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9:20 AM ET, January 27, 2010

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Is this the Apple tablet? (update: new image)  —  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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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):
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 …
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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Derek Powazek:
What I Hope Apple Unleashes Tomorrow  —  Tomorrow Apple's having an event here in San Francisco and everyone's expecting them to launch some sort of tablet computer.  The specifics are still unclear, but people are expecting something that looks like an iPhone but bigger, with an interface that can handle more complicated tasks.
Discussion: MacRumors
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
IPhone game developer redesigns app for Apple tablet with no assurance of its existence  —  The maker of Crosswords for the iPhone dropped a news release in our inbox this afternoon touting an in-development version of its popular game for the Apple tablet.  —  Apple's touch-screen tablet computer …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Facebook may “lock in” its Internet dominance  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - College senior Alyssa Ravasio gave up MySpace on the day she got a Facebook account and never looked back.  She has already lost interest in Twitter.  But how does Facebook know it can keep her loyalty?
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
A Little ‘i’ to Teach About Online Privacy  —  A LITTLE blue symbol is carrying big implications.  —  Trying to ward off regulators, the advertising industry has agreed on a standard icon — a little “i” — that it will add to most online ads that use demographics and behavioral data to tell consumers what is happening.
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: Softpedia News
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Actual News on Earnings Call: Yahoo Disables Annoying “Hover” Tool on Homepage, Restructures International Ops  —  News was actually committed during Yahoo's fourth-quarter earnings conference call today when CEO Carol Bartz noted that the company would disable its irksome “hover interaction” …
William Saletan / Slate:
Which is more important: politics or technology? … Latest Twitter Updates  —  Follow William Saletan on Twitter.
Thanks:atul
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 …
Zee / The Next Web:
TechCrunch hacked again.  This hacker is angry.  —  Technology blog Techcrunch has been hacked again.  Twice in the space of 24 hours.  —  Reports were that the first occurrence wasn't a hacking at all but rather a buggy file that had been uploaded into the comments section of the blog.
Discussion: Technologizer
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 …
Discussion: HarperStudio
Janko Roettgers / P2P Blog:
uTorrent helps Google to analyze ISP connection speeds, router set-ups  —  Bittorrent Inc. announced today that it has begin to collaborate with the Google-funded Measurement Lab (M-Lab) to test ISP connections and home networking related issues that could impact a user's connection speed.
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.
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix
Dan Worth / V3.co.uk:
Cisco launches telepresence interoperability standard  —  Multi-screen videoconferencing interoperability comes a step closer  —  Cisco Networkers Live 2010: Cisco has announced plans to submit a Telepresence Interoperability Protocol in an effort to build an open standard for multi-screen videoconferencing software.
Discussion: eWeek
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone OS update sticks customers with premium call bills  —  Hard knock for Bubblewrap, Admob tie-up  —  A combination of failures has resulted in some iPhone users incurring premium-rate call charges, for calls they didn't know they were making.  —  Punters who downloaded the free …
Discussion: Phones Review
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.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T settles ETF case for $18m
Discussion: Macworld and MacNN
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Lessig Calls Google Book Settlement A “Path To Insanity”
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google Xistence isn't real, but it's pretty funny and not a …
Discussion: The Next Web and Mashable!
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu's default search engine to change in deal with Yahoo
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 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Will Normal Folks Ever Use Twitter?
Discussion: The Metric System, Thanks:jtoeman
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Everything Old Is New Again...Techcrunch Adds Interstitials
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Square Announces Its Full List Of Angels With Some Surprises …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Brian Solis / Mashable!:
The Maturation of Social Media ROI
Laura Sydell / NPR:
What's The Allure Of Tablet Computers?
Thanks:hpnews