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9:45 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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Voice of America:
US Government Will Stay Out of Google's Talks With China  —  The top American official in China says the U.S. government will stay out of negotiations between Internet giant Google and the Chinese government.  At the same time, though, he stressed that the issue of Internet freedom is related to free speech …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Dan Levin / New York Times:   Software Makers See a Market in Censorship
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
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Google changes pricing options for Nexus One: 100 new reasons to purchase the N1  —  Customers who recently paid $379 for the Nexus One will soon be receiving a $100 refund from Google.  The refund does not apply to any other customers who purchased the Nexus One.
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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.
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.
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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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.
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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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Integrates “Real-Time” …
Discussion: CNET News
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
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's Media Players will One Day be Both Portable TV & DVR  —  On January 14, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters coming to Apple's Media Players.  In Q4 2010, Apple introduced their fifth generation iPod nano …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: InfoWorld, Telegraph, Maximum PC and Akamai
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon Wireless revamps calling plans; Goes for customer grab ahead of 4G  —  Verizon Wireless is going on offense as it tweaks pricing plans, pares its device portfolio and markets heavily with its “there's a map for that” ad campaign.  The grand plan for Verizon Wireless: Grab customers …
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 …
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
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 …
 
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
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Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
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Tech companies pitch in for Haiti relief