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1:40 PM ET, February 2, 2010

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Ryanarter / Mission:
iPad Camera rumor becoming a reality?  We think so.  —  Hello all-  —  We received our first shipment of iPad parts today.  Here's one of the metal internal frames:  —  Upon opening them up and getting our hands on some of these rare items, we immediately noticed what appears to be a “spot” for a camera within the iPad frame.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
We're turning comments off for a bit  —  Hey guys, we know you like to have your fun, voice your opinions, and argue over your favorite gear, but over the past few days the tone in comments has really gotten out of hand.  What is normally a charged — but fun — environment for our users …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
A First Taste Of What The Google Tablet's Interface Will Look Like (Pics)  —  Last week, the world saw Apple's long anticipated tablet device, the iPad, for the first time.  In the aftermath since that announcement, a few things have become clear: it will be great for some people …
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Photo of Apple's next-generation iPhone in the wild - sources  —  A photograph containing one of Apple's fourth-generation iPhones has been lingering undetected in the public domain for nearly a week now thanks to having been overshadowed — quite literally — by the company's new iPad, AppleInsider has learned.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Rumor: Apple Has Another Tablet In The Works.  More Like A Mac Than An iPhone.  —  In the movie Contact, when revealing to main character Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) that there is actually a second space travel machine that was being built at the same time as the first one, but in secret …
New York Times:
A Little Chip Designed by Apple Itself  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Sure, the screen is nice.  But the iPad's most important component, at least for Apple's future, may be the A4, the fingernail-size chip at the tablet's heart.  —  With the A4, Apple has taken another step toward challenging the norms of the mobile device industry.
Dion / techno.blog:
Google isn't Evil.  Flash isn't Dead; Thank god the Open Web doesn't have a single vendor  —  Steve Jobs didn't hold back when talking about Google and Adobe.  That is great.  Life is so much more fun when people speak their mind.  I remember hearing a story when Sir Steve was asked why mac keyboards where the way they were.
Discussion: Webmonkey
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Kevin Lynch / Adobe Featured Blogs:
Open Access to Content and Applications
Discussion: TechCrunch and jd/adobe, Thanks:atul
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Planning Store for Business Apps  —  Google is developing an online store where it will sell business software from its partners in an effort to ramp up sales of Google Apps, its own suite of business applications, according to a person familiar with the project.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson Aspen: first with Windows Mobile 6.5.3  —  It's finally here: Windows Mobile 6.5.3, the iterative finger-friendly Windows Mobile release that should have been wrapped into 6.5.0.  The latest mobile wares from Microsoft come wrapped inside the Sony Ericsson Aspen (aka, Faith); …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
New Facebook craze can violate terms of service  —  If you're one of Facebook's 350-million-plus members, you've probably noticed a handful of people on your friends list changing their profile photos to pictures of celebrities, cartoon characters, Muppets, and other notable figures recently.
Greg Hecht / Google Voice Blog:
Send SMS to multiple recipients  —  Until now, sending a text message to multiple recipients required copying and pasting the message for each recipient.  —  To make this a bit easier, we just launched the ability to send a single SMS message to multiple recipients.
Discussion: AppScout and SlashPhone
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Demands Removal Of USB Sharing Feature In Stanza iPhone App  —  Like many people, I have the Stanza app installed on my iPhone.  Made by Lexycle (acquired by Amazon last year), Stanza is a free app for iPhone and iPod Touch that serves as a gateway to a library of more than 100,000 ebooks for easy reading on the go.
Discussion: mocoNews, The iPhone Blog and Lexcycle
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Report Ranks Facebook As Greatest Corporate Security Risk  —  According to a new report published by Sophos today, Facebook now poses the greatest security risk to companies among the leading social networks.  Of the 500 firms which were polled, 60 percent “felt that Facebook was the biggest danger”.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TheFunded Ranks The Most Loved VCs Of 2009  —  Some VCs are getting an early Valentine's Day gift fromTheFunded, the site where CEOs rate venture capitalists and their firms.  Below you will find the top-ranked individual VCs, as determined by their ratings in 2009.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Grandma endures wrongful ISP piracy suspension  —  All Cathi “Cat” Paradiso knew for sure, as she learned that her Web access was being shut off, was that she was losing her struggle to stay calm.  —  To Paradiso, the customer-service representative from Qwest Communications on the phone …
Discussion: DSLreports and Techdirt
Miguel Helft / Bits:
YouTube's Take From Movie Rentals: $10,709.16  —  By the measures of the movie rental market, YouTube's first foray into the business of charging users to stream full length feature films was hardly a runaway success.  —  YouTube said last month that it would dip its toes …
HardMac.com:
Hexacore Xeon-based Mac Pro Soon !?  —  It has been quite some time that we know specifications and availability date of the new Intel hexacore Xeon.  We already have indicated that it should find its way in a future revision of Mac Pro to replace the current 32 nm engraved Quad Core Xeon.
