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5:10 AM ET, January 27, 2010

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
McGraw-Hill CEO Confirms Apple Tablet, iPhone OS Based, Going to Be “Terrific”  —  In an interview with CNBC, McGraw-Hill's CEO confirms that their textbooks will be on the Apple Tablet and it will be an iPhone OS based machine.  When asked about their textbooks being on the Apple tablet, Terry MrGraw responds (2m 50s):
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Tablet Portends Rewrite for Publishers  —  Book publishers were locked in secret 11th-hour negotiations with Apple Inc. that could rewrite the industry's revenue model after the technology giant unveils its highly anticipated tablet device Wednesday.  —  Apple's new multimedia tablet device …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Is this the Apple tablet?  —  Okay, we obviously can't confirm this, but we just got two very interesting images of what certainly looks like a prototype Apple tablet, or what could be the tablet bolted down to a table.  It's big — really big — and it's running what clearly looks like an iPhone app …
Derek Powazek:
What I Hope Apple Unleashes Tomorrow  —  Tomorrow Apple's having an event here in San Francisco and everyone's expecting them to launch some sort of tablet computer.  The specifics are still unclear, but people are expecting something that looks like an iPhone but bigger, with an interface that can handle more complicated tasks.
Discussion: MacRumors
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Epicenter:
Apple Event to Focus on Reinventing Content, Not Tablets  —  The teaser for Apple's press event, “Come see our latest creation,” has a double meaning.  Content creators, not gadget freaks, will be the biggest target of Apple's Wednesday press conference.  —  Although most of the speculation …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Alan Kay: With the Tablet, Apple Will Rule the World  —  Computer pioneer Alan Kay isn't known for buying into hype.  Credited with inventing the concept of the laptop back in 1968, Kay has been lambasting computer makers for not maximizing its potential ever since.
Discussion: I4U News
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
McNealy's bittersweet memo bids good-bye to Sun  —  Scott McNealy, the smack-talking co-founder and long-running leader of Sun Microsystems, has bid adieu to his company in a memo that mixes nostalgia with a rallying cry for employees about to become part of Oracle.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft eyes clean break with Windows Mobile 7  —  Microsoft's long and winding road toward regaining lost ground in the cell phone business will reach an important milestone in Barcelona next month.  —  At the annual Mobile World Congress event, Microsoft will at long last show off Windows Mobile 7 …
John Koblin / New York Observer:
After Three Months, Only 35 Subscriptions for Newsday's Web Site  —  In late October, Newsday, the Long Island daily that the Dolans bought for $650 million, put its web site, newsday.com, behind a pay wall.  The paper was one of the first non-business newspapers to take the plunge by putting up a pay wall …
Jennadawn / Twitter Blog:
Now Trending: Local Trends  —  Twitter trends began as a way to shed light on popular conversations.  It's interesting to know that one topic can now spread across the world in real-time, and Trends help us discover which of those topics are paramount on a global scale.
Zee / The Next Web:
TechCrunch hacked again.  This hacker is angry.  —  Technology blog Techcrunch has been hacked again.  Twice in the space of 24 hours.  —  Reports were that the first occurrence wasn't a hacking at all but rather a buggy file that had been uploaded into the comments section of the blog.
Discussion: Technologizer
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
AT&T To Launch Yelp Competitor  —  The telco's buzz.com site lets users' “favorite” local vendors and services.  —  AT&T latched on early to the local search and advertising market, first with the Yellow Pages, then with an online version, YellowPages.com.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Actual News on Earnings Call: Yahoo Disables Annoying “Hover” Tool on Homepage, Restructures International Ops  —  News was actually committed during Yahoo's fourth-quarter earnings conference call today when CEO Carol Bartz noted that the company would disable its irksome “hover interaction” …
Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Facebook may “lock in” its Internet dominance  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - College senior Alyssa Ravasio gave up MySpace on the day she got a Facebook account and never looked back.  She has already lost interest in Twitter.  But how does Facebook know it can keep her loyalty?
