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7:50 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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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 …
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.
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Figures Out Another Use For YouTube: Earnings Webcasts  —  If you've ever tried to listen in on a Google earnings call on the web, it's kind of a pain.  That's especially true if you use a Mac because Google insist that you use either Real Player (which is awful on the Mac) or Windows Media Player (which doesn't work on a Mac).
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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Mike Rogoway / Oregonian:
Facebook picks Prineville for its first data center
BBC:
US calls for China Google probe  —  The US has called on Beijing to investigate the recent cyber attacks on Google, which have prompted the search giant to threaten to leave China.  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that companies such as Google should refuse to support “politically-motivated censorship”.
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New York Times:
China Paints Google Issue as Not Political  —  BEIJING — The Chinese government is taking a cautious approach to the dispute with Google, treating the conflict as a business dispute that requires commercial negotiations and not a political matter that could affect relations with the United States.
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 …
Jelman / 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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and CenterNetworks
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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 …
Peppi Kiviniemi / Wall Street Journal:
EU Clears Oracle to Buy Sun Microsystems  —  BRUSSELS — After a drawn out investigation, the European Commission on Thursday unconditionally cleared U.S. software giant Oracle Corp. to take over smaller rival Sun Microsystems Inc. in a $7.4 billion deal.  —  “I am now satisfied that competition …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   Sun CEO: Go Oracle! [Internal Memo]
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.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Vimeo pushing out HTML5 video player  —  It's HTML5 week in video land, and the latest entrant is Vimeo.  Less than a day after competitor YouTube announced that it would begin rolling out an HTML5 video player to videos on its site, Vimeo is doing the same.
Discussion: Vimeo and Gizmodo Australia
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:   Don't Expect HTML5 to Overtake Flash Anytime Soon
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Man Buried in Haiti Rubble Uses iPhone to Treat Wounds, Survive  —  U.S. filmmaker Dan Woolley was shooting a documentary about the impact of poverty in Haiti when the earthquake struck.  He could have died, but he ultimately survived with the help of an iPhone first-aid app that taught him to treat his wounds.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Pre Plus (and Pixi Plus) review  —  It's been about a year since Palm pulled itself back from the brink of imminent destruction with the announcement of webOS and the Palm Pre, and even less time since the products announced actually hit the market.  In that time span …
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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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
More on Verizon and its antipiracy efforts  —  CNET published a story Wednesday called “Verizon ends service of alleged illegal downloaders.”  In it, Verizon spokeswoman Bobbi Henson was quoted saying the company has “cut some people off” after they were accused multiple times of illegal file sharing.
Discussion: Ars Technica and DailyTech
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Is NOT Booting P2P Users Off Of Network …
Discussion: p2pnet
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With New Ovi Maps, Nokia Seeks Location Heaven  —  In an attempt to ward off competition from the likes of Google, Nokia, the largest maker of mobile phones, has released the latest version of its Ovi Maps software and made the app available for free.  Nokia, despite an early start …
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Spotify now makes record labels money  —  Spotify now offers the music industry a sustainable revenue model according to a UK record label executive.  —  Revealing for the first time today how the commercial relationship works between the streaming service and the record labels, Rob Wells …
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
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 …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Amazon gives publishers easier control over DRM in Kindle ebooks  —  Without a formal announcement, Amazon.com has [started allowing authors] made it easier for authors to publish their ebooks for the Kindle with or without digital rights management (DRM), the technology that limits how consumers can use the ebooks they've bought.
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Google shoots itself in the foot in mobile  —  I wish I knew the inside story on Google's recent confrontation with the Chinese government.  At first Google's announcement looked like a principled, well thought-out stand in a long behind-the-scenes dispute (link).
Discussion: BetaNews
 
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Ian King / Bloomberg:
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Farhad Manjoomon / Fast Company:
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Vivek Kundra / White House.gov Blog Feed:
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Justin / Berry Reporter:
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 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Just Gave iTunes A Big Fat Kiss
Discussion: SiliconBeat, Thanks:atul
Christian / OkTrends:
The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures
Jennifer Valentino / Digits:
New Software Aims to Keep Facebook Safer
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon Cracks Open the Kindle