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4:50 AM ET, January 10, 2012

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Craig Eisler / Kinect for Windows Blog:
Starting February 1, 2012: Use the Power of Kinect for Windows to Change the World  —  We're thrilled at the sales we've seen for Kinect - 18 million sold in the past year - and we were honored to receive a Guinness World Record for the fastest selling consumer electronics device ever.
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Microsoft's Last CES Keynote: Old Demos and Very Little News  —  Microsoft's keynote at CES this evening felt like a cruel joke.  Hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the keynote was anticipated widely, especially because it was Microsoft's last appearance on the keynote stage for the next few years.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
WATCH: Microsoft's Tweet Choir, The Weirdest CES Keynote Moment Ever  —  Microsoft must have been jealous of all the press Samsung got last year for the dancers at its CES keynote.  —  Or maybe this was somebody's strange idea of fun.  —  Whatever the reason, halfway through Steve Ballmer's CES keynote …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft bringing Comcast Xfinity TV to Xbox 360, nails down News Corp. partnership
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ian Delaney / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia Lumia 900 - Born for the USA  —  LAS VEGAS, NV, United States - Nokia announces its biggest yet thinnest Windows Phone to date with the Nokia Lumia 900, its first phone to support high-speed LTE data transfers.  —  As our exclusive video shows, this powerhouse was built exclusively …
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Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Nokia Lumia 900 official: 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED, 4G LTE, exclusive to AT&T  —  We're here at Nokia's CES 2012 press announcement and we've got the confirmation that everyone's been waiting for: the Nokia Lumia 900 is real.  It looks like the rumors were true: the AT&T exclusive phone …
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine, WMPoweruser and The Verge, Thanks:dantecesa
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 900 LTE Windows Phone announced on AT&T  —  Nokia's Lumia 900 LTE Windows Phone is official.  We've witnessed speculation and leaks over the past few weeks, but Nokia CEO Stephen Elop unveiled the device on stage at CES 2012 today.  Nokia's latest and greatest handset includes a 1.4GHz CPU …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Why I Hate Android  —  Why do I hate Android?  It's definitely one of the questions I get asked most often these days.  And most of those that don't ask probably assume it's because I'm an iPhone guy.  People see negative take after negative take about the operating system and label me as “unreasonable” or “biased” or worse.
Discussion: Gizmodo, @mattcutts, @cdixon and @ckindel, Thanks:mattlynley
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
IPhone breathing down neck of Android in U.S.  —  The iPhone 4S, along with cheaper older models, has helped Apple close the distance on Google's Android, drawing within a few percentage points in recent smartphone sales market share in the U.S., according to the NPD Group.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   The Church of Market Share
Kevin Lincoln / Business Insider:
THE RAID ON AOL: How Vox Pillaged Engadget And Founded An Empire  —  Engadget seemed healthy.  —  Back at the beginning of February, AOL's marquee technology blog was coming off its most trafficked month in site history.  It had survived the reorganization that gutted many of AOL's other verticals …
Discussion: @ryan
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Myspace Plans “Over The Top” Web TV Service  —  Lots of folks are waiting for Google, or Apple, or Verizon or someone to offer a Web video subscription service that would rival cable TV.  —  None of those guys have announced their plans for that, yet.  But Myspace has: It says it will offer an …
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Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Myspace reinvents itself as an “entertainment experience,” with help from Panasonic and Justin Timberlake
Discussion: SlashGear
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The Envy 14 Spectre: HP designs a cool Ultrabook with a Gorilla Glass cover  —  Hewlett-Packard has designed a cool laptop that even Apple aficionados might admire for its creative use of glass materials.  The new Envy 14 Spectre is a beautiful new 14-inch Ultrabook with a cover that is made out of durable glass.
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
The Race to Nab Web Addresses  —  Entrepreneurs See Opportunity in Domain-Name Opening  —  This week will bring the long-awaited opening up of a new realm of Web addresses in which just about any word—such as dot-furniture or dot-arcticvacations—can serve as a domain name.  And to some, that spells opportunity.
