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9:55 AM ET, January 25, 2010


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Overheard: Steve Jobs Says Apple Tablet “Will Be The Most Important Thing I've Ever Done.”  —  “This will be the most important thing I've ever done” - Steve Jobs, referring to the soon-to-be-launched Apple Tablet.  —  We haven't heard this first hand, but we've heard it multiple times second …
The killer app for Apple's tablet: Gaming  —  This guest post is by Jeff Scott, founder and publisher of 148Apps, a blog providing fanatical coverage of everything iPhone and hopefully soon, the Apple tablet.  —  While we still don't know the name of the new tablet device; could be iPad …
Alan Long / Hitwise Intelligence:
The Apple Tablet - iWonder!  —  The computing industry and no doubt a few other industries, such as publishing, are holding their collective breath for the announcement of the impending release of the Apple iSlate / iPad / iTablet this coming Thursday morning (8am Australian East Coast time UTC/GMT +11 hours)
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why Amazon won't launch its own tablet, but will use Apple's
Discussion:, Howard Lindzon and AppleInsider, Thanks:arjo
Peter Farago /
Apple Tablet: The Second Stage Media Booster Rocket  —  Insights from Tracking 200 Apps Across 50 Apple Tablets in Testing  —  Using Flurry Analytics, the company identified approximately 50 devices that match the characteristics of Apple's rumored tablet device.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL CTO Cahall Out-As It Buys a Video Platform Company for $36.5 Million and Opens a NY Tech Center (Press Releases, Memos-Natch!)  —  While AOL denied last week a report last week suggesting that he was leaving, CTO Ted Cahall is actually, um, leaving.  —  Oops!
Christopher Blizzard:
HTML5 video and H.264 - what history tells us and why we're standing with the web  —  For background on the free software angle on this story please check out Robert O'Callahan's post on this topic.  Also check out Mike Shaver's shorter background post as well.
Chris Gourlay / Times of London:
OMG: brains can't handle all our Facebook friends  —  WE may be able to amass 5,000 friends on Facebook but humans' brains are capable of managing a maximum of only 150 friendships, a study has found.  —  Robin Dunbar, professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University …
Discussion: All Facebook and Mashable!
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Chinese Human Rights Sites Hit by DDoS Attack  —  Five Web sites run by Chinese human rights activists were attacked by hackers over the weekend, as a separate row continued between Google and China over political cyberattacks.  —  The Web site of Chinese Human Rights Defenders …
Discussion: Reuters
China steps up defense of Internet controls
Discussion: Reuters
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Visualize Dissent: Turkish Users Protest Censorship Using Google Maps  —  Internet users in Turkey have found an interesting visualization to highlight their numbers, connect with one another, air their grievances and hopefully reach their goals using Google Maps and shared documents.
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Mobile 2010 Predictions: Apple, Google & RIM, Oh My!  —  Near the eve of Apple's tablet announcement, I'd like to turn my 2010 predictive eye again to the mobile space where, as my title suggests, there are only three software players that matter — Apple, Google, and RIM (Blackberry).
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Brightcove Wants To Take “TV Everywhere” Beyond Your Cable Company's Video Website  —  When cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner talk about “TV Everywhere,” they are generally talking about a Web video portal they control themselves which gives their regular cable TV subscribers access …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Who Needs iTunes? doubleTwist Partners With T-Mobile, Now Bundled On Some Android Phones  —  Big news for doubleTwist, the iTunes alternative that allows you to manage media for hundreds of devices, including Android phones, the Palm Pre, and BlackBerry.  Tomorrow, the company will announce …
Discussion: Download Squad, Gizmodo and Engadget
Hunter Skipworth / Telegraph:
The myth of the Sony ‘kill switch’  —  In Japan, a surprising number of consumers really do claim to believe that Sony products are programmed to break as soon as the warranty expires.  —  Sony PS3  —  For nearly 20 years Sony in Japan has been plagued by the myth of the “Sony Timer” …
Mike Hirshland / VCMike's Blog:
Comscore, Calacanis, Quantcast etc.  —  Unless you've been asleep or unconscious the last few days, you no doubt have been following the brouhaha kicked off by Jason Calacanis's angry rant against Comscore and its business practices.  The Silicon Alley Insider joined the fray with a post entitled …
Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera / San Francisco Chronicle:
‘Fatal System Error’ has insight on cybercrime  —  “Fatal System Error,” the new book by Financial Times' cyber-security reporter Joseph Menn, sheds light on the $1 trillion cybercrime industry that festers beneath the Internet.  —  The book tells the tale of Barrett Lyon …
Cedric Giorgi / TechCrunch Europe:
Deezer rides a doozy of a storm as CEO is ousted by investors  —  [France] Music search and discovering service Deezer is currently caught up in a storm of controversy: its co-founder and CEO Jonathan Benassaya has effectively been forced out by his investors.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Juniper, Polycom forge telepresence, video conferencing alliance  —  Juniper Networks and Polycom have teamed on a joint telepresence and video conferencing offering that's designed to serve as a counterweight to Cisco Systems and its recent acquisition of Tandberg.
Discussion: Network World
Shawn Oliver / News:
Will AT&T Lose Their iPhone Exclusivity On Wednesday?  —  It's sort of hard to believe all the hype from CES is already over and done with.  Larger companies spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to introduce and showcase new products at the show, and now all anyone wants to talk about in the tech world is Apple.
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