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11:45 PM ET, January 2, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Digital Newsstand Aims to Muscle In on Apple  —  Google Inc. and Apple Inc. have stepped up their battle to win over publishers, as the two companies vie to become the dominant distributor of newspapers and magazines for tablet computers and other mobile devices.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The “Digital Newsstand” Race Becomes: Who Is More Willing To Trick Users, Apple Or Google?  —  Breaking news: old school publishers seem hell-bent on insuring their content doesn't catch on in the red-hot tablet space.  —  A story in the Wall Street Journal this evening details how Google …
Discussion: Marco.org
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 …
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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 and CloudAve
DealBook:
Goldman Invests in Facebook at $50 Billion Valuation  —  Facebook, the popular social networking site, has raised $500 million from Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor in a deal that values the company at $50 billion, according to people involved in the transaction.
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RSS Is Dying, and You Should Be Very Worried  —  Update: Added response from Asa, thanks!  Getting a lot of attention now.  Stop crying about the title; I've been ill all week.  It simply means that “RSS is under threat of becoming irrelevant.  The floppy disk is still around, but you don't get many cameras with Floppy drives”.
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Vizio to Introduce Tablet, Cellphone  —  Company to Unveil Tablet, Cellphone With Same Strategy as Its Low-Cost TVs  —  Vizio Inc., which put inexpensive flat-panel TVs in living rooms, now is setting its sights on cellphones and tablet computers.  —  Vizio, which has vied with Samsung Electronics Co …
Nathaniel Whittemore / Assetmap:
Let's End the Myth that Ideas are Worthless  —  I love Silicon Valley.  I love the entrepreneurial energy and the blister and pop of passion being painted into reality every day.  But if entrepreneurial density is the Valley's greatest asset, it can also, sometimes, be its greatest weakness.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Ideas matter, great execution of a bad idea = failure
Thanks:kevendones
John Bennett / Against Monopoly:
Against Monopoly: China joins the patent trolls; wake up America  —  STEVE LOHR claims to examine China's new push on innovation, but it is really about the policy to promote issuing more patents link here.  The government is actually providing incentives to increase the annual patent harvest …
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:   When Innovation, Too, Is Made in China
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
iPhone = Mac 2.0  —  There are two ways to interpret the equation above.  —  Doomsayers will sing the licensing blues.  By refusing to license the operating system—iOS, in this case—the iPhone will drown in a sea of Android smartphones.  We've seen it before: Apple is repeating the mistake …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Square Starts 2011 with A New Round At A Big Valuation  —  While much of Silicon Valley spent the last two weeks skiing or otherwise reveling in all that money made this year from acquisitions, partial liquidations and secondary deals, Square founder Jack Dorsey was apparently hard at work.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Traffic Is Actually Up Since The Facebook Deal; Thanks Largely To Turkey  —  TFriendFeed.  You remember it, right?  It was that awesome service that Facebook acquired in August 2009.  It was a smart deal all around.  Facebook got an awesome team of developers and product people …
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
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
China Actually Brags About How Much It Censors Online
Discussion: beyondbrics and The Next Web, Thanks:teawithcarl
 
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Henry Blodget / SAI:
The U.S. Mood, As Inferred From Twitter
Paul Eckert / Front Row Washington:
Republican puts crosshairs on Holder over WikiLeaks
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
RunKeeper sprints to the top of the charts with fitness free promotion
Discussion: Android Community and Mashable!
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Computers That See You and Keep Watch Over You
Discussion: broadstuff
 Earlier Items: 
George Hobica / Airfarewatchdog:
Expedia removes American Airlines' fares completely
Discussion: Bloomberg and TechFlash
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
So Much For FREE!: Apple Will Sell $2B in Apps in 2011
Discussion: PhoneArena, MobileBurn.com and The Loop
Soumyadip / Cutting the Chai:
Google Chrome Hoarding Gives a 404 Error
Discussion: Examiner
 

 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Max Tani / Semafor:
The Intercept is losing ~$300K/month and could run out of cash by May 2025, according to data from March; its CEO says the projection was a worst case scenario

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

 
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