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1:25 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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Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Goldman's Facebook coup  —  The NYT reports that Goldman Sachs is investing $450 million of its own money into Facebook and that it's bringing along $50 million from Digital Sky Technologies and as much as $1 billion more from its high-net-worth clients — all at a valuation of $50 billion.
Discussion: SAI
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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
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 …
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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”.
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
Thanks:kevendones
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNET News and Reuters
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
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.
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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Bloomberg:
Qualcomm to Invest $1 Billion in Taiwan Display Plant
Discussion: DigiTimes and Engadget
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!
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Traffic Is Actually Up Since The Facebook Deal; Thanks Largely To Turkey
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Computers That See You and Keep Watch Over You
Discussion: broadstuff
George Hobica / Airfarewatchdog:
Expedia removes American Airlines' fares completely
Discussion: Bloomberg and TechFlash