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12:10 PM ET, January 22, 2011

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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.
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: Neowin.net
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Raises $1.5 Billion At $50 Billion Valuation  —  Facebook has officially announced that it has just raised $1.5 billion in funding at a $50 billion valuation, according to a release issued today (we've embedded the release below).  —  As stated in the release, the investment was broken into two parts.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Clock Is Set For A Facebook IPO By April, 2012  —  Today, Facebook announced that it raised a total of $1.5 billion in its latest round, giving the company a valuation of $50 billion.  But it also disclosed something else: when it will likely go public.
Discussion: Mashable and SelectStart
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook confirms $1.5B funding, leaves $500M on the table
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Android source code, Java, and copyright infringement: what's going on?  —  So it's been a fun day of armchair code forensics and legal analysis on the web after Florian Mueller published a piece this morning alleging Google directly copied somewhere between 37 and 44 Java source files in Android.
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Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection Blog:
Oops: No copied Java code or weapons of mass destruction found in Android
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Said to Grant $100 Million in Equity to CEO Eric Schmidt  —  Google Inc. is granting an equity award package of $100 million to Eric Schmidt, who will be succeeded as chief executive officer by co-founder Larry Page in April, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google shuffle: why Schmidt had to be pushed from the top
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.
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, GottaBeMobile and SlashGear
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Did Google Just Declare War on Demand Media?  —  Over the past few months, there has been a growing chorus of criticism — much of it anecdotal, but coming from a number of respected technology observers — about Google's increasingly useless search results.
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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, GigaOM and Bloomberg, Thanks:beet_tv
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Got $500?  You can buy a hacked U.S. military website  —  If you're a criminal looking for full control of the Web used by the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), you can get it for just under US$500.  —  If you're a criminal looking for full control of the Web used …
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Why Andreessen Horowitz Models Itself After A Hollywood Talent Agency
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Groups say Comcast may have violated net-neutrality rules
Thanks:gnagesh
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Ballmer to Hu: 90% of Microsoft customers in China using pirated software
Discussion: Examiner and Reuters
Anil Dash:
How should a White House Quora Work?
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
 Earlier Items: 
Romin Irani / ProgrammableWeb:
Wolfram Alpha API Now Free and Open to All
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Market Wire and Wolfram
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Will Apple Put the iPhone on Other Carriers?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and asymco
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Open Source Hack Unlocks Apple TV's Potential
Discussion: Ars Technica, TUAW and XBMC
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Replaces ‘Reader’ Link With ‘Photos’ In Gmail, Users In A Tizzy
Horace Dediu / asymco:
65% of Apple's sales came from iOS powered devices