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4:50 AM ET, January 19, 2010

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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Publisher in Talks With Apple Over Tablet  —  HarperCollins Publishers is negotiating with Apple Inc. to make electronic books available for the introduction of a new tablet device from Apple, according to people familiar with the situation, posing a challenge to Amazon.com Inc.
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Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Apple Tablet and NY Times Paywall: Rumors Merge  —  The New York Times hasn't spilled the beans over the Apple tablet again, but rumors are linking the two companies once more.  Reports of an upcoming paid model to be adopted by the New York Times are correlated with the mythical Apple tablet …
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
NYT: Microsoft in talks with ESPN to stream content on Xbox  —  The New York Times reports that Microsoft has “held in-depth discussions” with the Walt Disney Company to stream ESPN programming through Xbox Live.  According to anonymous sources, ESPN would provide live streams …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Xbox Takes On Cable, Streaming TV Shows and Movies  —  Executives at Microsoft are fond of saying that its subscription gaming service, Xbox Live, should be thought of as a cable channel.  —  They want Xbox to be seen not merely as a gaming machine for teenagers, but as a media portal for parents and grandparents, too.
Clayton Morris / Fox News:
Apple Tablet, iPhone 4 Launch Confirmed for January 27  —  Apple just announced an event on January 27th that will no doubt dazzle us with what the company is calling its “latest creation.”  At the event, Apple will unveil the company's long-rumored tablet device.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Novatel's MiFi devices shown to be incredibly useful, easily hacked (video)  —  We've personally experienced the joys of portable wireless routers like Novatel's MiFi, little things that do the 3G talkin' for you, but from what we're seeing here current users may be about to experience something altogether different: fear.
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EvilPacket:
MiFi GeoPwn  —  The MiFi by Novatel Wireless (re-branded and sold by multiple vendors such as Sprint and Verizon) is a mobile wifi hotspot.  The mifi also has a built in GPS to provide location based searching.  Turns out that the web interface to this little device has a lot going on that can be exploited …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple responsible for 99.4% of mobile app sales in 2009  —  The latest report from market research firm Gartner suggests that mobile apps are big business, and that business should only grow in the next few years.  According to Gartner's numbers, Apple completely owns this market …
Discussion: Daring Fireball, TUAW and 9 to 5 Mac, Thanks:atul
Tony Adam / Shrinkage Is Good:
The Ultimate Cell Phone Plans Comparison  —  On Friday, Verizon Wireless announced pricing plan restructuring that would reduce the cost of voice usage.  AT&T Wireless quickly followed suit and unveiled their updated cell phone plans as well.  Today is the day that those changes go into effect.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
AT&T fixes mobile Facebook problems  —  AT&T has fixed several problems that caused some AT&T customers to log into the wrong Facebook account when using their mobile phones, an AT&T spokesman said on Monday.  —  “In a limited number of instances, a server software connectivity error resulted …
Discussion: Engadget, Phone Arena and Phone Scoop
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:   Researchers: Facebook vulnerable to clickjacking
Malatesta / WMExperts:
Windows Mobile 7: What we expect and what we are hearing  —  Okay everyone, time to put on your rumor helmets (they're like beer helmets, but filled with vodka).  Here's what we are hearing about Windows Mobile 7 from various sources (none of which has been announced by Microsoft).
David Harry / HuoMah SEO Blog:
Google re-ranking and personalized search study  —  Once upon a time me and a few cohorts wondered about just what levels of flux there were in the Google SERPs.  Has personalized search really changed the consistency of rankings?  It's an issue that has been spoken about many times in the search world.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Not Flattered By Yelp Check-Ins  —  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  But Foursquare doesn't seem too tickled by Yelp's newest feature.  —  On Friday, Yelp fired a major shot across the bow of the location-based services with the launch of the latest version of its iPhone app.
