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7:25 PM ET, January 14, 2010

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George Kurtz / McAfee Security Insights Blog:
Operation “Aurora” Hit Google, Others  —  McAfee Labs has been working around the clock, diving deep into the attack we are now calling Aurora that hit multiple companies and was publicly disclosed by Google on Tuesday.  —  We are working with multiple organizations that were impacted …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Researchers identify command servers behind Google attack  —  VeriSign's iDefense security lab has published a report with technical details about the recent cyberattack that hit Google and over 30 other companies.  The iDefense researchers traced the attack back to its origin and also identified …
Michael Forsythe / Bloomberg:
China Says Internet Firms Abiding by Its Laws Welcome  —  China, in a veiled response to the announcement by Google Inc. that it will stop censoring its Chinese Web site, said it welcomed global Internet companies provided they obey laws that restrict their content.
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Gabriel Snyder / Gawker:
Apple Wins the First Prize in Our Tablet Scavenger Hunt  —  We have our first winner in the Valleywag Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt!  The most concrete proof of the messiah machine's existence so far landed in our inbox last night.  —  Congratulations, Michael Spillner of the prestigious …
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:   Apple lawyers issue takedown notice of Gawker's Tablet bounty
Intel:
Intel Fourth-Quarter Net Income $2.3 billion, Up 875%  —  Fourth-Quarter Results  —  Fourth-Quarter Results, Excluding the Settlement Agreement with AMD  —  Intel Corporation today reported fourth-quarter revenue of $10.6 billion.  The company reported operating income of $2.5 billion …
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless to overhaul its phone and data pricing plans  —  One of our connects hit us up with some changes Verizon Wireless is making to its calling plans effective January 18th.  The details are coming in slowly but it looks like Big Red (not the gum) is ditching the all-inclusive Premium plan …
Google LatLong:
Make Google Place Pages your business' megaphone  —  If you're a local business owner, we've just added two new features that can help you reach existing and potential customers even more effectively on your business' Place Page.  Both of these features are available by claiming your business through Google Local Business Center.
Luca Zanolin / Google Mobile Blog:
Search your BlackBerry email and contacts with Google Mobile App  —  If you have a BlackBerry and use the built-in Messages and Contacts apps, you can now search the email and contacts on your device using the new version of Google Mobile App.  —  Just type (or speak) your query …
AppleInsider:
Apple releases MobileMe Gallery software on iPhone App Store  —  Apple released its fifth first-party App Store application Thursday with the free MobileMe Gallery, allowing users to view photos and videos from the cloud-based service on their iPhone or iPod touch.
Google Mobile Blog:
Optimized Search Suggestions using your location  —  Typing a query into the search box on a phone can often be slow and difficult.  For this reason, relevant search suggestions that match your intended query can meaningfully reduce the time and effort it takes to submit a search.
Grace Won / AVING USA:
LG Display to develop its 19-inch flexible electronic-paper screen  —  SEOUL, Korea (AVING) — <Visual News> LG Display has developed the world's largest flexible electronic-paper screen measuring 25cm by 40cm, which translates into a 19-inch screen size.  —  With 0.3mm thickness and 130g weight …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Tech companies pitch in for Haiti relief  —  The tech industry is opening up its wallets and its Web sites to help with earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.  —  The moves come in the wake of the massive 7. earthquake that left much of Haiti's capital in ruins and millions …
Bloomberg:
Apple IPhone With Better Camera May Be Out By June, Goldman's Chen Says  —  Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone will probably be available as early as June, include a more advanced camera, and may feature a touch-sensitive casing, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst Robert Chen …
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft to launch Windows Mobile 6.6 in February, say sources  —  Microsoft reportedly plans to launch Windows Mobile 6.6 (codenamed Maldives) in February 2010 to strengthen its competitiveness against iPhone- and Android-based platforms, according to industry sources.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac sales can't keep pace with cheap PCs, Apple slips to No. 5  —  Sales up 23% to 31%, say Gartner and IDC, but low-priced PCs gain share  —  Computerworld - While Mac sales in the U.S. were up 31% in the fourth quarter of 2009, Apple was unable to keep pace with exploding sales of cheap Windows PCs …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Blippy Opens to Public and Scores High-Profile Investors-Including Twitter's Evan Williams-For the Twitter of $$  —  Blippy, a start-up that lets users broadcast their credit card transactions online, will open itself up to the public today and announce a slate of high-profile Silicon Valley investors.
