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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):
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.
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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.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:   Alan Kay: With the Tablet, Apple Will Rule the World
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 …
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.
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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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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
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: eWeek
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
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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: WebProNews, 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 …
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
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Phone Arena and eWeek
Laura Sydell / NPR:
What's The Allure Of Tablet Computers? … text sizeAAA  —  If the rumors have it right — and in this case they probably do — Apple will introduce a slate or tablet computer Wednesday.  The announcement would come just a couple of weeks after other computer companies showed off slates at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Thanks:hpnews
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Justin.tv Blog, 901am and VentureBeat
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, Mashable! and Gadgetell
Jacob Friedman / The Next Web:
Facebook Email Reply Security Hole?  —  While the new Facebook “reply to this email to comment” feature is certainly handy, it appears that the feature has inadvertently exposed a security hole in the Facebook comments system.  —  F-Secure detailed the security hole in a press release today …
Discussion: F-Secure Antivirus …, Thanks:alex
 
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Google beefing up new ‘Social Web Team’
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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