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8:00 PM ET, January 19, 2010

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Apple iPhone OS 4.0 features detailed!  Also, Apple calling tablet the iTablet?  —  That's right, y'all.  We're back at it, and this time we've received some exclusive iPhone OS 4.0 details from one of our trusty Apple connects.  —  Here are some iPhone OS 4.0 features, according to our guy:
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Arn / MacRumors:
Will Apple's Tablet Actually Be Called the iPad?  New Trademarks Filed This Week  —  A lot has been said about the rumored Apple tablet, and after evidence was discovered that Apple was interested in the name “iSlate”, many have adopted that as the most likely name for Apple's new device.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
‘Minor issues’ could delay $999 Apple tablet availability 'til June - report  —  While Apple's tablet is still expected to see a formal introduction at a media event next week, issues with battery life and durability could result in a June launch, an analyst said Tuesday.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who's Joining Steve Jobs for the Tablet Launch Next Week?  —  Now that Apple's tablet debut date is officially, officially confirmed (old news for All Things Digital readers), we can move on to the next round of speculation.  For instance: Which media partners will Steve Jobs be working with when this thing launches?
TechCrunch:
Apple's Secret Cloud Strategy And Why Lala Is Critical  —  This is a guest post from Michael Robertson, a 12-year veteran of the digital music business.  He is the founder and former CEO of digital music pioneer MP3.com.  He is currently the CEO of music locker company MP3tunes.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Evidence Found for Chinese Attack on Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — An American computer security researcher has found what he says he believes is strong evidence of the digital fingerprints of Chinese authors in the software programs used in attacks against Google.
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google puts China cell phones on hold amid dispute  —  Buzz up!  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Google has delayed the debut of two mobile phones designed to connect with its Internet services in China, widening the void that might be opened if the company and Beijing can't resolve their rift over online censorship and security.
Reuters:
U.S. has met with China on Internet freedom: official
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Bill Gates Joins Twitter - Uses The Web Interface  —  Bill Gates has joined Twitter and is tweeting away using the web interface.  —  Twitter employee @caroline has confirmed this.  —  Of course, Bill Gates is the famed man from Microsoft who brought us a talking paperclip and Windows 1.0 pillow cases, if you remember that far back.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Microsoft to Launch Zune Phone in Two Months?  —  Microsoft has long claimed that its mobile strategy is to provide a software solution, not devices.  As Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told attendees of a McGraw-Hill (MHP) media conference last spring: … That being the case …
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AppleInsider:
Apple updates Boot Camp with Windows 7 support  —  Apple on Tuesday updated its Boot Camp software and issued new drivers and utilities to allow users to run Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 7.  The Mac maker also issued its first security update of 2010, addressing 12 vulnerabilities.
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Don Clark / Digits:
Firefox Soars on Germany's Browser Warning
Discussion: CNET News and BetaNews
Lauren Goode / Digits:
H-P Testing a Touchless “Wall of Touch”  —  Hewlett-Packard is testing out a new design of its TouchSmart technology that doesn't actually require customers to touch the screen. … The new design, called the “wall of touch”, is an interactive touch screen wall comprised of up to nine 43 inch to 46 inch …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Report: 44% Of Google News Visitors Scan Headlines, Don't Click Through  —  Research firm Outsell has published its third annual News Users' report, which is based on a survey about the online and offline news preferences of 2,787 US news consumers.  —  The Outsell report unsurprisingly predicts ongoing …
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.
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
How To Hide From Google  —  Hacker Moxie Marlinspike debuts a tool for using Google services while foiling its data collection techniques.  —  Google offers Web users a simple trade-off: Let the search giant track a substantial portion of your comings and goings around the Web, and it will offer you a free, superior online experience.
Discussion: The Register and broadstuff
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter goldrush on the way.  Old usernames to be released  —  Twitter tells us it is planning to release all of its old, neglected usernames from inactive accounts for others to grab - and some of them are bound to be in big demand.  —  Many early users of the service picked up short usernames …
Discussion: Twitterrati and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Steven Baker / The Official Google Blog:
Helping computers understand language  —  An irony of computer science is that tasks humans struggle with can be performed easily by computer programs, but tasks humans can perform effortlessly remain difficult for computers.  We can write a computer program to beat the very best human chess players …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Matt Cutts
Agence France Presse:
US IT brands may be gone in 20 years: Acer founder  —  TAIPEI — US computer brands may be gone in 20 years' time due to an inability to produce the low-priced PCs the market demands, the Taiwanese founder of computer maker Acer was quoted as saying Tuesday.
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.
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’ …
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
An eat-able, tweetable sweet treat  —  “I love you” is so 2009.  —  The newest way to send an affectionate message this Valentine's Day comes with a social media twist: “Tweet Me.”  —  Twitter and Sweethearts candy today will unveil plans to stamp Tweet Me on the familiar heart-shaped …
Discussion: Mashable!, Fast Wonder and GeekSugar
 
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2010 CIO priorities shift to lightweight services, virtualization
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