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8:25 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 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPad 2 case shows up at CES, packing a mockup iPad 2  —  We've been seeing supposed iPad 2 cases for about a month now, all of them with the same telltale cutouts: a camera hole in the back, a camera hole in the front, and a big ol' speaker hole.  Today's find beats them all, however …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
See If You Can Spot The Problem With Microsoft's Tablet Strategy  —  Earlier today, computer maker Asus kicked off the Consumer Electronics Show a day early by announcing four upcoming tablet computers.  Three of them run Google's Android operating system.  One runs Windows 7.
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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.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
What Everyone Seems to Miss In Facebook's Private or Public Debate...  ...is the core reason it makes sense for Facebook to be public: Accountability to its customers.  The rest of this debate is simply financial folks arguing amongst themselves.  —  Facebook is the greatest repository …
Discussion: FM Blog
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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.
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.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Memo to Twitter: Popularity Is Becoming a Commodity  —  So there I was flying back to San Francisco after the Holidays, flipping through the United Hemispheres magazine to better understand my awesome Snack Box options, when I was stopped by an animated drawing of Twitter founder Evan Williams …
Anil Dash:
If You Didn't Blog It, It Didn't Happen  —  Clive Thompson's newest Wired piece argues that the flow of short-form messages as we see on Twitter and Facebook is encouraging longer meditations in other media.  I've been thinking about this phenomenon for a while in terms of the impact …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
HTC leaks AT&T's 4G hand...wait, what AT&T 4G?  —  HTC has jumped the gun in a pretty big way.  —  Android Central posts an HTC ad which appears in this month's Rolling Stone where HTC brags about being the first 4G phone on each of the four major US networks.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Rolling Stone ad features Thunderbolt, and Inspire 4G headed to AT&T
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.
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
‘Hurt Locker’ lawyers continue antipiracy fight  —  Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, the law firm that has filed copyright complaints against thousands of accused illegal file sharers on behalf of independent filmmakers this year, is getting some important help.  —  DGW, which also operates under …
Discussion: TechEye
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Math That Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad  —  ROSLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — As students returned to class this week, some were carrying brand-new Apple iPads in their backpacks, given not by their parents but by their schools.  —  A growing number of schools across the nation are embracing the iPad …
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: Softpedia News and Techie Buzz
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 …
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
#LessAmbitiousMovies Aims To Sort Of Take Over Part Of Your Twitter Stream  —  Hey you know what's happening right now?  #LessAmbitiousMovies, the craziest Twitter hashtag meme I've ever seen, pacing at around 200 tweets per minute.  The basic premise is to tweet out the titles of popular films …
Discussion: NetworkEffect and Tradigital
FoxBusiness.com:
Google CFO Hints at Return to China  —  Google hinted Monday that it wants to return to China after it controversially quit the country last year after a dispute over censorship.  —  Patrick Pichette, Google's chief financial officer, told the paper that withdrawing Google from China …
Discussion: SAI
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 …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GroupMe Scores $10.6 Million From Khosla Ventures And Others  —  GroupMe, a startup conceived at the TechCrunch Disrupt: New York hackathon, has closed its second round of financing.  This new round, $10.6 million, is a big round for a startup that's just 8 months old and had previously raised $850,000.
Discussion: VatorNews and VentureBeat
Kyle Baxter / TightWind:
Android Isn't About Building a Mobile Platform  —  Google isn't a web application company—they're an advertising company.  That's what they do best, and that's what drives their company.  Of Google's $23.6 billion of revenue in 2009, all but $760 million of it was derived from advertising …
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: IntoMobile and Lifehacker
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.
 
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Jane L. Levere / New York Times:
American Airlines in Fee Battle With Web Agencies
Discussion: Tnooz
David Kaplan / paidContent:
VC Money Keeps Pouring In For Ad Targeters: Turn Raises $20 Million
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
CEA: 80 Tablets to Be Shown at CES
Discussion: Mobilized, CNN and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Appeals court upholds first sale doctrine for promo CDs
Grant Hatchimonji / Tablet PC Review:
Asus Eee Pads Revealed: Slider, Transformer, Slate, and MeMO
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Math: If Accounts Were Ranked By Followers, This Would Be The Equation
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Toyota Entune-Bing and more in your car
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Microsoft Warns of Image Problem
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner to livestream opening day of new Congress on Facebook
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
HP holding webOS event February 9th; PalmPad line may be revealed
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Two faces of Android  —  The most remarkable thing about Android …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:kevinmarks
Douglas Soltys / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry PlayBook Web Fidelity Video (Multimedia, Games and Social Networking)