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6:15 PM ET, January 28, 2010

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: BBC, dot.Maggie, Gizmodo and T3.com News
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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Monitoring Twitter's iPad Commentary
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Netflix CEO: not streaming to the iPad “in the near term”
Discussion: Associated Press
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPad Big Picture
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Wall Street expects Apple's ‘risky’ iPad to sell 1M-5M in first year
Discussion: Macsimum News
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Apple iPad: First Impressions
MacNN:
Apple to hold internal ‘town hall’ iPad meeting
Discussion: Ars Technica and 9 to 5 Mac
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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
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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.
Greg Kumparak / CrunchGear:
The iPad may not have a camera, but it sure thinks it does
Discussion: MacRumors and CNET News
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.
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 …
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 42% to $9.5 Billion … Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  126.03  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN - News) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:   Amazon's ‘Millions’ of Kindles Are Drop In $9.5 Billion Sales Bucket
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 …
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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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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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 …
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: internetnews.com
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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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
AOL Tries To Seed SXSW With Coverage Of 2,000 Bands  —  AOL is trying its most ambitious super-content project yet with freelance content site Seed.com: offering 2,000 $50 assignments on SXSW bands for its music site Spinner.com.  New Seed programming director Saul Hansell sees it as the …
 
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