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11:45 AM 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.
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: Digits, I4U News and CrunchGear
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Does Windows need more padding to fend off Apple's iPad?  —  As the author of a blog that's “All About Microsoft,” I watched yesterday's Apple iPad unveiling with interest — as many Microsoft employees, partners and customers did, given that Apple is Microsoft's only viable competitor in the PC operating space.
Discussion: Crave
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:   Monitoring Twitter's iPad Commentary
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, VG247 and Destructoid
Nicholas Carr / The New Republic:
The PC Officially Died Today
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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Daniela Kustre / Bright Side Of News:
Apple A4 SOC unveiled - It's an ARM CPU and the GPU!
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget and SlashGear
Ray Wenderlich:
A First Look at the iPad SDK and the iPad Sample Code
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.
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 …
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Stephanie Clifford / Media Decoder:
Condé Nast and Time Inc. Cheer iPad; Others Have Doubts
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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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
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 …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AT&T Already Has One Million eReaders On Its Network, Without The iPad  —  Mobile data devices are a boon for AT&T. The company reported strong earnings this morning, seeing a 26 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit.  AT&T sold 3.1 million iPhones in the fourth quarter …
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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 …
Electronista:
Microsoft roadmap has Windows 8 shipping in 2011  —  A new discovery of a recently-departed Microsoft employee's blog has revealed a rough version of Microsoft's roadmap for key software, including Windows 8 (PDF).  If a reflection of Microsoft's tentative plans, it would have Windows 8 released …
 
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
iPad? That's So 2002, Says Fujitsu
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
New Firefox Email Is Easier to Use, But Not Easy Enough
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Think iBooks Looks Familiar? You're Not The Only One.
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Microsoft Sues Prominent BitTorrent Tracker For $43m
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