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8:20 AM ET, January 22, 2010

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Clayton Morris / Fox News:
Verizon, AT&T May Carry Apple Tablet  —  Which wireless carrier will offer Apple's soon-to-be-released mystery device?  Will it be Verizon?  AT&T?  The answer, according to sources at the two companies, is both.
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources detail physical design of Apple's upcoming tablet device  —  When Apple finally takes the wraps off its long-anticipated tablet next Wednesday, the device will strike a familiar chord with owners of the original iPhone, with similarities in industrial design trickling …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
New Tablet Details: Twin Dock Connectors, a Big Antenna Panel, and Pricing Q's  —  So yesterday, I promised on Twitter that there would be a tablet-related update today.  Here are a couple of late-breaking, interesting details that we've had double-confirmed by sources.  —  (a) Double Dock Connectors.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Apple Tablet Interface Must Be Like This
Thanks:atul
Spencer E. Ante / Bloomberg:   Apple Said to Talk With McGraw-Hill, Hachette for Books on Tablet Computer
Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2009 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.  —  “Google had a strong fourth quarter, with 17% year over year revenue growth,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Beats Estimates With Very Strong Q4: $6.67 Billion  —  Google posted a very strong Q4, given the recession, with $6.67 billion in revenues.  This beats financial analyst general consensus estimates.  Here are some top-level highlights from the earnings release:
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google: Our focused approach paid off, ‘We like the Chinese people’  —  While crowing about Google's strong fourth quarter earnings during a conference call this afternoon, the search giant's executives looked back on 2009 as a whole.  While Google seemed to be elbowing its way into many new markets …
Joshelman / Twitter Blog:
The Power of Suggestions  —  Hi, I'm Josh and I work in the product team at Twitter.  One of the areas I'm working on is helping new users get started so they know how to find and discover what interests them.  Today we're making the first of many changes here to help people ease …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Review: “open” Listorious vs. “closed” new Twitter suggestion list
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Andrew Hyde / Startups. Start Here.:
Committing Location Based Service Suicide  —  Yesterday I checked in for my last time.  I'm done.  No more BrightKite, FourSquare or Gowalla.  I was an early user on all three of the services, and am quitting cold turkey.  —  But why? (and why would anyone care...)
Discussion: @vanelsas, /Message and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Sun CEO: Go Oracle!  [Internal Memo]  —  Oracle (ORCL) said this morning that it has received unconditional regulatory approval from the European Commission for its acquisition of Sun (JAVA).  Below, the all-hands memo Sun CEO Jon Schwartz sent to employees following the announcement.
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles, GigaOM and Forbes
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Joab Jackson / PC World:
Java's Future Uncertain Under Oracle Grip
Christopher Bodeen / Associated Press:
China: Clinton Internet speech harms ties with US  —  Buzz up!  —  BEIJING - China rejected Friday a call by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for the lifting of restrictions on the Internet in the communist country, denouncing her criticism as false and damaging to bilateral ties.
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Jonathan Heiliger / Facebook Blog:
Breaking Ground on Our First Custom Data Center  —  We have come a long way from our roots in a Harvard dorm room, when Facebook was only available at some colleges and run on a single server.  Now with more than 350 million people worldwide and our service and business continuing to grow …
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Lenovo Stands By Google Android Phone  —  HONG KONG—Lenovo Group Ltd. said Friday its new smart phone using Google Inc.'s Android platform is on track to be launched in May in China and the U.S. search engine giant's ongoing spat with China won't impact its operations.
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Electronista:
Motorola opens app store for Android phones in China
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
‘Drastic’ Digg overhaul could ‘shock’ users, says Kevin Rose  —  Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, says the site will undergo a major redesign later this year to better embrace the real-time web  —  Rose said that the new version of Digg, which will go live in the next few months, would represent the biggest change in the site's history.
Discussion: Mashable!
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows Mobile devs to Microsoft: where's our money?  —  Over at the Windows Mobile Developer Center, a few Windows Mobile developers are up in arms for not getting paid.  Some claim they are owed thousands of dollars after selling their apps through Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Comscore's Gift to Web Publishers: (Almost) Free Traffic  —  Hey Web publishers!  Want to boost your traffic overnight?  Talk to Comscore, which is handing out millions of unique visitors.  —  The Web's dominant traffic counter is in the midst of overhauling its traffic counting system …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In A Pre-Apple Tablet World, Instapaper + Kindle Is King  —  Everyone is awaiting Apple's tablet device.  Some people (like me) won't shut up about it.  Others (like Paul) won't shut up about shutting up about it.  And while no one is exactly certain what its main use will be …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Gizmodo Australia, Thanks:bobcaswell
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft to announce date for Windows Mobile 7 at MWC 2010  —  Alongside the launch of Windows Mobile 6.6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010, Microsoft is also expected to announce a date for the commercial availability of WM7, according to sources familiar with Microsoft's roadmap.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Seagate Goes Direct  —  Some companies - most notably Dell - opt to go direct, others have directness thrust upon them.  —  Seagate, the world's largest hard drive maker, has started selling products directly to large customers in higher volumes than ever before because more companies with big data centers are trying to cut costs.
Discussion: Seagate
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Meet The New YouTube: Less Clutter, Easier Search, And No More Stars  —  YouTube is on a roll.  Last night, the world's largest video site rolled out HTML5 support, its first video rentals, and even a nifty music feature called Disco.  Today, it's making an even bigger change …
Michael French / mcvuk.com:
BBC gets back into games  —  Broadcaster's commercial division Worldwide wants to turn key IPs into DS, Wii, iPhone and online games, MCV can reveal  —  After spending years sat on the fence, the BBC is returning to games in a big way, MCV can exclusively reveal.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Yelp Brings Location Check-in Data to Its Web Reviews  —  Last week, the battle for your check-ins took an interesting new turn as Yelp rolled out a set of location features for its iPhone app.  Today, Yelp's expanding the feature to include check-in information alongside user reviews on its website.
 
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Lisa Lacy / ClickZ:
‘Jersey Shore’ Builds Momentum with Social Apps
Chris OBrien / SiliconBeat:
Looks like Netflix is dead. Again.
Marie-Dominique Follain / Agence France Presse:
Reporters put Twitter, Facebook to ‘Big Brother’ test
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
As VC Industry Shrinks, First-Time Investments Plummet
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Parental Control glitch gives kids access to App Store porn
Discussion: TG Daily
Jackson West / NBC Bay Area:
Oracle Executive's Eight-Year Affair Splashed on Billboards
Discussion: VentureBeat, Digits and Gawker
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Web sites must support IPv6 by 2012, expert warns
Discussion: CircleID
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Microsoft's 'Don't Be Evil' Dilemma
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
With an Eye on the iPad, Condé Nast Declares Its $39,000 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Don't Expect HTML5 to Overtake Flash Anytime Soon
Discussion: AppleInsider
Melissa Shapiro / The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Delivers Firefox 3.6 to Millions of Users