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10:15 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 …
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.
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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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Integrates “Real-Time” …
Discussion: The Download Blog
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
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 …
Reuters:
White House backs Google, seeks China explanation  —  * State Department raises issue with Chinese diplomat (Adds State Department spokesman)  —  The White House said on Thursday it backed Google's decision to no longer support China's censoring of searches and U.S. diplomats sought …
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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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel shines: ‘We have seen a return of consumer demand’  —  Intel delivered a stronger than expected fourth quarter and a promising outlook for the next three months.  In addition, Intel said consumer demand has returned.  —  Intel reported fourth quarter net income of $2.3 billion …
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.
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.
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:   Yahoo Adds Import Campaign From Google AdWords Feature
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Everything You Want To Know About The Most Secretive Startup In The World (Next Jump)  —  In the annals of stealth startups, Next Jump deserves its own chapter.  It's not often that a company can build a large and successful business for 15 years, raise $45 million in venture capital …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Cake Financial Acquired By E*Trade  —  Social finance company Cake Financial has just been acquired by E*Trade.  The company launched in 2007 at the first TechCrunch50 conference (when it was still TechCrunch40).  Cake Financial has just posted a note to its homepage announcing the deal …
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM and paidContent
Sajid Farooq / NBC Bay Area:
Apple Cofounder Confesses: He Loves the Google Phone  —  Steve Wozniak admits he's jumped to Google's ship  —  Steve Wozniak may have once cut in line to get an iPhone.  But now he's moved on to a hotter gadget.  —  The cofounder of Apple — the company that made him millions — told NBC Bay Area a dirty little secret.
Discussion: Macsimum News and MacDailyNews
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.
Manan / I'm Just Being Manan:
Apple Patent Shows New iPhone OS UI & Contacts On Home Screen  —  Keeping rumors aside, let us talk about something that might actually come in the next iPhone software upgrade.  According to a patent filed, Apple plans to introduce a feature that will allow users to put individual contact entries on the home screen.
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.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Game sales down 8 percent in '09, Nintendo and “Warfare 2” score  —  The closely watched monthly game sales report from NPD is bleak today — total U.S. retail sales of video games hardware and software were down 8 percent for the year to $19.66 billion.  —  But analyst Anita Frazier noted it's still …
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 …
Seesmic Blog:
Seesmic for Blackberry - Updated: 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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome For Mac Finally All Systems Go With Bookmark Manager  —  For the past several weeks I've only used one web browser: Google Chrome for Mac.  Sure, it's still in beta, but it's fast and generally bug-free.  That said, there have still be a couple of annoying issues.
Discussion: The Download Blog
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Kills The Defriended iPhone Application  —  On Tuesday, Dennis Harrison released a new iPhone application that lets Facebook users view those friends who've recently removed them as a friend.  Let's be honest, getting removed as a friend happens to the best of us.
 
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Gaith Saqer / ArabCrunch:
A Tweet, Facebook, a Blog Comment Or Even an “SMS” Can Get You To Prison in Jordan!
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Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Apple vs. Google
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Bloomberg:
Disney Said to Be Seeking Netflix Streaming Block in Starz Contract Talks
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ZDNet:
Asus weighing up Chrome versus Android
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Motorola Break-Up On Hold, WSJ Reports
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Official Nexus One Accessories incoming: Car Dock and Desktop Dock
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Android Central
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is That a Real New York Times App or a Fake?  Apple Doesn't Want to Know.
Discussion: Engadget
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Blippy Opens to Public and Scores High-Profile Investors-Including …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Patent wars: Kodak sues Apple, RIM for patent infringement
 

 
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