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12:10 AM ET, January 16, 2010


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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chinese authorities behind Google attack, researcher claims  —  Forensics expert who examined malware believes it's too good to have come from independent hackers  —  Computerworld - The malware used to hack Google is so sophisticated that researchers brought in by the company to investigate believe …
Sky Canaves / China Real Time Report:
Clearing Up Confusion on Google and China  —  From Silicon Valley to Zhongguancun, Google's surprise announcement that it may pull out of China has fueled an enormous amount of discussion in recent days, not all of it 100% accurate.  Below are some misstatements and misunderstandings we've seen:
Yahoo knew of attacks before Google, kept mum  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc knew it had been a target to sophisticated Chinese cyber attacks on U.S. corporations before Google alerted the company to them, a source familiar with the matter said, but chose to remain silent after its bigger rival went public.
George Kurtz / McAfee Security Insights Blog:
“Aurora” Exploit In Google Attack Now Public  —  Computer code that exploits the yet-to-be-patched Internet Explorer vulnerability used in Operation Aurora to attack Google and others in December has now been published on the Internet.  —  McAfee Labs researchers have seen references …
New York Times:   Scaling the Digital Wall in China
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yelp Enables Check-Ins On Its iPhone App; Foursquare, Gowalla Ousted As Mayors  —  When you think of the idea of “checking-in” at a venue in a mobile app, you likely think of Foursquare or Gowalla right now.  The two gained significant momentum, funding, and users in the location space in 2009.
Eric / Yelp Official Blog:
You're Gonna Want to “Check-Out” Yelp for iPhone v.4
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AT&T Matches Verizon With $69.99 Unlimited Voice Plans. iPhone Not Included (But Also Cheaper).  —  As you may have heard, Verizon made some headlines today by unveiling new, cheaper plans to its customers.  Specifically, they cut the price of their unlimited voice plans by $29 down to $69.99.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Verizon undercuts AT&T, reduces monthly voice plan by $29  —  Competition in the mobile landscape became more intense Friday, when Verizon Wireless announced it has cut its basic voice plan by $29 per month, to $69.99 for unlimited calling.  —  Verizon also has an unlimited voice and text plan …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon Wireless revamps calling plans; Goes for customer grab ahead of 4G
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: Bing's URL Shortener Is Longer Than Bing's Own Domain  —  Everyone is getting into the URL shortening game these days.  Google, YouTube, and Facebook are just a few joining the likes of the established players such as  And now Microsoft is jumping in.  But there's something weird about their URL.
Gilly / My Microsoft Life:
Bing has its own shortening URL,  —  In a tweet I have just seen from Bing's @fareologist I noticed that they used a new URL shortening service by the name of  I think this is a new URL Bing are using, I certainly haven't noticed this before.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Analyst: Apple tablet ‘in full production’  —  An analyst at AVI Securities said Friday morning that the Apple tablet is “in full production” and a research note stated that Apple “NAND” flash chip requirements may be increasing because of the tablet.  —  The Apple tablet information comes from …
Discussion: Electronista, eWeek and TechSpot
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:   Patent Reveals Possible Groundbreaking Multi-Touch Features for Apple's iSlate
Noel / Games from Within:
Making A Living (Barely) On The iPhone App Store (aka The Numbers Post)  —  The App Store is a very hit-driven environment.  A few apps sell a large amount of units, and the great majority sell next to nothing.  That's somewhat similar to the music industry, except that the audience for music …
Discussion: and App Advice
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
The inside track on Apple's tablet: a history of tablet computing  —  Apple's anticipated press event later this month is widely expected to debut a new tabled-sized device as a sibling to the company's Mac, iPod and iPhone product lines.  Here's what has led up to the launch, and why the futuristic tablet hasn't taken off so far.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Original Tablet  —  I enjoyed Paul Thurrott's daily coverage of CES last week.
Discussion: Technologizer, Thanks:atul
The return of the mainframe: Back in fashion  —  The mother of all computers no longer looks that old  —  GEEKS may roll their eyes at the news that Namibia is only now getting its first mainframe—a technology that most consider obsolete.  Yet the First National Bank of Namibia …
Discussion: broadstuff
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL To Name An Ex-Googler “Head Of Technology” (AOL, TWX)  —  Several sources close to AOL (AOL) management tell us the company has hired Jeff Reynar, a former Google engineering manager, to “run overall technology” and report to CEO Tim Armstrong.  —  Jeff's title will be something like “head of technology.”
Discussion: Beyond Search and TechCrunch
Music file-sharer ‘Oink’ cleared of fraud  —  A man who ran a music-sharing website with almost 200,000 members has been found not guilty of conspiracy to defraud at Teesside Crown Court.  —  Alan Ellis, 26, was the first person in the UK to be prosecuted for illegal file-sharing.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Xobni takes over Twitter's old offices  —  You can measure the success of a start-up in square footage.  —  Just ask Xobni.  —  A few weeks ago, Xobni moved into Twitter's old offices in the South of Market area of San Francisco.  With 30 employees, it could no longer squeeze into the offices …
Discussion: Xobni Blog
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
Why freemium is bad for business  —  I've never been comfortable with free products for business use, even though it's difficult to avoid using them if you're a small or one-person business (web analytics, for example, has been all but wiped out as a low-end paid service by Google's free offering).
Discussion: broadstuff
Brian Womack / Business Week:
Why Yahoo Is on a Dealmaking Binge  —  CEO Carol Bartz is stepping up acquisitions, stressing local content, to stay relevant in the Age of Twitter  —  Less than three minutes into an interview at Yahoo!'s (YHOO) Sunnyvale (Calif.) headquarters, Chief Executive Carol Bartz is eager …
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