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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.
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Revamps SUL, Switches To Categorized Suggestions With No Mass-Following
Discussion: The Next Web
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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Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Remarks on Internet Freedom
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, broadstuff and /Message, Thanks:atul
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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 …
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.
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Joab Jackson / PC World:
Java's Future Uncertain Under Oracle Grip
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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Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Lenovo Stands By Google Android Phone
Discussion: Engadget
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 and MobileContentToday
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 …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Platform Dashboard News API Sandbox Now Open  —  As part of the Developer Roadmap Facebook announced in October, Facebook announced new Applications and Games “dashboards” all users will soon see by default in their home page bookmark menu.  The dashboards contain new ways for developers …
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 …
Jackson West / NBC Bay Area:
Oracle Executive's Eight-Year Affair Splashed on Billboards  —  Website proclaims love between co-president Charles Phillips and woman other than his wife  —  Oracle co-president Charles E. Phillips is a handsome dude.  According to a recent magazine profile, he has a lovely wife, Karen Phillips, and son Chas.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Bits, Digits and Gawker
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 …
Marie-Dominique Follain / Agence France Presse:
Reporters put Twitter, Facebook to ‘Big Brother’ test  —  Buzz up!  —  PARIS (AFP) - Five journalists plan to lock themselves away in a French farmhouse with access only to Facebook and Twitter to test the quality of news from the social networking and micro-blogging sites.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Parental Control glitch gives kids access to App Store porn  —  iPhone OS 3.x brought us beefed-up parental controls, giving parents finer-grained control over what apps their kids could purchase based on four standard age ratings.  A side effect of Apple's move to have apps rated …
Discussion: TG Daily
 
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Yelp Brings Location Check-in Data to Its Web Reviews
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Web sites must support IPv6 by 2012, expert warns
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Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Exclusive: YouTube profits “coming this year”
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Microsoft's 'Don't Be Evil' Dilemma
Andrew Lipsman / comScore Voices:
2009: Another Strong Year for Facebook
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
With an Eye on the iPad, Condé Nast Declares Its $39,000 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Farhad Manjoomon / Fast Company:
Why App Stores Are Not the Business Model for the 21st Century
Discussion: Kindle Review and Enterprise Web 2.0, Thanks:atul
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Don't Expect HTML5 to Overtake Flash Anytime Soon
Discussion: AppleInsider and Macworld