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4:50 PM ET, January 2, 2011

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Kellex / Droid Life:
Verizon Drops Galaxy Tab Price to $499, Tosses in $60 in Free Movie Rentals (Updated)  —  Is Verizon ringing in the New Year with a price drop to its Samsung Galaxy Tab (our review)?  According to one of our peeps and that picture above, stores should be changing out displays to reflect a $499 price change …
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Electronista:
Verizon cuts Galaxy Tab to $500 to fend off iPad, Droid Xoom  —  Verizon was discovered tonight to be cutting the price of the Galaxy Tab to $500 contract-free.  The steep, $100 drop should take effect soon and will also include $60 of movie rentals from Blockbuster's app or Samsung's Media Hub.
Discussion: LaptopMemo, Thanks:jonfingas
Fred / A VC:
Predictions and Prognostications  —  I've read a lot of predictions and prognostications for 2011 in the tech blogs this weekend.  My favorite is this presentation that Paul Kedrosky sent me from the big marketing agency JWT.  —  JWT: 100 Things to Watch in 2011  —  View more presentations from JWTIntelligence.
Discussion: SAI
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Seven Technologies That Will Rock 2011  —  So here we are in a new decade, and the technologies that are now available to us continue to engage (and enthrall) in fascinating ways.  The rise and collision of several trends—social, mobile, touch computing, geo, cloud—keep spitting out new products …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Computers That See You and Keep Watch Over You  —  Hundreds of correctional officers from prisons across America descended last spring on a shuttered penitentiary in West Virginia for annual training exercises.  —  Some officers played the role of prisoners, acting like gang members and stirring up trouble, including a mock riot.
Discussion: broadstuff
George Hobica / Airfarewatchdog:
Expedia removes American Airlines' fares completely  —  It's official.  At least for now, American Airlines' fares and any links to same have been completely removed from Expedia.com.  That means you'll no longer find AA's fares compared on Expedia or Orbitz (American removed fares from Orbitz in December).
Discussion: Bloomberg and TechFlash
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows and Mac OS X make it onto the Cr-48, look great in matte black  —  Google built the Cr-48 with hacking in mind, so it's no surprise that we're seeing other operating systems crop up.  Still, it's fun to watch, and enterprising hackers have got most of the usual suspects up and running …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Close To Naming Sun Microsystems Campus As New Headquarters  —  It's been less than two years since Facebook moved into its 150,000 square foot office space at 1601 South California Ave in Palo Alto, but the rapidly growing company is already itching for a new home.
Discussion: All Facebook
Chuck Falzone / AndroidGuys:
The “Android SMS Bug” Does Not Exist  —  Let me tell you all a story of my youth.  I was in high school, driving around in my first car, a 1976 Mercury Monarch.  Approaching an intersection, I saw the stop sign too late; I was going to run right into the guy coming the other way.
Reuters:
China shuts over 60,000 porn websites this year  —  China shut down more than 60,000 pornographic websites this year, netting almost 5,000 suspects in the process, a government spokesman said on Thursday, vowing no let-up in its campaign against material deemed obscene.
Discussion: CNET News, SAI and beyondbrics
Soumyadip / Cutting the Chai:
Google Chrome Hoarding Gives a 404 Error  —  Unlike other web browsers Google Chrome is exploring different media to promote itself.  While online advertising for web browsers was so long believed to be the most effective way of getting more people to install, simply because it makes more sense.
Discussion: Examiner
camen design:
RSS Is Dying, and You Should Be Very Worried  —  Update: Article was written very angrily as I have been very ill all week; I've tried tidying things up and adding more reasoning.  —  RSS saves me from having to load up 100 different sites several times a day just to check what's ‘new’.
 
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
CES 2011 Preview: Phones and Tablets
Discussion: Fortune and GottaBeMobile
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Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax joins the New York Post's editorial board and other right-leaning outlets criticizing a pair of Florida bills making it easier to sue for defamation

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

 
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