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  • The Consumer Electronics Show proved to be a lot more vibrant than I expected. The buzz going in was that everything was “me, too,” and nothing innovative would be being shown. Instead, the press conferences jumped the gun and were early by a day, and the show itself was mobbed. It turned out to be a banner year for product introductions and excitement.

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    Concerned by the wave of requests for customer data from law enforcement agencies, Google last year set up an online tool showing the frequency of these requests in various countries. In the first half of 2010, it counted more than 4,200 in the United States. The New York Times reports.

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    Corning is making its Consumer Electronics Show (CES) debut this year. And though it's a newcomer, it's one of the most talked about and prevalent companies at the convention. This year the CES is focused largely on touch screen tablets and smart phones, and Corning makes the material—called Gorilla Glass-that encases nearly all these devices.

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    With a slew of new product offerings, 3D will continue its assault at retail this year. LG, Samsung and Panasonic all plan to include the technology in a wider array of products— most importantly in TV sets and Blu-ray players that aren’t being aimed at the high-end, early adopter audience.

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    Apple rolled out its new Mac App Store, in an effort to steal some buzz from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  It officially went online on Thursday morning with Apple releasing a software update for the Snow Leopard OS.

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    With Apple having paved the way for tablets last year, 2011 is when the competition is hoping to chip away at the company’s dominance in the category. It’s going to be a tough fight, though.

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    Apple has zero official presence at CES but the specter of Steve Jobs shadow looms large over every single bit of activity at the annual tech convention.

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    Apps and Internet connectivity are everywhere. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, you’ll see more devices incorporating PC-like functions. And they'll be not just smartphones and set-top boxes, but TVs, digital cameras and printers as well.

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    This could also be the year fitness goes high tech, as 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is including a Sports and Technology summit. This follows a growing trend in exercise related video games, including the  Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect and PlayStation Move.

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    After predicting in his last two keynote addresses at the Consumer Electronics Show that innovation from the consumer electronics would help the U.S. economy rebound, Gary Shapiro is standing by his message. The question is now whether there is enough innovation to jump-start things for 2011, especially after consumer confidence unexpectedly dipped in December.

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    Another year, another CES. I’ve seen so many that they all begin to blend. But change is always afoot in the consumer electronics business, and so there’s something new every time.

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    The popular social networking site has raised $500 million from the investment bank and a Russian investor in a deal that values the company at $50 billion, the New York Times reports.

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    Some people go to court hoping to win millions of dollars. Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have already won tens of millions. But six years into a legal feud with Facebook, they want to give it back — for a chance to get more. The New York Times reports.

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    Many apps are available to entertain every moment, wherever you are. You don’t have to be sitting on the dock of the bay, the New York Times reports.

  • Facebook will go the IPO route when it “makes the most sense,” Chris Hughes, its co-founder told CNBC Wednesday.

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