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10:15 PM ET, January 11, 2010

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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.
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 …
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Nexus One Complaints Mount, Honeymoon is Over  —  The Nexus One “superphone” revolution appears to be experiencing some backlash.  Google's Nexus One has been available for less than a week, yet customers and developers are already amassing a growing list of issues and complaints.
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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 …
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 …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
The End of Yahoo Shopping?  Company Substantially Outsourcing To PriceGrabber
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
Ben Metcalfe Blog:   A cautionary tale on Yahoo!'s potential API legacies
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
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VentureBeat:
The top trends at the Consumer Electronics Show
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Phil Wong / The Rumpus.net:
Conversations About the Internet #5: Anonymous Facebook Employee  —  Facebook employees know better than most the value of privacy.  —  This past summer Facebook relocated from University Avenue in Palo Alto, CA — where several buildings fan out along the downtown strip — to a new central office in Stanford Research Park.
Discussion: Gawker
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
‘Anonymous’ Facebook interview: Real or fake?
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
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Network World:   Microsoft apologizes for, but doesn't really fix, software validation snafu
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
Discussion: MediaPost, Maximum PC and Gawker
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
AOL Begins New Round Of Layoffs; 1,100 Accepted Buyouts Offered In November
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
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: Softpedia News and TechSpot
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
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
We need an independent invention defense to minimize the damage of aggressive patent trolls  —  Almost a third of our portfolio is under attack by patent trolls.  Is it possible that one third of the engineering teams in our portfolio unethically misappropriated technology from someone else …
Discussion: A VC
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 …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Fights Social Spam with “Mark You Don't Know” Response to Friend Requests  —  With more than 350 million monthly active users around the world, Facebook has a lot of users who want to make new friends.  And now the company is testing out a feature to make friending a little more meaningful.
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
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.
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.
Andrew Hough / Telegraph:
Foxy ‘Roxxxy’: world's first ‘sex robot’ can talk about football  —  The world's first “sex robot”, a life-size rubber doll called Roxxxy who can have real conversations with her owner, including about football, has been unveiled.  —  The dark-haired, negligee-clad, life-size robotic …
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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.
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
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 …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Netflix Queues Hightlight Social, Political, Racial Divides  —  The New York Times has a great interactive map up that matches the popularity of various top rentals at Netflix against different area codes in 12 major metropolitan areas.  And while some of the information seems obvious …
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Judge: RealNetworks caused its own legal problems
Melissa Shapiro / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate Available for Download
John Leyden / The Register:
Rogue phishing app smuggled onto Android Marketplace
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
From Print to Phone to Web. And a Sale?