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2:00 AM ET, January 21, 2011

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Eric Schmidt / The Official Google Blog:
An update from the Chairman  —  When I joined Google in 2001 I never imagined—even in my wildest dreams—that we would get as far, as fast as we have today.  Search has quite literally changed people's lives—increasing the collective sum of the world's knowledge and revolutionizing advertising in the process.
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Google Investor Relations:
Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010 Results and Management Changes  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.  —  “Q4 marked a terrific end to a stellar year,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Was It Time For A Fresh Face?  Thoughts On Larry Page As The New Google CEO  —  Wow.  Just announced, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down from that position, to become “Executive Chairman,” with Google cofounder Larry Page stepping into the CEO role.  Below, some reflection …
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Google's Stock Under Eric Schmidt  —  Eric Schmidt announced that he was moving from CEO of Google to Executive Chairman, handing over the reigns of the company to Larry Page.  —  Under Schmidt's watch Google's stock exploded, but over the last year, it has flattened.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Interview With Eric Schmidt, Larry Page And Sergey Brin  —  Late last summer we were ready to break a big story - that Eric Schmidt would be stepping down as the CEO of Google.  Multiple sources and all that jazz.  The basic story was that he was tired (who wouldn't be) …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Eric Schmidt Out As Google CEO, Larry Page Takes Over
Discussion: NBC Bay Area, SAI and Mercury News
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Eric Schmidt, Google's outgoing CEO, to cash out shares worth $335 million
Discussion: SAI and paidContent
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google to Launch Groupon Competitor [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Google is preparing launch Google Offers, the search giant's Groupon competitor, Mashable has learned.  We have the documents to prove it.  One of our sources has sent us a confidential fact sheet straight from the Googleplex about the company's new group buying service.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Confirmed: Google Readies “Google Offers” Groupon Clone  —  Google is about to launch a Groupon clone according to Mashable.  Called “Google Offers,” the blog showed some promotional collateral that presents a very Groupon-like daily deal offering: [Google Offers Image] As everyone reading this knows …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google Offers won't kill Groupon, and that's exactly the point.  —  The adage in tech used to be “what if Google built it?”  The idea was that if Google built something, then you couldn't possibly compete.  Strangely, despite the success of many similar, successful products …
Discussion: Internet Evolution and ABCNEWS
Gabe Rivera / @gaberivera:
Via @sea, Google hosts a “Google Offers” logo, and here it is: http://goo.gl/dGaB0
Discussion: Fortune
Kyle / iFixit Blog:
Apple's Diabolical Plan to Screw Your iPhone  —  Expecting to be one of the first people in the world to buy the iPhone 4, I was dispatched to Japan for its release last June.  Much to the dismay of thousands of Japanese with similar intentions, my mission was thwarted …
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Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Apple's Making It Impossible To Open Up Your iPhone By Secretly Swapping Its Screws  —  Apple's products are notoriously difficult to open and repair—surprise, they want you to buy new stuff!—but this is especially ridiculous.  During repairs, they're replacing the iPhone 4's Philips screws …
Discussion: Computerworld, MobileWhack.com and TUAW
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Tweets can now become Techmeme headlines or discussion.  So tweet away.  —  For as long as newsmakers have used Twitter, tweets have broken news stories.  And yet for Techmeme, linking directly to tweets was never imperative - after all most newsworthy tweets are blogged within minutes, moreover with helpful context.
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Gabe Rivera / @gaberivera:
We're now including tweets on Techmeme and this will be the first one. @-reply with something clever to join the Discussion!
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Meet Apple's New Boss, The Most Powerful Gay Man in Silicon Valley  —  It looks increasingly like Steve Jobs' reign at Apple is over.  If the CEO doesn't return from his third, indefinite medical leave, COO Tim Cook will succeed him, marking a new era not only for Apple but for gay progress.
Discussion: Apple Headlines, @jevaun, Advocate and SFist
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Verizon's First iPhone Commercial: It Begins  —  Well that didn't take long.  Here it is, the first Verizon iPhone commercial.  —  As you can see, the focus is on clock — the first one on 11:59 — implying that people in all different walks of life are waiting for something.
John August:
On Google, and evil  —  A few months ago, I was approached to write a movie about Google.  The producer had rights to a book, but more importantly seemed to have access to significant people with connections in the company, both at its founding and today.  I was intrigued.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
T-Mobile Confirms Sidekick 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G  —  T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm confirmed today that 4G HSPA+ versions of the T-Mobile Sidekick and the Samsung Galaxy S phones will be “coming soon,” according to a slide presented at a press breakfast today.
