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3:55 PM ET, January 12, 2010

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Vijay Bangaru / Docs Blog:
Upload and store your files in the cloud with Google Docs  —  We're happy to announce that over the next few weeks we will be rolling out the ability to upload, store and organize any type of file in Google Docs.  With this change, you'll be able to upload and access your files from any computer …
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google Docs gets file storage: Is this the GDrive?  —  Google on Tuesday is making a big move with its Docs service, opening it up to all types of file uploads.  This includes photos, movies, music, and ZIP archives, all of which will be stored on Google's servers.
Design By Gravity:
Why Did Google Build a Phone and a Browser?  —  Microsoft was kind enough to comment that Google will have a tough time selling both a phone and an OS. … Roughly Drafted toes the Apple-fanboy line that Android simply isn't very important in the scheme of things: … Both miss the point rather badly.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Memeo Connects Google Docs to the Desktop  —  Memeo, a privately-held company focused on helping users share, manage, and protect their data, announced the launch of Memeo Connect for Google Apps.  The new tool enables Google Apps Premier customers to access, migrate, and synchronize files between their desktop and Google Docs.
Discussion: 901am and Market Wire
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
WTF: Google Charging Nexus One ETF In ADDITION To Carrier ETF  —  Oh boy - queue up the backlash.  Your parents always told you to read the fine print and the Nexus One Terms Of Sale reveal a troubling detail that we can't quite figure out.  If you buy a subsidized Nexus One through …
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google imposes $350 early termination fee for subsidized Nexus One in addition to carrier's own ETF  —  Here's another reason to consider going the unlocked route with the Nexus One, in addition to having the AT&T (non-3G) and international GSM option.  As a number of people have noticed …
Sarmad Ali / Digits:   Google Defends Nexus One Termination Fee
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
KT to Introduce Apple's 4G iPhone in April  —  KT, an exclusive local partner of Apple to sell iPhone, plans to introduce an upgraded version of the device 4G iPhone to the domestic market in April at the earliest.  —  Talks over initial sales volume of such gadgets have already been under …
Sylvie Barak / TG Daily:
Apple takes a bite out of LCD and OLED supply  —  An interesting rumor reached the ever alert ears of TG Daily's hacks on the CES showroom floor last week, with word that Apple has snapped up all available supply of 10.1-inch multi-touch display LCD and OLED screens for its upcoming tablet.
Tom Whitnah / Facebook Blog:
Replying to Comments through Email  —  One of the easiest ways to stay updated on relevant conversations happening on Facebook is through email notifications, which inform you about comments made on the posts you've created or commented on.  These notifications—for comments on such content …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Wal-Mart Ready to Try Web TV Again, With Vudu's Help?  —  Wal-Mart has tried twice to deliver movies and TV shows to its customers.  Is it ready to try again?  —  Maybe.  Sources tell me Web video start-up Vudu is in “meaningful” acquisition discussions, and industry executives believe Wal-Mart is the likely buyer.
David Ebner / Globe and Mail:
The killer app that busted ski-resort snow jobs  —  Exaggerated reports of snow on ski hills used to be routine leading up to the weekend, but not since the iPhone began to expose the truth — Do you want to know how much fresh powder has really fallen on your favourite ski hill?  There's an app for that.
Discussion: Fast Company and Daring Fireball
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Google's Approach to Social for 2010  —  Though Google's social strategy has been catch-up at best to date, the company does have a master plan — at least according to engineering director David Glazer, whom I spoke with last week at Google HQ.  He said across a variety of products …
Discussion: chrisbrogan.com and WebProNews
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok You Luddites, Time To Chill Out On Facebook Over Privacy  —  In 2004 everyone freaked out when Gmail launched because Google would be reading your emails to figure out what ads to serve you.  “Privacy advocates objected to the advertising model, which involves Google's robot eyes scanning every e-mail …
Discussion: Guardian and broadstuff
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Alain Rappaport / Search Blog:
Bringing Knowledge into Health Search  —  The new enhanced Bing Health search experience is live - focusing on further enabling people to quickly get relevant information and make better decisions.  We're providing more content from new partners and augmenting instant answers with hard …
Daniel Rowinski / Boston Globe:
Police fight cellphone recordings  —  Witnesses taking audio of officers arrested, charged with illegal surveillance  —  Simon Glik, a lawyer, was walking down Tremont Street in Boston when he saw three police officers struggling to extract a plastic bag from a teenager's mouth.
