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11:35 AM ET, January 5, 2011

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Disruptive Android App Store Now Open To Developers — Full Details  —  Fragmentation.  Curation.  Recommendations.  Take your pick: Android is getting all three, compliments of a new Amazon-run application marketplace due to launch later this year.
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Amazon Appstore Developer Blog:
Introducing the Amazon Appstore Developer Portal  —  You may have seen the buzz in Android blogs and forums about Amazon doing something... appy!  Today Amazon.com launched the Amazon Appstore Developer Portal.  You can find the Portal at developer.amazon.com.
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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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft's Move to Put Windows on ARM Chips a Long Time in the Making  —  When word first broke last month that Microsoft was planning to port Windows over to ARM-based chips, it seemed like it might be just a hasty reaction to the success of the iPad.  —  However, the move has been in the works …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Steve Ballmer to tease Windows 8 at CES keynote
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’ …
Discussion: Softpedia News and WinBeta
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 …
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Scott Morrison / Dow Jones Newswires:   Facebook seen using new funds for data centres, acquisitions
Christine Harper / Bloomberg:
Goldman's Invest-and-Advise Model Thrives With Facebook Deal
Discussion: Reuters and Bloomberg
Matt Asay / The Register:
Beastly Android will batter Apple's iOS beauty  —  Complexity: the price of freedom  —  Open...and Shut Apple can still claim top spot in terms of US market share, according to recent data from Nielsen, but its lead is rapidly vanishing in Android's wake.  —  This means that developers increasingly …
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Kyle Baxter / TightWind:
Android Isn't About Building a Mobile Platform
Discussion: Tech Sanity Check
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Rolling Stone ad features Thunderbolt, and Inspire 4G headed to AT&T  —  An astute reader noticed an advertisement in the current edition of Rolling Stone, featuring HTC's 4G phones.  Besides the Evo 4G and the T-Mobile G2, we see the latest additions to HTC's 4G stable — our friend the HTC Thunderbolt …
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Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
HTC leaks AT&T's 4G hand...wait, what AT&T 4G?
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Vizio Phone hands-on preview  —  Along with Vizio's new tablet, we had a chance to look at the HDTV maker's new Android device, unsurprisingly dubbed the Vizio Phone.  The phone is still in the early stages (both the hardware and software aren't production ready at all) …
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 …
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
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.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Ad Network Millennial Media Raises $27.5 Million; Tripled Revenue In 2010  —  We've learned exclusively that mobile ad network Millennial Media has raised $27.5 million in new funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, Columbia Capital, Charles River Ventures, and New Enterprise Associates.
Discussion: eMoney, Internet2Go, BaltTech, mocoNews and SAI
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 …
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.
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: DSLreports and TechEye
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.
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
3D movies via VUDU coming next week  —  Picked up a new 3DTV and you're seriously bummed that there's nothing to watch?  Good news if you have one of the many VUDU capable streaming devices as next week is the week when 3D movies start heading your way.  Said movies will be available …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Alliance With Intel Shows Age  —  The technology industry's most lucrative partnership—the long-running alliance between Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp.—is coming to a day of reckoning.  —  Sales of tablets, smartphones and televisions using rival technologies are taking off …
DealBook:
Qualcomm to Buy Atheros for $45 a Share  —  Qualcomm, the wireless technology company, has agreed to buy the chip maker Atheros Communications for $3.1 billion, or $45 a share, in a deal that underscores the growing importance of smartphones and tablet computers.
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
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: Search Engine Land and SAI
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
#LessAmbitiousMovies Aims To Sort Of Take Over Part Of Your Twitter Stream
Discussion: NetworkEffect and Tradigital
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 and Turn
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
CEA: 80 Tablets to Be Shown at CES
Discussion: Mobilized, CNN and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google Lost Groupon, But Still Tops Most-Active Acquirer List
Discussion: Deal Journal
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Warrantless cell phone search gets a green light in California
Grant Hatchimonji / Tablet PC Review:
Asus Eee Pads Revealed: Slider, Transformer, Slate, and MeMO
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Math: If Accounts Were Ranked By Followers, This Would Be The Equation
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
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Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Verizon changing its upgrade policy; you'll have to wait 20 months for a new phone
Douglas Soltys / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry PlayBook Web Fidelity Video (Multimedia, Games and Social Networking)