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10:05 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  —  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: TUAW and GottaBeMobile.com, Thanks:atul
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
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 growing faster than Vista, overtakes Mac OS X  —  Windows 7 sold well during the 2009 holiday season, and the results are showing up, not only in sheer revenue, but in the OS market share numbers as well.  Nevertheless, in December 2009, Linux was the only operating system to show positive percentage growth in market share.
Discussion: Erictric, Engadget and The Toybox
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
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.
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Adobe Flash 10.1 allows private browsing  —  The next big release for Adobe Flash Player, 10.1 will allow private browsing while web surfing in supported browsers.  Flash Player will automatically clear your flash history data off your computer once you terminate the session.
Discussion: Download Squad
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...)
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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!
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
 
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Lisa Lacy / ClickZ:
‘Jersey Shore’ Builds Momentum with Social Apps
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Seagate Goes Direct
Discussion: Seagate and Maximum PC
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Yelp Brings Location Check-in Data to Its Web Reviews
Marie-Dominique Follain / Agence France Presse:
Reporters put Twitter, Facebook to ‘Big Brother’ test
Discussion: The Next Web and TechCrunch
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Parental Control glitch gives kids access to App Store porn
Discussion: TG Daily
 Earlier Items: 
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
Andrew Lipsman / comScore Voices:
2009: Another Strong Year for Facebook
Discussion: WebProNews, MediaPost and PC World