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8:15 PM ET, January 4, 2011

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Reuters:
Goldman's “friends” get week to mull Facebook bet  —  (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs is not giving its multimillionaire clients a lot of time or information to think about investing in a $1.5 billion Facebook private offering.  —  According to a customer who received a letter from Goldman …
Discussion: SAI
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Felix Salmon:
Why Facebook won't go public  —  Miguel Helft explains why Facebook is going to have to go public sooner or later: … This is a classic non sequitur: Helft's first sentence simply doesn't follow from his second.  Yes, it's nice for companies not to have to disclose their financial results.
Discussion: TechCrunch, DealBook and DeviceMAG
Duff McDonald / Fortune:
Five reasons why I'm not buying Facebook  —  Before you start scrambling to get a piece of the Facebook pie, it's worth looking at a few glaring risk factors.  —  Would you give this guy $2 million?  —  Excuse me for raining on the Facebook parade, but yesterday's news about the $450 million investment …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Facebook, Twitter, & startup valuations …
Bloomberg:
Facebook Backer Helps Lure Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley to Silicon Valley
Discussion: SAI
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
In the Works: A Google Mobile Payment Service?  —  “You'll be able to walk in a store and do commerce,” says Google's Eric Schmidt.  “You'd bump for everything and eventually replace credit cards”  —  Google (GOOG) is considering building a payment and advertising service that would let users buy milk …
Andrew Mason / The Daily Groupon:
Why Groupon Isn't in Australia  —  Since Groupon started in 2008, we've grown from one to thirty-seven countries.  Australia, however, remains conspicuously absent from our lineup.  Australian customers and press have been asking why we still haven't formally launched …
Discussion: eMoney, metarand and Pulse2
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Groupon Files Lawsuit Against Australian Clone “Scoopon”
Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
US Tablet Sales Will More Than Double This Year  —  Today Forrester published its revised US consumer tablet forecast, updating its previous forecast from June 2010.  When Apple's iPad first debuted, we saw the device as a game-changer but were too conservative with our forecast.
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Consumer Electronics Show comes to Las Vegas this week  —  At CES, more than 2,500 companies are presenting new electronics and tech products.  At least 120,000 attendees from 130 countries are expected to peruse the show floor.  —  You'd think people would have enough gadgets …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Steve Ballmer to tease Windows 8 at CES keynote
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Two faces of Android  —  The most remarkable thing about Android is that it is the first widely adopted Open Source client operating system.  It's long been clear that Open Source is the best way to preserve infrastructural code from the vicissitudes of corporate and governmental volatility …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:kevinmarks
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner to livestream opening day of new Congress on Facebook  —  Washington (CNN) - Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wants all his friends to see him get sworn in on Wednesday - Facebook friends that is.  —  For the first time ever, Congress will be broadcast live on Facebook.
Markus Nigrin / The Pocket Cyclone:
Mac App Store - Sneak Peak  —  In two days, the Mac App Store will open its gates.  —  While there is the usual amount of speculation out there on technicalities and its potential overall success, it seems widely unclear what will happen on Opening Day.  —  So last week I sent …
Discussion: MacRumors
Douglas Soltys / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry PlayBook Web Fidelity Video (Multimedia, Games and Social Networking)  —  Check out our latest BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet video, just in time for CES 2011!  When we posted the BlackBerry PlayBook vs. iPad comparison video, many Inside BlackBerry readers posted comments suggesting …
Royal Pingdom:
Apache web server hit a home run in 2010  —  The World Wide Web would be nothing without web servers, and Apache has been king of that hill for a long time now.  Although its market share has been slipping a bit in recent years, Apache came back with a vengeance in 2010.
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sony's PlayStation Phone finally gets Xperia, PlayStation logos  —  We've heard of the mysterious, still-totally-unofficial PlayStation Phone running Android 2.2 in the past, but we'd also heard it could run 3.0 — thing is, that was back before we knew Gingerbread would be 2.3 …
DealBook:
Qualcomm Is Said to Be Near $3.5 Billion Deal for Atheros  —  Qualcomm is near a deal to buy Atheros Communications, a semiconductor manufacturing company, for about $45 per share, or $3.5 billion, according to two people with direct knowledge of the talks.  —  A deal could be announced …
Discussion: NewEnterprise, GigaOM and Deal Journal
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Who owns your digital downloads?  (Hint: it's not you)  —  Steve Jobs once said, “People want to own their music.”  —  Someone better tell the folks who run the iTunes Store and its competitors.  If you buy a digital music track or album from the iTunes store or one of its competitors, you don't own it.
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:paulfallon
StatCounter Global Stats:
Firefox overtakes Internet Explorer in Europe in browser wars  — Internet Explorer loses crown in major market for first time  —  Boston, USA and Dublin, Ireland; Tuesday 4th January, 2011: Firefox overtook Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) to become the number one browser in Europe …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
HP holding webOS event February 9th; PalmPad line may be revealed  —  Uh oh, it's definitely going down — in addition to the flood of tablet devices headed to CES and Apple's rumored next event detailing the new iPad around February, HP just sent out invites to a webOS event of its own happening on February 9th.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
USA Today Buys Tech Products Site Network Reviewed.com  —  Gannett (NYSE: GCI) USA Today has acquired Reviewed.com, a group of 12 product-review websites.  The site provides in-depth, long takes on digital cameras, camcorders and high def televisions.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
So You Just Bought Sex.com For $13 Million - Now What?  —  Sex.com.  It's a domain name with quite a history - heck, it was rocky enough for a book to be written solely about it.  I'll spare you that story and let you discover it on your own, though.  —  TechCrunch had an exclusive interview …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Math: If Accounts Were Ranked By Followers, This Would Be The Equation  —  exp(21 - 1.1*log(#followers))  —  If you ever wanted to know where you rank among Twitter users in terms of the followers you have, that's the equation.  Well, for most of you anyway.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Microsoft Warns of Image Problem  —  Microsoft today warned Windows users about a previously unknown security vulnerability that could allow attackers to install malicious software simply by getting users to view a malicious image in a Web browser or document.
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee partners with Iomega, NAS device running Boxee is coming  —  We are happy to announce that Iomega will be bringing out a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device running the Boxee software.  —  Boxee is a software company (even though some people mistake us for a set-top box maker) …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SCVNGR Raises $15 Million At $100MM Valuation  —  Location based game SCVNGR has raised another $15 million in a funding round led by European VC firm Balderton Capital, with participation from previous investors Google Ventures and Highland Capital Partners.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Toyota Entune-Bing and more in your car  —  Toyota today introduced Entune from CES in Las Vegas, its new built-in hardware / mobile phone application pair that brings Bing, Pandora, Open Table and more to your car's dashboard.  —  Basically, you'll be able to (after buying a new …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Users Uploaded A Record 750 Million Photos Over New Year's  —  It doesn't come as a huge surprise, but it's still staggering to think about: over the New Year's weekend, Facebook saw 750 million photo uploads from its users.  That's a lot of celebrating, and it sets a new Facebook record.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TV Content Check-In App Miso Lands $1.5M From Google Ventures And Hearst  —  The check-in app for TV content Miso has just announced $1.5 million in new funding led by Google Ventures with Hearst Interactive Media also participating in the round.  The startup had previously raised seed funding …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Rachael King / Business Week:
Ditch Your Wallet and Pay by Phone
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With Fusion, AMD plans to stop being the underdog in chips
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Supposedly Showing Off Its Answer To Apple TV And Google TV At CES
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
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