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6:45 PM ET, January 22, 2011

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Trudy Muller / Apple:
Apple's App Store Downloads Top 10 Billion  —  Apple® today announced that more than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store℠ by the more than 160 million iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™ users worldwide.  The 10 billionth app downloaded …
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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.
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, USA Today, Geek.com and SlashGear
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.
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Apple Taps Former Navy Information Warrior for Global Director of Security  —  Apple has tapped security expert and author David Rice to be its director of global security, three sources who know Rice have confirmed to me.  He's expected to start at Apple in March.  Apple hasn't returned calls seeking comment.
Discussion: Apple Headlines and Electronista
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Pixable's smart Facebook photo gallery hits 100,000 users in 10 days  —  Facebook's API allows developers to present our friends' photos in all sorts of new ways, and one of the best we've found is Pixable's Photofeed app.  —  This app runs within Facebook and presents photos in a whole new way.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Verizon iPhone 4 costs $50 more than AT&T iPhone 4 off contract  —  While both AT&T and Verizon sell the iPhone 4 for $199 or $299 depending on storage capacity, both cellular providers sell them for different off-contract prices.  This important difference can seen on the bottom …
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 …
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.
 
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Francis Tan / The Next Web:
Will “HTC Sensation” be the HTC Sense for tablets?
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Android source code, Java, and copyright infringement: what's going on?
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Take That, Cupertino! …
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Ballmer to Hu: 90% of Microsoft customers in China using pirated software
Discussion: Neowin.net and Examiner
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Creator Of Million Dollar Homepage Makes Do Nothing For 2 Minutes