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7:45 AM ET, January 6, 2011

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Ballmer At CES 2011: “Whatever Device You Use, Windows Will Be There”  —  Today in his Consumer Electronics Show keynote, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer declared that Xbox is no longer a gaming device but an entertainment hub.  And Windows will be everywhere, from your TV through Xbox …
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows at CES 2011  —  It's been an exciting day for Windows with lots of news shared.  I did however want to take a few minutes to share with you a bit more about the rest of the Windows story and the things we will be talking about this week at CES.  —  At last year's CES …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Microsoft gives LCDs the power to see with Surface 2.0  —  Microsoft's Surface touchscreen technology for large displays has lost a lot of bulk in its newest iteration, and in the process it has also given LCDs the power to see with its new PixelSense technology.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Next Version of Windows to Run on System-on-a-Chip Architectures
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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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Avatar Kinect: Now Your Avatar Smiles, Smirks and Talks When You Do  —  Your Xbox Live avatar leads a lonely existence.  Or did, anyway, before Avatar Kinect came along.  Now, Kinect recognizes your face: When you smile, when you raise your eyebrows, when you talk—and your Avatar uncannily does the same.
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Netflix and Hulu Plus with Kinect coming this spring to Xbox 360
Discussion: TechNet Blogs and The Next Web
Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Flooded With Facebook Orders  —  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
Discussion: TechCrunch, SAI and All Facebook
Bloomberg:
Goldman Sachs Says It May Sell, Hedge Facebook Stake
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
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Jacob Schulman / Engadget:   Motorola Xoom first hands-on! (update: video!)
AppleInsider:
Apple restricting employee vacations as first 2011 products loom  —  Apple is quietly prohibiting vacation days for some retail employees for three weeks beginning later this month, a move that could foreshadow a significant product introduction in the coming weeks, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: THINQ.co.uk and SlashGear
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.
Marco.org:
Google's decreasingly useful, spam-filled web search  —  Jeff Atwood, in Trouble In the House of Google: … (via Anil Dash's nice roundup on the issue)  —  I've been frustrated as well by Google's apparent defeat by spam.  It's not a sudden issue — it's been gradually worsening for a few years.
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Ballmer on Windows Phone 7: 5,500 apps, updates coming, Verizon and Sprint in first half of 2011  —  Speaking at his company's CES keynote, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer let go several pertinent facts about the Windows Phone 7 operating system.  For starters, the much anticipated WP7 software update …
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Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:   Windows Phone 7's Success May Hinge On Games
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 …
Arron / RazorianFly:
EXCLUSIVE: Tweetie 2.0 For Mac Will Launch With The Mac App Store, Tomorrow … Post comment as  —  This is awesome, I can't wait to see the App Store and Twitter for Mac!  —  Reply  —  View comment  —  If it's free, what is the business model ?  Shouldn't it be paid, at least a buck ?
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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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry PlayBook Review  —  A Hands-On Pre-Release Review of the BlackBerry PlayBook  —  I've FINALLY gone hands-on with the BlackBerry PlayBook and thus it's time for me to report back with my initial review and impressions of Research In Motion's first tablet device featuring the all-new QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS.
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Marin Perez / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry PlayBook will have Sprint 4G
Discussion: Featured News and GottaBeMobile
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) …
Jonathan Christensen / The Big Blog:
Skype coming soon to Sony BRAVIA and VIZIO VIA TVs  —  Last year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we ushered in a new era of face-to-face communications with the introduction of Skype-enabled TVs.  This year at CES, we're making further strides in the living room by making it even easier to get Skype on your TV.
Discussion: BGR and SlashGear
 
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Emil Protalinski / TechSpot:
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
In 4G Race, Verizon Pulls Ahead With Pricey Speed
Discussion: Electronista
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba to sell big-screen, glasses-free 3D HDTVs in 2011 / 2012
Discussion: Computerworld and Reuters
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NVIDIA announces Project Denver ARM CPU for the desktop
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Mac App Store will launch at 12:00 pm ET on Thursday
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Wins One Against Microsoft