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6:40 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 …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Evidence of Apple tablet tests show up in Flurry data  —  Apple has been testing 50 devices believed to be its new tablet computers, according to analytics firm Flurry.  —  Flurry said its analytics showed that the device were being tested on Apple's campus in Cupertino …
CrunchGear:
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 …
Discussion: Telegraph, Gizmodo and techeblog.com
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
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.
Shawn Oliver / HotHardware.com 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.
Susan Stumme / Agence France Presse:
China says not involved in cyberattacks on Google  —  Buzz up!  —  BEIJING (AFP) - China on Monday denied any state involvement in cyberattacks on Google and defended Internet censorship as necessary, as a row with Washington over the US firm's threat to leave the country rumbled on.
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Reuters:   China steps up defense of Internet controls
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 …
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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 …
The Huffington Post:
‘Shadow Elite’: Information Is Power And Who's Controlling Our Information?  —  What's Your Reaction: … Janine Wedel's “Shadow Elite”—particularly her chapter on “U.S. Government, Inc.”— struck a familiar chord with me.  She writes that our national and public interests risk being sold …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Hungry for New Content, Google Tries to Grow Its Own in Africa  —  “THE farmer and the cowman should be friends” is the hopeful refrain of Oklahomans in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma.”  After all, their activities rhyme: “one likes to push a plow; one likes to chase a cow.”
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Why VCs Should Take Their Own Advice  —  The way venture capital firms are structured makes it almost impossible for outsiders to see what's really going on inside those 1970s lodge-like Sand Hill Road offices.  A firm is nothing more than a collection of partnerships around certain funds that run for ten years or more.
Thanks:atul
Ben Metcalfe Blog:
Something fishy going on with Kindle free bestseller ebooks?  —  Today's NYTimes article “With Kindle, the Best Sellers Don't Need to Sell” waxes lyrical about the opportunities independent writers smaller publishing houses have found by publishing their works free of charge for Kindle.
T-Marco / Cell Phone Signal:
Confirmed!!  Motorola Sholes “MotoRoi” will arrive soon with T-Mobile 3G bands  —  Yes T-Mobile users, we had confirmed that the new Motorola device that just passed FCC few weeks ago carrying WCDMA AWS T-Mobile 3G bands (1700/2100) bands is the Motorola Sholes.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola MOTOROI almost certainly bound for T-Mobile (thanks, FCC!)
Discussion: Android and Me and TmoNews
 
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WooRank Screens Your Website, For Free
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