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6:15 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.
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) …
Discussion: paidContent
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.
Discussion: asymco and imagine
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Eric Schmidt, Google's outgoing CEO, to cash out shares worth $335 million  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, who is stepping down in April, is planning to sell 534,000 shares in the company over the next year in a cash-out move that could be worth about $335 million.
Discussion: Geek.com, Mashable! and SAI
Harry McCracken / Techland:
The Eric Schmidt Era: Google 2001 vs. Google 2011 … Will the end of Eric Schmidt's nine and a half years as CEO of Google and the return of co-founder Larry Page to that role have an impact on the company's direction?  I'm no Google insider, but I'll be startled if it has no noticeable effect.
Eric Schmidt / @ericschmidt:
Day-to-day adult supervision no longer needed! http://goo.gl/zC89p
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
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 …
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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Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Tweets Hit Techmeme, Bloggers in a Tizzy  —  For years, Techmeme has been considered the tech news website of record.  A quick glance at the site, which aggregates tech news headlines from across the web, will tell you the topics that people are discussing, and who is discussing them, at any moment in time.
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.
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.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
What a Stolen Credit Card Costs on the Digital Black Market  —  Cybercriminals have gotten so sophisticated recently that their operations are almost indistinguishable from the legit businesses they rip off.  Here's a “menu” of services offered by cybercriminals, including working physical credit cards …
Justin Scott / Mozilla Add-ons Blog:
Blocking the Skype Toolbar in Firefox  —  The Skype Toolbar for Firefox is an extension that detects phone numbers in web pages, and re-renders them as a clickable button that can be used to dial the number using the Skype desktop application.  This extension is bundled with the Skype application …
Discussion: TechRaga and Skype Journal
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Confirmed: iPad 3G launching soon in China  —  This morning the Apple iPad 3G was approved for sale in China by the Chinese government and now an Apple spokesperson has confirmed that Apple will be releasing a 3G version of their tablet into the Chinese market.
Discussion: Go Rumors and The Next Web
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Google's Android Market Rules Could Squeeze Amazon's Android App Store  —  Google's stance on prohibiting apps in Android Market from being mini-app stores led to the quick demise of Kongregate Arcade, a Flash game portal app that was pulled Wednessday less than a day after it launched.
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 …
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.
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: SAI and GigaOM
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With anti-Zynga strategy, Kabam raises $30M for social games  —  The social gaming Gold Rush continues, and not all of the money is flowing into the pockets of Zynga, the biggest social game company on Facebook.  Kabam, which has built its business in a very un-Zynga way …
Discussion: Business Wire and PE Hub News
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 …
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 …
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
In Race to Market, It Pays to Be Latecomer  —  Contrary to popular belief, being the first to market rarely pays off, a new research paper concludes.  —  Pioneering firms commonly die young because consumers aren't ready to embrace their business models, according to authors Stanislav Dobrev …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:daveambrose
Bloomberg:
LinkedIn Said to Be Worth Almost $3 Billion in Secondary Sale  —  LinkedIn Corp. shares are being sold in an auction by secondary exchange SharesPost Inc. for $30 apiece, valuing the professional-networking website at almost $3 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter.
 
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Survey: Only 25% Want to Share TV Habits With Friends
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and SideReel Blog
John August:
On Google, and evil  —  A few months ago, I was approached to write a movie about Google.
Jenn K. Lee / Streak Smart:
T-Mobile fine print leaks on-contract Dell Streak 7 price of $330?
Discussion: SlashGear, PhoneArena, Gadgetell and TmoNews
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mass shipments of iPad 2 now expected in April
Discussion: DigiTimes, SlashGear and Electronista
Brooks / SPORTSbyBROOKS:
Sporting News Paid AOL Millions To Drop Fanhouse
Paul Thurrott / WindowsITPro:
Microsoft and Google in a War of “Nines”
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's $3.9 Billion Investment Was in LCD Displays?
Discussion: CrunchGear
 Earlier Items: 
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Post Insights Go Real Time
Discussion: The Next Web and Inside Facebook
Verizon:
Verizon Files Appeal in Federal Court Regarding FCC Net Neutrality Order
Arik Hesseldahl / New Enterprise:
Meg Whitman, Patricia Russo Among Five Joining HP Board
Discussion: New York Times, eWeek and Bloomberg
BBC:
Web images to get expiration date
Discussion: iGeneration Blog
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Considers Integrating a Display into their Magic Mouse
Discussion: SlashGear, Gizmodo and MacStories
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Gets Sued For Letting Famous People Interact Online
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
T-Mobile Confirms Sidekick 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G