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4:45 PM ET, January 14, 2010


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Michael Forsythe / Bloomberg:
China Says Internet Firms Abiding by Its Laws Welcome  —  China, in a veiled response to the announcement by Google Inc. that it will stop censoring its Chinese Web site, said it welcomed global Internet companies provided they obey laws that restrict their content.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Chinese entrepreneurs, investors on Google: 'Just quit.  We don't care.'  —  What does the Chinese tech community think of Google's controversial plan to uncensor search and possibly leave the country?  —  I talked to several Chinese entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who were part …
Discussion: MediaPost, and Computerworld
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Follow the Law, China Tells Internet Companies  —  BEIJING — A day after Google announced that it would quit China unless the nation's censors eased their grip, the Chinese government offered an indirect but unambiguous response: Companies that do business in China must follow the laws of the land.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Google Takes a Stand
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Gabriel Snyder / valleywag - Gawker:
Apple Wins the First Prize in Our Tablet Scavenger Hunt  —  We have our first winner in the Valleywag Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt!  The most concrete proof of the messiah machine's existence so far landed in our inbox last night.  —  Congratulations, Michael Spillner of the prestigious …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple lawyers issue takedown notice of Gawker's Tablet bounty
Discussion: Gawker and
Apple IPhone With Better Camera May Be Out By June, Goldman's Chen Says  —  Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone will probably be available as early as June, include a more advanced camera, and may feature a touch-sensitive casing, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst Robert Chen …
Apple releases MobileMe Gallery software on iPhone App Store  —  Apple released its fifth first-party App Store application Thursday with the free MobileMe Gallery, allowing users to view photos and videos from the cloud-based service on their iPhone or iPod touch.
Luca Zanolin / Google Mobile Blog:
Search your BlackBerry email and contacts with Google Mobile App  —  If you have a BlackBerry and use the built-in Messages and Contacts apps, you can now search the email and contacts on your device using the new version of Google Mobile App.  —  Just type (or speak) your query …
Google LatLong:
Haiti imagery layer now available
Google LatLong:
Make Google Place Pages your business' megaphone  —  If you're a local business owner, we've just added two new features that can help you reach existing and potential customers even more effectively on your business' Place Page.  Both of these features are available by claiming your business through Google Local Business Center.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Patent wars: Kodak sues Apple, RIM for patent infringement  —  Eastman Kodak said Thursday that it has filed lawsuits against both Apple and Research in Motion over digital imaging patents.  —  Kodak launched its lawsuits on two fronts.  Kodak filed a complaint with the U.S. International …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Blippy Opens to Public and Scores High-Profile Investors-Including Twitter's Evan Williams-For the Twitter of $$  —  Blippy, a start-up that lets users broadcast their credit card transactions online, will open itself up to the public today and announce a slate of high-profile Silicon Valley investors.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Digits
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft to launch Windows Mobile 6.6 in February, say sources  —  Microsoft reportedly plans to launch Windows Mobile 6.6 (codenamed Maldives) in February 2010 to strengthen its competitiveness against iPhone- and Android-based platforms, according to industry sources.
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
Q&A with Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha: Motoblur Tablet on the Way?  —  He's credited with rescuing Motorola from the blink of oblivion.  And he recently spearheaded the introduction of the hottest-selling Android phone yet, thanks in part to Verizon Wireless' massive advertising campaign.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is That a Real New York Times App or a Fake?  Apple Doesn't Want to Know.  —  Has the New York Times finally started charging people to read its news online?  Not yet.  —  But it sure looks like the Times is charging online readers if you visit Apple's iTunes Store, which is selling …
Discussion: Engadget and iLounge
Grace Won / AVING USA:
LG Display to develop its 19-inch flexible electronic-paper screen  —  SEOUL, Korea (AVING) — <Visual News> LG Display has developed the world's largest flexible electronic-paper screen measuring 25cm by 40cm, which translates into a 19-inch screen size.  —  With 0.3mm thickness and 130g weight …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Longtime Microsoft exec Veghte leaving  —  Microsoft said on Thursday that senior vice president Bill Veghte is leaving the company after a 19-year stint.  —  Veghte who began his career as associate product manager on the Office team and also headed North American sales, was most recently head of the business side of Windows.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac sales can't keep pace with cheap PCs, Apple slips to No. 5  —  Sales up 23% to 31%, say Gartner and IDC, but low-priced PCs gain share  —  Computerworld - While Mac sales in the U.S. were up 31% in the fourth quarter of 2009, Apple was unable to keep pace with exploding sales of cheap Windows PCs …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Oneforty Rolls Out Premium Twitter App Marketplace; Raises $1.9 Million  —  There's no doubt that Twitter has managed to create a vibrant ecosystem of third party apps and services around its microblogging platform.  When we wrote about oneforty, a social app directory for all things Twitter …
Ryan McBride / Xconomy:
Segway Business Shifting Gears with Ownership and Management Changes  —  Ryan McBride wrote:  —  Segway, the maker of two-wheeled transporters of the same name, has been sold through a merger with a UK holding company for an undisclosed sum, and the firm's CEO, Jim Norrod …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is YouTube Finally Ready to Turn a Profit This Year?  —  Starting last summer, Google executives have consistently promised that YouTube was close to becoming profitable.  When will that finally happen?  —  This year, says Barclays analyst Douglas Anmuth.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Poll: Most won't pay to read newspapers online  —  Would you pay to read your favorite newspaper online?  Most say no, at least according to a new Harris poll.  —  With traditional print newspapers struggling to turn a profit, many have turned to the Web as a means to stay afloat.
Discussion: Associated Press and Fast Company
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Still Considering Offering a Stylus?  —  Tablet-like device depicted with stylus  —  Given Steve Jobs' distaste for styluses, it comes as a surprise that Apple has recently applied for a patent application exploring the use of a stylus for the capacitive touch sensors found on the iPhone.
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless to overhaul its phone and data pricing plans  —  One of our connects hit us up with some changes Verizon Wireless is making to its calling plans effective January 18th.  The details are coming in slowly but it looks like Big Red (not the gum) is ditching the all-inclusive Premium plan …
Mark Evans / Sysomos Blog:
Exploring the Use of Twitter Around the World  —  In our initial Twitter report published last June, one of the areas that explored were the countries and cities where Twitter was being used.  Not surprisingly, nearly two-thirds of unique users (62.1%) were located in the U.S., while the U.K. and Canada were a distant second and third.
Discussion: Sysomos and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Researchers identify command servers behind Google attack  —  VeriSign's iDefense security lab has published a report with technical details about the recent cyberattack that hit Google and over 30 other companies.  The iDefense researchers traced the attack back to its origin and also identified …
Discussion: Download Squad and BlackBerry Cool
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Official Nexus One Accessories incoming: Car Dock and Desktop Dock
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Android Central
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Experian Hitwise: Google Passes 72% U.S. Market Share
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
BackType Now Filters Out Boring Tweets, Launches New Wordpress Plugin
Discussion: BackType
John / Plaxo's Personal Card:
Our first release of 2010: Putting address book back in the spotlight
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One on One: Anil Dash of Expert Labs
Scott Anthony / Harvard Business Review:
The Disruptors of the Decade  —  Near the end of December …
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: VentureBeat
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is the Internet Finally Robbing the Greedy Financier's Gravy Train?
Discussion: paidContent and The Next Web
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Did Skype Cancel Your SkypeOut Credits For Inactivity?  You Might Get $4!
Discussion: Digits