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2:45 PM ET, January 25, 2010

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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Publishers talk about Apple's tablet  —  We had a chance to speak with a few friends in the publishing business last week.  Both work in Manhattan for companies not previously quoted by the Wall St. Journal or Bloomberg but who were recently contacted by Apple with tablet information in the past two weeks.
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Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Rumored Apple iPad advertisment surfaces  —  Just days before Apple's special event, a possible tablet advertisement has surfaced according to French blog NoWhereElse.fr. The video, now posted on YouTube (and embedded below), looks genuine but many commenters, including myself, are a bit dubious.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Overheard: Steve Jobs Says Apple Tablet “Will Be The Most Important Thing I've Ever Done.”  —  “This will be the most important thing I've ever done” - Steve Jobs, referring to the soon-to-be-launched Apple Tablet.  —  We haven't heard this first hand, but we've heard it multiple times second …
Alan Long / Hitwise Intelligence:
The Apple Tablet - iWonder!
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Peter Farago / blog.flurry.com:
Apple Tablet: The Second Stage Media Booster Rocket  —  Insights from Tracking 200 Apps Across 50 Apple Tablets in Testing  —  Using Flurry Analytics, the company identified approximately 50 devices that match the characteristics of Apple's rumored tablet device.
Nick Baum / The Official Google Blog:
Extensions, bookmark sync and more for Google Chrome  —  Today we're excited to introduce a new stable release of Google Chrome for Windows, which includes two of the browser's most frequently requested features: extensions and bookmark sync.  —  Extensions let you add new features and functions to your browser.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
CTO Cahall Out - As AOL Buys a Video Platform Company for $36.5 Million and Opens NY Tech Center (Press Releases, Memos - Natch!)  —  While AOL denied last week a report last week suggesting that he was leaving, CTO Ted Cahall is actually, um, leaving.  —  Oops!
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost:   AOL Acquires StudioNow, Will Merge It With Seed.com
Christopher Blizzard:
HTML5 video and H.264 - what history tells us and why we're standing with the web  —  For background on the free software angle on this story please check out Robert O'Callahan's post on this topic.  Also check out Mike Shaver's shorter background post as well.
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Will Idealism be Firefox's Downfall?
Discussion: CNET News
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Some SEO Advice For Bill Gates  —  What do you get for Bill Gates, the richest person in the world?  How about a little free SEO advice for his new blog?  It could use some.  —  Bill, I went looking for your blog today on Google.  Sorry, like many people, I have a habit of using that search engine first.
Discussion: Computerworld, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Who Needs iTunes? doubleTwist Partners With T-Mobile, Now Bundled On Some Android Phones  —  Big news for doubleTwist, the iTunes alternative that allows you to manage media for hundreds of devices, including Android phones, the Palm Pre, and BlackBerry.  Tomorrow, the company will announce …
Chris Gourlay / Times of London:
OMG: brains can't handle all our Facebook friends  —  WE may be able to amass 5,000 friends on Facebook but humans' brains are capable of managing a maximum of only 150 friendships, a study has found.  —  Robin Dunbar, professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University …
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Visualize Dissent: Turkish Users Protest Censorship Using Google Maps  —  Internet users in Turkey have found an interesting visualization to highlight their numbers, connect with one another, air their grievances and hopefully reach their goals using Google Maps and shared documents.
Mary Childs / Bloomberg:
Apple May Allow All U.S. Carriers to Sell IPhone  —  Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. may release the iPhone to all U.S. wireless carriers in the next 18 months, doubling or tripling the number of devices sold, said Tim Horan, a telecommunications analyst at Oppenheimer & Co.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Bloomberg
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Factery Labs' New Fact Engine: Just What Real-Time Search Needs  —  Not a month goes by without someone launching a new real-time search engine; but after trying out most of them, there are few I use on a regular basis.  Factery Labs is about to change that with today's launch of its real-time fact engine at 1:00 pm ET.
Discussion: TechCrunch, CNET News and MediaPost
Bloomberg:
Acer to Offer Applications Store, E-Book Reader This Year to Boost Profit  —  Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — Acer Inc., the world's second- largest computer vendor, plans to boost profitability to the highest since 2004 by offering an online applications store and its first electronic book reader by mid-year.
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Chinese human rights sites hit by DDoS attack  —  IDG News Service - Five Web sites run by Chinese human rights activists were attacked by hackers over the weekend, as a separate row continued between Google and China over political cyberattacks.  —  The Web site of Chinese Human Rights Defenders …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Revealed!  Facebook's Plan To Double Its Revenues  —  Starting as soon as sometime this week, the 75 million monthly active users playing Zynga's FarmVille will have a new way to buy virtual tractors and seeds; they'll be able to “Pay With Facebook.”  —  With 25 million daily active users …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
StockTwits Acquires Abnormal Returns, Creates Real Time Financial News Hub  —  StockTwits, a real time platform for the sharing of information around financial markets, has made it's second acquisition - a financial news site called Abnormal Returns, founded by Tadas Viskanta.
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Blu-ray players to dominate by 2013 - In-Stat  —  Wandering the aisles of my local Costco at the weekend, I spotted a Sony networked Blu-ray player on sale at $110, $70 off.  —  Blu-ray players are much more affordable now, starting around $150, so $110 was quite a bargain and an indication …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
‘ScamVille’ Lawsuit Against Facebook Dropped  —  California resident Rebecca Swift has withdrawn her lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly profiting from so-called “scam ads” that appeared in gaming applications created by Zynga, an outside developer.  Swift is continuing to pursue …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LivePerson To Acquire Web Analytics Startup NuConomy For $3 Million  —  We've written several times about Israeli startup NuConomy's compelling analytics offerings that aim to help publishers, advertisers and users better understand and engage with the social web.
Discussion: paidContent
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Social media is finally about the media  —  What does the maelstrom of hype around the launch of Apple's tablet device have in common with Google's announcement that select Sundance Film Festival titles will be available for rent on YouTube, or Digg founder Kevin Rose's comments …
Jack Marshall / ClickZ:
TweetDeck Launches ‘JobDeck,’ Teaming Up with Twitter Job Search Engine  —  TwitJobSearch, a Twitter-based real-time job search engine, has partnered with TweetDeck to launch a dedicated desktop client dubbed JobDeck.  The application uses the same technology as the TwitJobSearch site …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
 
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Ericsson slashing 1,500 more jobs amid restructuring
Discussion: mocoNews, Bloomberg and CNET News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Dan Abrams Expands Mediaite Empire With Geek Culture News Site Geekosystem
Cedric Giorgi / TechCrunch Europe:
Deezer rides a doozy of a storm as CEO is ousted by investors
Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera / San Francisco Chronicle:
‘Fatal System Error’ has insight on cybercrime
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
ARM-Based Mobile PCs to Outsell Intel Systems in 2013: ABI
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Hunter Skipworth / Telegraph:
The myth of the Sony ‘kill switch’
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Katie Scott / Wired.co.uk:
Artwork selling itself on eBay
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The Huffington Post:
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Ben Metcalfe Blog:
Something fishy going on with Kindle free bestseller ebooks?