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5:55 AM ET, January 15, 2010

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George Kurtz / McAfee Security Insights Blog:
Operation “Aurora” Hit Google, Others  —  McAfee Labs has been working around the clock, diving deep into the attack we are now calling Aurora that hit multiple companies and was publicly disclosed by Google on Tuesday.  —  We are working with multiple organizations that were impacted …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Researchers identify command servers behind Google attack  —  VeriSign's iDefense security lab has published a report with technical details about the recent cyberattack that hit Google and over 30 other companies.  The iDefense researchers traced the attack back to its origin and also identified …
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Other Firms Acknowledge Being Target of Attacks  —  Juniper Networks Inc. said Thursday that it was a target of the same cyber attacks believed to have affected Google Inc. and other companies.  —  The announcement makes the Sunnyvale, Calif., maker of networking equipment the third company …
New York Times:
After Google's Loud Stance on China, U.S. Treads Lightly  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Last month, when Google engineers at their sprawling campus in Silicon Valley began to suspect that Chinese intruders were breaking into private Gmail accounts, the company began a secret counteroffensive.
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Reuters:
White House backs Google, seeks China explanation  —  * State Department raises issue with Chinese diplomat (Adds State Department spokesman)  —  The White House said on Thursday it backed Google's decision to no longer support China's censoring of searches and U.S. diplomats sought …
Google LatLong:
Make Google Place Pages your business' megaphone  —  If you're a local business owner, we've just added two new features that can help you reach existing and potential customers even more effectively on your business' Place Page.  Both of these features are available by claiming your business through Google Local Business Center.
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Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Is Apple Ready for Merger Mania?  —  The company has hired a banker from Goldman Sachs and looks to be in a more acquisitive mode  —  Historically, Steve Jobs has not been the acquisitive type.  Since he returned to Apple (AAPL) as chief executive in 1997, the company has bought only 11 small companies …
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Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Why Apple and Google Can't Be Friends
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Intel:
Intel Fourth-Quarter Net Income $2.3 billion, Up 875%  —  Fourth-Quarter Results  —  Fourth-Quarter Results, Excluding the Settlement Agreement with AMD  —  Intel Corporation today reported fourth-quarter revenue of $10.6 billion.  The company reported operating income of $2.5 billion …
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Gabriel Snyder / Gawker:
Apple Wins the First Prize in Our Tablet Scavenger Hunt  —  We have our first winner in the Valleywag Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt!  The most concrete proof of the messiah machine's existence so far landed in our inbox last night.  —  Congratulations, Michael Spillner of the prestigious …
Sajid Farooq / NBC Bay Area:
Apple Cofounder Confesses: He Loves the Google Phone  —  Steve Wozniak admits he's jumped to Google's ship  —  Steve Wozniak may have once cut in line to get an iPhone.  But now he's moved on to a hotter gadget.  —  The cofounder of Apple — the company that made him millions — told NBC Bay Area a dirty little secret.
Discussion: MacDailyNews, Macsimum News and Gizmodo
Google Mobile Blog:
Optimized Search Suggestions using your location  —  Typing a query into the search box on a phone can often be slow and difficult.  For this reason, relevant search suggestions that match your intended query can meaningfully reduce the time and effort it takes to submit a search.
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless to overhaul its phone and data pricing plans  —  One of our connects hit us up with some changes Verizon Wireless is making to its calling plans effective January 18th.  The details are coming in slowly but it looks like Big Red (not the gum) is ditching the all-inclusive Premium plan …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Answer To Facebook Connect  —  Twitter is preparing to launch a new set of tools that will let third party websites easily integrate Twitter features directly into their web sites and services, multiple sources have confirmed.  In a nutshell, this is their response to the massively popular Facebook Connect.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Connect Appears on MySpace Video Site
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Everything You Want To Know About The Most Secretive Startup In The World (Next Jump)  —  In the annals of stealth startups, Next Jump deserves its own chapter.  It's not often that a company can build a large and successful business for 15 years, raise $45 million in venture capital …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Where Have All The Old Tweets Gone?  —  Looking for old tweets?  You won't find any that are more than a week or so old on Twitter.  Put the blame on all the massive number of new tweets coming in.  The engines, they canna hold captain!  Or that is, the search index behind Twitter Search can't hold it all.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Amazon cloud accused of network slowdown  —  Users cry latency spike  —  Amazon's sky-high EC2 service has experienced a significant increase in network latency in recent days, according to data from two separate companies running widely-used management tools in tandem with the service.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Cake Financial Acquired By E*Trade  —  Social finance company Cake Financial has just been acquired by E*Trade.  The company launched in 2007 at the first TechCrunch50 conference (when it was still TechCrunch40).  Cake Financial has just posted a note to its homepage announcing the deal …
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat and paidContent
Manan / I'm Just Being Manan:
Apple Patent Shows New iPhone OS UI & Contacts On Home Screen  —  Keeping rumors aside, let us talk about something that might actually come in the next iPhone software upgrade.  According to a patent filed, Apple plans to introduce a feature that will allow users to put individual contact entries on the home screen.
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
New Search Improvements for the New Year  —  Yahoo! rings in 2010 with search advertising enhancements that deliver  —  Last fall, I answered the question “Does search still matter to Yahoo!” with a definitive YES.  But words only go so far, which is why Yahoo! is rolling out new search enhancements for users and advertisers.
Seesmic Blog:
Seesmic for Blackberry - Updated: BIS-B Connection, Retweets, Picture Preview  —  Experience Twitter on your Blackberry with searches, lists, retweets, picture preview, Google maps geo-location and other powerful features.  Point your blackberry to m.seesmic.com to get Seesmic within minutes.
Discussion: VentureBeat
PC World:
Groups seek to challenge US gov't on seized laptops  —  Laptop searches at borders violate fundamental citizen rights, two groups say  —  The policy of random laptop searches and seizures by U.S. government agents at border crossings is under attack again, with a pair of civil rights groups …
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
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MySpace:
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Official Nexus One Accessories incoming: Car Dock and Desktop Dock
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Android Central
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