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11:45 AM ET, January 3, 2011

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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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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” …
Discussion: Marco.org
Nielsen Wire:
Apple Leads Smartphone Race, while Android Attracts Most Recent Customers  —  The race for the lead in U.S. smartphone operating system (OS) consumer market share is tighter than it has ever been.  According to November data from The Nielsen Company, the popularity of the Android OS among …
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Intel's 2nd Generation Core processor family announced, includes 29 new CPUs and enhanced graphics  —  They're here!  That is, Intel's Sandy Bridge mobile and desktop processors herein known as the 2nd Generation Core processor family or more simply as Intel Core 2011 processors to us.
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Intel to launch Insider movie service with 1080p content …
Agam Shah / PC World:
Lenovo to Show First Tablets at CES  —  Lenovo will show its first tablets this week as it moves to make a mark in the fast-growing market led by Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab.  —  Lenovo executives said two consumer tablet devices will be shown at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Lenovo tries to escape boring designs with new ThinkPad laptops  —  Lenovo is unveiling its latest computers bit by bit at the Consumer Electronics Show.  The first to be unveiled are its new line of ThinkPad laptops, which are aimed at business users.  —  These machines reflect the attempt …
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 …
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Toshiba announces unnamed Tegra 2-powered Android tablet, waits only for Honeycomb  —  Let the Tegra 2-powered, Android Honeycomb tablet announcements begin!  Apparently (and understandably) staying away from a Folio 2 moniker, Toshiba is kicking off CES with its new unnamed 10.1-inch Android tablet …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Like ‘Twitter For iPad’?  Check Out Its Facebook Counterpart, Facepad  —  In what has become one of the not-so-great mysteries of technology, Facebook still hasn't launched a native iPad application nine months after the device made its debut, despite the fact that many thousands …
Reuters:
Apple woes continue as some oversleep in Asia and Europe  —  (Reuters) - Some iPhone users in Asia and Europe complained of malfunctioning alarms on the first working day of 2011, even after Apple reassured users that its phones' built-in clocks will work from Monday.
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Wireless to Showcase Google-Powered 4G Phones  —  Verizon Wireless is expected this week to show off several devices powered by Google Inc. software for its new 4G network, underscoring the importance of the two companies' relationship even as speculation mounts that Verizon will get to offer the iPhone this year.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung Galaxy S hits target, surpasses 10 million units sold  —  Samsung has officially confirmed that its Galaxy S smartphone range has eclipsed 10 million units sold, hitting the company's target just 7 months after the device launched.  —  We previously reported that the handset …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Exits Lag in the Fourth Quarter, but IPO Hype Boils for 2011  —  There is a lot of hype swirling that 2011 is going to be the big comeback year for the venture-backed IPO.  And we're talking about big, gaudy IPOs, not small ones that essentially function as another funding round.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Scott Kurnit's AdKeeper Raises $35 Million Second Round  —  AdKeeper, the startup launched by About.com founder Scott Kurnit this past fall, has raised a whopping $35 million second round funding.  Back in September, AdKeeper, which acts as an interactive ad clipping service for users …
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
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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
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
A roadmap to CES 2011: parties, gadgets, apps, and exhaustion
Eric Savitz / Tech Musings:
Internet Creeps Into New TVs; In 2010, 21% Had Connectivity
Mark Krynsky / Lifestream Blog:
The Year in Lifestreaming for 2010
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Google Helps Seized BitTorrent Site to Regain Lost Traffic
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Facing WikiLeaks Threat, Bank Plays Defense
Discussion: Reuters
Bloomberg:
Qualcomm to Invest $1 Billion in Taiwan Display Plant
Henry Blodget / SAI:
The U.S. Mood, As Inferred From Twitter
 Earlier Items: 
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
iPhone = Mac 2.0  —  There are two ways to interpret the equation above.
Paul Eckert / Front Row Washington:
Republican puts crosshairs on Holder over WikiLeaks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Square Starts 2011 with A New Round At A Big Valuation
Discussion: VatorNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Traffic Is Actually Up Since The Facebook Deal; Thanks Largely To Turkey
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Seven Technologies That Will Rock 2011
Fred / A VC:
Predictions and Prognostications  —  I've read a lot of predictions …
Discussion: SAI and CloudAve