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Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
Why the Mac App Store Sucks  —  Apple launched the Mac App Store today, allowing you to browse, search, read reviews, and buy Mac software of all kinds in one streamlined location.  And it's terrible.  Here's why.  Sure, the Mac App Store is a good idea in theory.
Discussion: Cult of Mac, App Advice and RazorianFly
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Mac App Store Cracked Open for Piracy  —  The Mac App Store's security has been cracked.  This means that, by installing a software called Kickback, you will be able to pirate any applications in the store.  However, the crack will not be available until February 2011, according to Dissident:
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Without Proper Code Validation, Mac App Store Downloads Are Easily Bootlegged  —  Copy the App Store receipt from any legit Mac App Store download — including from any free app — and paste it into a bootleg download of Angry Birds, and it'll run.  —  This isn't true for all paid Mac App Store apps.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Apple's Mac App Store fundamentally changes PC software usage rights  —  Earlier today, Apple officially launched its application store for Macintosh, with about 1,000 free and paid applications available.  Snow Leopard users download the Mac OS X 10.6.6 update, and the store is included.
Reuters:
Goldman customers get Facebook financials  —  (Reuters) - Facebook earned $355 million in net income in the first nine months of 2010 on revenue of $1.2 billion, according to documents that Goldman Sachs is providing to clients.  —  Goldman began hand-delivering copies of the 101-page private …
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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Will Go Public or Disclose Financials by April 2012  —  Facebook Inc. will begin disclosing financial information or stage an initial public offering by April 2012, according to a new 100-page private-placement memo now being distributed to potential investors in the company.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook, Goldman Sachs & How Money Seeks Regulatory Free Zones
Discussion: EngageDigital and Epicenter
Tony Bates / The Big Blog:
Skype to acquire Qik  —  I'm happy to announce that we've entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Qik, a provider of mobile video software and services that let people capture, instantly share and preserve great moments on video from anywhere.  Qik has 60 employees …
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SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CONFIRMED: Skype To Acquire Qik For $150 Million
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Uniformity vs. Individuality in Mac UI Design  —  The new Twitter for Mac is somewhat polarizing, what with its almost entirely custom UI.  I used to have a fervor for uniform consistency in Mac UI design.  A perusal through the early DF archives will show that.  But the HIG is dead.  It died long ago.
Discussion: NewsGrange and RiSC future
Jenna Dawn / Twitter Blog:
Celebrating a New Year with a New Tweet Record  —  Well, that didn't take long.  Just four seconds after midnight in Japan on January 1st, Twitterers set an all-time record in the number of Tweets sent per second (TPS).  At that moment, the world sent a staggering 6,939 TPS wishing friends …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Android 3.0 Honeycomb shown off in new series of videos  —  Courtesy of T-Mobile and its newly announced G-Slate tablet by LG, several videos showing off Google's new tablet-only OS have surfaced.  Honeycomb will power the next generation of Android tablets, and it appears to offer …
Discussion: Android Police, Pulse2 and Examiner
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Have Approached Blackstone's Tosi to Becoming Finance Chief  —  Apple Inc. approached Blackstone Group LP Chief Financial Officer Laurence Tosi to become its finance chief, three people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  Tosi told Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman that he plans to stay …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
More on Microsoft ‘Jupiter’ and what it means for Windows 8  —  After a first tip this week on Microsoft's Jupiter — a new “application model” for Windows 8 — I started nosing around to learn more about this mysterious new Microsoft codename.  —  Here's a brain dump of what I learned …
Discussion: The Next Web
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Most Worthless Week in Tech  —  The case against the Consumer Electronics Show.  —  A year ago, Steve Ballmer took the stage of the Consumer Electronics Show to tout a technology that he promised would change the world: the Windows operating system.  Newcomers to CES might have been baffled …
Mike Schackwitz / The Windows Blog:
What happened in the recent Hotmail outage  —  On December 31, 2010, a number of our users reported their email messages and folders were missing from their Hotmail accounts.  I want to take a little time to explain what happened, and what steps we've taken to fix this problem and prevent it from happening in the future.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Buys Web Conferencing Platform DimDim For $31 Million In Cash  —  Salesforce is continuing its shopping spree into 2011.  The company has announced that it has acquired DimDim, a web conferencing service for $31 million in cash.  —  DimDim, which has raised around $9 million in venture funding …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Show's over: how Hollywood strong-ARMed Intel and the CE biz  —  Intel's new movie service, Intel Insider, is a lot more interesting for what it signifies than for what it actually is.  The service, which takes advantage of a new hardware module inside Sandy Bridge's GPU to enable …
Discussion: PC World and Guardian
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Can Quora Survive Its Growing Popularity?  —  If you're a web service, especially a young startup, you want to get as many users as possible, right?  But there are worse things than having a small number of users — particularly when the service you are offering depends on the quality of the content provided by those users.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:mathewi
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Amazon Web Services Improves Support Offerings  —  Amazon Web Services on Thursday rolled out two premium support tiers and announced a 50 percent price cut on existing premium plans, heightening competition with rivals like Rackspace and making a clear overture to enterprises that wish to run their operations in the cloud.
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Twitter for Mac  —  Twitter is proud to introduce an appropriately slick and simple desktop application for Mac computers.  Twitter for Mac has launched today as part of the Mac App Store.  —  This app gives Twitter users another fast and convenient way to stay connected to what they care about the most.
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft CEO Ballmer: Xbox Passes Apple Among Young Consumers  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer suggested during a CNBC interview that the Xbox was the most popular young consumer brand in tech.  —  LAS VEGAS—Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer used his Jan. 5 keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show …
Discussion: CNBC and SAI
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Google Apps Adds an Anti-Spam Weapon to Its Arsenal  —  One of the most frustrating aspects of the battle against spam over the last several years has concerned overly aggressive filters.  You can be a perfectly innocent person sending a perfectly routine email, yet the spam filter …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Net Neutrality?  The FCC Hopes You'll Make an App For That  —  When the FCC re-established (just before Christmas) rules requiring cable and DSL providers not to block websites and services consumers want to use, the agency declined to also force wireless carriers to follow the same rules.
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Gartner raises IT spending forecast for 2011
Discussion: NewEnterprise and Gartner
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Inc. To Launch All-In-One BitTorrent Ecosystem
Brian Stelter / Gadgetwise:
In Its First Deal With a Network, Boxee to Sell CBS Content
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MOG Lands Deal With Verizon, Will Come Preinstalled On All 4G Android Phones
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, hypebot and SAI
 Earlier Items: 
Neil Stevens / The Big Blog:
Group video calling ready for primetime
Associated Press:
Facebook agrees to modify terms for states
Discussion: InformationWeek and NewsFirst5.com
Dan Moren / Macworld:
AT&T halves price of iPhone 3GS, adds fuel to fire
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Skype Is Killing It on Long Distance