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11:45 AM ET, January 19, 2010

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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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Will Next Week's Apple Event Finally Bring Background Apps To The iPhone?  —  This morning, after many months of rampant speculation over the enigmatic Tablet, Apple officially invited scores of press to a special media event to be held January 27.  The debut of the Tablet seems …
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.
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:
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who's Joining Steve Jobs for the Tablet Launch Next Week?
Discussion: AppleInsider, Electronista and Kotaku
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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Fred / A VC:
The Tug Of War Between M&A and VC
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Google scraps China cell phone launch amid dispute  —  Buzz up!  —  BEIJING - Google on Tuesday postponed the launch of its mobile phone in China, adding to the potential commercial fallout of its dispute with Beijing over Internet censorship and e-mail hacking.
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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 European Union privacy regulators.
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
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple responsible for 99.4% of mobile app sales in 2009 (Updated)
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 …
Discussion: BBC, Internet2Go and GottaBeMobile.com
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Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
Microsoft: Switch from IE and your risk increases
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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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’ …
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 …
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Malatesta / WMExperts:
Windows Mobile 7: What we expect and what we are hearing
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.
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.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Payments Startup Boku Lands $25 Million In Funding; Rebrands Service As Paymo  —  Mobile payments for micro-transactions on the web are steadily gaining traction.  This morning, the space received more validation as several prominent venture capital firms made a significant a investment …
Discussion: MediaMemo and VentureBeat
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.
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
How the iPhone built the mobile ad market, even as the rest of the economy tanked  —  Even as the global advertising industry entered a significant contraction last winter, the nascent mobile ad market started heating up.  —  Why?  Credit the iPhone.  —  First, publishers …
 
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MediaPost:
FTC Probes Facebook's EPIC Privacy Fail
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Twitter's First Conference Coming April 14th?  Twitter's #1 User Says So
Discussion: The Web Life
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
EU Poised to Approve Oracle-Sun Deal
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
Louis Gray:
Abuzz Launches Social Media Search App for iPhone
Doc Searls Weblog:
Can we have some first sources, please?
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Jivox video ads get social and interactive
Discussion: Screenwerk and TechCrunch
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
China Details Homemade Supercomputer Plans
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Don't Laugh At SMS Games: Snackable Media Sold $170 Million Worth Of Them Last Year
Discussion: www.pocketgamer.biz and IntoMobile
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. to Acquire StyleFeeder
David Harry / HuoMah SEO Blog:
Google re-ranking and personalized search study
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
MTV Games Seeks Buzz for ‘Rock Band’