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2:00 AM ET, January 12, 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.
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, Neowin.net and Boing Boing
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
“Anonymous” Facebook Employee Interview: Fact vs Fiction  —  A supposed anonymous interview with a Facebook employee is generating some buzz around the web, after some apparently controversial information was spilled.  While some blogs are saying that the interview provides new “revelations” …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Gizmodo Australia
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
‘Anonymous’ Facebook interview: Real or fake?
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechCrunch
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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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:   HTC admits customers have Nexus One 3G trouble, not yet blaming the phone
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Acknowledges Nexus One 3G Problem
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
The End of Yahoo Shopping?  Company Substantially Outsourcing To PriceGrabber  —  Relatively quietly Yahoo has decided to outsource most of Yahoo Shopping to PriceGrabber.  This is analogous to what Yahoo is doing with Microsoft-Bing in search but just not with Microsoft.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
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Mike / Marksonland:
Yahoo is the Online Version of the Paper Box Manufacturer  —  I have to say I'm intrigued by what seems to be Yahoo's new business plan: identify core services and then ditch or outsource everything else.  First went search, now say goodbye to comparison shopping.  —  It's an interesting strategy for the company.
Ben Metcalfe Blog:   A cautionary tale on Yahoo!'s potential API legacies
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mochi Media Acquired By Shanda Games For $80 Million  —  Mochi Media, a Flash game advertising network and payments platform funded by Accel Partners and Shasta Ventures, has been acquired by Shanda Games for $60 million in cash and $20 million in equity.  The company has raised $14 million over two venture rounds.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Andrew Chen, Thanks:daniel_levine
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
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
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 …
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
E-Mail?  Free.  Internet?  That'll Cost You.  —  EVERYBODY wants to be connected, and most major airlines in the United States have made bets that in-flight Wi-Fi Internet service will be a profitable sideline, or at least a worthwhile brand enhancer.  —  As the year started …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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: ReadWriteWeb and A VC
Ronen Halevy / BerryReview.com:
HOT!  First Picture of BlackBerry Curve 8910  —  We first heard about the BlackBerry Curve 8910 earlier today.  Tonight one of our Secret Agents scored a live picture of the BlackBerry Curve 8910 for us to ogle.  From what I am seeing this revision replaces the trackball with a trackpad …
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
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, TechSpot and Ubergizmo
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.
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 …
Thanks:atul
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Airport Scanners Can Store, Transmit Images  —  Contrary to public statements made by the Transportation Security Administration, full-body airport scanners do have the ability to store and transmit images, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Discussion: Slashdot and Boing Boing
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Facebook is Wrong: Privacy Is Still Important  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told a live audience this weekend that the world has changed, that it's become more public and less private, and that the controversial new default and permanent settings reflect how the site would work if he were to create it today.
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Fix finalized for SSL protocol hole
Discussion: Technology Review
Reuters:
Google hires ex-McCain communications head-source
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Warner Music Got $9 Million in Lala.com's Sale to Apple; Bronfman's Salary
Discussion: hypebot and Warner Music Group …
Andrea Allen / Vimeo:
Staff Blog / Your videos are going mobile!
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Fights Social Spam with “Mark You Don't Know” Response to Friend Requests
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Logs don't lie: Which tech execs have the White House's ear?
Discussion: Hillicon Valley, Thanks:atul