Gmail Blog:
Improved Google Search in Labs  —  Hello again.  I've been taking advantage of my 20% time to make some improvements in the Google Search lab I told you about last April.  For starters, I've hooked up a bunch of Google's most popular search features, including:
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
CONFIRMED: Facebook Gets Faster, Debuts Homegrown PHP Compiler  —  The rumors have been flying over what's going on over at Facebook headquarters.  The word has been that a PHP team was brought in and made to sign non-disclosure agreements before discussing a PHP project that has been in development for the past two years.
Aaron Bronzan / The LinkedIn Blog:
Reorder the Sections on Your LinkedIn Profile: Now You're in Control  —  Starting today, we bring you the ability to reorder the sections on your LinkedIn profile via drag-and-drop.  This enhancement, one of the more highly-requested features from our users, gives you the ability to highlight the skills …
Marco.org:
iPhone-to-iPad development: How's the timing going to work out?  —  Either I'm missing something, the initial iPad apps are going to suck, or we haven't yet been told that iPad-native apps won't be available for some period of time after the iPad's launch.  —  We have strong incentives …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Neven Mrgan's tumbl, Thanks:atul
Dan / WordPress for Android:
WordPress for Android 1.0 Release  —  We're pleased to announce that WordPress for Android is now available in the Android Market.  The initial release has focused on giving you the ability to manage your blog while on the go.  —  Features include the ability to:  — Configure and manage multiple blogs
Discussion: Android and Me
Zee / The Next Web:
Twitter forcing some users to change password.  Reported threat of phishing attacks.  —  We're seeing tweets that various people are being forced to change their passwords on Twitter in response to possible phishing threats.  —  The message from twitter itself says:
James McQuivey / paidContent:
In Amazon vs. Macmillan, Amazon Is The Winner  —  It was a surprising weekend for those of us who had naively imagined that after crossing the River iPad, we might actually get some Elysian rest.  But, alas, the fates conspired against us and handed us the curious case of Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) vs. Macmillan.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Andreessen-Backed Cloud Launcher Makara Debuts  —  Last June we introduced you to webappVM, a startup backed by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz hoping to help speed enterprise adoption of cloud computing.  The company officially launched last night as Makara, becoming the latest entry …
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Jude Britto / Google News Blog:
Starring stories in Google News  —  A couple of months back, we launched the Custom Sections Directory feature in Google News to allow users to set up sections on topics of their interest, and to share them with other users.  —  Today, we are giving users even more options for following stories.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Hacking for Fun and Profit in China's Underworld  —  CHANGSHA, China — With a few quick keystrokes, a computer hacker who goes by the code name Majia calls up a screen displaying his latest victims.  —  “Here's a list of the people who've been infected with my Trojan horse,” he says …
Discussion: Security Bytes
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Gears Comes To AdWords: Browser Local Storage
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile App Directories Consolidate: Appolicious Acquires AppVee
Cian / GoMo News:
Motorola announces major mobile barcode investment through Scanbuy
Discussion: TechCrunch and PR Newswire
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft delivers beta of ‘Xdrive’ tool for moving Windows apps to the Azure cloud
Discussion: eWeek and BetaNews
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Father and Son Team That Founds Web Start-Ups Wants to Finance …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
3 Playing It Cool In iPad Race, But Will Offer An E-Reader
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John Cook / TechFlash:
AdReady sings a new display advertising tune with Pandora
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Alfred Spector / The Official Google Blog:
Announcing Google's Focused Research Awards
Discussion: Bits and Softpedia News
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google's two-front war with Apple and Facebook; who are the winners and the losers?
Discussion: Skeptic Geek and The Praized Blog
Marcus Yam / Tom's Hardware Guide:
PC vs. Mac in Security: Experts Share Opinions
Discussion: CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Issues (Another) 27-Inch iMac Screen Fix
 

 
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