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Updated Zune software drivers hints at Zune “Phone”  —  Coinciding with the scheduled Zune.net maintenance today, a new Zune software update was also released (version 4.2.202.0 for those playing along at home).  What might appear as just a regular software update is actually hiding a very big secret.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
PlayStation 3 exploit released, hackers rejoice  —  In case you ever doubted his feat, or you simply wanted to recreate for sport, iPhone hacker extraordinaire George “Geohot” Hotz has released the exploit code he devised for properly hacking the PS3.  This should give any aspiring minglers …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
A Little ‘i’ to Teach About Online Privacy  —  A LITTLE blue symbol is carrying big implications.  —  Trying to ward off regulators, the advertising industry has agreed on a standard icon — a little “i” — that it will add to most online ads that use demographics and behavioral data to tell consumers what is happening.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Xistence isn't real, but it's pretty funny and not a phishing scam (despite what Google says)  —  Links to a bogus website called Google Xistence have been making the rounds today.  The tagline: “Life is hard.  Let Google live it for you.”  —  The site resembles a Google product page …
Discussion: The Next Web and Mashable!
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Square Announces Its Full List Of Angels With Some Surprises (Mayer, Crowley, Fanning)  —  Square, the startup that is making mobile payments for the iPhone, just announced it's full list of angel investors.  Kevin Rose announced his involvement in a video demo (embedded below) …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Digg Founder Kevin Rose Gets A Book Deal  —  Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg.com, has signed a deal with HarperStudio to write a book about “the secrets to his success.”  It will be titled One to One Million.  —  Debbie Stier, associate publisher of HarperStudio and director of digital marketing …
Discussion: HarperStudio
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
FCC Probes Google, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, And Verizon On Early Termination Fees  —  The FCC has just sent letters inquiring about Early Termination Fees to each of the major wireless carriers in the United States — AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless — and one outlier: Google.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T settles ETF case for $18m
Discussion: Macworld and MacNN
The LinkedIn Blog:
A better way to browse your LinkedIn connections  —  As a company that's based on the mantra “Relationships Matter”; we want to make it easier than ever for you to find, organize and stay in touch with your business connections.  Over the next few weeks, you will start seeing improvements …
Discussion: Mashable!, WebProNews and ReadWriteWeb
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Texas Bank Sues Customer Hit by $800,000 Cyber Heist  —  A machine equipment company in Texas is tussling with its bank after organized crooks swiped more than $800,000 in a 48-hour cyber heist late last year.  While many companies similarly victimized over the past year have sued their banks …
Bloomberg:
Netflix-Backed Roku Seeks Funds for 100-Channel Set-Top Internet Service  —  Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — Roku Inc., the television set-top box maker spun off by Netflix Inc., is planning to raise $30 million in private funding this quarter and may sell shares to the public next year, Chief Executive Officer Anthony Wood said.
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Lessig Calls Google Book Settlement A “Path To Insanity”  —  The last person you'd expect to speak out against the Google Book settlement with the Authors Guild which will make available the contents of millions of orphan books in digital form is Harvard law professor and free-culture advocate Lawrence Lessig.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Oh dear: Google flagged over logo dispute  —  Before and after ...  (above) Jessie Du's winning logo, (below) the altered version that appeared online.  —  An Australia Day artwork by student Jessie Du will be viewed by millions on Google's home page today but one feature of her original design …
Datamation:
The Fight to Save MySQL: Interview with Monty Widenius  —  “I will do everything that is possible to keep MySQL alive,” says Michael (Monty) Widenius, the main developer of the well-known open source database.  “I just hope it's enough.”  —  Widenius is talking against the background …
Discussion: MySQL
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu's default search engine to change in deal with Yahoo
Reuters:
China says won't limit Google's Android mobile platform
Discussion: Android Community
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Will Normal Folks Ever Use Twitter?
Thanks:jtoeman
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Everything Old Is New Again...Techcrunch Adds Interstitials
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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Jacob Friedman / The Next Web:
Facebook Email Reply Security Hole?
Discussion: F-Secure Antivirus …, Thanks:alex
Brian Solis / Mashable!:
The Maturation of Social Media ROI
Discussion: broadstuff and Webmetricsguru
Laura Sydell / NPR:
What's The Allure Of Tablet Computers?
Thanks:hpnews
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
In the Future We'll All Have Online Reputation Scores
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