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12:25 AM ET, January 21, 2010

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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple sees tablet as one device shared by the whole family - WSJ  —  The Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell of tablet and Apple-related information Wednesday evening.  Among the new details: Apple sees its tablet as a device that will be shared by multiple family members — and it might even recognize their faces.
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Exclusive: Apple Tablet Headed to Verizon  —  SAN DIEGO (TheStreet) — Qualcomm (QCOM Quote) comes up big again with another win with Apple (AAPL Quote).  —  The hotly anticipated Apple Tablet — or the Apple Newton II — will feature a wireless chip made by Qualcomm.
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Introducing YouTube HTML5 Supported Videos  —  A while ago, YouTube launched a simple demo of an HTML5-based video player.  Recently, we published a blog post on our pre-spring cleaning effort and your number one request was that YouTube do more with HTML5.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web Site  —  The New York Times announced Wednesday that it intended to charge frequent readers for access to its Web site, a step being debated across the industry that nearly every major newspaper has so far feared to take.
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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Read NYT execs' memo to staff about plans to charge for NYTimes.com
Discussion: MediaMemo, Mediaite and Epicenter
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Boy Genius Report:
AT&T prepping network to handle “unannounced” devices?  —  We've been told by one of our connects that AT&T has apparently been meeting individually with regional executives to inform them of some changes to the AT&T network.  What have we heard?  Well, for starters, they seem to be focused …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Phone Arena and Erictric
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Bill Gates launches new site, offering peek inside his mind  —  Turns out Bill Gates' attention-getting debut on Twitter was just the prelude.  The Microsoft chairman and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair today is launching a new site, dubbed The Gates Notes, where he'll be writing …
Gmail Blog:
Serving better ads in Gmail  —  Ever since we launched Gmail, we've tried to show relevant and unobtrusive ads.  We're always trying to improve our algorithms to show better, more useful ads.  —  When you open a message in Gmail, you often see ads related to that email.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook to Build Its Own Data Centers  —  A look at the fully-packed racks inside a Facebook data center facility.  —  Facebook has decided to begin building its own data centers, and may announce its first facility as soon as tomorrow.  The fast-growing social network has previously leased server space …
Discussion: Bend Bulletin, Thanks:atul
David Carnoy / CNET News:
Verizon ends service of alleged illegal downloaders  —  Months after Verizon Communications began issuing warnings to accused file sharers, the company has acknowledged that multiple offenses could result in a service interruption.  —  “We've cut some people off,” Verizon Online spokeswoman Bobbi Henson told CNET.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The 3 Facebook Settings Every User Should Check Now  —  In December, Facebook made a series of bold and controversial changes regarding the nature of its users' privacy on the social networking site.  The company once known for protecting privacy to the point of exclusivity …
BBC:
Web's inventor unveils data site  —  Web founder Tim Berners-Lee has unveiled his latest venture for the UK government, which offers the public better access to official data.  —  A new website, data.gov.uk, will offer reams of public sector data, ranging from traffic statistics to crime figures, for private or commercial use.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
UK Launches Open Data Site; Puts Data.gov to Shame
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft's Twitter chatter suggests Danger is up to something — Pink drawing near?  —  The other day, we happened to catch a tag on a tweet reading “from Danger.”  No biggie, really — Sidekicks have had Twitter integration for a while now.  Here's the thing, though: tweeting from a Sidekick plugs a …
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Bloomberg:
Microsoft May Lose More of Facebook's Advertising Business  —  Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., an investor in Facebook Inc., has lost part of the social-networking site's advertising business and is renegotiating an agreement as it faces the possibility that more ads will be pulled.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Nexus One Will Make Money for Google  —  Google, it seems, is having some teething problems with its foray into the topsy-turvy world of mobile handsets.  From unhappy partners to unhappy customers, the search giant has been having a rough time with its Nexus One, currently the best Android phone on the market.
Arjun Banker / Facebook Developers:
Communicating Directly with Your Users via Email  —  Facebook Platform has evolved since its launch in 2007, providing developers with a number of different communication channels to interact with their users.  In October 2009 we announced a roadmap for developers that outlined a number …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Comcast Looking To Offer À La Carte Streaming Music To ISP And Cable Customers  —  Comcast is in discussions with partners to offer a music streaming service to its customers as an à la carte offering, we've heard from multiple sources.  For an additional monthly charge of $5 or more …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Erictric and CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Katrina Kurnit / Inside AdWords:
New targeting options for mobile ads  —  If you've chosen to show ads on iPhones and other mobile devices with full internet browsers, you can now target specific mobile devices or carriers.  —  This feature makes it easier for you to reach the right users if you have a carrier- or device-specific message.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon Cracks Open the Kindle  —  As Motoko Rich and I report in Wednesday's Times, Amazon.com is finally opening up the Kindle to developers.  This has the potential to turn a popular single-purpose device into a more interesting and versatile gadget, limited only by the imagination …
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Coming soon: Boxee Payments  —  Users want to see more content on Boxee.  Content owners want to be paid for what they produce (whether that's TV Shows, movies, music, or applications).  We don't believe these are conflicting interests.  —  This is why we plan to release a Payment Platform …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Why the Next BlackBerry Browser Won't Be So Terrible  —  It's loooong past time for RIM to s**tcan BlackBerrys' stock browser.  Today, a new patent for server-optimized browsing, combined with their obvious interest in WebKit, means they might be about to do just that.  —  The patent comes by way of the WSJ, and claims:
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Verizon To Get iPhone 4G In June, Canaccord Says  —  It's become a tradition at Apple (AAPL) product launch events for CEO Steve Jobs to save some extra juicy bit for very end, which he typically provides after reviewing all of the other day's news, using the phase, “one more thing.”
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Page Administration Tools Getting Upgrades  —  Facebook Page administrators are starting to some new features go live.  One is the ability to see the number of impressions per post, and the number of likes and comments per impression.  The other feature isn't launched yet …
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
Cloud and open source meet to test Web apps  —  The world has largely moved from a client/server application development model to a Web-based app development model.  Web app developers have to keep up with frequent new browser releases from Microsoft (IE), Apple (Safari), Mozilla (Firefox) …
Discussion: internetnews.com and VentureBeat
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
YouTube to charge $5 for some videos  —  YouTube this week begins a test to see if folks will pay to watch movies on its site.  —  The Web's most popular video sharing site Friday will offer five films from the 2009 and 2010 Sundance Film Festival for a fee around $5 .
Brad Stone / Bits:
CrowdFlower Raises $5 Million to Boost Crowdsourcing  —  Jobs today are notoriously hard to come by.  But that's only if you want to build cars.  Or write for newspapers.  Or sell mortgages.  —  But what if you don't mind sitting at your computer for a few hours or even just a few minutes …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Ultimate Genesis: Sega's Official Console Emulator for iPhone  —  Apple's finicky about emulators in the App Store, but most of the candidates have been unofficial, and dubiously legal.  Sega's Ultimate Genesis, though, is official, and looks like a full virtual console for your iPhone.
 
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