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11:40 PM ET, January 20, 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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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.”
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
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.
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 .
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
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 …
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 …
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Venture Capitalists' Increased Investments Will Have Some Industries Feeling Left Out  —  Many venture capitalists say they plan to invest more cash into Silicon Valley companies this year than in 2009.  But certain categories of technology start-ups won't be the recipients.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
New Clues Draw Stronger Chinese Ties to ‘Aurora’ Attacks  —  A leading security researcher today published perhaps the best evidence yet showing a link between Chinese hackers and the sophisticated cyber intrusions at Google, Adobe and a slew of other top U.S. corporations late last year.
Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
Microsoft Research Works on “Mental Tagging” of Images  —  One of the most tedious things to do when uploading a collection of photos to the web is tag them.  Although doing so ensures they can be easily found later either by yourself or the online community at large, the process is often time-consuming and cumbersome.
Doug Gross / CNN:
Aide: Clinton will address China in Internet freedom speech  —  (CNN) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Thursday speech on Internet freedom will address the Google censorship fight in China, but won't stop there, a top adviser said Wednesday.  —  Alec Ross, Clinton's senior adviser for innovation …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's MapReduce patent: what does it mean for Hadoop?
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Microsoft calls for regulations over cloud computing
Discussion: CNET News
Dave Cole / The White House Blog:
WhiteHouse.gov: Anywhere  —  Today, we're excited to announce …