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4:15 AM ET, January 9, 2012

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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Lenovo launches first Ice Cream Sandwich TV  —  Lenovo is entering the TV business at this year's CES, and it's doing so with a splash: The company announced the world's first TV set running Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich, Sunday.  The device, dubbed the Lenovo K91 Smart TV …
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Lenovo IdeaTab S2: a 10.1-inch, dual-core Android 4.0 tablet with keyboard dock attachment  —  Asus's Transformer tablets are getting some competition at CES, folks: Lenovo has just unveiled its own 10-inch tablet with a detachable keyboard dock for extra battery life, and on its own …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer's next-gen, quad-core Iconia Tab introduced at CES 2012 with a 1080p display  —  Acer's finishing up its CES 2012 presser with a teaser to end all teasers: there's a next-generation, quad-core Iconia Tab on the way.  The Android-based slate will be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 and will boast …
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David Pierce / The Verge:
Acer announces Aspire S5, 'world's thinnest ultrabook' with Thunderbolt port  —  Ahead of its press conference at CES, Acer has just announced the new Aspire S5 ultrabook, which the company says is the world's thinnest — it's only 15mm at its thickest point.
Paul Miller / The Verge:
Acer's AcerCloud unveil is a blatant iCloud ripoff  —  Which is which?  Acer just showed off its AcerCloud service, something that already sounded suspiciously like Apple's iCloud.  Even the “PicStream” element sounds a lot like Photo Stream.  Still not convinced?
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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Consumer Electronics Show Loses Clout as Industry Shifts  —  The International Consumer Electronics Show, which will open on Tuesday in Las Vegas, is impossible to ignore.  It will smother the city's gigantic convention center with gadgets and those who make and promote them …
NDH / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Launches in UK, Ireland Today  —  Today we're bringing Netflix to the UK and Ireland.  I am Neil Hunt, chief product officer at Netflix.  I'm proud to have led the product team that brings Netflix to the country where I grew up, after spending most of my career in California.
Eric Franklin / CNET News:
Toshiba's new tablet is thinnest yet, but does its price kill it?  —  The Excite X10 doesn't exactly fit into a hand, but the svelte nature of the tablet makes it easily maneuverable.  —  LAS VEGAS—Touting a thin product draws lots of attention and not to be outdone by the Transformer Prime …
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Microsoft, Defying Image, Has a Design Gem in Windows Phone  —  “GORGEOUS,” raves The Huffington Post.  —  “Best-looking smartphone operating system in the industry,” gushes Slate.  —  “Far superior to most if not all the Android smartphones,” says TechCrunch.  —  Sounds like the usual adulation for a gadget from Apple.
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Dan Seifert / MobileBurn.com:   “Sleek, metallic” Nokia Lumia 900 to debut for AT&T next week
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
Why Android tablets failed: A postmortem  —  Takeaway: Android tablets were expected to give the Apple iPad fierce competition in 2011.  It never happened.  Here's why Android tablets flopped.  —  As I gear up for CES 2012 next week, I can't help but think back to CES 2011 where the big story was all about Android tablets.
Discussion: SlashGear, Hardware 2.0 Blog and CNET, Thanks:abraham_pareja
John Seabrook / New Yorker:
Will Robert Kyncl and YouTube Revolutionize Television?  —  On a rainy night in late November, Robert Kyncl was in Google's New York City offices, on Ninth Avenue, whiteboarding the future of TV.  Kyncl holds a senior position at YouTube, which Google owns.
Discussion: Engadget and The Verge
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
BSkyB Buys Stake In Social TV Start-Up Zeebox For $15+ Million
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Facebook Adds In-Game Offers Option For All Developers, Hoping To Further Diversify Revenue
The Economist:
Space invaders  —  America's Intel and Britain's ARM …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Expands Retail Partnerships; Now Sold At OfficeMax And UPS Store Locations
Discussion: Engadget
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
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