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8:00 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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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
More Evidence ‘iPad’ Is the Apple Tablet's Name  —  Deep in the bowels of the Trademark Office is some fresh evidence that Steve Jobs intends to name his messiah machine the “iPad”: the company is in a fight with Fujitsu over the trademark.  —  In documents first uncovered by The Jesus Tablet blog …
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.
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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Amazon.com:
Amazon Announces Kindle Development Kit—Software Developers Can Now Build Active Content for Kindle  —  Travel books that suggest activities based on real-time weather and current events, cookbooks that recommend menus based on size of party and allergies, and word games and puzzles …
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.
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: Pocket-lint and broadstuff
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
With New Ovi Maps, Nokia Seeks Location Heaven  —  In an attempt to ward of competition from the likes of Google, Nokia, the largest maker of mobile phones has released the latest version of its Ovi Maps software and making the app available for free.  Nokia, despite an early start …
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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
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Google shoots itself in the foot in mobile  —  I wish I knew the inside story on Google's recent confrontation with the Chinese government.  At first Google's announcement looked like a principled, well thought-out stand in a long behind-the-scenes dispute (link).
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Pre Plus (and Pixi Plus) review  —  It's been about a year since Palm pulled itself back from the brink of imminent destruction with the announcement of webOS and the Palm Pre, and even less time since the products announced actually hit the market.  In that time span …
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Hands On With Palm's Mobile HotSpot For Pre Plus and Pixi Plus
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
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
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 …
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
Peppi Kiviniemi / Wall Street Journal:
EU Clears Oracle to Buy Sun Microsystems  —  BRUSSELS — After a drawn out investigation, the European Commission on Thursday unconditionally cleared U.S. software giant Oracle Corp. to take over smaller rival Sun Microsystems Inc. in a $7.4 billion deal.  —  “I am now satisfied that competition …
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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
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 …
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?
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.
Discussion: broadstuff
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe  —  Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.”  —  Today, it's one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.”  —  Despite all the reports of Internet security breaches over the years, including the recent attacks …
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Goes Disco With Experimental Music Discovery Project  —  There are so many music search engines out there based on YouTube music videos (Songza comes to mind) that it was only a matter of time until YouTube created its own music playlist maker.  The YouTube Music Discovery Project …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Ubergizmo
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.
 
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Jennifer Valentino / Digits:
New Software Aims to Keep Facebook Safer
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Baidu's Site-Hacking Lawsuit ‘Completely Without Merit,’ Register.Com Says
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Page Administration Tools Getting Upgrades
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Why the Next BlackBerry Browser Won't Be So Terrible
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