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11:20 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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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
Bloomberg:   Google Said to Have Tried to Enlist Companies as Allies After Cyber Attack
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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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  —  How the battle between Silicon Valley's superstars will shape the future of mobile computing  —  On Jan. 5, Google (GOOG) did a very Apple-like thing.  In a presentation at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., the 11-year-old search behemoth unveiled Nexus One …
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla dumps Firefox 3.7 from schedule, changes dev process  —  Plans to quicken development pace by adding some features via security updates  —  Computerworld - Mozilla has made major changes to how it develops Firefox, and plans to drop Firefox 3.7 from its schedule and instead roll …
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
OneRiot's Realtime Ad Network RiotWise Now Open To The Masses  —  OneRiot's recently ventured into the advertising world with RiotWise, an ad format which places content in an emphasized position in their realtime feed.  A few weeks ago, the realtime search engine launched a pilot program …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat
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.
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 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Hack to Hacker: Rise of the Journalist-Programmer  —  As if the journalism job landscape weren't terrifying enough, now you've got to think about learning to code.  It's yet another new media skill you'll need to stay ahead of competitors.  And make no mistake: they're stockpiling O'Reilly books.
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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 …
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
Electronista:
Justice Dept completes inquiry of text messaging rates  —  The Justice Department has finally completed its investigation over text messaging fees charged by carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Industry and government officials familiar …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
iSuppli:
iSuppli Does Droid Teardown, Finds $187.75 Bill of Materials and Manufacturing Cost  —  Motorola Inc.'s Droid smart phone carries a $187.75 Bill of Materials (BOM) and manufacturing cost, according to a dissection conducted by iSuppli Corp.'s Teardown Analysis Service.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Original Tablet  —  I enjoyed Paul Thurrott's daily coverage of CES last week.  A big trade show is a hard thing to capture in prose, and Thurrott got it.  —  But I chuckled at this piece starting his CES coverage, “Exclusive!  Microsoft to Announce Tablet PC Before Apple!”:
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Bloomberg:
Google ‘Concerned’ About Berlusconi Government's Plan to Regulate Web TV  —  Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. is “concerned” that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's plan to regulate Web TV is aimed at limiting access to its YouTube site and will put pressure on Internet service providers to police content.
 
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Gabriel Snyder / Gawker:
Apple Wins the First Prize in Our Tablet Scavenger Hunt