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5:20 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.
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  —  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.
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.
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
China Has Smallest Query Growth Among Top Search Markets
Discussion: AppScout
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.
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.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Fred Wilson and the Venture Capital (Non-)Cartel  —  When a capitalist says that he is pleased to see profits increase as his competitors disappear and the remainder hold the line on price is that a cartel?  How is it different from the CEO of, say, Honda, gloating about the elimination …
Discussion: A VC, Thanks:atul
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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 …
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:toddbishop
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
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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Call Me via VoIP on Facebook  —  8×8 Inc., a Voice over Internet Protocol service provider, has released a new point-and-click VoIP calling application dubbed 8×8 Connect.  It allows Facebook users to add a “Call Me” button to their home page, thereby enabling other users to call …
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Ars Technica and CNET News
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.
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.
Discussion: Guardian and Twitter Blog
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.
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.
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”.
 
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Twitter users vulnerable to security flaw
Discussion: Neowin.net
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Facebook, Twitter and P&G  —  This afternoon I attended …
Thanks:atul
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
App Developers Cautious on Kindle
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Gartner: IT spending to grow 4.6 percent this year
TechFlash:
RealNetworks at a crossroads: Sharper focus, uncertain future
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Chromium nightly build adds memory-saving ‘phantom tab’ support
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Micello Launches “Google Maps for the Indoors”
Discussion: IntoMobile
 Earlier Items: 
JD Lasica / Socialmedia.biz:
2010 conferences: Social media, tech, marketing
Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Adobe Flash 10.1 allows private browsing
Discussion: Download Squad
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Beats Estimates With Very Strong Q4: $6.67 Billion