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4:30 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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iTunes.com Launching In The Cloud This Summer?  —  Buried all the way at the bottom of the Wall Street Journal's latest piece about the Apple Tablet is a very interesting nugget of information.  Apple is apparently gearing up to launch a cloud-based iTunes replacement called iTunes.com as soon as this June …
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.
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 …
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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 …
BBC:
Tim Berners-Lee unveils government data project  —  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 …
Discussion: broadstuff
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon Promotion Tempts Book Lovers With Free Kindles  —  Hesitant about ordering an Amazon Kindle?  The online retailer is apparently making a very tempting proposition to some of its customers: go ahead and order a Kindle, and if you don't like it, you'll get your money back — and get to keep the device.
Discussion: mocoNews and paidContent
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Google Not Reading Your Personal Email Cause It's Boring; Hard To Advertise Against
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 .
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
YouTube Takes a Small Step Into the Film Rental Market
Discussion: Engadget
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Josh Silverman / GigaOM:
How Video Changes Everything  —  Whether it's a clip of “Tajik Jimmy” putting Bollywood soundtracks to shame, catching a friend's wedding eight time zones away or working “side by side” with coworkers in another country, it's all video.  And it's changing the way we communicate with one another.
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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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Digital File Cabinet You Can Bring With You Anywhere  —  What if you could collect, in one well-organized, searchable, private digital repository, all the notes you create, clips from Web pages and emails you want to recall, dictated audio memos, photos, key documents, and more?
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, CNET News and Erictric, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay's Ipredator VPN Opens To The Public  —  In the last year, pressure from the entertainment industries on ISPs and governments to crack down on copyright infringers has steadily increased, resulting in ISPs sending out mass copyright warnings.  This, of course, is coupled …
Discussion: Boing Boing
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.
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 …
Discussion: All Facebook
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
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
 
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