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4:45 AM ET, January 27, 2011

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Android Developers Blog:
Android 3.0 Platform Preview and Updated SDK Tools  —  Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is a new version of the Android platform that is designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets.  It introduces a new “holographic” UI theme and an interaction model that builds …
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Check Out Big Pictures Of Android 3.0, Google's Tablet Operating System  —  Google just released the Android 3.0 SDK preview for developers.  —  This gives them an opportunity to start testing out apps for Google's new operating system called Honeycomb.  —  In addition to the SDK …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Starts Censoring BitTorrent, RapidShare and More  —  Check out TorrentFreak's new News Bits feed! .  —  The entertainment industries' quest to root out piracy on the Internet has yet again resulted in commercial censorship.  A few weeks ago Google announced that it would start filtering …
Andrew Wilson / Gmail Blog:
Desktop notifications for emails and chat messages  —  Many of us are guilty of constantly switching back to Gmail to check for new messages.  And if you're like me, you've probably missed an important chat message because you weren't looking at your Gmail window when it came in.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Browser-Powered Desktop Notifications Are Coming To Gmail
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Exclusive: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (PlayStation Phone) preview  —  Oh yes.  After all the unbearable teasing since we unveiled the first ever photos of the PlayStation Phone, we've finally managed to get hold of the real deal for an in-depth preview.  Honestly, we couldn't wait any longer …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sony's next PSP, codenamed NGP  —  Betcha didn't think this day would come, but it finally has.  Sony has just come clean with its next-generation PlayStation Portable.  It's actually codenamed NGP and will revolve around five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity …
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphones to run Android apps?  —  As crazy as that sounds, we have been told by multiple trusted sources that RIM is seriously considering a feature that will allow BlackBerry devices to run Android apps.  Here is what we know... Research In Motion …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Hires Bing's Principal Scientist Away From Microsoft  —  Alek Kocz, Principal Scientist at Microsoft's search engine Bing, appears to have left the company and joined Twitter this week.  Kocz's Twitter messages are protected and he hasn't changed any of his profiles online …
Discussion: GeekSmack
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix Adds 7.7 Million Subscribers in 2010 to Pass 20 Million  —  Netflix is announcing its Q4 2010 earnings (pdf) today and one of the big stories, as you might expect, is the company's explosive growth.  According to the letter the company issued to its shareholders …
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:   Netflix Gets Social: “Extensive” Facebook Integration is Coming
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
MacBook Pro Supplies Tightening Ahead of Potential Refresh  —  MacRumors has heard from several sources that supplies of Apple's existing MacBook Pro models, particularly the 15" and 17" sizes, are beginning to run low in Apple stores and at third-party retailers, suggesting that the company …
Alex Rice / Facebook Blog:
A Continued Commitment to Security  —  This Friday is Data Privacy Day, an international effort by governments, businesses and advocacy groups to raise awareness about the importance of staying in control of personal information.  A key part of controlling information has always been protecting …
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Combats Image of Insecurity with HTTPS and Social Authentication
Discussion: InfoWorld and techPresident
Brian McClendon / Google LatLong:
Retiring real estate on Google Maps  —  At Google one of our key philosophies is to take risks and to experiment.  To that end, in July 2009 we announced the ability to find property for sale or rent directly on Google Maps.  This is one of the “search options” next to the search box on Google Maps …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Larry Page's Google 3.0  —  The company co-founder and his star deputies are trying to root out bureaucracy and rediscover the nimble moves of youth  —  Every Monday afternoon at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., more than a dozen of Google's (GOOG) top executives gather in the company's boardroom.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Shipped 2 Million Units of Windows Phone 7 Software Last Quarter  —  Microsoft Corp. said it shipped more than 2 million copies of the Windows Phone 7 operating system last quarter, as the company tried to reverse sliding smartphone market share.  —  Customer satisfaction …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches ‘Connections,’ Its Own Version Of Facebook's ‘Mutual Friends’  —  Twitter has collapsed its “Followed By” and “You Both Follow” features into one area called “Connections” which allows you to see what users you have in common with other Twitter users.
David Brunnstrom / Reuters:
Russia says Stuxnet could have caused new Chernobyl  —  (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday that NATO should investigate last year's computer virus attack on a Russian-built nuclear reactor in Iran, saying the incident could have triggered a nuclear disaster on the scale of Chernobyl.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft sues former GM over departure to Salesforce.com  —  In a case that promises to reignite the debate over the enforceability of non-compete agreements, Microsoft today filed suit and won a temporary restraining order against one of its former general managers over his recent hiring by Salesforce.com.
Discussion: Digits and The Microsoft Blog
Jessica Livingston / Founders at Work:
What Stops Female Founders?  —  The lack of women in tech startups seems a perennially hot topic.  I'm keenly aware of this problem because I see so many founders, and so few of them are women.  I'm delighted to have 6 women at YC this winter (including an all-female founding team!) …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Cory Ondrejka / Facebook:
HTML5 Games 0.1: Speedy Sprites  —  Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.  —  Aldous Huxley, 1949  —  Bruce Rogers and I graduated from Facebook's Engineering Bootcamp in January and began researching how HTML5 could apply to games across the Web.
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
FCC Appoints Google As ‘White Space’ Administrator  —  Google CEO Larry Page has been a vocal advocate of white spaces  —  The Federal Communications Commission just moved Google a lot closer to its longtime vision of “free airwaves.”  On Wednesday, the FCC revealed it has tapped …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Motorola feels pressure from Verizon iPhone  —  Motorola is bracing itself for a slowdown in smartphone sales in the first quarter as the Apple iPhone goes to Verizon Wireless.  —  During the fourth quarter conference call with analysts and investors on Wednesday, Sanjay Jha the CEO …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Experimenting With Voice Calling  —  Last September, news broke that Facebook and VoIP service Skype were about to announce a “deep integration partnership” that would bring integration of SMS and voice chat.  A couple weeks later, we got Skype 5., which included an integrated Facebook phonebook …
BBC:
Facebook blames bug for Zuckerberg ‘hacking’  —  Facebook has said “a bug” was to blame for an odd posting purporting to come from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  —  Overnight, the cryptic message was posted to the Facebook fan page in the name of the 26-year old billionaire founder.
 
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Indira A.R. Lakshmanan / Bloomberg:
Clinton Defends Use of Facebook and Twitter as Egypt Erupts in Protest
Discussion: @shivsingh
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intel To Open Cloud Computing Research Center At Stanford …
Discussion: CNET News, The Register and Digits
Walter S. Mossberg / All Things Digital:
What's on the Table for Tablets This Year [Personal Technology]
Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld:
EU clears Intel's purchase of McAfee
Discussion: CNET News
Stephen Wolfram Blog:
Jeopardy, IBM, and Wolfram|Alpha
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
PayPal Loses Top Payment Exec to Google, Appoints New Head
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Facebook phone from HTC rumored to debut next month
 Earlier Items: 
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
7 digital trends at Davos 2011 [World Economic Forum talk]
Discussion: Data Central, Thanks:loic
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Elevation's Bodnick is headed to Quora
Discussion: VentureBeat and SAI
Steve Clayton / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft is Imagining a NUI future
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose: Yahoo Contacted Digg To See If We Wanted To Take Over Delicious
Discussion: Forbes, NBC Bay Area and Chitika Insights, Thanks:jkernsjr
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple revamps its public website using HTML5