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3:05 PM 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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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Apple Tablet Interface Must Be Like This  —  Some people want the Apple Tablet to run Mac OS X's user interface.  Others think its UI will be something exotic.  Both camps are wrong: The iPhone started a UI revolution, and the tablet is just step two.  Here's why.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and Edible Apple, Thanks:atul
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.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft shakes up its Entertainment and Devices unit  —  Microsoft has made some major organizational changes to its Entertainment and Devices unit — the part of the company responsible for its mobile, Zune, Media Center and Mediaroom IPTV products.  —  Earlier this week, Microsoft reorg'd the TV …
The Official Google Blog:
Understanding the web to make search more relevant  —  Last year at our second Searchology event, we announced Google Squared and Rich Snippets, two approaches to improve search by better understanding the web.  Today, we're kicking off the new year with two improvements based on those technologies.
HardMac.com:
The Macbook Air to Be Updated After the MacBook and MacBook Pro?  —  While most computer manufacturers have already announced and/or released their Intel Core i3/i5-based notebook models, Apple is still offering Core 2 Duo-based units and will most likely quickly move on to the new Intel mobile platform.
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
As VC Industry Shrinks, First-Time Investments Plummet  —  It's been suggested that the venture capital industry needs to shrink to as little as half its former size, and new data from the National Venture Capital Association shows that it's almost there — with some evidence suggesting that further contraction is in order.
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Fred Wilson and the Venture Capital (Non-)Cartel
Discussion: A VC, Thanks:atul
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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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Will Chinese Users Buy Android Phones Sans Google?
Discussion: CNET News, Chicago Tribune and Digits
Anil Dash / CNN:
Don't let Twitter, Facebook, Google be the only game in town  —  Editor's note: Anil Dash is the director of Expert Labs, an independent nonprofit that is part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and uses the web to let policy makers listen to the expertise of citizens.
Discussion: Daily Patricia
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.
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Enable Multitouch in Nexus One Web Browser  —  Like the Motorola Droid on Verizon, US version of Nexus One which was launched by Google earlier this month didn't ship with a multitouch capable web browser even though the hardware and Android 2.1 OS is fully capable of doing it.
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
‘Controlled Serendipity’ Liberates the Web  —  When I finish writing this blog post, I will Tweet it.  —  I will copy this link, go to my Twitter account and spend a minute writing an abbreviated (yet hopefully catchy) description of this piece.  And I'll follow the same actions on Facebook and other social networks.
Thanks:atul
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Android tops iPhone 7 to 1 in free wallpaper and ringtone downloads  —  Hip-hop/R&B dominate the sound of Android devices; iPhone users like a little more rock  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Myxer's Boombox report  —  Here's an interesting peek into the world of free Web-based mobile phone downloads.
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:
Chris OBrien / SiliconBeat:
Looks like Netflix is dead.  Again.  —  Once again, Netflix has been placed on a death watch.  But I'm not buying it for a second.  We've heard that too many times over the company's history.  And each time, the company has nimbly defeated new and established competitors, while growing like gangbusters in a horrid economy.
Discussion: PC World, YouTube Blog and Ars Technica
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Chromium nightly build adds memory-saving ‘phantom tab’ support  —  Pinned tabs are a great way to save room on your tab strip in Google Chrome.  But suppose you want to free up the resources something you've pinned is using — say the 50+ MB of memory used by Seesmic Web or another similar web apps?
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: Inside Facebook, CNET News and Gawker
JD Lasica / Socialmedia.biz:
2010 conferences: Social media, tech, marketing  —  Lucia Giacomantonio, Adriana Gascoigne and Robyn Cohen at Web 2.0 Expo, April 2009.  —  The Ultimate Guide to conferences & events, month by month  —  For the past three years I've painstakingly put together a calendar of the best social media …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Micello Launches “Google Maps for the Indoors”  —  Micello, one of the more exciting startups to debut at the most recent DEMO conference, is a mobile mapping solution that is basically “Google Maps for the indoors.”  Where traditional mapping services show everything in the world outside …
Discussion: IntoMobile
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Reports Global Search Market Growth of 46 Percent in 2009  —  Google Sites Accounts for Two-Thirds of 131 Billion Searches Conducted Worldwide in December while Introduction of Bing Helps Microsoft Post Significant Gains During the Year  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
NASA Astronaut Tweets From Space - For Real This Time  —  Astronauts aboard the ISS received a special software upgrade earlier this week, according to a NASA statement released moments ago: personal access to the Internet and the World Wide Web via the “ultimate wireless connection”.
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.
Laura Scott / Google LatLong:
New countries, new countrysides in Street View  —  When people visit the UK, they often head for the often the historic buildings that are dotted all over the country.  Whether well preserved ruins or perfectly complete, these buildings and landscapes evoke scenes from classic novels and famous period movies.
 
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Kunur Patel / AdAge:
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Gartner: IT spending to grow 4.6 percent this year
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TechFlash:
RealNetworks at a crossroads: Sharper focus, uncertain future
Gavin Newsom / Mashable!:
Why Open Source is the New Software Policy in San Francisco
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sobees Launches Realtime Social Media Discovery Platform
Discussion: Channel 10 and Computerworld
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Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Adobe Flash 10.1 allows private browsing
Discussion: Download Squad
Lisa Lacy / ClickZ:
‘Jersey Shore’ Builds Momentum with Social Apps
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Yelp Brings Location Check-in Data to Its Web Reviews
Joshelman / Twitter Blog:
The Power of Suggestions  —  Hi, I'm Josh and I work in the product team at Twitter.