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9:00 PM ET, January 12, 2011

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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Apple Releases iOS 4.3 Beta  —  A few minutes ago Apple releases iOS 4.3 beta to developers.  It's available now in the iOS Dev Center.  The beta is available for iOS devices and the second generation Apple TV.  Supported iOS mobile devices are iPad, iPhone 4 and 3GS, iPod touch 2nd, 3rd and 4th gen. Build number is 8F5148b.
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AppleInsider:
Apple issues iOS 4.3 beta with Personal Hotspot, new multitouch gestures [u]  —  Apple on Wednesday release the first beta of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, bringing support for Personal Hotspot, new multi-touch gestures, the ability for third-party applications to use AirPlay …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
iOS Wifi Hotspot?  It's in the Next Version, If Your Carrier Turns it On  —  The iOS version 4.3 will not include a wifi hotspot feature by default, contrary to hopes and reports this morning, but the feature can be turned on if carriers choose.  The Verizon iPhone announcement …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T: We're “Evaluating” The New iPhone Mobile Hotspot Feature
Bloomberg:
Apple, Verizon Took Years to Clear IPhone Differences  —  Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Communications Inc. President Lowell McAdam works a few miles from the New York auditorium where he announced yesterday's deal to offer Apple Inc.'s iPhone.  It took him four years to get there.
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Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Ending Upgrade Discount Program Before iPhone Release  —  Verizon is ending its “New Every Two” discount program on January 16th, just three weeks before it releases the iPhone on its network, Smart Money reports.  —  The program gave subscribers up to $100 every two years towards a new phone upgrade.
Tim Sneath / MSDN Blogs:
An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google  —  The world's ability to communicate with one another is a key factor in its rapid evolution and economic growth.  The Esperanto language was invented last century as a politically neutral language that would foster peace and international understanding.
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Jason Perlow / Tech Broiler Blog:
Google's H.264 decision: It's all about YouTube costs  —  Everyone wants to boil down Google's decision to remove H.264 support from Chrome to be a religious one.  To me, it's obviously infrastructure-related.  —  Ah, the smell of religious fervor in the morning.  Do you smell it?  That flame-war smell.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
So Google, You'll Be Dropping Support For Flash Next, Right?
Royal Pingdom:
Internet 2010 in numbers  —  What happened with the Internet in 2010?  —  How many websites were added?  How many emails were sent?  How many Internet users were there?  This post will answer all of those questions and many, many more.  If it's stats you want, you've come to the right place.
Discussion: Soshable and All Facebook
Greg Blevins / Google Mobile Blog:
Now available: Google Places with Hotpot for iPhone  —  We recently released Google Places with Hotpot in Google Maps for Android, and starting now, you can have that same great experience as an iPhone app.  We realize the importance of finding places you'll love while you're out and about, no matter what mobile device you use.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires eBook Technologies  —  Google has just acquired eBook Technologies, according to a notice that is currently appearing on the company's homepage.  Google confirmed the acquisition, with a spokesperson giving us this statement: “We are happy to welcome eBook Technologies' team to Google.
John C Abell / Epicenter:
YouTube Unleashes Vevo Music Vids on Mobile* (*Android Only)  —  Vevo's collection of music videos has finally come to YouTube mobile — but only on Android phones.  —  The initiative, which is live now, means 10s of thousands of Vevo music videos Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Universal …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Mobile Traffic Tripled In 2010, Android App Gets Music Videos (And Ads)
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
$50 Billion?  Hah!  Insiders Say Facebook's Goal Is To Be The First TRILLION Dollar Company  —  Goldman Sach clients are buying $1.5 billion worth of Facebook stock at a $50 billion valuation.  —  Yesterday, Wedbush analyst Lou Kerner said that if Facebook were a public company, it would be valued closer to $100 billion right now.
Tom Connor / Ars Technica:
Peep show: inside the world of unsecured IP security cameras  —  If you're in public, you're on camera.  If you walk into a coffee shop, the owner gets you at the register.  Visit a larger store, and chances are they have your face as soon as you cross the threshold.
