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8:50 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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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.
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 …
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.
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: TechCrunch, Pocket-lint and I4U News
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon: You can read Kindle books on the iPad too  —  There's been a lot of talk about how Apple's iPad could wipe out Kindle as a device.  But a big part of Amazon's Kindle business is the e-book store, which includes some 400,000-plus digital titles.  Amazon has pursued a strategy …
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Apple iPad Hardware Revealed  —  The brand-new Apple iPad, contrary to prior rumors, is available in two networked versions, one with just Wi-Fi and one with Wi-Fi and 3G.  Full hardware spec list, constantly updated, after the jump.  The iPad is packing a 9.7-inch IPS display …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Could No Camera Be an iPad Killer?  —  Let's face it - the camera has become an integral part of our Web experience.  We post pictures of beautiful sunsets to share with friends on TwitPic and we post videos of our kids dancing to James Brown on Facebook.  And when we aren't putting video or pictures on the Web, our friends are.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPad SDK 3.2 Details: External Display, File Sharing System, No Multitasking  —  Apple has unleashed iPhone OS 3.2 SDK to developers today to prepare for the launch of the Apple iPad.  The new iPhone OS 3.2 only runs on the iPad device and will not run on the iPhone or iPod Touch.
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
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Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Apple has a solution for the iPad's missing SD card slot and USB port: adapters
Discussion: Macworld and Computerworld
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Should the Apple iPad be considered a computer?
Discussion: CNET News
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Apple iPad's Official Price: Starts at $500, 3G is $130 Extra
Discussion: App Advice
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.
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 …
Discussion: BetaNews
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Geek Dudes: The Inevitable Maxi Pad Jokes About the iPad …
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 …
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
With Sun, Oracle Aims at Giants
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 …
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 …
 
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Yishan Wong / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Toolbar Speaks New Languages
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Inside the iPad Lurks the ‘Micro SIM’
PR Newswire:
Apple Lifts 3G VoIP Restrictions, iCall with 3G Support Available Immediately
Discussion: Gizmodo
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
FCC's Net Neutrality Plan Would Permit Blocking of BitTorrent
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Inkling lets textbook makers embrace the iPad
Jonathan ‘Smokey’ Baer / NPR Blogs:
I Google, Therefore I Know?  —  If there's something that fascinates …
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Matt Peckham / PC World:
Ubisoft's Anti-Piracy Solution? Authenticate Online, Every Time
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Judith Evans / Times of London:
Authors threaten to boycott Google Books
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The Apple Tablet Hype by the Numbers
Discussion: Sysomos Blog
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John E. Dunn / Computerworld:
Apple security threats exaggerated, report reveals
 

 
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