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11:15 AM ET, January 20, 2010

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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web Site  —  The New York Times announced Wednesday that it intended to charge frequent readers for access to its Web site, a step being debated across the industry that nearly every major newspaper has so far feared to take.
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
NYC: Apple in 11th hour ‘tablet’ meetings with leading US book publishers  —  Apple negotiators are in New York this week for a series of eleventh hour “secret” iSlate-related meetings with leading US book publishers, reports The Bookseller.  —  The report suggests publishers are attempting …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Verizon To Get iPhone 4G In June, Canaccord Says  —  It's become a tradition at Apple (AAPL) product launch events for CEO Steve Jobs to save some extra juicy bit for very end, which he typically provides after reviewing all of the other day's news, using the phase, “one more thing.”
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Business Week:
Apple, Microsoft Discuss Giving Bing Top iPhone Billing  —  Amid an accelerating rivalry with Google, Apple is discussing ways to make Bing the default search engine on the iPhone  —  In 2003, when Apple said its iTunes music software would work on PCs using the Windows software of its age-old rival …
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Ian Paul / PC World:
Bing to Become the iPhone's Default Search Engine?
Discussion: AppleInsider
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Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Coming soon: Boxee Payments  —  Users want to see more content on Boxee.  Content owners want to be paid for what they produce (whether that's TV Shows, movies, music, or applications).  We don't believe these are conflicting interests.  —  This is why we plan to release a Payment Platform …
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Boxee Plans New Pay Wall For Summer; Will Keep Less Than 30 Percent Of Rev Split  —  As Boxee prepares to roll out its branded set-top box, the streaming-music company is trying to sign up content owners for its first “payment platform” to be unveiled this summer.
Discussion: Download Squad
Dave Cole / The White House Blog:
WhiteHouse.gov: Anywhere  —  Today, we're excited to announce the new White House App available for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.  The White House App delivers dynamic content from WhiteHouse.gov to the palm of your hand.  —  One feature that stands out is live video streaming.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon gives publishers a bigger royalty cut for Kindle; Apple Tablet defense?  —  Amazon on Wednesday outlined a new royalty option for its Kindle platform where authors and publishers can get 70 percent of list price net of delivery costs.  There are a few catches in the royalty package …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Fires Missile At Book Industry, Launches 70% Kindle Royalty Option (AMZN)
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Jaikumar Vijayan / Network World:
Military contractors targeted in Chinese attacks, says F-Secure  —  Attacks followed apparent China-based hacks targeting Google, other tech firms  —  The targeted cyberattacks apparently originating in China that hit Google and more than 30 other companies late last year are now targeting …
Discussion: BaltTech
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Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
If Your Kids Are Awake, They're Probably Online  —  The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Opera Buys Mobile Ad Startup AdMarvel For $8M In Cash Plus A $15M Earnout  —  This morning, Norwegian browser maker Opera Software announced that it has agreed to acquire AdMarvel, a small privately-held mobile advertising company based in San Mateo, California.
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Sues TiVo Over Two Patents Related to Video Programs  —  Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. sued TiVo Inc. alleging infringement of patents for a system that displays programmable information and a secure method for buying and delivering video programs.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
ViVu Launches Video Collaboration Plug-In For Skype  —  ViVu, an online video conferencing platform, has launched an easy to use plug-in that enables multi-user video conferencing on Skype (which has over 521 million users).  Called VuRoom, the plug-in allows users to video conference …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Between the Lines
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
feature: Google talks Chrome OS, HTML5, and the future of software  —  On the last day of November, 2009, after the initial rush of excitement around Google's Chrome OS launch had quieted a bit, Ryan Paul and I sat down with Matthew Papakipos, the engineering director for the Chrome OS project, and Eitan Bencuya, from Google PR.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
BumpTop brings 3D, physics to Mac desktop  —  The creative and attractive desktop replacement app BumpTop is coming to the Mac.  Launched last year on Windows, and a CNET Download Best of 2009 app, BumpTop makes desktop items act more like they're physical.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The iPhone & the Lack of Voice Over 3G: Alternative Theory  —  Apple and AT&T have come under continued criticism for not allowing VoIP over today's 3G mobile broadband connections when using the iPhone.  So much so that the matter got the attention of the FCC back in August, leading to explanations from Apple and Ma Bell.
Laura Rich / Fast Company:
Why You Should Start a Company in... New York  —  It used to be, if you were serious about starting a tech company, you went to Silicon Valley.  But emerging entrepreneurial hubs around the country are giving startup aspirants options.  In this series, we talk to leading figures in those communities about what makes them tick.
 
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Sim Simeonov / Xconomy:
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India's SMS GupShup Raises $12 Million For Twitter-Like Social Network
Richard Lai / Engadget:
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
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 Earlier Items: 
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Want to Know Where Your Neighbors Are Spending Their Money?
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google's multitouch dilemma
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Valued At $14 Billion On SecondMarket
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Hundreds of Network Solutions Sites Hacked
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Lockheed Martin introduces ‘PC on a stick’ flash drive — yes, Lockheed Martin
Discussion: Softpedia News and Newlaunches.com