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2:30 PM ET, January 27, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from the Apple ‘latest creation’ event  —  9:43AM The setup on stage is really interesting.  There's a chair with a table next to it... very unusual for an Apple event.  —  9:42AM Okay!  We're in our seats and there's some Dylan playing on the sound system!  —  9:11AM Overall the mood is really jovial right now.
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Ryan Block / gdgt live:
Live Apple “Come see our latest creation” / tablet event coverage  —  10:14AM - “That's a little overview, but there's nothing like seeing it, so I'd like to show you now.  Using this thing is remarkable â” it's so much more intimate than a laptop, and it's so much more capable than a smartphone.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
The Apple iPad: starts at $499  —  After nearly a decade of rumors and speculation, Apple's finally unveiled the iPad.  Apple says there's room for a third device between the smartphone and the laptop, and that it has to be better at tasks like browsing, email, photos, e-books …
Gizmodo:
Apple iPad First Device to Use “Apple A4” Processor  —  Apple didn't buy P.A. Semiconductor for nothing.  And now the fruits of that buyout are appearing: The Apple iPad uses a 1GHz “A4” chip that can decode HD video for up to 10 hours on a single charge.  [Apple iPad]
Discussion: Engadget
Laura June / Engadget:
Apple reveals iBooks Store and app for the iPad  —  Put this down as something else rumored that's come to fruition today.  Apple's just announced iBooks, an e-reader app and bookstore for the iPad, using the ePub format.  We're seeing prices around $12.99 to $14.99 so far... looks pretty slick!
Gizmodo:
iPad Gets Unlimited Data For $30/Month With No Contract
Discussion: I4U News
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:   Apple iPad debut sends stock down
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPad can run all iPhone apps unmodified, new iPhone SDK out today …
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Apple iPad Hardware Revealed: 9.7-inch Screen, Wi-Fi, but No 3G
Discussion: Engadget and CNET News
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins iChat and Major Tablet Patent Prior to Launch  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 13 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  Without a doubt the granted patent that screams out this morning is one that relates to Apple's forthcoming Tablet.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Before the Tablet: Apple's Steve Jobs in 2004 Talks About Not Doing Another Newton (Video)  —  Before Steve Jobs unveils his latest and perhaps greatest creation-which is expected to be a tablet computer-today at a massively hyped event in San Francisco, you might want to peruse this video clip …
Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Report: Oracle plans to hire more employees than it cuts from Sun  —  Larry Ellison reportedly says Oracle will slash Sun workforce, then hire 2,000 new workers  —  With Oracle's anticipated purchase of Sun drawing near, company CEO Larry Ellison disclosed plans to hire 2,000 engineering …
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.
Daniel Ruby / Chitika, Inc.:
Bing on iPhone - Microsoft's Ultimate Mobile Coup?  —  If the recent blitz of rumors are correct, Apple is considering booting Google from iPhone Safari and giving Bing its spot as default search engine.  As huge as this is from a business relations point of view (Apple must be seriously angry …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Macworld
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.
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 …
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.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
IPhone game developer redesigns app for Apple tablet with no assurance of its existence  —  The maker of Crosswords for the iPhone dropped a news release in our inbox this afternoon touting an in-development version of its popular game for the Apple tablet.  —  Apple's touch-screen tablet computer …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Drupal Goes Hosted With Private Beta Launch of “Gardens” (Invites)  —  Open source content management system Drupal is increasingly being used by organizations, corporations and governments to power their websites and communities.  —  To name but a few entities who rely on Drupal for their websites …
Discussion: Acquia blogs
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Browser Speed Tests: Firefox 3.6, Chrome 4, Opera 10.5, and Extensions  —  Firefox 3.6 is out, Chrome's stable version got a big upgrade, and Opera 10.5 is inching toward release.  It's a great time for us to break out the timer, process manager, and code tracker for some up-to-date browser speed tests.
Discussion: Computerworld
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:
My.live.com to be discontinued on March 15th  —  We've had numerous questions posed to us over the last few months about the status and future of My.live.com, the personal home page that started out as an Atlas framework (now ASP.net Ajax) project managed by Sanaz Ahari and the late Steve Rider.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Softpedia News
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Tablet Event Kills Live Blogging Site CoverItLive  —  Internet infrastructure still can't handle peak events.  The live blogging service CoverItLive, for example, has been crushed, and is down — presumably because of all the interest in Apple's tablet event, going on now.
Discussion: Computerworld
 
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