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12:55 AM ET, January 5, 2011

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Paul Thurrott / Windows Phone Secrets:
What's happening with Windows Phone updates in 2011  —  I can finally reveal a number of details about the first Windows Phone 7 update, a future major update, and how Microsoft intends to roll out updates generally.  It's not necessarily great news.  But here's what's happening.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 ‘NoDo’ update hitting phones in early February, ‘Mango’ coming later with IE9?  —  Word on the street from Microsoft savant Paul Thurrott is that Windows Phone 7's first update might go gold as early as this week — in time for Ballmer's CES keynote, in fact …
Discussion: PhoneDog.com and WinBeta
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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Bloomberg:
Facebook Backer Helps Lure Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley to Silicon Valley
Discussion: SAI
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sales Are At A Trickle On Google's Chrome Web Store  —  In December, after months of anticipation and discussions with third-party developers, Google finally unveiled the Chrome Web Store — an online portal that lets users purchase and ‘install’ web applications like TweetDeck, MOG, and hundreds of others.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Steve Ballmer to tease Windows 8 at CES keynote  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is set to take to the stage tomorrow for the opening keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  —  Ballmer will detail a number of new announcements related to Windows Phone, Xbox and Windows.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
See If You Can Spot The Problem With Microsoft's Tablet Strategy
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Sure, RSS Is Dead — Just Like the Web Is Dead  —  A brush fire has been swirling through the blogosphere of late over whether RSS is dead, dying, or possibly severely injured and in need of assistance.  It seems to have started with a post from UK-based web designer Kroc Camen that got picked up by Hacker News and re-tweeted a lot.
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 …
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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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
CEA: 80 Tablets to Be Shown at CES  —  How many tablets will be shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show this week?  How about 80?  —  That figure is the official estimate by the Consumer Electronics Association, according to a CEA spokeswoman.  Although the number includes previously-announced products …
DealBook:
Qualcomm Is Said to Be Set to Buy Atheros for $3.5 Billion  —  Updated  —  Qualcomm, the pioneering wireless technology company, is near an agreement to buy the chip maker Atheros Communications for about $3.5 billion, according to two people with direct knowledge of the talks …
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 …
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
Jeffrey Ressner / American Way Magazine:
Online Experimenting  —  We take a peek inside Google Labs, the online giant's incubator for the next great idea.  —  Hardly anyone outside the company even knows it, but every December, an informal, almost comical award ceremony is held at Google's headquarters in Mountain View …
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Warrantless cell phone search gets a green light in California  —  The contents of your cell phone can reveal a lot more about you than the naked eye can: who your friends are, what you've been saying and when, which websites you've visited, and more.  There has long been debate over user privacy …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
VC Money Keeps Pouring In For Ad Targeters: Turn Raises $20 Million  —  Turn is the latest ad tech firm to greet the new year with a whopping sum of venture capital.  The Silicon Valley-based company has raised $20 million in a fourth round funding, bringing its total raised to $58.5 million in the past five years.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Kindle for Windows Phone 7 goes live  —  We knew it was coming... and you know what happens to things you know are coming?  They eventually come.  Case in point: Amazon's Kindle app for Windows Phone 7, first teased in October and now available to anyone with a WP7 device and a desire to read stuff.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Appeals court upholds first sale doctrine for promo CDs
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google Lost Groupon, But Still Tops Most-Active Acquirer List
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chegg Hires Former Netflix COO To Manage Massive Textbook Warehouse
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
HP holding webOS event February 9th; PalmPad line may be revealed
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
So You Just Bought Sex.com For $13 Million - Now What?
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Who owns your digital downloads? (Hint: it's not you)
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:paulfallon
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SCVNGR Raises $15 Million At $100MM Valuation
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
In the Works: A Google Mobile Payment Service?