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Digits
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is YouTube Finally Ready to Turn a Profit This Year?  —  Starting last summer, Google executives have consistently promised that YouTube was close to becoming profitable.  When will that finally happen?  —  This year, says Barclays analyst Douglas Anmuth.
Seesmic Blog:
BIS-B Connection, Retweets, Picture Preview  —  Experience Twitter on your Blackberry with searches, lists, retweets, picture preview, Google maps geo-location and other powerful features.  Point your blackberry to m.seesmic.com to get Seesmic within minutes.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Cake Financial Acquired By E*Trade  —  Social finance company Cake Financial has just been acquired by E*Trade.  The company launched at the first TechCrunch50 conference (when it was still TechCrunch40).  Cake Financial has just posted a note to its homepage announcing the deal and to inform users …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Experian Hitwise: Google Passes 72% U.S. Market Share  —  Google surpassed 72% U.S. market share in December according to the latest numbers from Experian Hitwise.  For Google, that represents a slight gain over November's share of all U.S. searches.  Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.com all saw their search share drop from November to December.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is That a Real New York Times App or a Fake?  Apple Doesn't Want to Know.  —  Has the New York Times finally started charging people to read its news online?  Not yet.  —  But it sure looks like the Times is charging online readers if you visit Apple's iTunes Store, which is selling …
Discussion: Engadget
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
New Search Improvements for the New Year  —  Yahoo! rings in 2010 with search advertising enhancements that deliver  —  Last fall, I answered the question “Does search still matter to Yahoo!” with a definitive YES.  But words only go so far, which is why Yahoo! is rolling out new search enhancements for users and advertisers.
ZDNet:
Asus weighing up Chrome versus Android  —  Asus has prototype Android and Chrome OS smartbooks in its labs and is currently deciding whether to release an ARM-based device alongside its Intel-based Eee PC netbooks, the company's chairman has told ZDNet UK.  —  Jonney Shih, Asus' chairman …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Longtime Microsoft exec Veghte leaving  —  Microsoft said on Thursday that senior vice president Bill Veghte is leaving the company after a 19-year stint.  —  Veghte who began his career as associate product manager on the Office team and also headed North American sales, was most recently head of the business side of Windows.
 
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Nielsen Wire:
Top U.S. Web Brands and Site Usage: December 2009
Discussion: Screenwerk
Bloomberg:
Disney Said to Be Seeking Netflix Streaming Block in Starz Contract Talks
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Motorola Break-Up On Hold, WSJ Reports
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Official Nexus One Accessories incoming: Car Dock and Desktop Dock
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Android Central
Ryan McBride / Xconomy:
Segway Business Shifting Gears with Ownership and Management Changes
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Evans / Sysomos Blog:
Exploring the Use of Twitter Around the World
Discussion: Sysomos and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
BackType Now Filters Out Boring Tweets, Launches New Wordpress Plugin
Discussion: BackType
Scott Anthony / Harvard Business Review:
The Disruptors of the Decade  —  Near the end of December …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Is the Internet Finally Robbing the Greedy Financier's Gravy Train?
Discussion: paidContent and The Next Web
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Patent wars: Kodak sues Apple, RIM for patent infringement
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
Q&A with Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha: Motoblur Tablet on the Way?
 

 
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New York Post and Daily News discussed working together; News considering digital-only future

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Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

Knight Foundation:
Vice Media's Shane Smith to receive Knight Innovation Award on Dec. 1 at CUNY media innovation summit

 
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