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5:35 PM ET, January 27, 2010

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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 …
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Colin Smith / Apple:
Apple Launches iPad  —  Magical & Revolutionary Device at an Unbelievable Price  —  Apple® today introduced iPad, a revolutionary device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books …
Gizmodo:
Apple iPad First Hands On  —  It's substantial but surprisingly light.  Easy to grip.  Beautiful.  Rigid.  Starkly designed.  The glass is a little rubbery but it could be my sweaty hands.  And it's fasssstttt.  —  Apple didn't really sell this point, but it's the single biggest benefit of the iPad: speed.
Gizmodo:
iPad Gets Unlimited Data For $30/Month With No Contract  —  The Apple iPad will come with two data plans through AT&T, one of which is just $30 per month with no contract.  That means you can cancel at any time, and use AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots for free, to boot.
Discussion: I4U News, Gizmodo and PaulColligan.com
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
No Flash on Apple's iPad  —  Here's another way Apple's just-announced tablet device, the iPad, resembles a giant iPhone: It won't run Flash content.  —  The continuing absence of Flash from the iPhone has been the subject of plenty of debate and speculation.
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Apple iPad Hardware Revealed: 9.7-inch Screen, Wi-Fi, but No 3G  —  The brand-new Apple iPad, contrary to prior rumors, is a Wi-Fi-only device—no 3G from either AT&T or Verizon.  Full hardware spec list, constantly updated, after the jump.  —  The iPad is packing a 9.7-inch IPS display …
The Huffington Post:
MadTV's iPad Video: Sketch Show PREDICTED Apple Product, Mocked It Perfectly  —  As soon as the iPad was announced our office broke out laughing in a moment of grade school humor.  Either this was created by a group of daughterless men who don't know that the word pad is inextricably linked …
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]
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
Apple iPad sends stock down - then up  —  The debut on Wednesday of Apple's long-awaited tablet sent the company's stock on a wild ride.  Apple shares fell 4% immediately after CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPad, a touch-screen tablet computer that runs apps from the iTunes store and boasts a 10-hour battery life.
Laura June / Engadget:
Apple reveals iBookstore 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 (called iBookstore) for the iPad, using the ePub format.  We're seeing prices around $12.99 to $14.99 so far... looks pretty slick!
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Apple has a solution for the iPad's missing SD card slot and USB port: adapters  —  Don't you worry about the iPad lacking an SD card slot and USB port.  Apple has you covered with adapters!  How nice of Lord Jobs.  Instead of building in two industry standards, users are forced to buy extra items with their new iPad.
Discussion: Computerworld and ReadWriteWeb
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Could No Camera Be an iPad Killer?
Discussion: Mashable! and GigaOM
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPad can run all iPhone apps unmodified, new iPhone SDK out today …
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Apple iPad's Official Price: Starts at $500, 3G is $130 Extra
Discussion: App Advice and TUAW
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.
The Official Google Blog:
Search is getting more social  —  Late last year we released the Social Search experiment to make search more personal with relevant web content from your friends and online contacts.  We were excited by the number of people who chose to try it out, and today Social Search is available to everyone in beta on google.com.
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Elevation invests in Yelp, up to $100 million  —  Elevation Partners, the Silicon Valley VC firm that counts U2's Bono among its investors, announced Wednesday has committed up to $100 million in funding for reviews site Yelp.  —  It's initially investing $25 million in the Series E round …
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: ITworld.com, ReadWriteWeb and Macworld
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Twitter Working to Thwart China, Iran Censors  —  Twitter is developing technology aimed at preventing the governments of China and Iran from censoring Tweets, co-founder Evan Williams told an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Financial Times is reporting.
Judith Evans / Times of London:
Authors threaten to boycott Google Books  —  J K Rowling, Philip Pullman and other British authors are threatening to boycott Google's new digital library.  —  The financial deal offered to authors by Google only applies to certain titles and has become a flashpoint between the online giant …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Netflix adds 1.1M customers, 4Q profit up 36 pct  —  Buzz up!  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Netflix Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit surged 36 percent as its DVD-by-mail service surpassed 12 million subscribers, and the company announced an upbeat outlook for 2010 that sent its shares soaring Wednesday.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The Apple Tablet Hype by the Numbers  —  Unless you have been living in a soundproof cave for the past few weeks, you are probably well aware that today is Apple tablet day.  Today, our friends over at social media monitoring and analytics firm Sysomos took a closer look at the hype …
Discussion: Sysomos Blog and Guardian
 
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