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12:15 AM ET, January 22, 2010

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources detail physical design of Apple's upcoming tablet device  —  When Apple finally takes the wraps off its long-anticipated tablet next Wednesday, the device will strike a familiar chord with owners of the original iPhone, with similarities in industrial design trickling …
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
New Tablet Details: Twin Dock Connectors, a Big Antenna Panel, and Pricing Q's  —  So yesterday, I promised on Twitter that there would be a tablet-related update today.  Here are a couple of late-breaking, interesting details that we've had double-confirmed by sources.  —  (a) Double Dock Connectors.
Clayton Morris / Fox News:
Verizon, AT&T May Carry Apple Tablet  —  Which wireless carrier will offer Apple's soon-to-be-released mystery device?  Will it be Verizon?  AT&T?  The answer, according to sources at the two companies, is both.
Retrevo blogs:
A Blank Check for a Blank Slate?  —  Retrevo Pulse Report on the Apple Tablet  —  There is pretty strong consensus that we'll soon see an Apple media device with a 10-inch touchscreen that runs iPhone apps or Mac OS apps.  The big questions are, will anyone actually want one of these devices …
Joshelman / Twitter Blog:
The Power of Suggestions  —  Hi, I'm Josh and I work in the product team at Twitter.  One of the areas I'm working on is helping new users get started so they know how to find and discover what interests them.  Today we're making the first of many changes here to help people ease …
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Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
Suggestion engines: the web directory is back  —  Ever since the information superhighway has existed, web developers have tried to build the perfect roadmaps for people to find compelling content.  Yahoo started it, Google copied them, but there hasn't been any true visions of a web directory in a long time.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Revamps SUL, Switches To Categorized Suggestions With No Mass-Following
Discussion: The Next Web
Jonathan Heiliger / Facebook Blog:
Breaking Ground on Our First Custom Data Center  —  We have come a long way from our roots in a Harvard dorm room, when Facebook was only available at some colleges and run on a single server.  Now with more than 350 million people worldwide and our service and business continuing to grow …
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:   Microsoft's 'Don't Be Evil' Dilemma
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Beats Estimates With Very Strong Q4: $6.67 Billion  —  Google posted a very strong Q4, given the recession, with $6.67 billion in revenues.  This beats financial analyst general consensus estimates.  Here are some top-level highlights from the earnings release:
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Melissa Shapiro / The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Delivers Firefox 3.6 to Millions of Users  —  Mozilla, a public-benefit organization dedicated to promoting choice and innovation on the Web, today released Firefox® 3.6, an update to its popular, free and open source Web browser.  The latest version of Firefox introduces cutting-edge features …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Meet The New YouTube: Less Clutter, Easier Search, And No More Stars  —  YouTube is on a roll.  Last night, the world's largest video site rolled out HTML5 support, its first video rentals, and even a nifty music feature called Disco.  Today, it's making an even bigger change …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Sun CEO: Go Oracle!  [Internal Memo]  —  Oracle (ORCL) said this morning that it has received unconditional regulatory approval from the European Commission for its acquisition of Sun (JAVA).  Below, the all-hands memo Sun CEO Jon Schwartz sent to employees following the announcement.
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Joab Jackson / PC World:
Java's Future Uncertain Under Oracle Grip
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Don't Expect HTML5 to Overtake Flash Anytime Soon  —  YouTube made a bit of noise yesterday with the introduction of a new video player that uses HTML5 standard, which (in theory) could enable browsers to render video without an installed plugin like Adobe's Flash player.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Macworld
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Jackson West / NBC Bay Area:
Oracle Executive's Eight-Year Affair Splashed on Billboards  —  Website proclaims love between co-president Charles Phillips and woman other than his wife  —  Oracle co-president Charles E. Phillips is a handsome dude.  According to a recent magazine profile, he has a lovely wife, Karen Phillips, and son Chas.
Los Angeles Times:
At Hulu, ‘free’ may soon turn into ‘fee’  —  The video website, launched by studios to distribute TV shows over the Internet without charge, now is considering ways to draw revenue, including charging for some episodes of popular shows.  —  Hulu soared to popularity by offering free online viewing of popular TV shows.
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Andrew Hyde / Startups. Start Here.:
Committing Location Based Service Suicide  —  Yesterday I checked in for my last time.  I'm done.  No more BrightKite, FourSquare or Gowalla.  I was an early user on all three of the services, and am quitting cold turkey.  —  But why? (and why would anyone care...)
Discussion: /Message, Thanks:atul
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Bing / Search Blog:
Cooking up a storm with Bing Recipes  —  After watching Julie and Julia I think everyone might have a little bit of Julia Child inside of them somewhere (even Stefan...who would've thought he had an apron with his name on it).  So when you find yourself looking for that new recipe to whip …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows Mobile devs to Microsoft: where's our money?  —  Over at the Windows Mobile Developer Center, a few Windows Mobile developers are up in arms for not getting paid.  Some claim they are owed thousands of dollars after selling their apps through Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google or Not, Motorola Pushes Forward on Android in China  —  If Google follows through on its threat to leave China, Motorola is ready to adapt.  —  On Thursday, Motorola said it would introduce an online store in China where users could download applications to run on phones powered by Google's Android software.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
With an Eye on the iPad, Condé Nast Declares Its $39,000 iPhone Magazine a “Success”  —  Some early numbers from Condé Nast's first attempt to create a digital version of one of its magazines: The publisher says it sold 6,614 copies of the December issue of GQ via iTunes, and some 12,000 copies of the January issue.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Spencer E. Ante / Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Talk With McGraw-Hill, Hachette for Books on Tablet Computer  —  Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. is in talks with McGraw- Hill Cos. and Hachette Book Group to include educational and trade titles on its tablet computer, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Web sites must support IPv6 by 2012, expert warns  —  ARIN CEO urges content developers to add IPv6 or risk losing traffic  —  Corporations and government agencies must IPv6-enable their public-facing Web sites in the next 24 months or risk upsetting a growing number of visitors with lower-grade connectivity.
John Temple / TEMPLE TALK:
I'm moving to Honolulu to become the first editor of Peer News  —  I'm moving to Paradise.  For a dream job.  —  Today Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman of eBay, announced that I'm going to become the first editor of Peer News, a Honolulu-based local news service that will produce original …
 
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Ars Technica