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12:15 PM ET, February 1, 2010

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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
8.9-inch ExoPC Slate has iPad looks, netbook internals, Windows 7 soul  —  Yes, we realize that it's hard to provide too much visual differentiation between tablet PCs with large, ebony bezels, but we can't help but think that this 8.9-inch multitouch tablet looks a lot like another, recently announced 9.7-inch multitouch tablet.
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John Scalzi / Whatever:
All The Many Ways Amazon So Very Failed the Weekend  —  Leaving aside the moral, philosophical, cultural and financial implications of this weekend's Amazon/Macmillan slapfight and What It All Means for book readers and the future of the publishing industry, in one very real sense the whole thing …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Caves To Macmillan's eBook Pricing Demands  —  A new development in the Amazon vs. Macmillan fiasco.  Amazon just posted an announcement indicating that it will be “capitulating” to Macmillan by selling the publishers' books for their desired prices.
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Acer has no plans for iPad-like product, says Acer Taiwan president  —  Acer will focus on pushing ultra-thin notebooks for 2010 and currently has no plans to jump on the bandwagon to launch a hardware device similar to Apple's new iPad, according to Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin.
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Stephen Colbert Gets An iPad & Shows It Off At The Grammys  —  Haha, it seems like after begging for one the entire week, Stephen Colbert just saw his dreams come true.  —  Tonight at the Grammys, instead of pulling out the “Song of the Year” envelope, he managed to surprise everybody with a shiny Apple iPad.
Gizmodo:
Zune Phone to Debut at MWC, Will Use Nvidia Tegra  —  Spanish blog MuyComputer claims that Microsoft will present the Zune Phone this February, at the MWC in Barcelona.  According to them, it's 100% confirmed.  Since the Zune Phone will use Tegra, Nvidia will team with Microsoft for the anti-JesusPhone debut.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
How to Hate the iPad: A Break-Down of the Backlash  —  A friend recently admitted a favorite past time of his - watching plane crashes on YouTube.  Planes crashing, helicopters twirling out of control, boats sinking - all are fair game.  For a lot of people, this has been the story of the iPad over the past few days.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft tries to reinvent the bar code  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Remember the CueCat—the quirky bar code reader that was going to connect magazine readers with digital material?  —  Well, apparently Microsoft does too.  And while the CueCat meowed into obscurity, the software maker thinks …
Discussion: Internet2Go, Mashable! and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook COO: 175 Million People Log Into Facebook Every Day  —  Last year we interviewed Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  This year we interviewed her again.  Notably, this time I brought a tripod with me and didn't cut off Sheryl's forehead.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPad And Chrome OS Netbooks Are On A Collision Course  —  “We don't know how to build a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk.”  —  “Netbooks aren't better at anything.”  —  Those two quotes are both from Apple CEO Steve Jobs.  The first was during an earnings call in late 2008 …
Discussion: Tech Eye, Thanks:atul
TechCrunch:
Context is King: How Videos Are Found And Consumed Online  —  Editor's note: This is the third in a series of posts by guest writer Ashkan Karbasfrooshan.  Previously, he wrote about the State of Online Video, and 12 Surprising Things Holding Back Online Video Advertising.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
JooJoo CEO pledges to ship this month, claims deal with leading phone maker  —  During last week's Apple iPad mania, one company was notably silent: Fusion Garage, the 13-person Singapore company that makes the JooJoo tablet, which began life as TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington's CrunchPad.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google Chrome to go polyglot?  Auto-translate lands in Chromium nightly  —  The Chromium source code has seen a number of changes recently, and a new feature which poked its head out earlier this weekend has now landed.  —  You can now enable auto-translation of pages in Chromium.
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Tablet PC Maker May Sue Apple Over IPad Design  —  A Chinese company that sells a tablet PC like Apple's newly announced iPad may sue the U.S. company over the similar design between the devices, it said Monday.  —  Shenzhen Great Loong Brother Industrial started selling its P88 tablet …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and Electronista
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Ad Data Firm BlueKai Raises $21 Million Third Round  —  Online ad data provider Bluekai has raised a huge $21 million third round funding led by GGV Capital (formerly Granite Global Ventures).  Previous backers Redpoint Ventures and Battery Ventures also participated.
Discussion: AdExchanger.com and TechCrunch
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Honoring a creative force in high tech: Douglas Engelbart turns 85  —  Steve Wozniak leaned over to Douglas Engelbart at The Tech Museum in San Jose on Saturday, to speak a personal tribute to the man who invented the computer mouse and who, back in the 1950s, began to conceptualize the possibility …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Foursquare Teams With Bravo TV  —  Bravo TV and Foursquare will announce a new partnership on Monday that will integrate Bravo TV shows with the game aspects of Foursquare, a social networking site that encourages people to interact in the real world.  The partnership hopes to engage viewers long …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia cuts phone prices as market growth returns  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia (NOK1V.HE) cut phone prices across its portfolio in late January, putting its cheapest smartphones on a collision course with mid-range phones from rivals Samsung (005930.KS) and Sony Ericsson.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Local Advertising Booster Yodle Raises Another $10 Million  —  Yodle, the New York-based startup that helps local businesses advertise more efficiently on the web, has secured $10 million in Series D financing led by JAFCO Ventures and joined by Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson Growth, and DFJ.
Discussion: paidContent and VatorNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Does Foursquare Have A Douchebag Problem?  —  With Foursquare seeing fast growth and starting to be embraced by elements of the mainstream (like their new deal with Bravo), it might be decision time.  —  A popular part of the gaming element of the service is gaining badges …
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Samsung First With Lower Cost, Power Saving 30nm DDR3 DRAM  —  The most advanced DRAM chips yet from Samsung Electronics, 30-nanometer DDR3 DRAM, have been qualified by customers as ready to go into products, the world's largest memory chip maker said Monday.
Discussion: Engadget
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Google Chrome steals usage share from IE/Firefox, Win 7 breaks 10%  —  Net Applications' data for January is out, and there are some interesting trends displayed.  —  First, the data shows that Google's Chrome browser has managed to snatch usage share from Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Discussion: Computerworld
 
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Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Roaming Agreements Could Expand the Wi-Fi Renaissance
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Frances Huang / Agence France Presse:
Asian companies hope to reap iPad boom
Discussion: CrunchGear
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Cypress demos 14-inch TrueTouch capacitive multitouch screen
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CIA, PayPal under bizarre SSL assault
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Verizon's New VZ Navigator 5 Lets You Send Your Location To Facebook
Discussion: eWeek and GPS Obsessed
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
On eBay, Twitter Followers Are Worth Less Than A Penny Each
Discussion: Shelly Palmer, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Former Current TV strategist Sloan jumps to Twitter
Discussion: Beet.TV and Robin Sloan
David Leppard / Times of London:
China bugs and burgles Britain
 

 
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