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8:35 PM ET, January 22, 2010

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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.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Search Just Got a Little Bit Smarter: Highlights Answers to Factual Questions
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.
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Clayton Morris / Fox News:
Verizon, AT&T May Carry Apple Tablet
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google's Brin And Page To Sell Off Shares; Give Up Majority Voting Power Over Five Years  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) just put out an SEC filing indicating that co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will soon begin to sell off some of their holdings in the company, as part of a predetermined trading plan.
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 …
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft to announce date for Windows Mobile 7 at MWC 2010
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) …
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
China Has Smallest Query Growth Among Top Search Markets
Discussion: AppScout
Royal Pingdom:
Internet 2009 in numbers  —  What happened with the Internet in 2009?  —  How many websites were added?  How many emails were sent?  How many Internet users were there?  This post will answer all of those questions and many more.  Prepare for information overload, but in a good way.
Discussion: CircleID, TechSpot and RyanSpoon.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dave Morin Leaves Facebook, To Launch New Startup With Napster Creator Shawn Fanning  —  Long time Facebook employee Dave Morin (pictured left), an early member of the team that led the launch of Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect, is leaving the company today, we've confirmed.
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.
Michael White / Bloomberg:
YouTube Discussing Online Rentals With Film Studios, Artists  —  Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc.'s YouTube is talking with major Hollywood studios about providing movies for an online rental service that started today with five independent films from the Sundance Film Festival.
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Christopher Helman / Forbes:
Microsoft's Ballmer Calls Out Google Over China Stance  —  Christopher Helman is the Southwest Bureau Chief of Forbes, based in Houston  —  Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, in a speech to oil company executives in Houston on Thursday, criticized Google for its threats to leave China …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Journalists' Social Media Sideshow Will Prove Nothing  —  Why do so many journalists and traditional media outlets see social media services like Twitter and Facebook as a threat?  Maybe it's a result of too many breathless headlines about how they're going to replace traditional journalism …
Discussion: broadstuff and Agence France-Presse, Thanks:mathewi
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Nielsen Wire:
Led by Facebook, Twitter, Global Time Spent on Social Media Sites …
Discussion: MediaPost, Inside Facebook and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:atul
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Judge reduces $2M music-sharing verdict to $54k  —  IDG News Service - A Minnesota judge reduced the $2 million in damages that a jury ordered file-sharer Jammie Thomas-Rasset to pay, calling the original verdict “monstrous and shocking.”  —  Thomas-Rasset was one of the first people …
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Facebook, Twitter and P&G  —  This afternoon I attended an event sponsored by Proctor & Gamble called the “Innovation Outreach Venturing Day.”  The event was an effort by executives at P&G to connect with the investment community in the Bay Area to discuss how P&G might work more closely …
Discussion: All Facebook, Thanks:atul
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
John Cook / TechFlash:
Motricity files for $250 million IPO  —  Motricity, which moved its headquarters from Durham, North Carolina to Bellevue in 2008, has filed to raise up to $250 million through an initial public offering.  The 6-year-old company, which has raised more than $400 million from Technology Crossover Ventures …
Gavin Newsom / Mashable!:
Why Open Source is the New Software Policy in San Francisco  —  This guest post was written by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who was elected to the position in 2003 and reelected in 2007.  In this guest post, Mayor Newsom announces a new open source software policy for San Francisco …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Network World
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.
Discussion: Trends in the Living Networks, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Rolling Out Local Trends (Pictures)  —  As you can see in the picture, Twitter has started to roll out its new Local Trends feature which takes the standard Trending Topics data and uses Twitter's geolocation functionality to make it based on location.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Revamped SUL Has Greatly Crippled The SUL Advantage  —  As you probably heard, yesterday, Twitter rolled out its revamped suggested users list (SUL).  The list was a source of much controversy because those on it (including the @TechCrunch account) were assured to gain thousands of followers a day.
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Bumps ahead as Vimeo, YouTube respond to HTML5 video demand  —  When Google began soliciting feedback from users about what features they would most like to see in the next version of YouTube, the response was an overwhelmingly enthusiastic request for standards-based open video …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and 9 to 5 Mac
 
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Big-Picture Look at Google, Microsoft, Apple And Yahoo
Gordon Haff / CNET News:
Why cloud exchanges won't work
Samuel Axon / Mashable!:
Ustream Launches Pay-Per-View Live Video Platform
Discussion: 901am and Erictric
Bloomberg:
Rambus Wins Crucial Decision in Nvidia Chip Battle
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Twitter users vulnerable to security flaw
Discussion: internetnews.com and Neowin.net
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Call Me via VoIP on Facebook
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
App Developers Cautious on Kindle
Discussion: TechFlash and PC World, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Chromium nightly build adds memory-saving ‘phantom tab’ support
JD Lasica / Socialmedia.biz:
2010 conferences: Social media, tech, marketing