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6:30 PM 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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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.
Discussion: SAI and Epicenter
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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Deal Spurs Inquiry  —  SEC Launches Review of 1960s-Era Disclosure Regulations for Private Firms  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission has begun examining whether disclosure rules for privately held firms need to be rewritten as a result of recent deals allowing investors …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Has More Than 600 Million Users, Goldman Tells Clients
Discussion: Pulse2, MarketingVOX and Mixed Media
Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
Goldman's New Facebook Friend Said to Tutor Wealth Managers on Barred Site
Discussion: Fast Company, SAI and msnbc.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 …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft shows off Windows 8 on ARM  —  Microsoft demonstrated at a press conference on January 5 the “next version of Windows” running on ARM processors, as many Microsoft watchers had been expecting.  —  At the press conference — held a few hours before CEO Steve Ballmer will keynote …
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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.
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.
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Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
Google Wins Freeze on Microsoft Contract With U.S. Department of Interior
Jake Smith / Teens in Tech:
Google Posts Android Honeycomb Promotional Video  —  While all of the press are at CES and we're stuck with school, Google decided to post this video to give us a little taste of Android 3.0.  Sadly, the video can't be embedded so you'll have to view with the link below.
Discussion: Engadget, BGR, GottaBeMobile and LaptopMemo, Thanks:jakeosmith
Allen Kiehl / AndroidSPIN:
Exclusive: Hands on with the HTC Thunderbolt 4G  —  HTC Thunderbolt Browser, AndroidSPIN.com  —  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).
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Gene Munster: Google Has Given Up On Social  —  Count Piper Jaffray tech analyst Gene Munster among the Facebook bulls.  He just gave an interview to Bloomberg TV which must have made any Googlers listening cringe.  —  Here are the main points, paraphrased:  — Google has given up on social.
Discussion: Pulse2 and Fortune
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.
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
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
New Tile-Based Shell, App Model, And App Store Coming In Windows 8?  —  Article Rating: (Total Ratings: 47)  —  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.
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 …
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Matt Asay / The Register:   Beastly Android will batter Apple's iOS beauty
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: NBC Bay Area
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel CEO: New chip will spur $125B in 2011 PC sales  —  Intel chief executive Paul Otellini said today that Intel's newest chip will generate $125 billion in revenue this year for PC makers.  The chip, codenamed Sandy Bridge, combines graphics and general computing functions …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Google Who?  LG Launches App Platform for TVs  —  LAS VEGAS — LG Electronics on Wednesday introduced its new Smart TV platform bringing apps, games and web-streamed movies to its latest televisions.  —  The platform will enable LG televisions to expand their capabilities …
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) …
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).
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Spotify 2010 US launch ‘delayed by labels’ high cash demands'  —  Spotify's long-awaited 2010 US launch failed because the major record labels demanded “extremely high cash advances”.  —  Spotify until recently has claimed it will launch stateside by the end of 2010.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: HP CMO Resigns, Replaced by SAP Exec  —  Hewlett-Packard is kicking off the new year with a bit of an executive shake-up: Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Mendenhall is leaving the company.  —  It's not yet clear why, and there are conflicting narratives developing around …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Blogging Forefather Seeks to Re-Invent Blogging, Again  —  Dave Winer, a man who was key to the creation and growth of blogging, RSS, podcasting, OPML and several more technical standards that helped social media become what it is today, announced this morning that he's working on a new technology …
Discussion: Scripting News
 
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Samsung's Series 9 laptop is the Windows Macbook Air killer you've been waiting for
Discussion: Engadget
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Android's Users Eclipse IPhone's for First Time, comScore Says
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's How Twitter Is Laying The Foundation For Its Own Photo Sharing Service
Emma Hall / AdAge:
Three Groupon Ads Ruled Misleading in U.K.
Discussion: asa.org.uk, TechEye and The Next Web
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Eye Specialists Question Nintendo's Warning on 3-D Technology and Children
Discussion: Gizmodo and GoNintendo
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
LG Optimus Black: Meet the World's New Slimmest Phone (For Now)
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
See If You Can Spot The Problem With Microsoft's Tablet Strategy