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1:45 PM ET, December 16, 2010

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Apple:
Apple's Mac App Store to Open on January 6  —  Apple® today announced that the Mac® App Store℠ will open for business on Thursday, January 6.  By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever.
DigiTimes:
Apple to upgrade MacBook Pro and iMac in 1H11  —  In addition to iPad, Apple is set to launch upgraded MacBook Pro and iMac models in the first half of 2011, according to sources from upstream component makers.  —  The sources noted that Apple plans to launch at least four upgraded MacBook Pros …
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New MacBook Pros with upgraded designs, Cheaper iMacs with new screen sizes in 2011  —  Digitimes reports that Apple is set to unveil upgrades to both their MacBook Pro and iMac lines in the first half of 2011.  The report claims that Apple has four new MacBook Pro models in store …
Kenzo Fong Hing / Google Mobile Blog:
The wait is over: Announcing Nexus S availability in the U.S.  —  Last week we announced Nexus S, a pure Google phone.  With a brilliant 4" Contour Display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, the latest Google mobile apps and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) pre-installed, we're excited about getting this great device out there.
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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Nexus S goes on sale at Best Buy for $199 on contract
David Pogue / New York Times:
An Android Phone That Says ‘Google’
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Justin Mitchell / Facebook Blog:
Making Photo Tagging Easier  —  Every day, people add more than 100 million tags to photos on Facebook.  They do it because it's an easy way to share photos and memories.  Unlike photos that get forgotten in a camera or an unshared album, tagged photos help you and your friends relive everything …
Michael Siliski / Google Mobile Blog:
The next generation of mobile maps  —  I'm excited to announce Google Maps 5.0 for Android, with two significant new features: 3D interaction and offline reliability.  We launched Google Maps for mobile a little more than five years ago.  Since then, we've added dozens of features …
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
Nokia Takes Another Bite At Apple (13 Bites, Actually)  —  In case you doubted the seriousness of Nokia's patent war against Apple, this morning's news should quell some of those doubts.  —  Nokia, the the world's largest mobile phone maker, said Thursday it has filed patent infringement complaints …
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Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Urges Web Privacy ‘Bill Of Rights’  —  The Obama administration called Thursday for the creation of a Privacy Policy Office that would help develop an Internet “privacy bill of rights” for U.S citizens and coordinate privacy issues globally.  —  The U.S. Commerce Department's report stopped short …
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Pablo Chavez / Google Public Policy Blog:   The Department of Commerce explores privacy
Carlos Pizano / Google Chrome Blog:
Safer plug-ins, faster search, and richer graphics  —  Last week, we previewed several upcoming features that will be available to users on Chrome and Chrome OS.  Today we're excited to introduce a few of these new security, speed, and open web platform features into Chrome's beta channel.
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Kenneth Russell / Chromium Blog:
WebGL now in Beta: here comes the 3D web!
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Flipboard Adds Google Reader, Flickr and More … It has only been a couple of weeks since its last major update, but today Flipboard, the social magazine for iPad, has released yet another new version of its app into the iTunes App Store.  This time around, Flipboard has added support …
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Sales Said Likely to Reach $2 Billion This Year, Beating Target  —  Facebook Inc., the world's most popular social-networking service, is likely to generate sales of about $2 billion this year, a faster pace than originally projected, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Guardian:
Julian Assange freed on bail  —  WikiLeaks founder is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape  —  Britain's high court today decided to grant bail to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape.
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Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail introduces interactive email using Active Views  —  Starting today, Hotmail and select partners are introducing a new type of interactive and dynamic email that runs on the Hotmail Active Views platform.  —  Beginning in the late 90s, email services evolved from supporting just plain text …
Discussion: CNET News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google, MySpace Finally Land New Ad Deal  —  Google and MySpace have finally struck a new ad deal, replacing the three-year, $900 million pact that expired this fall.  The two companies aren't handing out details on the new pact, but have made it clear that it's not going to be anything like the old one …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple's Best Kept Secret: Ad Hoc Installs for Testing Purposes  —  One of the major pain points in developing mobile applications for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) is testing those apps.  As we've noted before, the traditional testing method is time-consuming and cumbersome …
Nielsen Wire:
Young and Mobile: A Global View of Cellphones and Youth  —  Nielsen's new whitepaper on Mobile Youth Around the World reveals that most young people with mobile phones chose their own device.  In fact, across all the countries surveyed, only 16 percent of young people reported that their parents selected their mobile phone.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Google Goes To the Cloud For New Idea In PC System  —  In the personal-computer industry, where things change fast, one fact has been a constant for years: There are two major, mainstream operating systems for consumers.  One, Microsoft Windows, runs on many brands of hardware and dominates sales.
Discussion: Computerworld and Softpedia News
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
LG Optimus 2X: first dual-core smartphone launches with Android, 4-inch display, 1080p video recording  —  That's right, it's official.  Needless to say, that LG Star we recently got our paws on is very real, though it won't go by that name at retail — just as LG's own release materials had suggested …
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly adds new touch panel suppliers for iPad 2  —  Apple has reportedly added two additional touch panel makers, Chimei Innolux and Cando, to its touch panel supplier list for iPad 2 in addition to current suppliers Wintek, Sintek Photronics and TPK Touch Solutions due to expanding market …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Best Buy getting locked out of Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global for selling them too cheaply?  —  Drama!  We're hearing from many, many tipsters right now that Best Buy has issued a stop-sale on two of Verizon's latest (and presumably more popular) models.  Officially it's a “recall” of some sort …
 
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