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New York Times:
With Apple Tablet, Print Media Hope for a Payday  —  Correction Appended  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With the widely anticipated introduction of a tablet computer at an event here on Wednesday morning, Apple may be giving the media industry a kind of time machine — a chance to undo mistakes of the past.
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Charles Golvin / paidContent:
Three Things Apple Needs To Do To Make Its Tablet A Breakthrough Device  —  The din of rumor and the clamor of speculation inspired by Apple's expected announcement is about to peak.  We're all convinced this tomorrow's “one other thing” will be some kind of magical tablet device.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Apple Tablet May Come With A Barnes & Noble Bookstore  —  Of all the rumors swirling around the Apple Tablet expected to be announced on Wednesday, the one most everyone can agree on is that it will be used as a full color electronic reader which will put Amazon's Kindle to shame.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:   McGraw-Hill CEO Confirms Apple Tablet, iPhone OS Based, Going to Be “Terrific”
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Developers: the Apple tablet press announcements start
Discussion: Softpedia News, Bits and SiliconANGLE, Thanks:scobleizer
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google releases new Google Voice for iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc unveiled a new version of its Internet phone service on Tuesday in its latest effort to bypass Apple Inc's gatekeepers and make Google Voice a popular service on the iPhone.
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Hands-on with Google Voice for the iPhone  —  Google Voice just got a little better on the iPhone, thanks a new Web site for iPhone users, google.com/voice/m.  As iPhone users will painfully recall, Apple last year rejected Google's iPhone-native Google Voice app, leaving those who wanted …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Updated Zune software drivers hints at Zune “Phone”  —  Coinciding with the scheduled Zune.net maintenance today, a new Zune software update was also released (version 4.2.202.0 for those playing along at home).  What might appear as just a regular software update is actually hiding a very big secret.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Walmart Says It Has “No Plans” To Carry The Nexus One (GOOG, WMT)  —  Maybe Google's Nexus One won't be coming to Walmart after all.  —  Earlier today we noted that the Nexus One was featured on Walmart's wireless site.  —  According to Walmart, that was a mistake.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Walmart greeters will soon welcome you to a Nexus One with Sprint …
Andy Brett / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Hacked  —  As some people noticed, at approximately 10:30 pm PST on Monday evening the main site in the TechCrunch Network - techcrunch.com - was hacked and redirected.  The site was back up briefly at 11:30 pm but shortly went down again.  As of 2:00 am, the site is back up and appears to be stable.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Report: Attackers sent Google workers IMs from ‘friends’  —  People behind the China-based online attacks of Google and other companies looked up key employees on social networks and contacted them pretending to be their friends to get the workers to click on links leading to malware, according to a published report on Monday.
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The LinkedIn Blog:
A better way to browse your LinkedIn connections  —  As a company that's based on the mantra “Relationships Matter”; we want to make it easier than ever for you to find, organize and stay in touch with your business connections.  Over the next few weeks, you will start seeing improvements …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Sydney Morning Herald:
Oh dear: Google flagged over logo dispute  —  Before and after ...  (above) Jessie Du's winning logo, (below) the altered version that appeared online.  —  An Australia Day artwork by student Jessie Du will be viewed by millions on Google's home page today but one feature of her original design …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Facebook Investors: No 2010 IPO for Facebook  —  The two major investors in Facebook, speaking today at DLD in Munich, put a line in the sand: read their lips, no IPO for the company in 2010.  Both Jim Breyer of Accel Partners, and Yuri Milner of DST said on stage that they are in no hurry …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Justin.tv makes it easier to start streaming  —  It's not spring yet, but Justin.tv is cleaning house.  On Tuesday the video host is rolling out a new version of its broadcasting tool that makes it easier to get a live video stream going.  —  According to the company …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
FCC Probes Google, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, And Verizon On Early Termination Fees  —  The FCC has just sent letters inquiring about Early Termination Fees to each of the major wireless carriers in the United States — AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless — and one outlier: Google.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
After Three Months, Only 35 Subscriptions for Newsday's Web Site  —  In late October, Newsday, the Long Island daily that the Dolans bought for $650 million, put its web site, newsday.com, behind a pay wall.  The paper was one of the first non-business newspapers to take the plunge by putting up a pay wall …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Google: Nexus One 3G issues result of poor coverage, bugs; patch possibly within a week  —  Looks like Google's investigation into the crappy 3G claims on the Nexus One are winding down, and it's a one-two combo of good news and bad news.  First, the bad: preliminary findings suggest …
Ina Steiner / AuctionBytes.com:
eBay Announces Fee Changes, Will Eliminate Store Format  —  As anticipated, eBay will eliminate its Store Inventory format and has introduced a new pricing structure effective March 30, 2010.  There will be one Fixed Price format on eBay - listings in the current Stores Inventory Format …
Associated Press:
Yahoo 4Q earnings top analyst views as slump eases  —  Yahoo's revenue slide eases in 4Q, lifting earnings above analyst expectations  —  Companies:  —  AP - FILE - In this July 29, 2009 file photo, a sign outside Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. is ...  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange
Discussion: BoomTown
John Crawley / Reuters:
U.S. bans “texting” by truckers, bus drivers  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday banned hand-held “texting” by drivers of large commercial trucks and buses to avoid the danger of distracted driving.  —  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement the prohibition takes effect immediately.
Discussion: Bits and Mashable!
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
In the Future We'll All Have Online Reputation Scores  —  In a recent interview with EMC's Stu Miniman about the future of the web, I predicted that in 20 years, we'll all have online reputation scores.  Little badges, numbers that communicate our level of authority, this sort of thing.
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Twitter now has 75M users; most asleep at the mouse  —  Though Twitter is still getting newbie users, many are inactive  —  Computerworld - The number of Twitter users has climbed to a lofty 75 million, but the growth rate of new users is slowing and a lot of current Twitterers are inactive, according to a study released today.
Discussion: The Next Web and The Metric System
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Apple: 70% of Fortune 100 Companies Trying iPhones  —  Apple, as it is wont to do, blew the roof off with its first-quarter earnings results today.  Some of the most interesting comments from the company's results call concerned Apple's emerging market of enterprise mobility.
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Copyright, companies, individuals and news: the rules of the road  —  Copyright may not be perfect, but when applied with common sense, it's the best system we've got  —  On 5 January, the Independent's website ran a photo uploaded to the Flickr image-sharing site by user Peter Zabulis.
 
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Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Kyte Launches Console 2.0, Emphasis on Ease-of-Use
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Laura Sydell / NPR:
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Daily Me idea is back with iCurrent
Nadia Majid / VentureBeat:
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eMarketer:
Engagement on Social Networks Top Priority for Marketers
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Iris Kuo / VentureBeat:
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Google beefing up new ‘Social Web Team’
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 Earlier Items: 
Maya Baratz / The Huffington Post:
In the App Economy, Newspapers are Apps
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
U.S. virtual goods revenue expected to hit $1.6B this year
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
The Apple Paradox: How a Company That's So Closed Can Foster So Much Open Innovation
Discussion: Computerworld
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Debunking: Those are NOT photos of the Apple Tablet