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8:05 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
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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 …
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
Discussion: Googling Google and Mashable!
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: Silicon Alley Insider and A VC, Thanks:atul
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 …
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
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Jivox video ads get social and interactive  —  Video ad network Jivox is the latest online ad companies t0 look beyond run-of-the-mill video commercials to offer something a little more interactive.  The startup says it's adding social and interactive features to its do-it-yourself ad creator.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
China Details Homemade Supercomputer Plans  —  The machine will use an unfashionable chip design.  —  It's official: China's next supercomputer, the petascale Dawning 6000, will be constructed exclusively with home-grown microprocessors.  Weiwu Hu, chief architect of the Loongson …
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Don't Laugh At SMS Games: Snackable Media Sold $170 Million Worth Of Them Last Year  —  There is no doubt that the iPhone and iPod Touch are glitzy game machines (just check out the ads for the IPod Touch).  But don't underestimate the reach and earning power of apps based on the lowly text message.
Discussion: www.pocketgamer.biz and IntoMobile
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
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 …
 
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Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Cut Time Internet Search Addresses Are Held to Meet EU Rules
Discussion: New York Times and Search Blog
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
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 WMPoweruser.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Facebook Privacy Debate: What You Need to Know
Discussion: iPlot, @vanelsas, MediaPost and Rough Type
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Companies Fight Endless War Against Computer Attacks
Discussion: Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Acrobat.com Mobile now available on the iPhone; free, but expensive
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
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Tony Adam:
foursquare: The arrival of the location based business “game”
Thanks:atul
Kim Thai / Brainstorm Tech:
Ringtones' requiem  —  Customized cellphone rings are so 2004.
Discussion: Electronista and ringtonia.com