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7:05 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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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.
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.
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 …
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Stuart OBrien / Mobile Entertainment:
comScore slams Gartner mobile app stats  —  ‘Hard to believe’ that Apple's App Store accounts for 99.4 per cent of app revenue  —  ComScore has questioned this morning's Gartner research report, which claimed that Apple's App Store accounted for 99.4 per cent of all mobile app downloads in 2009.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Associated Press:
Google postpones mobile phone launch in China  —  Buzz up!  —  BEIJING - Google on Tuesday postponed the planned launch of its mobile phone in China amid a dispute with the government over Internet censorship and e-mail hacking that the search giant says may force it to leave the country.
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Caroline Gabriel / Rethink Wireless:   China Unicom delays Android launches amid Google row
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).
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John Biggs / MobileCrunch:
Everything you need to know about Windows Mobile 7  —  MWC is a few weeks away - it starts on February 15 - and we're expecting to see a new version of Windows Mobile, version 7, to be launched with hardware soon to follow.  We've heard some rumors about potential improvements over the current 6.x codebase …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yelp Taking Big Investment From Elevation Partners  —  Yelp, fresh off of leaving Google at the altar, is closing a hefty fifth round of financing from Elevation Partners, say multiple sources.  The deal isn't closed yet, says one source, but the guys at Elevation Partners have been telling friends that it's a done deal.
Discussion: A VC, Thanks:atul
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 …
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
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. to Acquire StyleFeeder  —  Deal is Latest Among Media Firms Tapping Into E-Commerce  —  Time Inc. is acquiring StyleFeeder, an online service that offers personalized shopping recommendations, as the Time Warner Inc. magazine group tries to ease a sharp decline in advertising revenue …
Discussion: Xconomy and paidContent
securitylabs.websense.com:
New Internet Explorer 0-day Vulnerability and Targeted Attacks  —  News of targeted attacks on Google, Adobe and other large companies were made public last week.  The initial assumption was that the attacks were done with malicious PDF files but on Thursday Microsoft released information …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
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 …
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Cut Time Internet Search Addresses Are Held to Meet EU Rules  —  Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, said it will delete Internet Protocol addresses associated with search queries after six months to comply with demands from European Union privacy regulators.
Discussion: New York Times and Search Blog
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
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 …
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: @vanelsas, iPlot, MediaPost and Rough Type
 
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
MTV Games Seeks Buzz for ‘Rock Band’
Discussion: Destructoid and Edge Online
Rebecca MacKinnon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Commentary: Are China's demands for Internet 'self-discipline …
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers: Facebook vulnerable to clickjacking
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Rumored HTC tablet project both confirmed and suspended in one fell swoop
Discussion: Channel News and WMPoweruser.com
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Companies Fight Endless War Against Computer Attacks
Discussion: Techdirt
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Acrobat.com Mobile now available on the iPhone; free, but expensive
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Not Flattered By Yelp Check-Ins
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Geminder / New York Observer:
Google Gobbles 57K More Feet in Taconic's 111 Eighth
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 and ringtonia.com
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
The Subscription War: You're Bleeding to Death
Discussion: Rough Type