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10:20 PM ET, January 5, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Goldman, Citing Strong Response, to End Facebook Solicitation  —  Interest in shares of Facebook Inc. is so strong that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. plans to stop soliciting interest from potential investors on Thursday, after the securities firm received orders of several billion dollars, according to people familiar with the situation.
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Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Read Goldman Sachs' Secret Facebook Pitch Memo  —  Goldman Sachs has been overrun with demand for private shares of Facebook, forcing the investment bank to stop offering the stock to its wealthy clients, our Deal Journal colleagues are reporting this afternoon.
Discussion: SAI and All Facebook
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Report: Facebook Revenue Was $777 Million In 2009, Net Income $200 Million
Discussion: SAI
Dan Primack / Fortune:
New Facebook-Goldman info, including WHY Facebook is doing the deal
Discussion: VentureBeat
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Has More Than 600 Million Users, Goldman Tells Clients
Discussion: Neowin.net, Pulse2 and MarketingVOX
Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
Goldman's New Facebook Friend Said to Tutor Wealth Managers on Barred Site
Discussion: Fast Company
Andy Rubin / Google Mobile Blog:
A Sneak Peek of Android 3.0, Honeycomb  —  The past few weeks have been exciting ones for the Android team: we recently released Nexus S and Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and we've even had some of our most popular team members take a trip to space.  But we haven't stopped buzzing with excitement …
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Jake Smith / Teens in Tech:
Google Posts Android 3.0 Promotional Video; Confirms Tablet Exclusivity
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Live Blogging Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer At CES 2011  —  It's live from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is about to kick things off a keynote talk.  I'm here — my first time! — and I'll be live blogging the talk.
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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:   Avatar Kinect: Now Your Avatar Smiles, Smirks and Talks When You Do
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft sold 8 million Kinects in 60 days
Discussion: VentureBeat
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Next Version of Windows to Run on System-on-a-Chip Architectures  —  Happy New Year everyone!  At CES 2011 in Las Vegas, we hosted a press conference announcing that the next version of Windows will support System on a Chip architectures from Intel, AMD, and ARM.
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Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
New Tile-Based Shell, App Model, And App Store Coming In Windows 8?  —  I don't normally like to publish rumors that I can't verify with at least a second source, but based on the corroborating evidence I received along with this tip, I do believe it's genuine.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
AT&T details 4G plans [updated]  —  AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega gave a keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.  The focus was undoubtedly 4G — as we reported earlier today — and de la Vega was joined by Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, HTC CEO Peter Chou …
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
AT&T's 4G LTE network coming mid-2011 with 20 devices by year end
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga To Acquire Flock, The Social Browser That You Never Used  —  Zynga is acquiring Flock, a beleaguered startup founded in 2005 by Bart Decrem and Geoffrey Arone, we've confirmed.  The deal should be announced shortly.  —  The company has raised nearly $30 million in venture capital, although the last round was closed in 2008.
Discussion: eMoney and Techie Buzz
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Samsung's Series 9 laptop is the Windows Macbook Air killer you've been waiting for  —  Second-generation Intel Core Family processors are here, and laptop manufacturers are wasting no time announcing new models.  Samsung has the eye-popper of the Consumer Electronics Show (OK, so far) …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Wins One Against Microsoft  —  Google Inc. has won a key ruling in its lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department, two months after the Web giant accused the agency of improperly favoring rival Microsoft Corp. in a contract bid to provide a new email system.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Motorola XOOM tablet announced  —  Motorola Mobility on Wednesday announced the tablet countless Android fans have been waiting for.  The Motorola XOOM is a 10.1-inch full touchscreen device with specs that look like they'll line up pretty well with the rest of the Android slates we'll …
Discussion: Computerworld
Arron / RazorianFly:
EXCLUSIVE: Tweetie 2.0 For Mac Will Launch With The Mac App Store, Tomorrow  —  We're pleased to announce we have an exclusive look at the next version of Tweetie (Twitter) for Mac, version 2.0.  While we can't go into too much detail, just know that Twitter for Mac version 2.0 will launch with the Mac App Store, tomorrow.
