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10:45 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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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
‘Minor issues’ could delay $999 Apple tablet availability 'til 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.
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.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Bill Gates Joins Twitter - Uses The Web Interface  —  Bill Gates has joined Twitter and is tweeting away using the web interface.  —  Twitter employee @caroline has confirmed this.  —  Of course, Bill Gates is the famed man from Microsoft who brought us a talking paperclip and Windows 1.0 pillow cases, if you remember that far back.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Bill Gates Rejoins Facebook, Gives Twitter A Try Too
Discussion: The Next Web
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 Markoff / New York Times:
Evidence Found for Chinese Attack on Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — An American computer security researcher has found what he says he believes is strong evidence of the digital fingerprints of Chinese authors in the software programs used in attacks against Google.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Hopes to Retain Business Unit in China
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google puts China cell phones on hold amid dispute
Reuters:
U.S. has met with China on Internet freedom: official
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Lockheed Martin introduces ‘PC on a stick’ flash drive — yes, Lockheed Martin  —  Our coverage of Lockheed Martin here on Engadget normally focus on things like laser weapons or futuristic airships, but it looks like the mega-defense company is now trying its hand as something a little closer to home for us …
Discussion: Maximum PC
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and broadstuff
Royal Pingdom:
The Internet is about to get a lot safer  —  DNS, the Domain Name System, is one of the major pillars of the Internet.  It's a critical service, and without it we would all have to use IP addresses instead of handy domain names like “Pingdom.com” when we want to visit websites, send emails, and so on.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Twitter goldrush on the way.  Old usernames to be released  —  Twitter tells us it is planning to release all of its old, neglected usernames from inactive accounts for others to grab - and some of them are bound to be in big demand.  —  Many early users of the service picked up short usernames …
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
Max Chafkin / inc.com:
You've Been Yelped  —  Yelp, the rambunctious and burgeoning customer-review website, can make or break a small business.  It can also drive a business owner slightly insane.  —  On October 30, 2009, Diane Goodman logged on to Yelp.com.  Like many business owners in cities across the country …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
One Third of U.S. Internet Users Now Post Status Updates Once per Week  —  A third of all Internet users in the U.S. now post status updates on social networking services like Twitter and Facebook at least once per week.  According to new data from Forrester Research, more than half of what the report calls …
Discussion: Groundswell, GigaOM, Digits and 901am
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Stephanie N. Mehta / Brainstorm Tech:   Memo to the boss: Twitter's not a time suck
Maisie Ramsay / Wireless Week:
Verizon Cuts Devices From $350 ETF List  —  Verizon Wireless has discretely cut ten handsets from its list of devices subject to a $350 Early Termination Fee (ETF).  No official annoucement has been made on the change, but the carrier's list of so-called “Advanced Devices” …
Bing / Search Blog:
Bing Autosuggest - Keeping You Current  —  Over the past couple months the Bing team has been working hard to make your search journey a bit easier.  One of the ways we have tried to do that is through improvements to autosuggest.  Autosuggest helps you get to results faster by suggesting words …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
New York Times:
Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The crown jewels of Google, Cisco Systems or any other technology company are the millions of lines of programming instructions, known as source code, that make its products run.  —  If hackers could steal those key instructions and copy them …
Joe Marchese / MediaPost:
Why Conan O'Brien Can't Go Just Internet — Yet  —  This post in 140 characters or less: Conan can't go direct to Internet, because we can't figure out how to pay him http://bit.ly/4fL8V (via @joemarchese)  —  Conan's fans love him.  When Conan resurfaces with his new show …
 
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Bing Maps Goes Silverlight
Don Clark / Digits:
Firefox Soars on Germany's Browser Warning
Discussion: CNET News and eWeek
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
2010 CIO priorities shift to lightweight services, virtualization
Discussion: eWeek and Between the Lines
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Analyst: Intel Netbook growth to slow
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
An eat-able, tweetable sweet treat
Discussion: Mashable! and Fast Wonder
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Sony Memory Stick with Transfer Jet Technology Introduced in Japan
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Microsoft to Cut Time Internet Search Addresses Are Held to Meet EU Rules
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yelp Taking Big Investment From Elevation Partners
Discussion: A VC, SiliconBeat and Search Engine Journal, Thanks:atul