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1:45 PM ET, January 20, 2010

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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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Business Wire:
The New York Times Announces Plans for a Metered Model for NYTimes.com in 2011  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The New York Times announced today that it will be introducing a paid model for NYTimes.com at the beginning of 2011.  —  The new approach, referred to as the metered model …
Felix Salmon:   The economics of the NYT paywall
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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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.”
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
No Time Inc. for the Tablet Next Week  —  Here's someone else you won't see onstage with Steve Jobs next week: Anyone from Time Inc. With good reason-the magazine company doesn't have any tablet-ready stuff to show off yet.  —  Time Warner's (TWX) publishing unit is intensely interested …
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.
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 …
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Boxee Plans New Pay Wall For Summer; Will Keep Less Than 30 Percent Of Rev Split
Discussion: Download Squad and Electronista
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 …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Fires Missile At Book Industry, Launches 70% Kindle Royalty Option (AMZN)
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: Gizmodo, kff.org, Techdirt and textually.org
Business Week:
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 …
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Joe Fay / The Register:   Google: Keep user data safe by letting us hoard it forever
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 …
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 …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Nvidia Ion 2-based Eee PC set for April launch  —  Asustek Computer will launch an Nvidia Ion 2-powered Eee PC in April 2010 and a lineup of netbooks through the year.  —  Asustek currently positions its Atom N270-based Eee PCs for the NT$10,000 (US$313) segment, N280 models for NT$13,000, and N450 models for NT$14,000-16,000.
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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.
Jaikumar Vijayan / Network World:
Military contractors targeted in Chinese attacks, says F-Secure  —  Attacks followed apparent China-based hacks targeting Google, other tech firms  —  The targeted cyberattacks apparently originating in China that hit Google and more than 30 other companies late last year are now targeting …
Discussion: New York Times, GMSV and BaltTech
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 …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
BumpTop brings 3D, physics to Mac desktop  —  The creative and attractive desktop replacement app BumpTop is coming to the Mac.  Launched last year on Windows, and a CNET Download Best of 2009 app, BumpTop makes desktop items act more like they're physical.
Google:
Facts about Google's acquisition of AdMob  —  Frequently asked questions  —  General  —  Why did Google buy AdMob?  —  AdMob is a strong player in the rapidly expanding online mobile ads space, and a great fit to enhance Google's efforts to realize the huge potential benefit …
Discussion: AppScout
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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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Motorola launching 20-30 Android phones in 2010
Discussion: CNET News and WMPoweruser.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Vancouver Venture Firm Is In The Game with EA
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iSites Will Let Publishers Simultaneously Build Apps For iPhone And Android
Discussion: Mashable!
Sim Simeonov / Xconomy:
Hardware vs. Software: The Defining Technology Battle of This Decade
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Announces 4 Million Users, Hires A VP From Salesforce
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Sues TiVo Over Two Patents Related to Video Programs
Discussion: Engadget and Market Wire
 Earlier Items: 
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Ultimate Genesis: Sega's Official Console Emulator for iPhone
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and App Advice
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
BUNDLES OF CABLE  —  It seems like an annual rite …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
feature: Google talks Chrome OS, HTML5, and the future of software
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google's multitouch dilemma
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Valued At $14 Billion On SecondMarket
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily