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5:55 PM ET, January 18, 2010

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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Announces Jan. 27 Special Event: “Come See Our Latest Creation”  —  Confirming a date first reported by Digital Daily, Apple (AAPL) this morning announced an invitation-only special event to be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on January 27 - a Wednesday.
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 …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple: The Tablet Prophecies
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, App Advice and MacDailyNews
DigiTimes:
Apple to launch 22-inch touch-enabled all-in-one PC in 2010, says paper  —  Apple reportedly plans to launch a 22-inch touch-enabled all-in-one PC in 2010, in addition to the current non-touch 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
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Ian Paul / PC World:
22-Inch Touchscreen iMac in the Works, Report Says
Discussion: The Next Web
Reuters:
Google probing possible inside help on attack  —  Buzz up!  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Google is investigating whether one or more employees may have helped facilitate a cyber-attack that the U.S. search giant said it was a victim of in mid-December, two sources told Reuters on Monday.
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
Foreign Journalists in Beijing Hit by E-Mail Hackers  —  BEIJING — At least two foreign journalists living in Beijing have had their Google e-mail accounts hacked, a journalists' advocacy group in China said Monday.  The hackers changed settings so that all Gmail messages would be forwarded to unfamiliar addresses.
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: PC World
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
The case against a 10" AMOLED Apple tablet  —  Active matrix OLED (AMOLED) was one of the hot technologies at CES this year—the tech's profile was raised by Google's launch of the Nexus One, and vendors had 3D and 2D OLED prototype displays of up to 32 inches in size on the CES show floor.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BarMax: The $1,000 iPhone App That Might Actually Be Worth It  —  In August 2008, Apple approved an application in the App Store called I Am Rich.  The app did nothing beyond show a picture of a red gem.  So why was it notable?  Because it cost $999.99.  Though Apple pulled it relatively quickly …
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.
Eli Hodapp / Touch Arcade:
‘Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars’ Out in U.S. Too - First Impressions and Video  —  Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars [App Store] was quietly released into the App Store this evening.  Chinatown Wars for the iPhone seems to lie somewhere in between the DS and PSP versions in regards to graphical quality …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IBM Launches LotusLive Labs; Opens Up Collaboration Platform's API To Partners  —  At IBM's annual conference, Lotusphere, Big Blue has announced innovations to its cloud-based collaboration platform, LotusLive.  LotusLive provides enterprise users with online email, web conferencing …
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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 as a mere gaming machine for teenagers, but as a media portal for parents and grandparents, too.
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
The Subscription War: You're Bleeding to Death  —  You know what's great?  My smartphone puts the world in my pocket.  Broadband puts 2,454,399 channels on my HDTV.  I can access the internet from a freaking airplane!  You know what's unsustainable?  Paying for it all.
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Local Search:
Google Maps: Now Adding Reviews from News Sites, Hyperlocal Blogs and Other Non Traditional Review Sources  —  What's New in Reviews at Google Maps:  —  With their newly implemented sentiment analysis, Google Maps is apparently now reaching across hyperlocal blogs, local portals and news sites …
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).
Fred / A VC:
Twitter.com vs The Twitter Ecosystem  —  John Borthwick, co-founder of Betaworks, parent company to bit.ly, twitterfeed, tweetdeck, chartbeat, and many other interesting web services, posted yesterday on “Ongoing tracking of the real time web ...”  —  Through these various Betaworks companies …
Discussion: TechCrunch and THINK / Musings
Kim Thai / Brainstorm Tech:
Ringtones' requiem  —  Customized cellphone rings are so 2004.  But the music industry has a new source of revenue - it's all about the ringback tone.  —  Remember the ringtone?  Just two years ago consumers were spending $1 billion a year on song snippets for their cellphones.
Discussion: Electronista
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
For Many Start-Ups, a Spot on the Nasdaq Is No Longer the Goal  —  SEATTLE — Investors in technology start-ups have been trying to end the drought in initial public offerings of tech companies.  But for entrepreneurs, has taking a company public lost its allure?
Discussion: Techdirt and BloggingStocks
Motorola Media Center:
Motorola Introduces MOTOROI™, Korea's First Smart Phone Powered by Android 2.0  —  SEOUL, Korea.  - 17 January 2010 - Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a global leader in mobile telecommunications, today inaugurated a new era in Korea's mobile lifestyle with the introduction of MOTOROI™ …
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Oxford University bans students from Spotify  —  Oxford University students have been barred from using Spotify, the popular music streaming service.  —  University authorities imposed the ban because the sheer number of undergraduates listening to free tracks in their bedrooms was crippling the network …
 
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