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2:10 PM ET, January 28, 2010

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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.
Stephen Fry / The New Adventures of Stephen Fry:
iPad About  —  Well bless my soul and whiskers.  This is the first time I've joined the congregation at the Church of Apple for a new product launch.  I've watched all the past ones, downloaded the Quicktime movies and marvelled as Apple's leader has stood before an ovating faithful …
Daniela Kustre / Bright Side Of News:
Apple A4 SOC unveiled - It's an ARM CPU and the GPU!  —  Apple today didn't introduce just a new product, but rather an entrance into the world of fabless semiconductors with their A4 CPU, which is not a CPU at all.  Meet the A4.  —  During the GlobalFoundries event in Las Vegas, we spoke with Warren East, CEO of ARM.
Discussion: Engadget, TechSpot, I4U News and SlashGear
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Digits, I4U News, Slate and CrunchGear
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPad Is Like Holding The Future.  But Only Because I Graduated From iPhone School.  —  When the iPhone first launched in 2007 I was sure I wasn't going to buy one.  Then I played with one. 15 minutes later I was $600 poorer.  It was arguably the best tech purchase I've ever made.
MacNN:
Apple to hold internal ‘town hall’ iPad meeting  —  Apple is set to hold a company-wide, town hall-style meeting sometime today, several sources claim.  The topic is believed to be the just-announced iPad tablet, though beyond this no details have been disclosed.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Ars Technica
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Monitoring Twitter's iPad Commentary
Discussion: VentureBeat and PC World
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Does Windows need more padding to fend off Apple's iPad?
Discussion: Gearlog and Crave
Ted Schadler / The Forrester Blog …:
Apple's iPad Will Come Into The Enterprise Through The Consumer Door.
Discussion: Computerworld
Telegraph:
Is gaming the Apple iPad's ‘killer app’?
Discussion: Kotaku and VG247
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
McGraw-Hill: We Didn't Get Booted From the iPad Launch, Because We Weren't Part of It  —  Though it may have seemed like another one of Apple's (AAPL) perfectly timed third party leaks (and I certainly mistook it for that), McGraw-Hill (MHP) CEO Terry McGraw's remarks to CNBC earlier this week were nothing of the sort.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
iPad?  That's So 2002, Says Fujitsu  —  TOKYO — It's sleek.  It's mobile.  It has a touchscreen.  —  It's Fujitsu's iPad from 2002.  —  Sold mainly in the United States, the multifunctional device from the Tokyo-based tech company helps shop clerks verify prices, check real-time inventory data and close sales on the go.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Three Reasons Why the iPad WON'T Kill Amazon's Kindle  —  It may be suddenly fashionable to say so, but the new Apple iPad tablet won't kill Amazon.com's Kindle.  Here are three reasons.  My colleague, Nick Bilton, has weighed in on this topic from the opposite side.  Please add your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
MSI plans to launch an US$500 tablet PC in 2H10  —  Micro-Star International (MSI) is set to launch a Nvidia Tegra-based tablet PC in the second half of 2010 priced US$500, according to company sales director Sambora Chen.  —  Chen pointed out that MSI's tablet PC will feature …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T says it's ‘closing the gap’ on dropped calls  —  AT&T spent a good bit of its earnings call today talking about its network — not too surprising, really, considering the cozy relationship between dropped calls, subscriber count, and profit.  The overall takeaway was that the company …
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Tim Sparapani / Facebook Blog:
Viewpoints on Privacy for the Digital Age  —  Today is Data Privacy Day, an international collaboration by governments, privacy professionals, academic institutions, businesses and nonprofits to raise awareness about data privacy and the protection of personal information.
Discussion: FlowingData
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia Shipped 127 Million Units In Q4 2009, Profits Soared 65%  —  Nokia, still the world's top mobile phone maker, reported a stronger-than-expected 65% rise in fourth-quarter net profit this morning.  The Espoo, Finland-based company reported net profit of €948 million for the quarter …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia's Ovi Store Now Officially Serves More Than 1 Million Downloads A Day
Discussion: mocoNews and Rethink Wireless
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 …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Motorola Building a Google-Only Phone  —  SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (TheStreet) — Motorola (MOT Quote) says it is working with Google (GOOG Quote) to make a mobile phone to be sold directly to consumers.  —  On a conference call with analysts Thursday, co-CEO Sanjay Jha outlined the company's plans …
 
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