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1:55 AM ET, January 2, 2011

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Phone Arena:
NES emulator for Windows Phone 7 runs great, but is shot down by Microsoft  —  Matt Bettcher has been able to develop a NES emulator and port it over to the Windows Phone 7 OS.  Used on a Samsung Focus, the emulator runs at a decent 10-20 frames per second.  Sounds like a great app that could kill some time for Windows Phone 7 users.
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Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Nintendo Emulator for WP7 Unlikely to Hit Marketplace  —  Development is well underway on an 8-bit Nintendo emulator for Windows Phone 7, although it is unlikely that the application will ever get approved for Marketplace inclusion.  Developer Matt Bettcher has reportedly succeeded in a rough port …
Marc Flores / IntoMobile:
Sweet NES emulator ported to Windows Phone 7, but is blocked by Microsoft  —  An NES emulator has been ported over for Windows Phone 7, and from the looks of things it runs perfectly fine, but we might not be seeing it for the Marketplace any time soon.  —  Matt Bettcher ported an NES simulator …
Richard Edmonds / WPCentral.com:   Microsoft says no to WP7 NES Emulator
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:   NES Emulator created, blocked for Windows Phone 7
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.
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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
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 …
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
The New Speed of Money, Reshaping Markets  —  Secaucus, N.J.  —  A SUBSTANTIAL part of all stock trading in the United States takes place in a warehouse in a nondescript business park just off the New Jersey Turnpike.  —  Few humans are present in this vast technological sanctum, known as New York Four.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikipedia Raises $16 Million to Remain Ad-Free  —  The Wikimedia Foundation announced this morning that it has reached its goal of $16 million in record time, more than doubling the $7.5 million the organization raised in 2009.  The foundation, which is the non-profit parent organization …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New Year's 2011 breaks non-recurring iPhone alarm clocks (update: auto-fixes)  —  According to multiple users expressing their frustration through Twitter, come New Years 2011 (where ever you are) your iPhone alarm clock won't function correctly.  You may recall a similar bug in iOS …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
PSA: iPhone alarms not working come New Year's Day 2011
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
The 50 biggest tech stories of 2010  —  If the year is winding down, and real tech news is slowing to a trickle, you know it's time to reflect on the past 12 months in tech.  Again this year we crunched Techmeme's historical data, cancelling out the influences of our editors …
Discussion: TechCrunch and BetaNews
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Emily Wood / The Official Google Blog:
Google blogging in 2010
Discussion: Fortune
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Clear iSpot discontinued already  —  Well, that certainly didn't last very long, did it?  Looks like Clear is already sending its unusual iSpot product to the great WiMAX network in the sky less than five months after its introduction.  As a refresher, the iSpot's claim to fame …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
How Space Jam's Website Went Viral.  Space Jam's 1996 Website, That Is.  —  A couple of days ago Reddit user Jeff Ubelhor was talking to his friends about something or other and Space Jam, the movie starring Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan, came up (he swears they weren't stoned).
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
CES 2011 Preview: Phones and Tablets  —  Dual-core and 4G phones will muscle their way to the fore at CES this year.  —  CES is traditionally the beginning of a busy season for cell phone and tablet announcements, but it's not the end of the story.  With Mobile World Congress coming …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
Tablets galore on tap at major CES gadget fest
Discussion: Fortune
 
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