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11:25 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 …
Walter S. Mossberg / Mossblog:
First Impressions of the new Apple iPad  —  It's about the software, stupid.  While all sorts of commentators were focusing on how much Apple's new $499 iPad tablet computer looks like an oversized iPhone, the key to whether it can be the first multi-function tablet to win wide public acceptance probably lies …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Arn / 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.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple iPad event video now online
Discussion: TechCrunch, App Advice, Macworld and 901am
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
Apple iPad sends stock down - then up
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:   McGraw-Hill axed from iPad launch after CEO leaks on TV
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Should the Apple iPad be considered a computer?
Discussion: CNET News
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Inkling lets textbook makers embrace the iPad
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 and Gawker.TV
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Geek Dudes: The Inevitable Maxi Pad Jokes About the iPad …
The Official Google Blog:
Google's Privacy Principles  —  Thursday, January 28th marks International Data Privacy Day.  We're recognizing this day by publicly publishing our guiding Privacy Principles.  — Use information to provide our users with valuable products and services.  — Develop products that reflect strong privacy standards and practices.
Discussion: TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Think iBooks Looks Familiar?  You're Not The Only One.  —  When Apple was demoing its new iBooks application for the iPad today during their keynote address, I just kept thinking to myself: this simply must have been designed by Delicious Monster, the shop behind the brilliant Mac app Delicious Library.
Discussion: MacNN, Thanks:atul
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
 
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
New Firefox Email Is Easier to Use, But Not Easy Enough
Google Code Blog:
A proposal to extend the DNS protocol
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
More Details on Facebook's Coming Palo Alto Office Expansion
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Microsoft Sues Prominent BitTorrent Tracker For $43m
Discussion: Techdirt
Steve Ballmer / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft & Internet Freedom
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
FCC's Net Neutrality Plan Would Permit Blocking of BitTorrent
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 Earlier Items: 
Judith Evans / Times of London:
Authors threaten to boycott Google Books
Discussion: Digits and Media Decoder
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The Apple Tablet Hype by the Numbers
Discussion: Sysomos Blog
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Twitter Working to Thwart China, Iran Censors
Discussion: Financial Times and Maximum PC
Daniel Ruby / Chitika, Inc.:
Bing on iPhone - Microsoft's Ultimate Mobile Coup?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins iChat and Major Tablet Patent Prior to Launch
 

 
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