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3:36 AM ET, January 28, 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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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple iPad event video now online  —  Sure, you lived through every harrowing moment live with your friends from Engadget, but if you're dying for that direct dose of RDF, the video from Apple's iPad event is now live and streaming away.  You know what would be perfect for watching this?
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Apple iPad First Hands On  —  It's substantial but surprisingly light.  Easy to grip.  Beautiful.  Rigid.  Starkly designed.  The glass is a little rubbery but it could be my sweaty hands.  And it's fasssstttt.  —  Apple didn't really sell this point, but it's the single biggest benefit of the iPad: speed.
PR Newswire:
Apple Lifts 3G VoIP Restrictions, iCall with 3G Support Available Immediately  —  iCall VoIP services for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch are now available for use over 3G networks such as AT&T wireless.  —  Apple Computer, Inc. has updated the iPhone developer SDK to allow VoIP …
Walter S. Mossberg / Mossblog:
First Impressions of the new Apple iPad  —  It's about the software, stupid.  While all sorts of commentators were focusing on how much Apple's new $499 iPad tablet computer looks like an oversized iPhone, the key to whether it can be the first multi-function tablet to win wide public acceptance probably lies …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPad Big Picture  —  There was a meta-message in today's Apple event, not about the iPad in particular, but rather about Apple as a whole.  Jobs's brief preamble included a bit of extra emphasis on the fact that the Apple now generates over $50 billion per year in revenue.
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 …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Apple iPad: First Impressions  —  Today Apple finally unveiled its tablet computer, the iPad.  Thus concludes Phase 1 of the standard Apple new-category roll-out: months of feverish speculation and hype online, despite any official indication by Apple that the product even exists.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
McGraw-Hill axed from iPad launch after CEO leaks on TV  —  This is one of Steve Jobs' slides from this morning's iPad launch presentation.  Can you tell what's wrong with it?  —  The awkward array of five logos used to be a tidy lineup of six.  The day before the show, Apple removed McGraw-Hill …
Discussion: TeleRead
Nicholas Carr / The New Republic:
The PC Officially Died Today  —  But will the iPad replace it?  —  The PC era ended this morning at ten o'clock Pacific time, when Steve Jobs stepped onto a San Francisco stage to unveil the iPad, Apple's version of a tablet computer.  Tablets have been kicking around for a decade, but consumers have always shunned them.
Arn / MacRumors:
iPad SDK 3.2 Details: External Display, File Sharing System, No Multitasking  —  Apple has unleashed iPhone OS 3.2 SDK to developers today to prepare for the launch of the Apple iPad.  The new iPhone OS 3.2 only runs on the iPad device and will not run on the iPhone or iPod Touch.
Discussion: MobileCrunch and The iPhone Blog
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
No Flash on Apple's iPad  —  Here's another way Apple's just-announced tablet device, the iPad, resembles a giant iPhone: It won't run Flash content.  —  The continuing absence of Flash from the iPhone has been the subject of plenty of debate and speculation.
Michael Chou / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Building iPad Applications with Flash  —  Today Apple announced the Apple iPad and like many of you, we at Adobe are looking forward to getting our hands on one of these devices.  This is an exciting time to be a software designer with an explosion of new devices and we look forward …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Could No Camera Be an iPad Killer?
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon: You can read Kindle books on the iPad too
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
iPad Gets Unlimited Data For $30/Month With No Contract
Ray Wenderlich:
A First Look at the iPad SDK and the iPad Sample Code
Discussion: Mobile Tech Addicts and App Advice
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Apple has a solution for the iPad's missing SD card slot and USB port: adapters
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Inkling lets textbook makers embrace the iPad
Discussion: TechCrunch
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
Apple iPad sends stock down - then up
Discussion: gdgt live, L.A. Daily News and TUAW
The Official Google Blog:
Search is getting more social  —  Late last year we released the Social Search experiment to make search more personal with relevant web content from your friends and online contacts.  We were excited by the number of people who chose to try it out, and today Social Search is available to everyone in beta on google.com.
The Huffington Post:
MadTV's iPad Video: Sketch Show PREDICTED Apple Product, Mocked It Perfectly  —  As soon as the iPad was announced our office broke out laughing in a moment of grade school humor.  Either this was created by a group of daughterless men who don't know that the word pad is inextricably linked …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Gawker.TV and BetaNews
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Geek Dudes: The Inevitable Maxi Pad Jokes About the iPad …
The Official Google Blog:
Google's Privacy Principles  —  Thursday, January 28th marks International Data Privacy Day.  We're recognizing this day by publicly publishing our guiding Privacy Principles.  — Use information to provide our users with valuable products and services.  — Develop products that reflect strong privacy standards and practices.
Discussion: FlowingData and TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Think iBooks Looks Familiar?  You're Not The Only One.  —  When Apple was demoing its new iBooks application for the iPad today during their keynote address, I just kept thinking to myself: this simply must have been designed by Delicious Monster, the shop behind the brilliant Mac app Delicious Library.
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Inside the iPad Lurks the ‘Micro SIM’  —  One of the oddest moments in Apple's iPad announcement came when Steve Jobs said that his new tablet would support any GSM carrier with “micro SIMs.”  —  A SIM card is the little chip in a GSM cell phone that holds your subscriber information.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Early version of Windows Home Server ‘Vail’ leaks to the Web  —  It's been ages since I've heard anything about the next full release of Windows Home Server, codenamed Vail.  But thanks to one reader who sent me a pointer on January 27, it looks like Vail is in the midst of private testing.
Discussion: Windows-Now.com and GeekSmack
 
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
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Mia / YouTube Blog:
New Thumbnail “Flipbook” in Upload Shows Video Processing Progress
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Amazon And Others Slam Revised Google Books Deal
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