CHINAdaily:
Individuals may get ‘.cn’ names again  —  The Chinese industry regulator is considering reopening “.cn” domain name registration for individual applicants.  —  The service was banned last month during a government-led Internet supervision campaign.  —  An official from Internet Network …
Discussion: The Register and Domain Name Wire
Emily Geminder / New York Observer:
Google Gobbles 57K More Feet in Taconic's 111 Eighth  —  111 Eighth Avenue  —  The amount of silicon in Manhattan just got bigger.  Since Google first occupied the old Port Authority building at 111 Eighth Avenue back in 2006, New York has been rife with speculation about the day-to-day exploits of the Internet empire.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Rebecca MacKinnon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Commentary: Are China's demands for Internet ‘self-discipline’ spreading to the West?  —  Every year in China, Internet executives are officially rewarded for their “patriotism.”  —  Last November in Beijing, I sat in a large auditorium festooned with red banners and watched Robin Li …
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Amid Apple Patent Fight, Nokia Wins GSM Case, Files For Bendyphone  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) may still be trading patent blow-for-blows with Apple in the U.S., but in Europe it's won a patent case that may strengthen its resolve against Cupertino...  The UK High Court has ruled in its favour …
Electronista:
Garmin GPS units get bird's eye imagery  —  Garmin will soon offer an annual subscription service, BirdsEye Satellite and Aerial Imagery, for some of its portable navigation devices that will show detailed, photo-based maps.  The software is raster-based, or compiled with aerial photos …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Rumored HTC tablet project both confirmed and suspended in one fell swoop  —  Remember those rumored HTC Android / Chrome OS touch tablets that were supposedly being shown behind the scenes at CES?  In a brief statement given to Australia's Channel News, Sales and Marketing Director Anthony Petts …
Discussion: Channel News and WMPoweruser.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Facebook Privacy Debate: What You Need to Know  —  Facebook changed the world by helping 350 million people publish their thoughts, feelings, comments, photos, videos and shared links much more easily than ever before.  It's the King of social networking.
Discussion: iPlot and MediaPost
Times of London:
China tried to hack our computers, says India's security chief M.K. Narayanan  —  Chinese hackers are believed to have attempted to penetrate India's most sensitive government office in the latest sign of rising tensions between the two rival Asian powers, The Times has learnt.
Discussion: GMSV, PC World and New York Times
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Acrobat.com Mobile now available on the iPhone; free, but expensive  —  Adobe's Acrobat.com website is not only an online collaboration center, but also provides a way to convert files to PDF, meet live over the web, or store and share files.  —  Now some of that Acrobat.com goodness has found its way into your iPhone.
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
MTV Games Seeks Buzz for ‘Rock Band’  —  New Service Lets Average Users Upload Their Own Tunes to Videogame, but High Costs May Impede Many  —  Groups preparing material for the ‘Rock Band’ do-it-yourself upload store include Creed, shown above at a concert in Orlando, Fla., in September.
The Independent:
Twitter joke led to Terror Act arrest and airport life ban  —  When heavy snowfall threatened to scupper Paul Chambers's travel plans, he decided to vent his frustrations on Twitter by tapping out a comment to amuse his friends.  “Robin Hood airport is closed,” he wrote.
Matt Asay / CNET News:
The rising importance of cross-platform applications  —  Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of a day when we would “transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”  In the technology world, perhaps that notion might be applicable to the dream …
Ryan Vance / Revision3:
An Open Letter to Conan O'Brien  —  I'm taking this opportunity to officially offer you a brand-new show of your choosing here at Revision3.  Rest assured, you'll be able to bring your set, band and even Andy (especially Andy) with you as you transition to our cutting-edge online TV network.
 
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Companies Fight Endless War Against Computer Attacks
Discussion: Techdirt
Tony Adam:
foursquare: The arrival of the location based business “game”
Thanks:atul
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Retail Boosts Search Spend in Efficient Frontier's Q4 2009 Report
Discussion: WebProNews
Kim Thai / Brainstorm Tech:
Ringtones' requiem  —  Customized cellphone rings are so 2004.
Discussion: Electronista
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
NutshellMail Lets Users Create Simple Email Newsletters For Facebook Fan Pages
Discussion: All Facebook
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
For Many Start-Ups, a Spot on the Nasdaq Is No Longer the Goal
Discussion: Techdirt and BloggingStocks
Jim Duffy / Network World:
Emerging IEEE Ethernet standards could soothe data center headaches
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
The Subscription War: You're Bleeding to Death
Discussion: Rough Type