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3:15 PM ET, January 22, 2011

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Fred / A VC:
CEO Transitions  —  This past week was a remarkable one in the technology business.  At the start of the week, Steve Jobs passed the leadership of Apple to Tim Cook and at the end of the week, Eric Schmidt passed the leadership of Google to founder Larry Page.
Discussion: SAI, Geek.com, SlashGear and kottke.org
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Minimum advertised prices set for Motorola Xoom ($799) and HTC Thunderbolt ($249)  —  We just got hit with the news of the minimum advertised price for the Motorola Xoom Android tablet and HTC ThunderBolt LTE smartphone on Verizon.  Looks like the Xoom will be going for $799 — we have to assume that's unsubsidized.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple Eclipses 10 Billion App Downloads  —  On January 14, Apple placed a counter on its website, counting up to the ten billionth app download, today that milestone has been passed.  —  We don't know who the lucky winner is just yet, Apple asks us to return to the page “later” to see who has won.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Is Larry Page the Consummate Anti-Social CEO?  —  Google's new CEO isn't much for the social Web.  If he has a presence on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, it was created with deep privacy settings or a fake name.  I couldn't even find a fleshed-out Google profile for Larry Page.
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Turns to Co-Founder to Step Up Attack on Facebook  —  Google Inc. is turning to its roots as a Web startup to confront threats from a new generation of Internet companies, led by Facebook Inc.  —  Google, owner of the world's most popular search engine, said yesterday that co-founder Larry Page …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and NASDAQ.com
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Said to Grant $100 Million in Equity to CEO Eric Schmidt
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Congratulations Crunchies Winners!  Twitter Takes Best Startup Of 2010  —  This year's fourth annual Crunchies Awards have just concluded, and we're happy to say that it was an overwhelming success.  For those who weren't at the event or watching our livestream, we've included the list of nominees and winners below.
Discussion: Newsroom and Neowin.net
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar:
Honeycomb may never come to mobiles  —  But tablets won't need minimum specs to run it  —  Google's Android 3.0 OS, codenamed Honeycomb, may never come to the smartphone market.  —  Since tablets have been announced using the new operating system rumours have been abound that a potted-down version will be coming to smartphones.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Take That, Cupertino!  Toshiba Flashes Insults at Apple in Teaser Site for Its Android Tablet.  —  Toshiba is taking it straight to the iPad in a new Web site that teases the coming arrival of its Android tablet.  —  On the site, Toshiba touts the features its tablet has that the iPad lacks …
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David Armano / Logic+Emotion:
Quora Underscores Need For Corporate Ambassadors  —  Unlike Facebook but very much like Facebook Groups, Quora the social Q&A ecosystem is designed to support individual participants, not companies (for now).  In either case, it's increasingly becoming clear that this is a place where people talk about companies and brands.
Discussion: Web Strategy …
Anton Shilov / X-bit labs:
AMD: Over 35 Million of DirectX 11 Graphics Chips Supplied  —  Advanced Micro Devices said that it has so far shipped over one million of accelerated processing units (APUs) for entry-level notebooks as well as netbooks.  In addition, the company said that the shipments of its DirectX 11 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Demand Doubles For Private Shares On SecondMarket: The Q4 Report  —  With shares of Facebook recently hitting a $70 billion valuation in a private auction on SecondMarket, you'd think those are the only shares that trade on the private stock market Facebook did make up the biggest portion of trades …
Discussion: DealBook, Forbes, CNNMoney.com, SAI and GigaOM, Thanks:beet_tv
Francis Tan / The Next Web:
Will “HTC Sensation” be the HTC Sense for tablets?  —  We are all familiar of the HTC Sense custom user interface for all our Android smartphones.  We found out, however, that the Taiwanese company recently filed a trademark under the Trade Marks and Design Registration Office of the European Union …
Discussion: SAI, Droid Life, GottaBeMobile and SlashGear
 
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Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Ballmer to Hu: 90% of Microsoft customers in China using pirated software
Discussion: Examiner and Reuters
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Creator Of Million Dollar Homepage Makes Do Nothing For 2 Minutes
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft moves its Chatter-like OfficeTalk toward commercialization
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Raises $1.5 Billion At $50 Billion Valuation