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10:05 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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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.
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 …
Discussion: PC World
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.
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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Caroline Gabriel / Rethink Wireless:
China Unicom delays Android launches amid Google row
Discussion: Associated Press
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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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
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
Microsoft: Switch from IE and your risk increases  —  IE8 still better than Firefox, says MS  —  Microsoft's Head of Security and Privacy in the UK has told TechRadar that people who jump ship from Internet Explorer after the recent spate of bad headlines risk ending up on a less secure browser.
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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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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
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: Screenwerk, A VC and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Doc Searls Weblog:
Can we have some first sources, please?  —  One of the things that drives me nuts about stories on the Web is absent links to first sources.  —  Two examples: this piece by Nate anderson in Ars Technica and this one by Greg Sandoval in BX.BusinessWeek.  Both report on briefs filed by the MPAA and the RIAA with the FCC.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Verizon unveils new FiOS bundles with symmetrical 35Mbps pipes, heftier ETFs  —  As expected, Verizon is rolling out a new line of FiOS bundles for this perennially broadband-starved nation, and bumping up its early termination fees in the process.  The traditional ETF for the installation-heavy service …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Updated: 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 …
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.
Louis Gray:
Abuzz Launches Social Media Search App for iPhone  —  As social media activity becomes an increasing portion of companies' marketing focus, including finding new clients and tracking company brands or product mentions across the Web, a virtual industry of reputation and analytics firms …
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 …
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
EU Poised to Approve Oracle-Sun Deal
Discussion: The Register and Softpedia News
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Jivox video ads get social and interactive
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Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
China Details Homemade Supercomputer Plans
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
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Google re-ranking and personalized search study
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 Earlier Items: 
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
MTV Games Seeks Buzz for ‘Rock Band’
Electronista:
Garmin GPS units get bird's eye imagery
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Rumored HTC tablet project both confirmed and suspended in one fell swoop
Discussion: Channel News and Pocket-lint
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Facebook Privacy Debate: What You Need to Know
Discussion: MediaPost, iPlot, @vanelsas and Rough Type
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Not Flattered By Yelp Check-Ins
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment
Emily Geminder / New York Observer:
Google Gobbles 57K More Feet in Taconic's 111 Eighth
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
The rising importance of cross-platform applications