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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: Apple will remove home button on next iPad and iPhone; Photo Booth and iLife coming?  —  We just got some pretty wild information from one of our Apple sources and while it's hard to believe at first, it does make sense.  We have exclusively been told that the reason Apple …
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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.
AppleInsider:
Apple issues iOS 4.3 beta with Personal Hotspot, new multitouch gestures [u]  —  Apple on Wednesday released 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 …
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
With iOS 4.3, Apple Drops iPhone 3G Support (and iPod Touch 2nd gen)
Discussion: RazorianFly, Thanks:ljamesmcdonald
Arn / MacRumors:
New iOS Feature Coming: ‘Find My Friends’
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
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Tim Sneath / MSDN Blogs:
An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google
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.
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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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL'S NEW PROBLEM: Mike Arrington  —  When AOL bought TechCrunch last September, the first question on everyone's lips was, “How long could Mike Arrington possibly last as an AOL employee?”  —  Yesterday, four months after the deal, we may have begun to learn the answer to that question.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Real Blogs Don't Buy Ads On Google
Discussion: SAI
Conrad Saam / Search Engine Land:
Google vs. Bing: The Fallacy Of The Superior Search Engine  —  I can still remember when my when I first switched over to Google on the recommendation of my brother's girlfriend.  She's literally a rocket scientist and carries a lot of intellectual weight with me; her endorsement was fairly simple - “it returns great results”.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Longtime Facebook Biz Dev Leader Ali Rosenthal to Depart  —  Alison “Ali” Rosenthal, a veteran of the Facebook business development team, will leave the company at the end of this week, she told NetworkEffect.  —  Rosenthal had focused on mobile business development in recent years …
Chris / cdixon.org:
Predicting the future of the Internet is easy: anything it hasn't yet dramatically transformed, it will.  —  People love to focus on horse races: NYC vs Silcon Valley, Facebook vs Twitter, IPO markets vs private exchanges, the valuation of some startup vs some other startup.
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and SlashGear
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Samsung GT-i9023 hits FCC: a new version of the Nexus S with Android 2.4?  —  FCC filings have a curious tendency to launch us into far-reaching bouts of speculation, but hear us out — we think we're onto something here.  A Samsung phone with model number GT-i9023 just passed the FCC with AWS 3G — T-Mobile's band.
Read It Later Blog:
Is Mobile Affecting When We Read?  —  Printed media used to allow us to read in the places we found most comfortable.  When you imagine yourself reading the newspaper it's probably in your favorite chair, at the breakfast table, or at the cafe with an orange mocha frappuccino in your hand.
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.
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
OnSwipe Raises, Like, A Million Dollars  —  PadPressed, the WordPress plugin that makes your blog look like a native app is branching out, with a new one million seed round of funding, a new name (OnSwipe) and homebase (New York).  The round, which was completed in a marathon 30 days …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Q4 PC Sales Miss Gartner Est.; Apple Up 24% In U.S.  —  Global personal computer shipments in Q4 rose 3.1%, year over year, in unit terms, to 93.5 million PCs, Gartner reported this afternoon.  That was below the 4.8% growth the firm had projected for Q4.  —  Holiday PC sales were weak, said analyst Mikako Kitagawa.
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
Pete Warden / ReadWriteWeb:
Secrets of BackType's Data Engineers  —  How do three guys with only seed funding process a hundred million messages a day?  I sat down with the BackType team to discover how they built a service relied upon by companies like bit.ly, Hunch and The New York Times.
Walter S. Mossberg / All Things Digital:
Skype Does Better With Group Calls Than Mobile  —  Making audio and video calls between computers over Skype is now so common that the company's name has become a verb.  People ask others to “Skype me” or say they are “Skyping.”  —  [ See post to watch video ]
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.
 
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Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
Mobile airwaves seen key to U.S. competitiveness
Electronista:
Leak: CDMA iPhone coming to China, Japan, Korea
Discussion: DigiTimes, Thanks:kristopherwong
Bloomberg:
MySpace Sale, Merger or Spinoff Being Weighed by News Corp., Official Says
Discussion: Reuters and PE Hub Blog
Patrick Garratt / VG247:
Source - Sony to announce PSP2 in Tokyo on January 27
John C Abell / Epicenter:
YouTube Unleashes Vevo Music Vids on Mobile* (*Android Only)
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Cork'd: The Final Tasting Note
 Earlier Items: 
Don Clark / Digits:
Samsung Joins IBM in Research For Future Chips
Discussion: eWeek
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
Travelzoo's Groupon Competitor Already Valued at $400 Million
Thanks:vacanti
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
OpenJDK code lands as Mac Port Project springs to life
Discussion: The Register
Emmy Huang / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
On Improving Privacy: Managing Local Storage in Flash Player
Discussion: The Register and paidContent, Thanks:adobegroups
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
$50 Billion?  Hah! …
Discussion: Sramana Mitra and Gawker
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Media Will Relate to Facebook in the Future
Saijel Kishan / Bloomberg:
Clarium Hedge Fund Slumps 90% From Peak After Thiel Has Third Losing Year
Discussion: SAI