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6:05 PM ET, January 19, 2010

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Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone OS 4.0 features detailed!  Also, Apple calling tablet the iTablet?  —  That's right, y'all.  We're back at it, and this time we've received some exclusive iPhone OS 4.0 details from one of our trusty Apple connects.  —  Here are some iPhone OS 4.0 features, according to our guy:
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Arn / MacRumors:
Will Apple's Tablet Actually Be Called the iPad?  New Trademarks Filed This Week  —  A lot has been said about the rumored Apple tablet, and after evidence was discovered that Apple was interested in the name “iSlate”, many have adopted that as the most likely name for Apple's new device.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
‘Minor issues’ could delay $999 Apple tablet availability till June - report  —  While Apple's tablet is still expected to see a formal introduction at a media event next week, issues with battery life and durability could result in a June launch, an analyst said Tuesday.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who's Joining Steve Jobs for the Tablet Launch Next Week?  —  Now that Apple's tablet debut date is officially, officially confirmed (old news for All Things Digital readers), we can move on to the next round of speculation.  For instance: Which media partners will Steve Jobs be working with when this thing launches?
TechCrunch:
Apple's Secret Cloud Strategy And Why Lala Is Critical  —  This is a guest post from Michael Robertson, a 12-year veteran of the digital music business.  He is the founder and former CEO of digital music pioneer MP3.com.  He is currently the CEO of music locker company MP3tunes.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Microsoft to Launch Zune Phone in Two Months?  —  Microsoft has long claimed that its mobile strategy is to provide a software solution, not devices.  As Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told attendees of a McGraw-Hill (MHP) media conference last spring: … That being the case …
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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 …
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Google scraps China cell phone launch amid dispute  —  Buzz up!  —  BEIJING - Google on Tuesday postponed the launch of two mobile phones in China, adding to the potential commercial fallout of its dispute with Beijing over Internet censorship and e-mail hacking.
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Reuters:
U.S. has met with China on Internet freedom: official
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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.
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Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Erase Search Records After Six Months  —  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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Report: 44% Of Google News Visitors Scan Headlines, Don't Click Through  —  Research firm Outsell has published its third annual News Users' report, which is based on a survey about the online and offline news preferences of 2,787 US news consumers.  —  The Outsell report unsurprisingly predicts ongoing …
Lauren Goode / Digits:
H-P Testing a Touchless “Wall of Touch”  —  Hewlett-Packard is testing out a new design of its TouchSmart technology that doesn't actually require customers to touch the screen. … The new design, called the “wall of touch”, is an interactive touch screen wall comprised of up to nine 43 inch to 46 inch …
Discussion: Maximum PC and Engadget
AppleInsider:
Apple updates Boot Camp with Windows 7 support  —  Apple on Tuesday updated its Boot Camp software and issued new drivers and utilities to allow users to run Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 7.  The Mac maker also issued its first security update of 2010, addressing 12 vulnerabilities.
Discussion: Macworld, Zero Day, TidBITS and The Loop
Agence France Presse:
US IT brands may be gone in 20 years: Acer founder  —  TAIPEI — US computer brands may be gone in 20 years' time due to an inability to produce the low-priced PCs the market demands, the Taiwanese founder of computer maker Acer was quoted as saying Tuesday.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
State Of The #Twittersphere: User Growth Slows Down To 3.5% Per Month  —  Marketing software startup HubSpot has put together its third ‘State of the Twittersphere’ report, which is based on an analysis of more than 5 million Twitter accounts and 6 million tweets, collected by the company's free Twitter Grader tool.
Steven Baker / The Official Google Blog:
Helping computers understand language  —  An irony of computer science is that tasks humans struggle with can be performed easily by computer programs, but tasks humans can perform effortlessly remain difficult for computers.  We can write a computer program to beat the very best human chess players …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Matt Cutts
Telegraph:
Tablet computers will sell in their millions this year claims Deloitte  —  Tens of millions of tablet computers could be sold this year, kick-starting a £600 million industry, business advisory firm Deloitte has predicted.  —  Deloitte's annual Technology, Media and Telecommunications …
Peter Parkes / Skype Blogs:
Skype's share of international calling minutes jumps 50%  —  New data released by TeleGeography shows that Skype's share of international calling minutes has jumped to 12%, a 50% increase on last year's figure of 8%.  ‘The volume of traffic routed via Skype is growing at an astonishing pace’ …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
How To Hide From Google  —  Hacker Moxie Marlinspike debuts a tool for using Google services while foiling its data collection techniques.  —  Google offers Web users a simple trade-off: Let the search giant track a substantial portion of your comings and goings around the Web, and it will offer you a free, superior online experience.
Discussion: The Register
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Motoroi coming to USA in March  —  Well, isn't this a novelty?  The well practiced skill of lusting after Korean gear from afar won't be necessary with Motorola's latest Android 2.0 handset, as we're hearing the Motoroi is headed to US shelves this March.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / PEG on Tech:
Why Tumblr is kicking Posterous's ass  —  Tumblr and Posterous are the two most prominent “tumblogging” sites, i.e. sites that make blogging more straightforward by making it easier to post media.  Both were launched within six months.  —  But now Tumblr has been an Alexa Top 100 site for a while and is still growing strong.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
WatchMouse Monitors 26 Popular APIs So You Don't Have To  —  Website monitoring startup WatchMouse is launching a new service dubbed API-status.com today, a website that displays realtime availability and performance of popular, public APIs.  —  The lists of monitored APIs consists of 26 …
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Analyst: Intel Netbook growth to slow
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter goldrush on the way. Old usernames to be released
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft confirms SQL Server 2008 R2's May due date
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New York Times:
Software Firms Fear Hackers Who Leave No Trace
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
One Third of U.S. Internet Users Now Post Status Updates Once per Week
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How The New York Times Should Charge For Content
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
How the iPhone built the mobile ad market, even as the rest of the economy tanked
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