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8:40 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 …
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.
New York Times:
Scaling the Digital Wall in China  —  The Great Firewall of China is hardly impregnable.  —  Just as Mongol invaders could not be stopped by the Great Wall, Chinese citizens have found ways to circumvent the sophisticated Internet censorship systems designed to restrict them.
Discussion: broadstuff
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 …
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Alibaba slams Yahoo's statement on Google  —  Buzz up!  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's largest e-commerce firm Alibaba Group, in which Yahoo Inc owns a 40 percent stake, has called the search giant's comments on Google “reckless.”  —  Alibaba Group, which runs Taobao …
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.
Discussion: Mashable!, ReadWriteWeb and Widgets Lab
Eric / Yelp Official Blog:
You're Gonna Want to “Check-Out” Yelp for iPhone v.4
Discussion: Lost Remote and VentureBeat
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,
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Releases Their Version Of Retweets As Twitterfication Continues  —  This evening Facebook began testing what appears to be their version of Twitter's retweet feature: “via”.  On any article shared by your friend, you can click on “Share” and when you post the article to your profile …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mashable!
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, TechSpot and eWeek
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:   Patent Reveals Possible Groundbreaking Multi-Touch Features for Apple's iSlate
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
German government issues official warning.  Do NOT use Internet Explorer until it is fixed.  —  Internet Explorer just cannot catch a break these days.  The German Federal Office for Security in Information Technology has officially advised people to stop using Internet Explorer, all versions …
Discussion: gHacks technology news and Download Squad, Thanks:zee
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 …
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.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
McDonald's starts dishing out free WiFi at most of its U.S. restaurants  —  McDonald's promised that it would be make its in-restaurant WiFi service available for free in “mid-January” and, right on cue, it's now kicked things open to everyone with a laptop and a fast food craving starting today, January 15th.
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 …
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
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Discussion: broadstuff
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Xobni takes over Twitter's old offices
Discussion: Xobni Blog
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL To Name An Ex-Googler “Head Of Technology” (AOL, TWX)
Discussion: Beyond Search and TechCrunch
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Clearwire may consider 4G alternatives to WiMax
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
No Surprise: Real Estate Ads Shrink From the Web. …
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Google and Verizon (Sort of) Play Nice on Net Neutrality
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Microsoft Exchange Team Fires Back at IBM Ahead of Lotusphere
Stephen Gandel / Time:
Foursquare Rewards Social Networkers for Location Info
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Magna: DVRs In 44% By 2015  —  In five years, network programmers …
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
Why freemium is bad for business
Discussion: broadstuff

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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Google announces ad partner support for Accelerated Mobile Pages, its version of Facebook's Instant Articles, launching early next year

Jessica Goodman / Entertainment Weekly:
Adele's new album, 25, now available on Pandora despite not being on subscription streaming sites like Apple Music and Spotify

Alex Weprin / Politico:
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