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Apple, Microsoft Discuss Giving Bing Top iPhone Billing  —  Amid an accelerating rivalry with Google, Apple is discussing ways to make Bing the default search engine on the iPhone  —  In 2003, when Apple said its iTunes music software would work on PCs using the Windows software of its age-old rival …
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.
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
NYC: Apple in 11th hour ‘tablet’ meetings with leading US book publishers  —  Apple negotiators are in New York this week for a series of eleventh hour “secret” iSlate-related meetings with leading US book publishers, reports The Bookseller.  —  The report suggests publishers are attempting …
Arn / MacRumors:
Will Apple's Tablet Actually Be Called the iPad?  New Trademarks Filed This Week
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Hopes to Retain Business Unit in China  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Few people say they think Google's Chinese-language search engine will survive the company's confrontation with China.  —  But as Google prepares for talks with the Chinese government over its decision to stop cooperating …
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Google Advertises Its China Position with Search Ads
Discussion: PC World and IntoMobile
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.
Boy Genius Report:
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:
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Lockheed Martin introduces ‘PC on a stick’ flash drive — yes, Lockheed Martin  —  Our coverage of Lockheed Martin here on Engadget normally focus on things like laser weapons or futuristic airships, but it looks like the mega-defense company is now trying its hand as something a little closer to home for us …
Dave Cole / The White House Blog:
WhiteHouse.gov: Anywhere  —  Today, we're excited to announce the new White House App available for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.  The White House App delivers dynamic content from WhiteHouse.gov to the palm of your hand.  —  One feature that stands out is live video streaming.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google's multitouch dilemma  —  As anyone who's seen the last Engadget Show knows, we were incredibly lucky to have Google's Erick Tseng as our guest.  Erick is product manager of Android at Google, and he's one of the sharpest, brightest, funniest guys around — it was great having him on the show …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Opera Buys Mobile Ad Startup AdMarvel For $8M In Cash Plus A $15M Earnout  —  This morning, Norwegian browser maker Opera Software announced that it has agreed to acquire AdMarvel, a small privately-held mobile advertising company based in San Mateo, California.
Discussion: The Register and PC World
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Symbian handsets still second only to iPhone  —  A report from mobile analytics firm Motally finds that outside north America, the Symbian operating system used by Nokia still dominates Windows and Android phones.  —  Motally's analysis says the future isn't all about smartphones:
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Hundreds of Network Solutions Sites Hacked  —  Web site domain registrar and hosting provider Network Solutions acknowledged Tuesday that hackers had broken into its servers and defaced hundreds of customer Web sites.  —  The hackers appear to have replaced each site's home page …
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
If Your Kids Are Awake, They're Probably Online  —  The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Discussion: kff.org and textually.org
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 …
Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Analyst: AT&T Needs to Spend US$5B to Catch up  —  AT&T would need to spend about US$5 billion on its wireless network to catch up with the coverage offered by Verizon Wireless, a financial research firm said Tuesday.  —  The public's perception of AT&T's network is poor and declining …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The iPhone & the Lack of Voice Over 3G: Alternative Theory  —  Apple and AT&T have come under continued criticism for not allowing VoIP over today's 3G mobile broadband connections when using the iPhone.  So much so that the matter got the attention of the FCC back in August, leading to explanations from Apple and Ma Bell.
Discussion: Digital Society, Thanks:atul
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon gives publishers a bigger royalty cut for Kindle; Apple Tablet defense?  —  Amazon on Wednesday outlined a new royalty option for its Kindle platform where authors and publishers can get 70 percent of list price net of delivery costs.  There are a few catches in the royalty package …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Valued At $14 Billion On SecondMarket  —  Offers to buy Facebook common stock have surged to $32 per share on SecondMarket, a marketplace for the buying and selling of private company stock.  That offer values Facebook at roughly $14 billion.  —  The last time we checked in …
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.
Bing / Search Blog:
Bing Autosuggest - Keeping You Current  —  Over the past couple months the Bing team has been working hard to make your search journey a bit easier.  One of the ways we have tried to do that is through improvements to autosuggest.  Autosuggest helps you get to results faster by suggesting words …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Bing Maps Goes Silverlight  —  Microsoft just announced that it is taking the Bing Maps Sliverlight version out of beta and making it the default version for Bing Maps.  The Bing Team is rolling this change out slowly.  Within a few weeks, all users in the U.S. will see the Silverlight maps by default.
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Apple looks for UK mobile partner for new tablet  —  iPhone creator believed to be in talks with UK phone networks over subsidies for the much-anticipated tablet computer  —  Apple is understood to have approached several UK mobile phone networks, including Orange, about selling its forthcoming tablet computer to British customers.
Discussion: Pocket-lint and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Don Clark / Digits:
Firefox Soars on Germany's Browser Warning  —  Germans appear to be heeding the advice of their government and seeking out alternatives to Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser.  —  Mozilla, creators of the Firefox browser, say they've seen a significant surge in downloads of the software …
 
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Bloomberg:
Twitter Operating Chief Says an Initial Public Offering Is Still ‘Way Out’
DigiTimes:
China market: Internet user base grew to 384 million at end of 2009, says CNNIC
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google books opponents propose public guardian
Royal Pingdom:
The Internet is about to get a lot safer
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
2010 CIO priorities shift to lightweight services, virtualization
Discussion: eWeek
New York Times:
Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace
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