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8:00 AM ET, January 14, 2011

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Delay for the Daily: Apple, News Corp. Push Back Launch Date  —  Turns out you'll have to wait a bit longer to see the Daily, Rupert Murdoch's long-awaited iPad news service.  —  Apple and News Corp. have made a joint decision to push back next week's planned launch, according to sources familiar with the companies' plans.
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Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
The first look at The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper  —  An official introduction to The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's new iPad newspaper, is expected on Jan. 19, possibly at an event with Apple's Steve Jobs.  —  But peeking inside the source code of its recently-launched companion website …
DealBook:
Groupon I.P.O. Said to Value the Company at $15 Billion  —  Updated  —  Groupon, the social buying site that spurned a $6 billion offer from Google, is pushing ahead with plans for its initial public offering, a debut that could value the company at $15 billion or more.
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:   Groupon Met With Bankers Today To Discuss A Potential Spring IPO
JR Raphael / JR Raphael's blog:
Android upgrades: Which manufacturers can you trust?  —  For most smartphone users, Google's Android upgrades are both a blessing and a curse.  On the one hand, each upgrade opens the door to exciting new features and functions for a phone.  On the other hand, the updates don't arrive instantly …
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Only Now Are We About To See The Real Battle Between iPhone And Android  —  Apple's iPhone war against Google Android was the big story in tech last year, with Android growing like a weed to beat Apple in U.S. market share.  —  But in reality, we haven't actually seen a real competition between the iPhone and Android yet.
Discussion: TechEye and BetaNews
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Too much hardware choice  —  From my Verizon iPhone post …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: BlackBerry Torch 2 gets detailed  —  Research In Motion's “best BlackBerry ever” — the BlackBerry Torch — definitely wasn't the most competitive device to hit the smartphone market place.  But it looks like RIM is trying to change all that with a new take on its QWERTY, horizontal-slider: the BlackBerry Torch 2.
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: BlackBerry Dakota gets pictured; the touch and type …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: Next-generation BlackBerry Curve appears, brings specs with it
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Steve Ballmer finally shows who's in charge of Microsoft  —  In his 11th year as chief executive and third outside the shadow of Chairman Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer is asserting surprising control over Microsoft.  There were signs in 2010, but events over just the last week …
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:   Ship or Get Off the Pot
Siobhan Ambrose / WPMU.org:
Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else  —  A few months ago I wrote about WordPress Security.  Now, armed only with the words “free WordPress themes,” builtBackwards' Theme Authenticity Checker Plugin and Donncha O Caoimh's Exploit Scanner …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
DigiTimes:
RIM to ship 1 million PlayBook tablets in 1Q11  —  Quanta Computer has begun volume production of RIM's PlayBook tablets with shipments in the first quarter of 2011 expected to top one million units competing head-to-head with the 700,000-800,000 Xoom tablets to be rolled out by Motorola, according to industry sources.
Robin Sloan / Twitter Media:
The science of the hashtag  —  So last week I talked about the art of the hashtag: the power of mad libs, universal particulars, and feedback loops.  The day after I posted it, the #LessAmbitiousMovies hashtag took off on Twitter—you might have seen it in your timeline.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Practical vs. Idealistic Scenarios for the Near-Term Future of Online Video  —  Or: How Google's decision to drop native H.264 playback from Chrome serves to prop up Flash Player  —  Stefan Richter, of FlashComGuru (a Flash developer site) tries answering my five simple questions.
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Paul Carton / InvestorPlace:
New Survey Shows Verizon iPhone Will Have Major Impact on U.S. Wireless Service Providers  —  Can AT&T Forestall Large-Scale Defections?  —  The details of a Verizon iPhone have finally been released, but what impact will this long expected move actually have on U.S. wireless service providers and their subscribers?
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Is the Motorola Atrix 4G coming to AT&T on March 1?  —  The Motorola Atrix 4G (check out our hands-on) on AT&T easily is one of the hottest phones to come out of CES, with its dual-core processor, the very cool laptop dock and the even cooler HD dock, which basically turns your smartphone …
BBC:
Facebook's potential ‘unlimited’  —  Tens of millions of users are signed up to the social networking site, Facebook.  Goldman Sachs invested $450m (£285m) in the company at the start of this year giving it an implied value of $50bn.  That's just under $100 for each Facebook member.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel showering employees with 4X bonuses  —  Intel is giving four times the usual bonuses for its employees thanks to its record year with $43 billion in revenues.  The company is also paying its workers the equivalent of 3 extra days of work on top of that.
Discussion: Electronista and The Next Web
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Florin / Unwired View:
Samsung S5830 Android 2.2 phone leaked, looks like a mini Galaxy S  —  Here's an Android handset from Samsung that you've probably never heard of until now: the Samsung S5830.  —  Te phone has appeared in some live photos over at Samfirmware, and it seems to be a smaller version …
John Lister / Tech.Blorge:
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: App stores a clear and present danger  —  The app store model is a more immediate threat to internet freedom than breaches of net neutrality.  That's the opinion of Wikipedia chief Jimmy Wales.  —  According to Wales — who was quick to stress he was speaking …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Call Of Duty Invades The Mac App Store; How It Does Should Be Telling  —  It has now been a week since the launch of the Mac App Store.  So far, the reviews have seemed fairly mixed.  While nearly everyone praises the simplicity of the store, and Apple touted 1 million app downloads in the first 24 hours …
Discussion: Computerworld and Softpedia News
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mr. Cutts Goes To Washington, Testifies Google Has Integrity  —  The head of Google's search spam fighting team, Matt Cutts, is in Washington DC this week, doing an “educational tour” to explain to US Federal Trade Commission members and congressional staffers that his company's search results don't require government regulation.
Discussion: Post Tech and Search Engine Watch
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Virgin Mobile Throttles Unlimited Service  —  It was too good to last: Virgin Mobile's remarkable $40 MiFi plan, which bought you unlimited data on Sprint's core (non-roaming) 3G network for use within 30 days without a contract or cancellation fees, will be throttled started 15 February …
Discussion: SlashGear and Pogue's Posts
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft releases free WebMatrix Web development tool  —  Today Microsoft released WebMatrix, a free Web development tool designed to give students and beginners an easy introduction to Web development.  It has been in beta since July.  —  WebMatrix is designed as a one-stop-shop …
Jeff St. John / GigaOM:
GE's $520M Acquisition Into Data Center Power  —  General Electric is grabbing a piece of the booming business of providing power for the ever-expanding data center industry.  On Thursday, GE announced a $520 million offer for Lineage Power Holdings, a provider of gear for data center …
 
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Don Clark / Digits:
Qualcomm A Likely Winner From Verizon IPhone
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
Wikipedia Marks 10 Years of Edit-It-Yourself
Naked Security / Sophos:
Sarah Palin's email hacker is imprisoned, against judge's recommendation
Discussion: BBC, Network World and TechSpot
Daniel Brusilovsky / Teens in Tech:
Announcing The Teens in Tech Incubator!
Discussion: Mashable!
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
Microsoft: How to Kinect with Hackers
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Apple on a win streak as rivals regroup
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
BBC Says ‘No Thanks’ to Smart TV Fragmentation
Discussion: bbc.co.uk and paidContent
 Earlier Items: 
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Unfollowed: Pentagon Deletes Social Media Office
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Is Android more efficient than iOS at generating search revenue?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Beyond The Filters: Brands Begin To Pour Into Instagram
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment, SAI and Mobilized
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
How Much Revenue Does Flickr Make From Paid Pro Accounts, My Guess?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Gizmodo:
The Greatest Scam in Tech
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM's Watson wins Jeopardy practice round: Can humans hang?