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9:15 AM ET, January 29, 2010

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Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Former Facebook for iPhone Developer Joe Hewitt Says iPad “Everything He's Been Wishing For”  —  Joe Hewitt, who developed the awesome Facebook 3.0, but controversially (and some would say detrimentally) left the iPhone platform before Facebook 3.1 over the App Store review process, has come out extremely positively about the iPad:
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Molly Wood / CNET News:
The Apple iPad: it's just ahead of its time  —  It's hard to argue the fact that this week's Apple iPad launch disappointed the tech crowd, and not just because of that inexplicable name.  Despite its lovely design, beefier core apps, and new e-book features and store, the iPad is hampered …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Netflix CEO: not streaming to the iPad “in the near term”
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Associated Press
Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
Talking the IPad, Kids, Making Money and Video
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech and Seeking Alpha
Peterb / Free Software Foundation:
iPad is iBad for freedom  —  With new tablet device, Apple's Steve Jobs pushes unprecedented extension of DRM to a new class of general purpose computers  —  As Steve Jobs and Apple prepared to announce their new tablet device, activists opposed to Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) …
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Alex Payne / al3x:
On the iPad  —  For years, me and thousands of other techies have been wondering what comes after the Personal Computer as we've known it.  Yesterday, in Apple's iPad, we caught a glimpse.  If I had to pick one predominant emotion in reaction, it would be “disturbed”.
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Nothing Creative  —  Compared to my laptop, the iPad lacks a keyboard …
Discussion: Joho the Blog
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
3 Million Amazon Kindles Sold, Apparently  —  “Millions of people now own Kindles,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com yesterday.  That surprised analysts, who thought that Amazon would sell 2.5 million or so of the devices by the end of 2010, nearly a year from now.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Worthington / Technologizer:
Microsoft: The iPad is “Humorous”  —  It's an understatement to say that Apple's iPad generated a lot of chatter when it was announced on Wednesday; the scuttlebutt actually slowed down the Internet.  Even Microsoft couldn't help but weigh in, criticizing the iPad for being a “locked down device.”
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:harrymccracken
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple and Fujitsu inevitably caught up in iPad trademark dispute  —  Well, here we go again.  Apple might have stolen all the headlines yesterday with the iPad, but as we've already noted, that name has been in dispute since September — and it doesn't look like Fujitsu …
Discussion: Techdirt and Agence France Presse
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
iPad? That's So 2002, Says Fujitsu
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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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.
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 …
Omri / fring:
3G video & voice calls now available on iPhone!  —  You wanted it, immediately after Apple allowed it, fring launches its 3G-friendly VoIP app.  —  With fring on 3G, users get unrestricted, mobile communication.  Now iPhone fring users can call, video call, chat and more for FREE over 3G and wifi!
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
New York examines Web marketing ‘scam’  —  Andrew Cuomo, attorney general for the state of New York, has launched an investigation into the marketing practices of 22 e-tailers, including Staples, 1-800-Flowers.com and Orbitz.  —  Cuomo's office said Wednesday it issued subpoenas to the merchants …
PC World:
Apple's A4 IPad Chip Could Find a Home in IPhones  —  Apple's A4 chip, being used in the iPad, could ultimately provide a speed bump to future versions of the company's iPhone, analysts said on Thursday.  —  Apple on Wednesday introduced the iPad handheld device, which has a 9.7-inch diagonal screen …
Greg Robbins / Google Mac Blog:
Upload Your Email to Google Apps  —  Several years ago, I began hosting the email for my personal domain with the free Standard Edition of Google Apps.  At first I remained a curmudgeon, and set my email client to delete messages from the server after retrieving them, because I wanted my email stored just on my own computer.
Financial Times:
Samsung takes top spot from HP  —  Samsung Electronics has overtaken Hewlett-Packard as the world's biggest technology company by sales, a sign of how strongly some South Korean companies have bounced back from the economic downturn.  —  Samsung on Friday reported full-year sales of Won136,290bn …
Discussion: The Register, Reuters and ITworld.com, Thanks:tim
Electronista:
Microsoft confirms new Windows Mobile at MWC  —  Microsoft during the conference call it used to discuss its latest results has confirmed that it will show a new version of Windows Mobile at Mobile World Congress.  Without going into detail, CFO Peter Klein said the next version of the mobile OS …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
How a tweet brought makeshift 911 services to life in Haiti  —  Haiti's earthquake devastated not only lives.  It destroyed whatever emergency services the barely functioning government had to offer.  But in less than five days, a makeshift version of 911 sprung to life.
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.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
3 Strikes Coming To The United States Via The Back Door?  —  From this year's State of the Net Conference, Alex Curtis from Public Knowledge is reporting on a panel entitled: “Copyright Strikes: When Has a Pirate Graduated to Internet Exile?”  —  While the panel consisted of representatives from IFPI …
Discussion: Public Knowledge
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:
 
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Spotify's Promises of Profits and a US Launch? Still MIA
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Facebook Privacy Flaw Exposes Your Friends' App Activity
Mark Davis / The Official Google Blog:
Unicode nearing 50% of the web
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
VeriFone's Square Competitor Hits The App Store.  Hands On With The Hardware.
Discussion: SlashGear
Google Mobile Blog:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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