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10:35 AM ET, January 19, 2010


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Clayton Morris / Fox News:
Apple Tablet, iPhone 4 Launch Confirmed for January 27  —  Apple just announced an event on January 27th that will no doubt dazzle us with what the company is calling its “latest creation.”  At the event, Apple will unveil the company's long-rumored tablet device.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Will Next Week's Apple Event Finally Bring Background Apps To The iPhone?  —  This morning, after many months of rampant speculation over the enigmatic Tablet, Apple officially invited scores of press to a special media event to be held January 27.  The debut of the Tablet seems …
Discussion: EverythingiCafe and PC World
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Publisher in Talks With Apple Over Tablet  —  HarperCollins Publishers is negotiating with Apple Inc. to make electronic books available for the introduction of a new tablet device from Apple, according to people familiar with the situation, posing a challenge to Inc.
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Google scraps China cell phone launch amid dispute  —  Buzz up!  —  BEIJING - Google on Tuesday postponed the launch of its mobile phone in China, adding to the potential commercial fallout of its dispute with Beijing over Internet censorship and e-mail hacking.
Caroline Gabriel / Rethink Wireless:
China Unicom delays Android launches amid Google row
Discussion: Associated Press
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
NYT: Microsoft in talks with ESPN to stream content on Xbox  —  The New York Times reports that Microsoft has “held in-depth discussions” with the Walt Disney Company to stream ESPN programming through Xbox Live.  According to anonymous sources, ESPN would provide live streams …
Tablet computers will sell in their millions this year claims Deloitte  —  Tens of millions of tablet computers could be sold this year, kick-starting a £600 million industry, business advisory firm Deloitte has predicted.  —  Deloitte's annual Technology, Media and Telecommunications …
Discussion: BBC, and Internet2Go
Stuart OBrien / Mobile Entertainment:
comScore slams Gartner mobile app stats  —  ‘Hard to believe’ that Apple's App Store accounts for 99.4 per cent of app revenue  —  ComScore has questioned this morning's Gartner research report, which claimed that Apple's App Store accounted for 99.4 per cent of all mobile app downloads in 2009.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple responsible for 99.4% of mobile app sales in 2009
New Internet Explorer 0-day Vulnerability and Targeted Attacks  —  News of targeted attacks on Google, Adobe and other large companies were made public last week.  The initial assumption was that the attacks were done with malicious PDF files but on Thursday Microsoft released information …
Patrick Goss /
Microsoft: Switch from IE and your risk increases
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Novatel's MiFi devices shown to be incredibly useful, easily hacked (video)  —  We've personally experienced the joys of portable wireless routers like Novatel's MiFi, little things that do the 3G talkin' for you, but from what we're seeing here current users may be about to experience something altogether different: fear.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yelp Taking Big Investment From Elevation Partners  —  Yelp, fresh off of leaving Google at the altar, is closing a hefty fifth round of financing from Elevation Partners, say multiple sources.  The deal isn't closed yet, says one source, but the guys at Elevation Partners have been telling friends that it's a done deal.
Tony Adam / Shrinkage Is Good:
The Ultimate Cell Phone Plans Comparison  —  On Friday, Verizon Wireless announced pricing plan restructuring that would reduce the cost of voice usage.  AT&T Wireless quickly followed suit and unveiled their updated cell phone plans as well.  Today is the day that those changes go into effect.
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Cut Time Internet Search Addresses Are Held to Meet EU Rules  —  Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, said it will delete Internet Protocol addresses associated with search queries after six months to comply with demands from European Union privacy regulators.
Malatesta / WMExperts:
Windows Mobile 7: What we expect and what we are hearing  —  Okay everyone, time to put on your rumor helmets (they're like beer helmets, but filled with vodka).  Here's what we are hearing about Windows Mobile 7 from various sources (none of which has been announced by Microsoft).
Peter Parkes / Skype Blogs:
Skype's share of international calling minutes jumps 50%  —  New data released by TeleGeography shows that Skype's share of international calling minutes has jumped to 12%, a 50% increase on last year's figure of 8%.  ‘The volume of traffic routed via Skype is growing at an astonishing pace’ …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
State Of The #Twittersphere: User Growth Slows Down To 3.5% Per Month  —  Marketing software startup HubSpot has put together its third ‘State of the Twittersphere’ report, which is based on an analysis of more than 5 million Twitter accounts and 6 million tweets, collected by the company's free Twitter Grader tool.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Verizon unveils new FiOS bundles with symmetrical 35Mbps pipes, heftier ETFs  —  As expected, Verizon is rolling out a new line of FiOS bundles for this perennially broadband-starved nation, and bumping up its early termination fees in the process.  The traditional ETF for the installation-heavy service …
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Discussion: DailyTech, The Toybox and Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Twitter's First Conference Coming April 14th?  Twitter's #1 User Says So
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
EU Poised to Approve Oracle-Sun Deal
Discussion: The Register and Softpedia News
Louis Gray:
Abuzz Launches Social Media Search App for iPhone
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Jivox video ads get social and interactive
Discussion: Screenwerk and TechCrunch
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
China Details Homemade Supercomputer Plans
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Don't Laugh At SMS Games: Snackable Media Sold $170 Million Worth Of Them Last Year
Discussion: and IntoMobile
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Time Inc. to Acquire StyleFeeder
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Google re-ranking and personalized search study
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MTV Games Seeks Buzz for ‘Rock Band’
Garmin GPS units get bird's eye imagery
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Not Flattered By Yelp Check-Ins
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment
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