Discussion: MOTHERBOARD
Patrick Garratt / VG247:
Source - Sony to announce PSP2 in Tokyo on January 27  —  VG247 has learnt that Sony it to hold a “business overview and strategy meeting” in Tokyo on January 27, and has been told that Sony will use the event as a reveal platform for PSP2.  —  Nothing is known of the meeting's content …
Corky / Cork'd Content:
Cork'd: The Final Tasting Note  —  Today marks a bittersweet day for Cork'd as we announce it will wind down operations.  After 1.5 years, CEO, Lindsay Ronga will move on to other opportunities.  “Working with Gary and Jon marked a milestone in my career and I am so thankful for the opportunity.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Associated Press Settles Copyright Lawsuit Against Obama ‘Hope’ Artist  —  Street artist Shepard Fairey and The Associated Press are settling a copyright dispute over who owned the rights to the iconic Obama “Hope” poster, the two said in a joint statement Wednesday.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Apple can't claim exclusive rights to ‘App Store’  —  Should the phrase “App Store” be Apple's alone?  Microsoft says no, and it's fighting for the right to use those words for its own mobile application store.  —  The Redmond company this week escalated its battle against Apple's attempt …
The Local:
Google Analytics targeted by data protection officials  —  German web companies could face hefty fines for using Google's online metrics service after data protection officials broke off talks with the US internet giant this week and threatened to pursue a precedent-setting court case.
Katherine Noyes / PC World:
Mozilla Exec: Firefox 4 Will Arrive in February  —  Firefox 4 is nearly ready for release, a recent post on Mozilla's developer mailing list suggests.  —  “Team, we've worked tremendously hard on Firefox 4, and it's time to ship it,” wrote Damon Sicore, Mozilla's senior director of platform engineering, on Tuesday.
Discussion: WebProNews and Download Squad
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
Travelzoo's Groupon Competitor Already Valued at $400 Million  —  Five months ago, Travelzoo, an old internet 1.0 company, decided to expand their business by launching a Groupon competitor.  —  In September, Travelzoo Launched a Groupon Competitor  —  They have always been known for sending …
Thanks:vacanti
Matt Asay / The Register:
HTML5: An antidote for Apple App Store-itis  —  Imitation not the sincerest form of flattery  —  Open...and Shut To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  Or in the case of our idea-starved tech industry, an app store.  —  The tech world is increasingly awash in app stores.
Discussion: FierceMobileContent and ZDNet
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Media Will Relate to Facebook in the Future  —  All media will be personalized in three to five years, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in September.  One of the ways that's likely to happen everywhere just appeared on the UK Independent.  —  The site announced last night that it now offers granular subscriptions by Facebook.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google Translate Adds Conversation Mode for Real-time Audio Translation  —  Google has implemented an early version of a feature for its translation app that does on the fly audio translation from one language to another.  —  The feature, known as Conversation Mode, is being added to Google Translate for Android.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
OpenJDK code lands as Mac Port Project springs to life  —  November saw Apple and Oracle confirm the loss of built-in Java in future Macs in favor of a jointly developed open source Java implementation, to be maintained by the OpenJDK project.  Now the first code under the deal has landed.
Discussion: The Register
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
AMD CEO left partly over mobile strategy: source  —  (Reuters) - The departure of Advanced Micro Devices' chief executive followed months of concern among some board members that he wasn't doing enough to get the chip maker into the exploding mobile market, a company source said.
 
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Bloomberg:
MySpace Sale, Merger or Spinoff Being Weighed by News Corp., Official Says
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Don Clark / Digits:
Samsung Joins IBM in Research For Future Chips
Emmy Huang / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
On Improving Privacy: Managing Local Storage in Flash Player
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:adobegroups
Zoran Basich / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Bill Draper Takes Stock Of A Venture Industry He Helped Create
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Rackspace, Akamai forge partnership
Discussion: GigaOM and Data Center Knowledge
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
200 Million FaceTime-Enabled Devices in 2012?
Discussion: MacStories
Saijel Kishan / Bloomberg:
Clarium Hedge Fund Slumps 90% From Peak After Thiel Has Third Losing Year
Discussion: SAI
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Cawrey / thechromesource:
Cr-48 Shipments to Resume, Applications for Pilot Still Open
Discussion: WebProNews
David / TmoNews:
Samsung Vibrant Plus Will Offer 21+ Mbps 4G Speeds
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo TV is a Paradigm Shift for Internet TV
Discussion: VentureBeat, Tech Report, SAI and iClarified