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4:25 PM ET, January 25, 2010

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Peter Farago / blog.flurry.com:
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.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Publishers talk about Apple's tablet  —  We had a chance to speak with a few friends in the publishing business last week.  Both work in Manhattan for companies not previously quoted by the Wall St. Journal or Bloomberg but who were recently contacted by Apple with tablet information in the past two weeks.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Overheard: Steve Jobs Says Apple Tablet “Will Be The Most Important …
Alan Long / Hitwise Intelligence:
The Apple Tablet - iWonder!
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Mary Childs / Bloomberg:
Apple May Allow All U.S. Carriers to Sell IPhone  —  Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. may release the iPhone to all U.S. wireless carriers in the next 18 months, doubling or tripling the number of devices sold, said Tim Horan, a telecommunications analyst at Oppenheimer & Co.
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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” …
Discussion: Techland and blogs.chron.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Rumored Apple iPad advertisment surfaces  —  Just days before Apple's special event to launch what is said to be a tablet computer, a possible tablet advertisement has surfaced according to French blog NoWhereElse.fr. The video, now posted on YouTube (and embedded below) …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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Nick Baum / The Official Google Blog:
Extensions, bookmark sync and more for Google Chrome  —  Today we're excited to introduce a new stable release of Google Chrome for Windows, which includes two of the browser's most frequently requested features: extensions and bookmark sync.  —  Extensions let you add new features and functions to your browser.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Some SEO Advice For Bill Gates  —  What do you get for Bill Gates, the richest person in the world?  How about a little free SEO advice for his new blog?  It could use some.  —  Bill, I went looking for your blog today on Google.  Sorry, like many people, I have a habit of using that search engine first.
Discussion: TechFlash, Thanks:atul
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: Sun CEO Set to Resign  —  If Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz's recent all-hands memo to employees had all the sentimentality of a farewell letter, it's likely because he's preparing to leave the company.  Sources close to Sun (JAVA) tell me Schwartz will soon resign as CEO …
Electronista:
IDC: Android to overtake iPhone, BlackBerry by 2013  —  Android will rise to be the second most used mobile OS in the world by 2013, according to a new IDC estimate.  Analysts still expect Symbian to hold on to its lead but that Google's OS will have grown 100 times larger since starting off in 2008 …
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:   Droid to help Verizon narrow gap with AT&T
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
CTO Cahall Out - As AOL Buys a Video Platform Company for $36.5 Million and Opens 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!
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost:   AOL Acquires StudioNow, Will Merge It With Seed.com
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 …
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.
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Will Idealism be Firefox's Downfall?
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StockTwits Acquires Abnormal Returns, Creates Real Time Financial News Hub  —  StockTwits, a real time platform for the sharing of information around financial markets, has made it's second acquisition - a financial news site called Abnormal Returns, founded by Tadas Viskanta.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Analysts see Project Natal adding billions to Microsoft's revenue  —  Video-game enthusiasts are looking forward to the release of Microsoft's motion-sensitive video-game control system, code-named “Project Natal,” later this year.  Maybe investors should be doing the same.
Thanks:johnhcook
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Factery Labs' New Fact Engine: Just What Real-Time Search Needs  —  Not a month goes by without someone launching a new real-time search engine; but after trying out most of them, there are few I use on a regular basis.  Factery Labs is about to change that with today's launch of its real-time fact engine at 1:00 pm ET.
Discussion: TechCrunch, MediaPost and CNET News
Mark Briggs / Lost Remote:
A Foursquare first: teaming with a news org  —  Location-based digital services are exploding all around us.  Integration and consolidation of these services is inevitable, so let the partnerships begin.  —  Metro, Canada's largest free daily newspaper, announced today it is the first news publisher …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Revealed!  Facebook's Plan To Double Its Revenues  —  Starting as soon as sometime this week, the 75 million monthly active users playing Zynga's FarmVille will have a new way to buy virtual tractors and seeds; they'll be able to “Pay With Facebook.”  —  With 25 million daily active users …
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.
Bloomberg:
Acer to Offer Applications Store, E-Book Reader This Year to Boost Profit  —  Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — Acer Inc., the world's second- largest computer vendor, plans to boost profitability to the highest since 2004 by offering an online applications store and its first electronic book reader by mid-year.
Jack Marshall / ClickZ:
TweetDeck Launches ‘JobDeck,’ Teaming Up with Twitter Job Search Engine  —  TwitJobSearch, a Twitter-based real-time job search engine, has partnered with TweetDeck to launch a dedicated desktop client dubbed JobDeck.  The application uses the same technology as the TwitJobSearch site …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Survey: Data breaches from malicious attacks doubled last year  —  Average cost per-record of a data breach, 2005-2009  —  Data breaches at U.S. companies attributed to malicious attacks and botnets doubled from 2008 to 2009 and cost substantially more than breaches caused by human negligence …
Discussion: PC World
 
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
‘ScamVille’ Lawsuit Against Facebook Dropped
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Social media is finally about the media
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LivePerson To Acquire Web Analytics Startup NuConomy For $3 Million
Discussion: paidContent
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Ericsson slashing 1,500 more jobs amid restructuring
Discussion: Bloomberg, mocoNews and CNET News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Dan Abrams Expands Mediaite Empire With Geek Culture News Site Geekosystem
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
ARM-Based Mobile PCs to Outsell Intel Systems in 2013: ABI
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Boy Genius Report
Hunter Skipworth / Telegraph:
The myth of the Sony ‘kill switch’
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Mobile 2010 Predictions: Apple, Google & RIM, Oh My!
Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
How Red Hat Routed the Recession
Katie Scott / Wired.co.uk:
Artwork selling itself on eBay
Discussion: PSFK, Felix Salmon and Slashdot