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1:25 PM ET, January 27, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from the Apple ‘latest creation’ event  —  9:43AM The setup on stage is really interesting.  There's a chair with a table next to it... very unusual for an Apple event.  —  9:42AM Okay!  We're in our seats and there's some Dylan playing on the sound system!  —  9:11AM Overall the mood is really jovial right now.
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Ryan Block / gdgt live:
Live Apple “Come see our latest creation” / tablet event coverage  —  10:14AM - “That's a little overview, but there's nothing like seeing it, so I'd like to show you now.  Using this thing is remarkable â” it's so much more intimate than a laptop, and it's so much more capable than a smartphone.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
The Apple iPad  —  After nearly a decade of rumors and speculation …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Is this the Apple tablet? (update: new images)  —  Okay, we obviously can't confirm this, but we just got two very interesting images of what certainly looks like a prototype Apple tablet, or what could be the tablet bolted down to a table.  It's big — really big — and it's running …
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins iChat and Major Tablet Patent Prior to Launch  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 13 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  Without a doubt the granted patent that screams out this morning is one that relates to Apple's forthcoming Tablet.
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 …
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):
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Before the Tablet: Apple's Steve Jobs in 2004 Talks About Not Doing Another Newton (Video)  —  Before Steve Jobs unveils his latest and perhaps greatest creation-which is expected to be a tablet computer-today at a massively hyped event in San Francisco, you might want to peruse this video clip …
Epicenter:
Apple Event to Focus on Reinventing Content, Not Tablets  —  The teaser for Apple's press event, “Come see our latest creation,” has a double meaning.  Content creators, not gadget freaks, will be the biggest target of Apple's Wednesday press conference.  —  Although most of the speculation …
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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.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:   Apple's Tablet: App Makers Target Business Use
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Video-Game Publishers Eager to See Apple's Tablet
Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
Report: Oracle plans to hire more employees than it cuts from Sun  —  Larry Ellison reportedly says Oracle will slash Sun workforce, then hire 2,000 new workers  —  With Oracle's anticipated purchase of Sun drawing near, company CEO Larry Ellison disclosed plans to hire 2,000 engineering …
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
AT&T To Launch Yelp Competitor  —  The telco's buzz.com site lets users' “favorite” local vendors and services.  —  AT&T latched on early to the local search and advertising market, first with the Yellow Pages, then with an online version, YellowPages.com.
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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Netflix-Backed Roku Seeks Funds for 100-Channel Set-Top Internet Service  —  Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — Roku Inc., the television set-top box maker spun off by Netflix Inc., is planning to raise $30 million in private funding this quarter and may sell shares to the public next year, Chief Executive Officer Anthony Wood said.
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Browser Speed Tests: Firefox 3.6, Chrome 4, Opera 10.5, and Extensions  —  Firefox 3.6 is out, Chrome's stable version got a big upgrade, and Opera 10.5 is inching toward release.  It's a great time for us to break out the timer, process manager, and code tracker for some up-to-date browser speed tests.
Daniel Ruby / Chitika, Inc.:
Bing on iPhone - Microsoft's Ultimate Mobile Coup?  —  If the recent blitz of rumors are correct, Apple is considering booting Google from iPhone Safari and giving Bing its spot as default search engine.  As huge as this is from a business relations point of view (Apple must be seriously angry …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Drupal Goes Hosted With Private Beta Launch of “Gardens” (Invites)  —  Open source content management system Drupal is increasingly being used by organizations, corporations and governments to power their websites and communities.  —  To name but a few entities who rely on Drupal for their websites …
Discussion: Acquia blogs
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:
My.live.com to be discontinued on March 15th  —  We've had numerous questions posed to us over the last few months about the status and future of My.live.com, the personal home page that started out as an Atlas framework (now ASP.net Ajax) project managed by Sanaz Ahari and the late Steve Rider.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Softpedia News
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Yes, Virginia, HR Execs Check Your Facebook Page  —  Have you ever applied for a job and wondered why you didn't get it, even though you were qualified?  According to a new survey, there's a good chance that the person doing the hiring found something about you online that they didn't like.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work, Thanks:stonemirror
Tom Foremski / IMHO:
Nine years later does Google still need ‘adult supervision?’  —  In preparing Google for its IPO, its VC investors convinced Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to bring in an older executive to assure potential investors that there was some ‘adult supervision.’
 
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BBC:
Piracy campaign ‘nets innocents’
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Dan Worth / V3.co.uk:
Cisco launches telepresence interoperability standard
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Bill Ray / The Register:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Lessig Calls Google Book Settlement A “Path To Insanity”
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Texas Bank Sues Customer Hit by $800,000 Cyber Heist
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