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2:55 PM ET, January 27, 2010

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
The Apple iPad: starts at $499  —  After nearly a decade of rumors and speculation, Apple's finally unveiled the iPad.  Apple says there's room for a third device between the smartphone and the laptop, and that it has to be better at tasks like browsing, email, photos, e-books …
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Gizmodo:
Apple iPad First Device to Use “Apple A4” Processor  —  Apple didn't buy P.A. Semiconductor for nothing.  And now the fruits of that buyout are appearing: The Apple iPad uses a 1GHz “A4” chip that can decode HD video for up to 10 hours on a single charge.  [Apple iPad]
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Lifehacker and Engadget
Laura June / Engadget:
Apple reveals iBookstore and app for the iPad  —  Put this down as something else rumored that's come to fruition today.  Apple's just announced iBooks, an e-reader app and bookstore (called iBookstore) for the iPad, using the ePub format.  We're seeing prices around $12.99 to $14.99 so far... looks pretty slick!
Colin Smith / Apple:
Apple Launches iPad  —  Magical & Revolutionary Device at an Unbelievable Price  —  Apple® today introduced iPad, a revolutionary device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books …
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Apple iPad's Official Price: Starts at $500, 3G is $130 Extra  —  Full pricing: The 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version costs $500, while the 32GB is $600 and 64GB is $700.  Pricing increases by $130 to add 3G.  The Wi-Fi-only models ship in 60 days, while 3G models will ship in 90.  [Apple iPad]
Gizmodo:
iPad Gets Unlimited Data For $30/Month With No Contract
Discussion: Gizmodo and I4U News
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPad has optional keyboard dock, camera connection kit and Apple-designed case
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Huffington Post
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.
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:   Apple iPad sends stock down - then up
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.
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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Macworld
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 …
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
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 …
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
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Tablet Event Kills Live Blogging Site CoverItLive  —  Internet infrastructure still can't handle peak events.  The live blogging service CoverItLive, for example, has been crushed, and is down — presumably because of all the interest in Apple's tablet event, going on now.
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
 
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 Earlier Items: 
William Saletan / Slate:
Which is more important: politics or technology?
Discussion: New York Times, Thanks:atul
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:
My.live.com to be discontinued on March 15th
Discussion: Softpedia News and Neowin.net
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!
Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Facebook may “lock in” its Internet dominance
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Digg Founder Kevin Rose Gets A Book Deal
Discussion: AppScout and HarperStudio
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu's default search engine to change in deal with Yahoo