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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Microsoft to Announce New Slates Targeting the iPad  —  A decade ago Bill Gates, founder and former chief executive of Microsoft, presented a new class of computing to the world: a Tablet PC that offered a fully functional computer with the “intuitive aspects of pencil and paper.”
Chris Lambert / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the Google Latitude app for iPhone  —  “Where are you?”  —  Starting today, you'll never again have to answer (or ask) that question when you're on the go with your iPhone.  With the new Google Latitude app for iPhone, you can see where your friends are and now …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Google Latitude breaks for me  —  This morning Google Latitude was released to the iPhone.  I will use it, but it's totally breaking for me.  Here's why:  —  1. Google Contacts breaks at somewhere over 10,000 contacts.  It stops letting you add new contacts.  It doesn't even break gracefully or consistently.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Once Again: Should Google Be Allowed To Send Itself Traffic?  —  The question of Google's right to refer traffic to its own sites is once again in the center of policy debate.  The European Commission is looking at this issue as part of its larger anti-trust investigation against Google.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites
Carter Maslan / Google Public Policy Blog:
Local search: It's all about the best answers for users
Discussion: Digits
NR Sethuraman / Reuters:
Toshiba plant to make LCD panels for Apple: report  —  (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will spend about 100 billion yen ($1.19 billion) to build a factory for making small LCD panels, mainly to supply to Apple Inc's iPhones, the Nikkei business daily said.  —  The company's wholly owned unit …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Verizon Strikes Out in Smartphones [Updated]  —  [Updated]  —  [ITG sent an explanation of their methodology and there is no indication that the data represents inside information.]  —  ITG Investment Research analyst Matthew Goodman is forecasting monthly sales record for all of Verizon's devices …
Ben Kolada / Inorganic Growth:
Google adds to NFC with Zetawire  —  Google continues to gobble up startups, and we've just uncovered a deal that supports its near field communications (NFC) ambitions.  We've learned that Google recently picked up Zetawire, a Canadian startup focusing on mobile payments transactions.
Discussion: Digital Trends, eMoney and Electronista
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Google Bought Stealthy Mobile Payments Startup Zetawire
Mike Luttrell / TG Daily:
Samsung unveils $1,000 “Luxury” Galaxy Tab  —  One of the main draws of Android-based tablets is that they offer a more affordable alternative to the iPad.  However, Samsung doesn't see it that way as the company will soon be launching a version of its tablet computer for around $1,000.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Goldman Sachs predicts tough times ahead for Microsoft in 2011  —  Goldman Sachs technology analyst Sarah Friar sees challenging times ahead for Microsoft in 2011 as it attempts to address the threat from tablet computers such as the iPad and mobile operating systems such as Android.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Former Googler Launches Disconnect, Browser Extension That Disables Third Party Data Tracking  —  You remember Facebook Disconnect, the browser extension that allowed you to remove Facebook Connect functionality from websites?  After 50K active users in two weeks and hitting …
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
Yahoo May Cut 5 Percent of Its Staff  —  Yahoo, the beleaguered Web portal, plans to cut up to 650 jobs as soon as Tuesday, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.  —  The layoffs come as Carol A. Bartz, Yahoo's chief executive, tries to reduce costs amid sluggish growth in Yahoo's online advertising business.
Discussion: VentureBeat
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
With iPad Apple Will Claim 12 Percent of PC Market in 2011  —  Some 54.7 million tablets will be sold next year and of those, 37.2 million will be iPads.  That's the forecast from Goldman Sachs's Bill Shope, who says exploding sales of the device may well make Apple “one of the largest vendors …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Kevin Allocca / YouTube Trends:
Welcome to YouTube Trends  —  Sometimes waiting for popular new videos to hit your inbox / chat window / wall / feed / mobile / pager / two-way radio can be frustrating.  Sometimes keeping up with the latest YouTube fad can be hard to do.  Sometimes you want to know more about what's happening from where it's happening.
