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11:00 AM 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 …
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 …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Twitter Raises $200 Million at $3.7 Billion Valuation; Adds McCue and Rosenblatt to Board  —  Twitter has completed its latest round of funding-$200 million at a $3.7 billion valuation-with Kleiner Perkins as the lead investor, according to sources familiar with the situation.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Notes on the VC deal heard 'round the Twitterverse
Discussion: BoomTown and SAI
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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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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David Pogue / New York Times:
An Android Phone That Says ‘Google’
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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: Softpedia News
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Oracle Takes on Microsoft, Google With Cloud Office  —  Oracle on Wednesday announced Cloud Office 1.0, a Web-based productivity suite that is set to give online applications from Microsoft and Google a fresh dose of competition.  —  Cloud Office is integrated with the on-premises Oracle Open Office …
Discussion: SAI, Between the Lines Blog and eWeek
Kathryn Zickuhr / Pew Internet:
Generations 2010  —  There are still notable differences by generation in online activities, but the dominance of the Millennial generation that we documented in our first “Generations” report in 2009 has slipped in many activities.  —  Milliennials, those ages 18-33, remain more likely …
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.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Google Chefs Cook Up a Start-Up of Their Own  —  Many Google Inc. executives and engineers who have left the Internet search giant have launched their own start-ups.  That goes for former Google chefs Nate Keller and Mirit Cohen, too.  —  Their tale is classic Silicon Valley.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Bing Hits All-Time Market Share High In November, comScore Says  —  After several months of slow growth, Bing reached an all-time high market share of 11.8% in November 2010.  That's according to the latest report from comScore.  —  For the month, Bing gained three-tenths of a percent from October …
Kate Rose / YouTube Blog:
Home sweet Homepage  —  Starting today, you might notice a button on YouTube.com asking if you want to check out an experimental homepage we've been working on.  It's an opt-in experiment, offering a homepage that has a real emphasis on a personalized video browsing and watching experience.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Bing's Dilemma: Explaining Why Users Should Switch From Google  —  Microsoft's search engine Bing has been adding so many features lately, it's hard to keep track.  —  This highlights the biggest dilemma in Microsoft's effort to grab market share from Google: average consumers are habitual Google users …
Discussion: TorrentFreak, Inquirer and LiveSide.net
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Releases Huge Set of Upgrades: Maps, Local, Mobile, Travel, Image Search
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
First Intel next-gen laptops will be quad core
Discussion: The Tech Report, Erictric and Crave
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
How Big Should We Let Google Get? Wrong Question
Andrew Batson / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Supply Chain Exposes Limits of Trade Metrics
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Court Rebuffs Obama on Warrantless Cell-Site Tracking
Discussion: Fast Company and IntoMobile
Reuters:
Baidu sees growth rate slowing in 2011
Discussion: SAI
 Earlier Items: 
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
Approval of Internet traffic rules likely: analysts