Ben Popper / New York Observer:
Neverware Means Never Buying a New Computer Again  —  There is something odd about the computer Jonathan Hefter keeps at his desk in the Dogpatch Labs tech incubator just off of Union Square.  The space is filled with employees from some of New York's most promising startups …
comScore, Inc.:
Email Evolution: Web-based Email Shows Signs of Decline in the U.S. While Mobile Email Usage on the Rise  —  Growing Number of Communication Channels Prompts Shift in Consumers' Email Behavior  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released results …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Gets Sued For Letting Famous People Interact Online  —  Part of Twitter's appeal is that people can ‘connect’ and engage with celebrities online, even if most of them consider it to be, and treat it like, just another push marketing channel rather than a multi-dimensional communication system.
Discussion: TechRadar.com, Thanks:robinwauters
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
VCs roared back in 2010, investing the most money since 2007  —  Venture capitalists invested the most money last year since 2007, pumping $21.8 billion into 3,277 deals in 2010, according to a MoneyTree Report released today by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.
Discussion: GigaOM
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
SkyFire Pulls In Another Million Bucks With The Launch Of SkyFire For iPad  —  Up until recently, the revenue model for SkyFire's smartphone browser (you know, the one that converts Flash Video on-the-fly for playback on handsets that otherwise could never touch it?) wasn't too clear.
Discussion: PhoneArena, IntoMobile and MacStories
Arik Hesseldahl / New Enterprise:
Meg Whitman, Patricia Russo Among Five Joining HP Board  —  Former EBay CEO Meg Whitman, and former Alcatel-Lucent CEO Patricia Russo were among five new directors named to the board of directors at Hewlett-Packard.  The other three at Shumeet Banerji, CEO of Booz and Co …
Discussion: New York Times and eWeek
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
NY Times to Charge Less Than $20/Month for Web Access  —  New York Times Co. will charge readers less than $20 a month for full access to its namesake newspaper on the Web when the company introduces its paid service, a person familiar with the matter said.  —  The price has been set at less …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Eric Schmidt: All of Google's Strategic Initiatives in 2011 are Mobile  —  In the latest Harvard Business Review, guest contributor Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, writes about the company's plans for the coming year, saying “as I think about Google's strategic initiatives in 2011, I realize they're all about mobile.”
YouTube Blog:
New YouTube homepage launches to all users  —  You may have noticed we've been experimenting with a new YouTube homepage.  After countless user studies and community surveys, one thing came in loud and clear: the homepage in its current form doesn't mean much to most of you, and could be more personally relevant.
Paul Thurrott / WindowsITPro:
Microsoft and Google in a War of “Nines”  —  Last week, Google issued a controversial announcement, claiming that the Gmail portion of its Google Apps service had achieved 99.984 percent uptime in 2010.  That's a pretty fantastical claim, especially when you consider that most Google Apps customers aren't even paying for the service.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Considers Integrating a Display into their Magic Mouse  —  On January 20, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's Magic Mouse.  Apple is working on combining the Magic Mouse's touch surface …
Discussion: SlashGear, Gizmodo, MacStories and TUAW
 
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Clearbanc co-founder and president Michele Romanow is coming to Disrupt SF  —  Raising venture capital isn't easy; for some, it's impossible.  Clearbanc offers startups a fundraising alternative …
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Confirmed: iPad 3G launching soon in China
Discussion: The Next Web
Justin Scott / Mozilla Add-ons Blog:
Blocking the Skype Toolbar in Firefox
Discussion: TechRaga
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Survey: Only 25% Want to Share TV Habits With Friends
Discussion: SideReel Blog and eHomeUpgrade
Jenn K. Lee / Streak Smart:
T-Mobile fine print leaks on-contract Dell Streak 7 price of $330?
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mass shipments of iPad 2 now expected in April
Discussion: DigiTimes
Bloomberg:
LinkedIn Said to Be Worth Almost $3 Billion in Secondary Sale
Brooks / SPORTSbyBROOKS:
Sporting News Paid AOL Millions To Drop Fanhouse
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
In Race to Market, It Pays to Be Latecomer
 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's $3.9 Billion Investment Was in LCD Displays?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With anti-Zynga strategy, Kabam raises $30M for social games
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Post Insights Go Real Time
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Denise Leung / Flickr Blog:
Login to Flickr with your Facebook Account!
Discussion: The Next Web and Inside Facebook
Verizon:
Verizon Files Appeal in Federal Court Regarding FCC Net Neutrality Order
BBC:
Web images to get expiration date
Discussion: iGeneration Blog
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
iOS 4.3 beta multitasking gestures demonstrated on iPhone …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Billionaire Eduardo Saverin Leads Qwiki's $8 Million Round
Discussion: MediaPost and SelectStart