Jodiolson / Twitter Blog:
Hindsight2010: Top Trends on Twitter  —  From earthquakes and politics to popstars and hashtags, Twitter Trends are a window into what the world is talking about.  In this edition of #Hindsight2010, we offer our list of the biggest Trends of the year.  —  An astounding 25 billion Tweets were sent in 2010.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Internet Now as Popular as TV, Survey Shows  —  The average U.S. consumer now spends as much time online as watching television, according to research being released today by Forrester.  —  To technophiles, it might seem strange to think of people ever watching TV more than they surfed the Web.
Kerry A. Dolan / Shades of Green:
Frenzy For Facebook Shares Heats Up With A New Auction  —  If you've been wanting to buy Facebook shares, you have at least $100,000 cash to spare, and you meet some high net worth hurdles, this could be your week.  —  Facebook is still private and probably won't list its shares on the stock market until 2012.
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Nancy Luna / Orange County Register:
McDonald's hacked, customer data stolen, chain says  —  The personal data of McDonald's customers — including emails and phone numbers — has been “obtained by an unauthorized third party,” the chain has told its most loyal burger fans.  —  Late Friday, McDonald's sent an email …
Discussion: Inquirer, Examiner, Pulse2 and The Next Web
David Yonge-Mallo / Gmail Blog:
Gmail web app for iPhone and Android in 44 more languages  —  Last year, we launched a new mobile Gmail experience for iPhone and Android-powered devices.  Since then, those of us who use Gmail in English could go to gmail.com from our mobile browsers and get most of the same features we're used …
Discussion: Google Mobile Blog and IntoMobile
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Bing Adds Natural Language To Flight Search  —  Bing has just made a small improvement to travel search, adding the ability to add natural language queries to flight search.  So instead of selecting your airport, destination, dates or other options to conduct a flight search …
Discussion: Bing
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Booming Asia drives Google's Android  —  Rapid growth in Asia has been behind the latest jump in sales of smartphones running Google's Android operating system, putting the internet group comfortably ahead of Apple in the race for leadership in mobile computing.
Discussion: asymco
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Analyst: HP WebOS Tablet Coming In March  —  The world already knew that HP planned to release a tablet PC running webOS, the operating system it acquired when it purchased Palm.  HP has been vague on the timing of this webOS tablet, however, preferring to say “early 2011” instead of a more exact date.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Exclusive first look: The voice app that makes iTunes voice controllable  —  It's been quite a year for voice startups that have out-innovated Apple on its own platform.  —  There's Siri, which came out in February, and quickly got bought by Apple.  You use that app to talk to your phone …
Discussion: Digital Trends, Thanks:scobleizer
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft puts the finishing touches on Small Business Server 2011  —  On December 13, Microsoft released to manufacturing two of its upcoming small-business-focused servers: Windows Small Business Server 2011 (codenamed SBS 7).  —  Microsoft RTM'd both the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs, MSDN Blogs and WinRumors
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Comcast's ‘Xcalibur’ Seeks The Edge On Google TV  —  Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) is testing a new set-top box that would bring together Web and TV programming, reports The Wall Street Journal.  Little is known about the product because Comcast hasn't decided whether to deploy it more broadly …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Engadget
Mia Quagliarello / YouTube Blog:
Double rainbows, annoying oranges and bed intruders: the year on YouTube  —  It's time to rewind back through the YouTube videos that people in the U.S. and around the world were watching and searching for in 2010.  These lists of most-watched videos reflect the people …
 
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Widens Test of App Request Notifications, Some Users Complain
Discussion: All Facebook
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Mobile Searches Grew 130 Percent In Q3
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Global mobile app market to hit $35 billion in 2014, says IDC
Discussion: Mobilized, IDC and internetnews.com
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Buyer beware: Android Market policies are about to change
Discussion: BGR, IntoMobile, GottaBeMobile and Inquirer
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results:
Latest Ask.com revamp all about answers
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Dell acquires Compellent for $960 million, lands its storage consolation prize
Brian Bennett / Los Angeles Times:
YouTube is letting users decide on terrorism-related videos