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2:15 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, SlashGear and Geek.com
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
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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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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Engadget and Liliputing
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
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 …
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
Discussion: Mashable and SelectStart
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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Jon Brodkin / Network World:
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Will Apple Put the iPhone on Other Carriers?
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