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1:00 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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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 …
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.
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.
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 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.
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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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 …
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Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
Microsoft: Switch from IE and your risk increases
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, GottaBeMobile.com and Internet2Go
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’ …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Patrick Garratt / VG247:
Rumour - PS3 Motion Controller is called Arc [Update]  —  VG247 has it on good authority that Sony has named its PS3 Motion Controller “Arc”.  —  The information comes from a concrete source speaking under conditions of strict anonymity.  —  Sony has never said what the wand-based system is to be called …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Twitter's First Conference Coming April 14th?  Twitter's #1 User Says So  —  If you're hoping to go to Twitter's first-ever developers conference, Chirp, you might like to know when it's scheduled for, right?  Twitter hasn't publicly announced the date, but we wanted to know so that we didn't schedule …
Discussion: The Web Life
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
FreeAllMusic Strikes Deal With EMI For Ad-Supported Downloads  —  We recently wrote about ad-sponsored digital music download service FreeAllMusic.com's deal with Universal Music to let anyone download music from the record label's artists, which include Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Jay Sean.
Discussion: CNET News and Search Engine Watch
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Avast - the world's most popular free antivirus - version 5.0 now available for download  —  I figured the big day was nearly at hand when checking Google Pack for the switch to Avast - the spherical ‘a’ logo was orange instead of the blue which accompanied version 4.
 
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Cisco Shows New Approach to Streaming Video
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
EU Poised to Approve Oracle-Sun Deal
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