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8:45 AM ET, January 26, 2010

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New York Times:
With Apple Tablet, Print Media Hope for a Payday  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With the widely anticipated introduction of a tablet computer at an event here on Wednesday morning, Apple may be giving the media industry a kind of time machine — a chance to undo mistakes of the past.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple iPad Pricing and Availability: $600-$1000, March 1st?  —  According to a (now deleted) tweet by major German electronics retailer Media Markt, the Apple iPad will go on sale March 1st at a price of 499 Euros with contract with T-Mobile or 899 Euros without.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Media Markt's iPad Confirming Tweet Turns Out To Be Bogus  —  A tweet posted on Twitter account @Media_Markt_de resulted in a flurry of blog posts on leading tech news sites, reporting on possible confirmation of the existence and indicative pricing of the upcoming Apple tablet …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Who wants to build Apple tablet apps?  Not just game developers (survey)  —  Almost every application developer out there is eager to start building applications for Apple's long-rumored tablet, according to a new survey from Appcelerator.  And although we've already written about the excitement …
Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  All-Time Highest Revenue and Profit New Accounting Standards Adopted  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2010 first quarter ended December 26, 2009.  The Company posted revenue of $15.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share.
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Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
TechCrunch hit by hack attack, says 'we'll be back soon'  —  TechCrunch, one of the world's top blogs, has been hacked.  —  At approximately 6:20am GMT the site was replaced with this message, linking to a site containing links to adult and pirated material:
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Andy Brett / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Hacked  —  As some people noticed, at approximately 10:30 pm PST on Monday evening the main site in the TechCrunch Network - techcrunch.com - was hacked and redirected.  The site was back up briefly at 11:30 pm but shortly went down again.  As of 2:00 am, the site is back up and appears to be stable.
Ben Edelman:
Google Toolbar Tracks Browsing Even After Users Choose “Disable”  —  Disclosure: I serve as co-counsel in unrelated litigation against Google, Vulcan Golf et al. v. Google et al.  I also serve as a consultant to various companies that compete with Google.  But I write on my own …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Report: Attackers sent Google workers IMs from ‘friends’  —  People behind the China-based online attacks of Google and other companies looked up key employees on social networks and contacted them pretending to be their friends to get the workers to click on links leading to malware, according to a published report on Monday.
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Mark Clayton / Christian Science Monitor:
US oil industry hit by cyberattacks: Was China involved?
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
Associated Press:   Google negotiating ways to keep presence in China
Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless to store managers: Wednesday is a big day  —  Uh oh.  More Apple tablet-related news?  It would appear so, as we have just been briefed on what could be a solid Apple / Verizon connection.  —  One of our connects just told us that Verizon Wireless has a “kick off” …
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Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Debunking: Those are NOT photos of the Apple Tablet  —  Saw on Mashable that some designer posted “actual” photos of the “tablet”.  I'm no photography expert, but they looked wrong from the beginning.  I can't say I've 100% proven it, but I'm pretty sure they are not correct.  Here's the photo (source):
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
The Apple Paradox: How a Company That's So Closed Can Foster So Much Open Innovation  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  [Corrected and clarified, 1:30 p.m. 1/25/10, see page 2] Come Wednesday, we'll learn a lot more about Apple's presumed slate device.  What we know right now, first hand, is a big fat nothing.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Bill Gates Defends Google, Then Pans It  —  Bill Gates dropped by The New York Times on Monday to discuss his full-time job as head of the Gates Foundation, the world's largest philanthropy, especially its work in global health and development.  —  Mr. Gates was on his way to the World Economic Forum …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The First Apple Tablet Commercial?  No Way.  —  Earlier today, the French site Nowhereelse.fr posted a video of what looks to be a commercial for Apple's new tablet device, expected to be unveiled on Wednesday during an Apple event in San Francisco.  The video led VentureBeat to wonder …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cloudkick Rolls Out Freemium Model For Server Management System  —  Cloudkick, a Y Combinator-incubated startup that offers a free server management system to businesses, is rolling out its freemium model and additional features.  Cloudkick provides detailed graphs on the health of your servers …
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Pushing TV Networks To Slash Prices On iTunes  —  On the eve of the Apple tablet release, Steve Jobs is asking TV networks to get cheap.  —  In meetings with television executives, Apple has also been urging a TV networks to slash their pricetags on shows sold through iTunes to $0.99 — half of the standard $1.99 price.
EvilElmer / The Android Mobile OS:
Exclusive: HTC Supersonic, First Look … Amidst all of the rumors surrounding the HTC Supersonic we have obtained some photos and technical information that may put some to rest.  —  Android 2.1 w/ HTC Sense UI  —  Kickstand  —  1ghz Snapdragon  —  Built-in FM Radio  —  Sprint WiMax
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Facebook Investors: No 2010 IPO for Facebook  —  The two major investors in Facebook, speaking today at DLD in Munich, put a line in the sand: read their lips, no IPO for the company in 2010.  Both Jim Breyer of Accel Partners, and Yuri Milner of DST said on stage that they are in no hurry …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Google: Nexus One 3G issues result of poor coverage, bugs; patch possibly within a week  —  Looks like Google's investigation into the crappy 3G claims on the Nexus One are winding down, and it's a one-two combo of good news and bad news.  First, the bad: preliminary findings suggest …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Twitter Could Become the Unemployed's Best Friend  —  One of Twitter's advantages is that unlike e-mail messages or Facebook updates, tweets can reach an unknown audience — a benefit that recruiters, human resources departments and job-seekers are fast discovering.
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google is Reducing Share of AdSense Publishers  —  The latest earnings report from Google has some not-so-good news for web publishers (bloggers included) who are monetizing their online content through the Google AdSense program.  —  While Google has never disclosed the exact percentage …
New York Times:
In Digital Combat, U.S. Finds No Easy Deterrent  —  WASHINGTON — On a Monday morning earlier this month, top Pentagon leaders gathered to simulate how they would respond to a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at paralyzing the nation's power grids, its communications systems or its financial networks.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Bands You've Never Heard Of Are Making Tons Of Money On iTunes (AAPL)  —  A band you've never heard of — AC/DC cover band AC/db — made over $32,000 from music sales in November.  —  How is that possible?  —  Under the old business model of music sales on physical media, it wouldn't be.
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
To beat spam, turn its own weapons against it  —  SPAMMERS' own trickery has been used to develop an “effectively perfect” method for blocking the most common kind of spam, a team of computer scientists claims.  —  Most of the billions of spam messages sent each day originate in networks of compromised computers, called botnets.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Help Net Security and Slashdot
 
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