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11:20 PM ET, January 21, 2010

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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 …
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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.
Retrevo blogs:
A Blank Check for a Blank Slate?  —  Retrevo Pulse Report on the Apple Tablet  —  There is pretty strong consensus that we'll soon see an Apple media device with a 10-inch touchscreen that runs iPhone apps or Mac OS apps.  The big questions are, will anyone actually want one of these devices …
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
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:   Exclusive: YouTube profits “coming this year”
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Figures Out Another Use For YouTube: Earnings Webcasts
Discussion: Matt Cutts
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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Andrew Mager / The Web Life:   Suggestion engines: the web directory is back
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Revamps SUL, Switches To Categorized Suggestions With No Mass-Following
Discussion: The Next Web
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 …
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:   Microsoft's 'Don't Be Evil' Dilemma
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: GigaOM and Forbes
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Joab Jackson / PC World:
Java's Future Uncertain Under Oracle Grip
Melissa Shapiro / The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Delivers Firefox 3.6 to Millions of Users  —  Mozilla, a public-benefit organization dedicated to promoting choice and innovation on the Web, today released Firefox® 3.6, an update to its popular, free and open source Web browser.  The latest version of Firefox introduces cutting-edge features …
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 …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Don't Expect HTML5 to Overtake Flash Anytime Soon  —  YouTube made a bit of noise yesterday with the introduction of a new video player that uses HTML5 standard, which (in theory) could enable browsers to render video without an installed plugin like Adobe's Flash player.
Discussion: AppleInsider
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google or Not, Motorola Pushes Forward on Android in China  —  If Google follows through on its threat to leave China, Motorola is ready to adapt.  —  On Thursday, Motorola said it would introduce an online store in China where users could download applications to run on phones powered by Google's Android software.
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Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Google shoots itself in the foot in mobile
Discussion: BetaNews
Bing / Search Blog:
Cooking up a storm with Bing Recipes  —  After watching Julie and Julia I think everyone might have a little bit of Julia Child inside of them somewhere (even Stefan...who would've thought he had an apron with his name on it).  So when you find yourself looking for that new recipe to whip …
Los Angeles Times:
At Hulu, ‘free’ may soon turn into ‘fee’  —  The video website, launched by studios to distribute TV shows over the Internet without charge, now is considering ways to draw revenue, including charging for some episodes of popular shows.  —  Hulu soared to popularity by offering free online viewing of popular TV shows.
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.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
With an Eye on the iPad, Condé Nast Declares Its $39,000 iPhone Magazine a “Success”  —  Some early numbers from Condé Nast's first attempt to create a digital version of one of its magazines: The publisher says it sold 6,614 copies of the December issue of GQ via iTunes, and some 12,000 copies of the January issue.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple again delays 27-inch iMac shipment by 3 weeks  —  Just when it looked like Apple was putting its 27-inch iMac troubles behind it with a balance in supply and demand, the company has abruptly pushed new direct orders of its big screen desktop machines out by three weeks.
John Temple / TEMPLE TALK:
I'm moving to Honolulu to become the first editor of Peer News  —  I'm moving to Paradise.  For a dream job.  —  Today Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman of eBay, announced that I'm going to become the first editor of Peer News, a Honolulu-based local news service that will produce original …
Farhad Manjoomon / Fast Company:
Why App Stores Are Not the Business Model for the 21st Century  —  Apple's App Store has been a runaway success, but Farhad Manjoo warns its growing rank of copycats that it's not the business model for the 21st century.  —  Jim Marggraff, CEO of Livescribe, had been thinking for years …
Discussion: Kindle Review and Enterprise Web 2.0, Thanks:atul
 
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