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9:51 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
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 …
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,
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
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 …
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Laptop Search Documents Revealed  —  Though some travelers object to border agents reading their e-mail and viewing their digital images, the government insists “they're like pages in a book” and defends its right to review them.  —  Documents detailing nine months of searches and seizures …
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 …
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 …
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.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Files New Trade Complaint With U.S. Agency Against Nokia  —  Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. filed a new patent- infringement complaint against Nokia Oyj, seeking to block U.S. imports of mobile phones and increasing the legal battle between the two over smartphone technology.
Discussion: Engadget and Reuters
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
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.
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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The inside track on Apple's tablet: a history of tablet computing
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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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Stephen Gandel / Time:
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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