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8:20 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 …
CNBC.com:
Microsoft to Study Possible Role in China's Google Attack  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told CNBC that his company will look into a report that a flaw in Microsoft's Internet software allowed China to launch a cyber attack on Google's operations in that country.
Discussion: InfoWorld, p2pnet, BBC, TechFlash and CHINAdaily
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:   Other Firms Acknowledge Being Target of Attacks
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 …
Washington Post:   Tensions between Google and China complicate U.S. diplomacy
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TmoNews:
Insane Price Deals Starting Tomorrow  —  T-Mobile is starting off the year with a bang!  First with the launch of the HTC Nexus One, then T-Mobile confirming exclusivity for the HTC HD2 in the US, and now insane deals on current handsets.  With the current upgrade price changes for the Nexus One, comes even more great news.
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Connect Appears on MySpace Video Site
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
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.
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Who?  Gowalla What?  MyTown Has 500,000 Users And 31 Million Check-Ins  —  The race to become the hot location-based gaming service is red hot right now.  Foursquare and Gowalla dominate the headlines, but another iPhone app, MyTown, has managed to rocket past them in usage in a little over a month with little fanfare.
Discussion: VentureBeat and BlackBerry Leaks
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 …
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
Larrycheng / Thinking About Thinking:
Global Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory - Ranked By Monthly Uniques  —  It's exciting times these days after we launched Volition Capital on Monday (01/11/10).  Commensurate with that launch, we also launched the Ask Volition blog - which is a Q&A blog that is authored by various folks at Volition.
Discussion: ArcticStartup
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.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Malware Sneaks Into Android Market  —  Hidden among the barcode readers, music players and games in the marketplace for Android software may be apps that could steal your online banking credentials or infect your phone.  —  Google removed about 1 percent of the apps posted to the Android Market last year …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter's International Growth Continues  —  While Twitter's growth has slowed down in recent months, new data shows that the popular microblogging service has found a lot of new users outside of the United States.  According to new data from social media analytics and monitoring firm Sysomos …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Akamai: World's Net connection speeds rising  —  More cities and countries are enjoying faster Internet speeds, according to the latest State of the Internet report released Wednesday by Akamai.  —  Looking at the third quarter of 2009, the report found that most countries in the top-10 list …
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
 
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PC World:
Groups seek to challenge US gov't on seized laptops
Discussion: Techdirt
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
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Gaith Saqer / ArabCrunch:
A Tweet, Facebook, a Blog Comment Or Even an “SMS” Can Get You To Prison in Jordan!
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
MySpace:
Sean Percival Joins MySpace as Director of Content Socialization
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Tech companies pitch in for Haiti relief