Discussion: Digits and The Domains
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds iOS 5.1 Beta 3 to Developers, Restores ‘Enable 3G’ Toggle  —  Returning from a holiday break, Apple today seeded iOS 5.1 Beta 3 to developers to allow for further testing of the next update to the company's mobile operating system.  The new version arrives as Build 9B5141a …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook's newest frontier: inside the car  —  (Reuters) - At restaurants, at movies and at the office, checking Facebook has become a regular habit for many of the Internet social network's more than 800 million users.  —  Now that habit has reached a new frontier: the automobile.
Adrian Goldberg / BBC:
Google admits profiting from illegal Olympic ticket ads  —  Google earns millions of pounds from its online advertising service, AdWords  —  Google is profiting from ads for illegal products generated by its flagship automated advertising system, the BBC has found.
Discussion: The Verge and Search Engine Land
Bonnie Cha / CNET:
AT&T goes big with first 4G Windows Phones, six Android devices  —  The Samsung Galaxy Note is just one of six Android devices introduced by AT&T at CES 2012.  —  Pre-show leaks stole some AT&T's CES thunder, but the carrier still managed to have a few surprises up its sleeve.
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Sony Xperia S has PlayStation certification and 720p display, available this quarter  —  One of Sony's inaugural batch of Sony-branded phones, the Xperia S is the device that had been rumored over the last few weeks as the Nozomi with a 4.3-inch 720p display.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Tim Cook's Total Compensation For 2011 Is Almost $400 Million  —  2011 was a very good year for Apple CEO Tim Cook.  According to the company's proxy statement, he got $378 million in total compensation.  As you can see in this table from the proxy statement, Apple's other executives we well taken care of, too.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
61 Percent Of Disqus Comments Are Made With Pseudonyms  —  One of the unending debates in blogging circles is about the value of comments.  How do you encourage the best comments and discourage the anonymous trolls?  Do you even need comments?  Or do you enforce civility by requiring real names …
Discussion: @moot
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Asus Transformer Prime TF700T hands-on  —  Asus' new Transformer Prime TF700T Android 4.0 tablet was just introduced, and we've got hands-on photos.  It's a variant of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, and the most significant upgrade here is a move to a 1920 x 1200 resolution, which looks quite sharp and bright.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Sony tries Google TV again with motion controls, voice search, and gaming  —  Sony just announced two new Google TV devices at CES: the NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player and the NSZ-GS7 media streamer.  Both feature a new remote with a backlit keyboard, a touchpad with gesture navigation support, and three-axis motion sensing for gaming.
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Sony Bloggie Live review  —  Last April, Cisco unceremoniously shuttered Flip, two years after purchasing the company for $590 million.  The end of the line came as a bit of a shock, marking the death of the brand that had become synonymous with pocket cams.
Dong Ngo / CNET:
Netgear Media Storage router makes Apple Time Capule so last year  —  The one of a kind Media Storage Router (WNDR4700) from Netgear.  —  (Credit: Netgear)  —  LAS VEGAS - Apple Time Capsule, Netgear is about to open a can of “so yester-year” on you!  —  The networking vendor announced today …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Buy A 1-Year Nook NYT Subscription, Get The Nook Free  —  In Barnes & Noble's largest Nook promotion yet, the bookstore chain is offering discounted or free Nooks to those who purchase one-year subscriptions to the Nook editions of People or the New York Times.
 
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Samsung vs. Google
Discussion: Slashdot
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
TaskRabbit Acquires Service Provider Directory SkillSlate
Discussion: Xconomy, Thanks:alexia
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intuit GoPayment Goes International With Canada Launch; Redesigns Mobile Credit Card Reader
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Opera TV Store opens, brings HTML5 web apps to devices everywhere
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 Earlier Items: 
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Twitter Photo-Sharing Went Through the Roof After Twitter Started Hosting Images
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
The Year in Kickstarter: $100 million in pledges in 2011
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
OnLive Goes Beyond Gaming: Announces Cloud-Based Windows 7 Desktop for the iPad
Antonio Rodriguez / The Grain:
Android as we know it will die in the next two years and what it means for you
Discussion: Tom Foremski and BetaNews, Thanks:semil