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11:35 PM ET, January 26, 2010

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
McGraw-Hill CEO Confirms Apple Tablet, iPhone OS Based, Going to Be “Terrific”  —  In an interview with CNBC, McGraw-Hill's CEO confirms that their textbooks will be on the Apple Tablet and it will be an iPhone OS based machine.  When asked about their textbooks being on the Apple tablet, Terry MrGraw responds (2m 50s):
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Tablet Portends Rewrite for Publishers  —  Book publishers were locked in secret 11th-hour negotiations with Apple Inc. that could rewrite the industry's revenue model after the technology giant unveils its highly anticipated tablet device Wednesday.  —  Apple's new multimedia tablet device …
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 …
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
McNealy's bittersweet memo bids good-bye to Sun  —  Scott McNealy, the smack-talking co-founder and long-running leader of Sun Microsystems, has bid adieu to his company in a memo that mixes nostalgia with a rallying cry for employees about to become part of Oracle.
Discussion: Digital Daily and eWeek
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.
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Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Will Normal Folks Ever Use Twitter?
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:jtoeman
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft eyes clean break with Windows Mobile 7  —  Microsoft's long and winding road toward regaining lost ground in the cell phone business will reach an important milestone in Barcelona next month.  —  At the annual Mobile World Congress event, Microsoft will at long last show off Windows Mobile 7 …
Discussion: Electronista and WMPoweruser.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Actual News on Earnings Call: Yahoo Disables Annoying “Hover” Tool on Home Page, Restructures International Ops  —  News was actually committed during Yahoo's fourth-quarter earnings conference call today, with its CEO Carol Bartz noting that the company would disable its irksome “hover interaction” …
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
PlayStation 3 exploit released, hackers rejoice  —  In case you ever doubted his feat, or you simply wanted to recreate for sport, iPhone hacker extraordinaire George “Geohot” Hotz has released the exploit code he devised for properly hacking the PS3.  This should give any aspiring minglers …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Alan Kay: With the Tablet, Apple Will Rule the World  —  Computer pioneer Alan Kay isn't known for buying into hype.  Credited with inventing the concept of the laptop back in 1968, Kay has been lambasting computer makers for not maximizing its potential ever since.
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 …
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google releases new Google Voice for iPhone
Jennadawn / Twitter Blog:
Now Trending: Local Trends  —  Twitter trends began as a way to shed light on popular conversations.  It's interesting to know that one topic can now spread across the world in real-time, and Trends help us discover which of those topics are paramount on a global scale.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T settles ETF case for $18m  —  Hey, if you're a [New Jersey] AT&T subscriber and you paid a flat-rate ETF between January 1, 1998 and November 4, 2009, you've got a tiny bit of $18 million coming your way.  That's the settlement amount AT&T's agreed to in this latest ETF class action …
Discussion: MacNN
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
FCC Probes Google, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, And Verizon On Early Termination Fees
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Texas Bank Sues Customer Hit by $800,000 Cyber Heist  —  A machine equipment company in Texas is tussling with its bank after organized crooks swiped more than $800,000 in a 48-hour cyber heist late last year.  While many companies similarly victimized over the past year have sued their banks …
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.
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Square Announces Its Full List Of Angels With Some Surprises (Mayer, Crowley, Fanning)  —  Square, the startup that is making mobile payments for the iPhone, just announced it's full list of angel investors.  Kevin Rose announced his involvement in a video demo (embedded below) …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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, Mashable! and WebProNews
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 …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Everything Old Is New Again...Techcrunch Adds Interstitials  —  Last year, top 100 tech blog Techcrunch added a “meta refresh” to their homepage which allowed your Internet browser to refresh the homepage at specific intervals of time without your instruction.  This refresh serves two purposes:
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu's default search engine to change in deal with Yahoo  —  Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, revealed today that it has established a revenue sharing agreement with Yahoo.  As part of the deal, the Firefox Web browser that is shipped in Ubuntu …
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.
Discussion: broadstuff, Thanks:sameerpatel
Reuters:
China says won't limit Google's Android mobile platform  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - China will not try to limit use of Google's Android mobile phone platform in the Chinese market, its information technology regulator said on Wednesday.  —  China would not limit any platform as long as it complied …
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Digg Founder Kevin Rose Gets A Book Deal  —  Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg.com, has signed a deal with HarperStudio to write a book about “the secrets to his success.”  It will be titled One to One Million.  —  Debbie Stier, associate publisher of HarperStudio and director of digital marketing …
Datamation:
The Fight to Save MySQL: Interview with Monty Widenius  —  “I will do everything that is possible to keep MySQL alive,” says Michael (Monty) Widenius, the main developer of the well-known open source database.  “I just hope it's enough.”  —  Widenius is talking against the background …
Discussion: MySQL
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Opera: Facebook Rules the Mobile Web  —  Opera just released its latest State of the Mobile Web report.  In this report, Opera focused on analyzing the behavior of users of Opera Mini, the company's mobile Web browser.  Worldwide, Facebook is the leading social network among Opera Mini users …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Struggling with your dating profile?  Let ProfileWiz write it for you  —  Figuring out the right part of your personality to emphasize on social networks can be a real pain.  It's even worse when you're dealing with dating sites.  (As a former member of OKCupid, I speak from personal experience.)
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, Digits and Ubergizmo
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle sues Rimini Street, alleges ‘massive theft’; Is third party support dead?  —  Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Rimini Street, a third party support provider, alleging “massive theft of Oracle's software and related support materials through an illegal business model.”
 
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Jacob Friedman / The Next Web:
Facebook Email Reply Security Hole?
Discussion: F-Secure Antivirus …, Thanks:alex
Brian Solis / Mashable!:
The Maturation of Social Media ROI
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Kyte Launches Console 2.0, Emphasis on Ease-of-Use
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Laura Sydell / NPR:
What's The Allure Of Tablet Computers?
Thanks:hpnews
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Copyright, companies, individuals and news: the rules of the road
Nadia Majid / VentureBeat:
Fashion4Home launches social furniture site in the US
Discussion: Mashable! and GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
eMarketer:
Engagement on Social Networks Top Priority for Marketers
Discussion: Mashable!
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Google beefing up new ‘Social Web Team’
Discussion: Will Norris
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Justin.tv makes it easier to start streaming
Discussion: Justin.tv Blog, 901am and VentureBeat
John Crawley / Reuters:
U.S. bans “texting” by truckers, bus drivers
Discussion: Mashable!, Bits and Gadgetell
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
U.S. virtual goods revenue expected to hit $1.6B this year