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4:25 AM ET, January 23, 2011

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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
$10K iTunes Winner Hung Up On Apple, Thought It Was a Prank [Exclusive]  —  Gail Davis of Orpington Kent hung up the phone when Apple called to say she'd won a $10,000 iTunes gift card.  She thought it was a prank call.  —  The winner of the Apple's 10 billionth App download sweepstakes nearly …
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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 …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom launching February 17th at Best Buy  —  When we stumbled upon an $800 price for the Motorola Xoom yesterday, our instinctive reaction was to leap forward to the next obvious question: when?  Well, that call has now been answered by an internal Best Buy document that's just dropped …
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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.
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
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
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.
Spiegel Online:
Facebook Agrees to Change ‘Friend Finder’ Feature  —  Under pressure from the German government, the social networking site Facebook has agreed to make a major concession due to privacy concerns.  The company says it will no longer automatically e-mail invitations to join the site through services …
AppleInsider:
Hacker finds evidence of Qualcomm baseband for Apple's next iPhone, iPad  —  A hacker claims to have discovered evidence pointing to an upcoming Qualcomm cellular baseband inside the code for Apple's iTunes software, possibly indicating that the iPhone maker plans to incorporate …
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 be seen on the bottom …
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.
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Groupon Actually Raised $377M In New Funding  —  When Groupon Inc. announced earlier this month that it raised $950 million in venture capital (the press release's headline casually touted “like, a billion dollars"), many publications quickly called this funding round a record.
 
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Francis Tan / The Next Web:
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Why Andreessen Horowitz Models Itself After A Hollywood Talent Agency
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Take That, Cupertino! …
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Ballmer to Hu: 90% of Microsoft customers in China using pirated software
Discussion: Neowin.net, Examiner and Reuters