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5:50 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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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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
CES: What Microsoft's Ballmer didn't say  —  This isn't a typical keynote write-up.  Usually, covering a keynote,At the kick-off Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 keynote by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on January 5, the more interesting bits were what Ballmer didn't say.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Netflix and Hulu Plus with Kinect coming this spring to Xbox 360  —  Good news, Hulu Plus is finally coming to Xbox 360 this spring.  Better news, both Hulu Plus and Netflix will be compatible with Kinect.  We imagine it'll be just like Zune Video's interface.  Developing...
Discussion: TechNet Blogs, The Next Web and TheFeed
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft sold 8 million Kinects in 60 days
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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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
Discussion: SAI and All Facebook
Dan Primack / Fortune:
New Facebook-Goldman info, including WHY Facebook is doing the deal
Discussion: SAI and VentureBeat
Bloomberg:   Goldman Sachs Says It May Sell, Hedge Facebook Stake
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Report: Facebook Revenue Was $777 Million In 2009, Net Income $200 Million
Discussion: SAI
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
CES: 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
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
New Tile-Based Shell, App Model, And App Store Coming In Windows 8?
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!)
Discussion: Phones Review and Liliputing
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: SlashGear
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
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 ?
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.
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 …
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) …
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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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 …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Mac App Store will launch at 12:00 pm ET on Thursday  —  The Mac App Store will officially launch on January 6, but nobody has been able to nail down a time when the service will be publicly available.  —  According to my sources, the Mac App Store will be available at 12:00 pm (noon) ET on Thursday.
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).
 
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