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5:55 AM ET, January 28, 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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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple iPad event video now online  —  Sure, you lived through every harrowing moment live with your friends from Engadget, but if you're dying for that direct dose of RDF, the video from Apple's iPad event is now live and streaming away.  You know what would be perfect for watching this?
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 …
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.
Ray Wenderlich:
A First Look at the iPad SDK and the iPad Sample Code
Discussion: Mobile Tech Addicts and App Advice
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Apple has a solution for the iPad's missing SD card slot and USB port: adapters
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 …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPad Big Picture  —  There was a meta-message in today's Apple event, not about the iPad in particular, but rather about Apple as a whole.  Jobs's brief preamble included a bit of extra emphasis on the fact that the Apple now generates over $50 billion per year in revenue.
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.
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.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
McGraw-Hill axed from iPad launch after CEO leaks on TV  —  This is one of Steve Jobs' slides from this morning's iPad launch presentation.  Can you tell what's wrong with it?  —  The awkward array of five logos used to be a tidy lineup of six.  The day before the show, Apple removed McGraw-Hill …
Discussion: SlashGear, Phone Arena and TeleRead
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Stephanie Clifford / Media Decoder:
Condé Nast and Time Inc. Cheer iPad; Others Have Doubts
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and MediaPost
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The iPad Is a Multimedia Device. So Where Are the Media? Be Patient.
Discussion: Bits, Digits and Digital Daily
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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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Google Rolling Out Social Search: But Does It Leverage Facebook?
Discussion: CNET News
Michael Chou / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Building iPad Applications with Flash  —  Today Apple announced the Apple iPad and like many of you, we at Adobe are looking forward to getting our hands on one of these devices.  This is an exciting time to be a software designer with an explosion of new devices and we look forward …
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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.
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 …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
8 Things That Suck About the iPad  —  A lot of people at Gizmodo are psyched about the iPad.  Not me!  My god, am I underwhelmed by it.  It has some absolutely backbreaking failures that will make buying one the last thing I would want to do.  Updated  —  Big, Ugly Bezel
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Could No Camera Be an iPad Killer?
Greg Kumparak / CrunchGear:
The iPad may not have a camera, but it sure thinks it does
Discussion: Electricpig and Gizmodo Australia
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 …
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Nicholas Carr / The New Republic:
The PC Officially Died Today  —  But will the iPad replace it?  —  The PC era ended this morning at ten o'clock Pacific time, when Steve Jobs stepped onto a San Francisco stage to unveil the iPad, Apple's version of a tablet computer.  Tablets have been kicking around for a decade, but consumers have always shunned them.
Discussion: Mobile Opportunity, Thanks:garycarpenter
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Geek Dudes (and Dudettes): 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 …
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Steve Ballmer / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft & Internet Freedom  —  Over the last few weeks, there has been much said about issues of security, privacy, and censorship as it relates to the Internet in China and around the world.  I want to reinforce the comments made by Craig Mundie last week, in response to US Secretary …
 
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Sky Canaves / Wall Street Journal:
China Ratchets Up Web Privacy Fight
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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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Think iBooks Looks Familiar? You're Not The Only One.
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The Official Google Blog:
Google's Privacy Principles
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