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6:30 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.
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.
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.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon: You can read Kindle books on the iPad too
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 and Digits
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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Greg Kumparak / CrunchGear:
The iPad may not have a camera, but it sure thinks it does  —  Surprised that the iPad doesn't have a camera?  Yeah, so are we - and if these screenshots of the just-released iPad emulator are any indication, so is someone on Apple's software development team.
Discussion: Electricpig and Gizmodo Australia
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
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 …
Timothy B Lee / Bottom-up:
The Case against the iPad  —  Apple released a new product, called the iPad, today.  For those of you who don't spend your days glued to Twitter, you can view all the details at Apple's website.  I'm not impressed.  I'm a lifelong Mac fanboy, so I'm not averse to buying Apple stuff.
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Nicholas Carr / The New Republic:
The PC Officially Died Today
Discussion: Mobile Opportunity, Thanks:garycarpenter
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: HipMojo.com, Gawker.TV and BetaNews
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Geek Dudes (and Dudettes) …
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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Google Code Blog:
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