Discussion: The Register
David Kaplan / mocoNews:
App Analytics Provider Flurry Raises $7 Million Second Round  —  Mobile app tracker Flurry has raised a $7 million second round funding.  The round was led by InterWest Partners, along with existing investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Union Square Ventures, First Round Capital and Draper Richards.
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John Ebbert / AdExchanger.com:
Flurry CEO Khalaf On New Funds And Current Mobile Ad Network Performance
Discussion: Bits, GigaOM, MediaPost and VentureBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Pandora: Now Playing Everywhere  —  Now that Pandora, a next-generation online music streaming service, has turned its first quarterly profit, the Oakland, Calif.-based company is looking at life beyond the web.  And by doing so, Pandora is moving to embody what's being called the device-agnostic Internet.
PC World:
MagicJack Home Cellular Service Could Spark Legal Battle  —  MagicJack's femtocell service, unveiled with a splash last week at the Consumer Electronics Show, could potentially ignite a legal battle over the way it makes use of radio frequencies licensed to mobile operators.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
E-Readers Everywhere: The Inevitable Shakeout  —  Samsung, Plastic Logic, enTourage Systems, Hearst, and Spring Design launched e-readers at CES against Sony, Amazon, and even Apple's rumored tablet  —  Johnny Makkar is intent on buying a digital book reader.
Josh Lowensohn / Crave: The gadget blog:
Camera showdown: Nexus One vs. iPhone 3GS  —  Rumors cropped up last week that Apple had put down a big order for LED flashes, something useful for one thing, and one thing only: a digital camera.  It doesn't take much to figure that the next iteration of the iPhone is likely to be packing one of these …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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 …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Apple Exec Avie Tevanian Joins Elevation Partners (PALM, AAPL)  —  Elevation Partners, the private equity firm heavily invested in Palm, announced today Avadis “Avie” Tevanian was joining as a managing director.  —  Avie was Chief Software Technology Officer at Apple.  He worked at Apple from 1997 to 2006.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Now Seeing A Check-In Each Second  —  Last Friday, the location-based service Foursquare announced that it was opening their service to be used anywhere in the world.  The following day, they saw the biggest day in terms of usage ever, apparently.
Discussion: atmaspheric
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Plancast Makes Arrangements With Search, Facebook Event Importing, And User Tagging  —  Back in November, we wrote about the launch of Plancast, a new service by TechCrunch alum Mark Hendrickson that's perhaps best described as “Foursquare for the future.”  Since that time …
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Google Blames ‘human Error’ for Data Leak  —  Google is apologizing after it mistakenly e-mailed potentially sensitive business data last week to other users of its business listings service.  —  The company's Local Business Center allows businesses to create a listing for Google's search engine …
Discussion: The Register
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Ovi Store goes live on N900  —  GLOBAL - Hot on the heels of yesterday's news of an over-the-air software update coming to N900, comes word of the Ovi Store swinging its doors open on N900.  We spent much of last month exploring the talents of the Maemo 5 handset in a series of bite-size 30-second videos …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac OS 10.6.3 to support Open GL 3.0?  —  Hardmac reports that the latest developer releases of the Mac OS are starting to support OpenGL 3.0.  In fact, according to ATI's utility, 95% of th elibraries are currently supported.  The only extention not supported in the current build is Shader language Language 1.3.
 
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Keith Barry / Autopia:
Amtrak To Add WiFi, Upgrade Fleet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PBWorks Launches Template Store For Collaboration Platform
Matt Richtel / Bits:
New Group Will Fight Cellphone Use by Drivers
Discussion: FierceWireless and textually.org
Jack Loechner / MediaPost:
More Targeted Ad Dollars Less Profitable
David Glazer / The Official Google Blog:
Google I/O 2010: Now open for registration
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
eMusic inks Warner deal; plans for streaming
Discussion: Technologizer and ReadWriteWeb
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Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Half of all data centers understaffed, Symantec survey finds
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
E-Mail? Free. Internet? That'll Cost You.