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9:15 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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Mark Wilson / 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.
Brian Barrett / 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
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 …
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 …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Apple iPad: First Impressions  —  Today Apple finally unveiled its tablet computer, the iPad.  Thus concludes Phase 1 of the standard Apple new-category roll-out: months of feverish speculation and hype online, despite any official indication by Apple that the product even exists.
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.
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
Apple iPad sends stock down - then up
Discussion: gdgt live and TUAW
Walter S. Mossberg / Mossblog:   First Impressions of the new Apple iPad
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 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 Are Lame (And Steve Jobs Doesn't Care Anyway)  —  Well, that didn't take long-even as Apple CEO Steve Jobs was launching the new iPad tablet computer today at an event in San Francisco, legions of geeky dudes let fly with the feminine-protection jokes.
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.
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
With Sun, Oracle Aims at Giants
Discussion: Digital Daily, Bits and The Register
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.
PR Newswire:
Apple Lifts 3G VoIP Restrictions, iCall with 3G Support Available Immediately  —  iCall VoIP services for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch are now available for use over 3G networks such as AT&T wireless.  —  Apple Computer, Inc. has updated the iPhone developer SDK to allow VoIP …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Steve Ballmer / The Microsoft Blog:
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Yishan Wong / Facebook Blog:
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
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