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5:35 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.
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) …
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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 …
Discussion: MacRumors Page 2 and eWeek
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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AppleInsider:
Apple profits soar 50% on record sales of 3.36M Macs, 8.7M iPhones  —  Apple said Monday that first-quarter profits shot up more than 50 percent to $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share, on record sales of $15.68 billion for the three-month period ended December 26, 2009.
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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Alan Long / Hitwise Intelligence:
The Apple Tablet - iWonder!
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: Guardian, eWeek, TechFlash and The Microsoft Blog, Thanks:atul
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
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, leaving the company …
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
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 …
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 …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Will Idealism be Firefox's Downfall?
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 …
Discussion: All Facebook
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!
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.
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
David Morgan / Reuters:
Bill Gates says Internet needs to thrive in China  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates on Monday said the Internet needs to thrive in China as an engine of free speech and described official online censorship by Beijing as “very limited.”
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
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.
AT&T:
AT&T Wi-Fi Handles More Than 85 Million Total Connections in 2009, More Than Four Times 2008  —  Nearly Three-Fourths of Wi-Fi Connections in Fourth Quarter Made by Smartphones and Integrated Devices.  AT&T Leads Market in Including Wi-Fi at No Charge for Millions of Customers with Key Devices and Services.
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Blu-ray players to dominate by 2013 - In-Stat  —  Wandering the aisles of my local Costco at the weekend, I spotted a Sony networked Blu-ray player on sale at $110, $70 off.  —  Blu-ray players are much more affordable now, starting around $150, so $110 was quite a bargain and an indication …
 
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Bianca Male / Silicon Alley Insider:
Irish Startup Raises $230,000 Using Only LinkedIn
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Future Of Music Business Models (And Those Who Are Already There)
Thanks:atul
Sarmad Ali / Digits:
Holy Tweet: Pope Urges Priests to Use Digital Tools
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Survey: Data breaches from malicious attacks doubled last year
Discussion: PC World
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
‘ScamVille’ Lawsuit Against Facebook Dropped
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Social media is finally about the media
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LivePerson To Acquire Web Analytics Startup NuConomy For $3 Million
Discussion: paidContent
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
ARM-Based Mobile PCs to Outsell Intel Systems in 2013: ABI
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!
Katie Scott / Wired.co.uk:
Artwork selling itself on eBay
Discussion: PSFK, Felix Salmon and Slashdot
Bloomberg:
Acer to Offer Applications Store, E-Book Reader This Year to Boost Profit