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8:00 PM ET, January 28, 2010

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Adrian Ludwig / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Apple's iPad — a broken link?  —  As I drove by Yerba Buena Theater in San Francisco this morning, I couldn't help but be impressed.  Apple certainly has the ability to excite people with great products, and with the iPhone they even managed to generate momentum for an entire product category.
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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
David Winograd / TUAW:
Watching movies on an iPad: What you see is what you get  —  Watching a movie on the new iPad will not as pleasurable experience as you might think.  The screen being 1024x768 pixels is in a 4:3 ratio which is the exactly the same as an old CRT television set.
Greg Kumparak / CrunchGear:
The iPad may not have a camera, but it sure thinks it does
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 of Apple's perfectly timed third-party leaks (and I certainly mistook it for that), McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw's remarks to CNBC earlier this week were nothing of the sort.
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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.
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.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Wall Street expects Apple's ‘risky’ iPad to sell 1M-5M in first year  —  With an aggressive $499 starting price point, Wall Street analysts believe Apple's e-reading, game playing, media consuming iPad device is a worthwhile risk that will become a multi-million seller in its first year.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Macsimum News
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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 …
MacNN:
Apple to hold internal ‘town hall’ iPad meeting
Discussion: Ars Technica and 9 to 5 Mac
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Amazon's ‘Millions’ of Kindles Are Drop In $9.5 Billion Sales Bucket …
Discussion: TechFlash
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Michael Dell shows off the Mini 5, confirms US arrival?  —  The Dell Mini 5, Dell's Android-powered Snapdragon slate, popped up at CES this year but we never got a clear look at it.  However, when the CEO of Dell rolls into the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland …
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 …
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Earnings take-away: Microsoft is still powered by Windows  —  Microsoft's brass is always looking for the next billion dollar business and has stuck a toe into everything from healthcare to energy monitoring.  But as the company's second quarter earnings for fiscal 2010 …
Discussion: eWeek
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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 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Collage of Shame: Media Who Took Obvious iPad Prank Seriously  —  Web entrepreneur Jason Calacanis' prank claims about the Apple tablet yesterday were so over the top, we had to laugh.  Until prestige media started reprinting them like they had merit, and our good humor turned to amazement.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Bing / Search Blog:
Simplifying Money Matters with Bing  —  There are times I get to the end of the day and I am wondering where my day went.  I am usually thinking this while looking at my “to do” list with nothing checked off and I am asking myself “how can I make this easier?”
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Dear Snowflake: Happy ‘Data Privacy Day’  —  Here in the States, today is “National Data Privacy Day.”  Declared as such on this day a year ago by the U.S. Congress, this unofficial holiday is meant to remind teens and young adults about the importance of protecting their personal information online …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and internetnews.com
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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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ustream Helps Give Your Live Broadcasts A Professional Feel With New Desktop Client  —  Looking to turn your PC into a live video production studio?  Ustream has just launched a new desktop application to help make that happen.  Today, the company is launching a new desktop client called Ustream Producer …
Discussion: 901am
Lauren Streib / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Broadcom CEO Nicholas Cleared Of Pushing Drugs On Broadcom Clients  —  Henry T. Nicholas, the former CEO and co-founder of Broadcom, was cleared of felony narcotics charges today.  —  Said U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney before dismissing the charges:
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and PE Hub Blog
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Formally Introduces “Clickable Phone Numbers” In Mobile Search Ads  —  Today Google is formally launching functionality that enables a “clickable local phone number” to appear in mobile ads.  In other words a phone number appears as part of the ad copy and consumer-users can simply tap …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Inside AdWords, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Netflix CEO: not streaming to the iPad “in the near term”  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs called the iPad the “best device” for watching mobile video during its introduction on Wednesday.  While the iTunes Store's movie and TV offerings cover a lot of ground, services like Netflix's subscription-based streaming …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Associated Press
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Two Years After Launch, Howcast Is Streaming 25 Million How-To Videos A Month
Nigel Kendall / Tech Central:
Hitler reviews the Apple iPad
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JumpTap Sets Sights On Apple iPad To Ride The New Wave Of Mobile Advertising
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
NDS shows off the next generation of TV interfaces (video)
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Baby Boomers Get Connected with Social Media
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New Features: Trips and Bookmarks!
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