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Next generation iPhone casing, innards revealed on video; are you the Verizon iPhone?  —  A firm named GlobalDirectParts has put together a fairly extensive, five-plus minute video showcasing what they claim to be parts from Apple's next generation iPhone (referred to as the iPhone 5 in the video).
Allen Kiehl / AndroidSPIN:
Exclusive: Hands on with the HTC Thunderbolt 4G  —  We managed to get our hands on one of the new HTC Thunderbolt 4G's today and took a few pictures for your viewing pleasure.  As well we also managed to run a Quadrant Benchmark and show the results (which are at the bottom of this post).
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Apple Is Granted Its First Liquidmetal Patent [Exclusive]  —  A prototype fuel cell mobile phone by Hitachi.  Apple may be working on similar technology for the iPhone and iPad.  Photo: Slashphone  —  Apple has been granted its first patent related to Liquidmetal, a space-age metal alloy.
Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Apple formally declares its enterprise intentions  —  In pushing Macs and iOS devices into the corporate world, Apple faces new demands and scrutiny  —  Back in 2008, Apple's vice president of enterprise sales left the company and his position was never refilled.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
LinkedIn plans to go public in 2011: sources  —  (Reuters) - LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals, plans to go public in 2011 and has selected its financial underwriters, three sources familiar with the process told Reuters.  —  Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and JPMorgan …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
CES: Microsoft shows off Surface 2.0  —  Microsoft officials demonstrated an updated, thinner version of the Surface multi-touch tabletop computer at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 5.  —  Microsoft officials shared a few particulars on the next-generation Surface 2.0 device …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Cisco's Videoscape: Ready to Reinvent TV?  —  Cisco announced an ambitious strategy for making high-quality video — whether it be from online or traditional TV and cable providers — pervasive across a wide range of devices, from broadband-connected set-top boxes to tablets and other mobile devices at CES Wednesday.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Android's Users Eclipse IPhone's for First Time, comScore Says  —  For the first time, more Americans say they are using cellphones powered by Google Inc.'s Android system than Apple Inc.'s iPhone, according to a new survey from technology-tracking firm comScore Inc.
Discussion: SAI
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Google Was the Busiest Startup Acquirer of 2010  —  Google Inc. missed out on prized daily discounter Groupon in 2010, but it still acquired far more start-ups owned by venture capital firms than any other company last year.  —  In fact, it's the first time that Google has topped the annual list …
Discussion: Pulse2 and NBC Bay Area
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NVIDIA announces Project Denver ARM CPU for the desktop  —  A “full custom processor,” designed by NVIDIA in partnership with ARM.  World's first ARM processor targeted at high performance computing.  NVIDIA really sprung this Project Denver as a major surprise at the end of its CES press conference here.
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Foursquare puts a limit on the number of friends you can have  —  Foursquare today put a cap on the number of friends and outstanding friend requests a user can have.  Users who are over the limit now get a notification when they try to request a new friendship and the friend request isn't sent.
 
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Walter S. Mossberg / All Things Digital:
In 4G Race, Verizon Pulls Ahead With Pricey Speed [Personal Technology]
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba to sell big-screen, glasses-free 3D HDTVs in 2011 / 2012
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab coming to the U.S. in Q1
Oracle:
Oracle Completes Acquisition of ATG
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PostUp Buys Twitter And Facebook Application Developer EchoFon
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Blogging Forefather Seeks to Re-Invent Blogging, Again
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: HP CMO Replaced by SAP Exec
Discussion: Forbes, Bloomberg and Pulse2
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Eye Specialists Question Nintendo's Warning on 3-D Technology and Children
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel CEO: New chip will spur $125B in 2011 PC sales
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Gene Munster: Google Has Given Up On Social
Discussion: Fortune and Pulse2
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPad 2 case shows up at CES, packing a mockup iPad 2
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Disruptive Android App Store Now Open To Developers — Full Details