 310, and a humble Intel GMA... and intelligently switched, second-by-second, between them.  The UL80JT can also re-clock its Intel Core i7 CPU on a second-by-second basis.
KRAPPS:
New iPhone App Can Be Programmed To Display Porn  —  It's a well known fact that Apple does not tolerate porn in the App Store ... “Apple will not distribute applications that contain inappropriate content, such as pornography,” said Apple spokesman Tom Neumayer in an official company statement last June.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
From Print to Phone to Web.  And a Sale?  —  Smartphones that can read bar codes are allowing magazines to add Internet-like interactivity to print graphics and advertisements.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Logs don't lie: Which tech execs have the White House's ear?  —  Who has the ear of the White House when it comes to tech issues?  Judging from the White House visitor logs, President Obama and his team have a soft spot for FCC Chair Julius Genachowski, who visited 48 times between June and September.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Judge: RealNetworks caused its own legal problems  —  RealNetworks has suffered yet another a legal blow in its battle to bring its DVD ripping software to market, and according to the judge, it's the company's own fault.  —  On Friday, Judge Marilyn Patel dismissed Real's antitrust claims …
Andrea Allen / Vimeo:
Staff Blog / Your videos are going mobile!  —  I have awesome news to share.  The Vimeo developers have been hard at work, making it possible for anyone who owns a smartphone to easily watch, like, and comment on your videos!  —  Plus users who own an iPhone, iPod Touch, Android …
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.
Humberto Saabedra / PhoneNews.com:
Android 2.1 SDK Released  —  Following up on its announcement last week during the launch of the Nexus One, the Android Developers blog has announced the release of the Android 2.1 SDK.  —  As expected, the SDK adds support for animated wallpaper development, changes to signal strength visual output …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce raises $500 million; Time to go shopping?  —  Salesforce.com doesn't need the cash, but on Monday said it would float a $500 million convertible bond offering.  —  The convertible bonds are due in 2015 and Salesforce.com will enter hedge transactions to minimize future dilution on shareholders.
Discussion: PR Newswire and Tech Trader Daily
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Xbox Live Officially Heading For Mobile Phones  —  While the news has been coming for some time now, you always need to break out a confirmation to make everything official.  And it's now official: Xbox Live is on its way to mobile phones.  —  The service will be known as “Xbox LIVE Games” …
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Lenovo LePhone seen again, Android skinned like Skylight  —  We've been graced with a stack of new shots of Lenovo's LePhone, and, beauty aside, another standout here is the similarity of this phone's Android / OPhone skin to Lenovo's Skylight OS.  Of course, they're not the same UI exactly …
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Warner Music Got $9 Million in Lala.com's Sale to Apple; Bronfman's Salary
Discussion: Warner Music Group … and hypebot
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chomp Now Live And Ready To Bite Into iPhone App Recommendations
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
Grooveshark sued by another record company
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
After a Big Surge, Vietnam's Facebook Traffic Has a Strange Fall
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Fights Social Spam with “Mark You Don't Know” Response to Friend Requests
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
CA Continues Buying Spree, Acquires Oblicore
Discussion: PR Newswire and Datamation
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Will Announce Zimbra Sale to VMware Tomorrow, As It Considers …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Tim Difford / The Next Web:
SpotifiTunes Lets You Stream Your iTunes Library Using Spotify
Discussion: Softpedia News
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Google Apologizes to Chinese Authors Over Scanning (Correct)
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Demand Media Is Mad as Hell and, Well, Pens a Manifesto (And Here It Is!)
Jaron Lanier / Wall Street Journal:
World Wide Mush