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4:10 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:
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: Gizmodo, I4U News and PaulColligan.com
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.
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!
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Apple iPad's Official Price: Starts at $500, 3G is $130 Extra  —  Full pricing: The 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version costs $500, while the 32GB is $600 and 64GB is $700.  Pricing increases by $130 to add 3G.  The Wi-Fi-only models ship in 60 days, while 3G models will ship in 90.  [Apple iPad]
Discussion: App Advice and TUAW
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]
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPad can run all iPhone apps unmodified, new iPhone SDK out today …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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 …
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.
Discussion: gdgt live, TechCrunch and TUAW
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 …
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, ITworld.com 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.
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.
Discussion: Financial Times, GigaOM and Wired.co.uk
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
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Pages Now Accessible Via RSS  —  While testing out Google Reader's new feature for following changes to any website, I realized that many Facebook Pages were already accessible in an RSS format.  While the feeds were previously accessible via any web browser, it appears that access has now been restricted just to feed readers.
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 …
 
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John E. Dunn / Computerworld:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Tablet Event Kills Live Blogging Site CoverItLive
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Yes, Virginia, HR Execs Check Your Facebook Page
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Tom Foremski / IMHO:
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Dan Worth / V3.co.uk:
Cisco launches telepresence interoperability standard
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Browser Speed Tests: Firefox 3.6, Chrome 4, Opera 10.5, and Extensions
Discussion: Computerworld
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Lessig Calls Google Book Settlement A “Path To Insanity”
Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
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IPhone game developer redesigns app for Apple tablet with no assurance …
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