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5:45 AM ET, January 29, 2010

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Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Former Facebook for iPhone Developer Joe Hewitt Says iPad “Everything He's Been Wishing For”  —  Joe Hewitt, who developed the awesome Facebook 3.0, but controversially (and some would say detrimentally) left the iPhone platform before Facebook 3.1 over the App Store review process, has come out extremely positively about the iPad:
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Adrian Ludwig / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Apple's iPad — a broken link?  —  As I drove by Yerba Buena Theater in San Francisco this morning, I couldn't help but be impressed.  Apple certainly has the ability to excite people with great products, and with the iPhone they even managed to generate momentum for an entire product category.
Molly Wood / CNET News:
The Apple iPad: it's just ahead of its time
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat
Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
Talking the IPad, Kids, Making Money and Video
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Netflix CEO: not streaming to the iPad “in the near term”
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Associated Press
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
iPad?  That's So 2002, Says Fujitsu  —  TOKYO — It's sleek.  It's mobile.  It has a touchscreen.  —  It's Fujitsu's iPad from 2002.  —  Sold mainly in the United States, the multifunctional device from the Tokyo-based tech company helps shop clerks verify prices, check real-time inventory data and close sales on the go.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple and Fujitsu inevitably caught up in iPad trademark dispute  —  Well, here we go again.  Apple might have stolen all the headlines yesterday with the iPad, but as we've already noted, that name has been in dispute since September — and it doesn't look like Fujitsu …
Discussion: Techdirt
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 42% to $9.5 Billion … Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  126.03  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN - News) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Collage of Shame: Media Who Took Obvious iPad Prank Seriously  —  Web entrepreneur Jason Calacanis' prank claims about the Apple tablet yesterday were so over the top, we had to laugh.  Until prestige media started reprinting them like they had merit, and our good humor turned to amazement.
Discussion: broadstuff and VentureBeat
David Worthington / Technologizer:
Microsoft: The iPad is “Humorous”  —  It's an understatement to say that Apple's iPad generated a lot of chatter when it was announced on Wednesday; the scuttlebutt actually slowed down the Internet.  Even Microsoft couldn't help but weigh in, criticizing the iPad for being a “locked down device.”
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Peterb / Free Software Foundation:
iPad is iBad for freedom  —  With new tablet device, Apple's Steve Jobs pushes unprecedented extension of DRM to a new class of general purpose computers  —  As Steve Jobs and Apple prepared to announce their new tablet device, activists opposed to Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) …
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PC World:
Apple's A4 IPad Chip Could Find a Home in IPhones  —  Apple's A4 chip, being used in the iPad, could ultimately provide a speed bump to future versions of the company's iPhone, analysts said on Thursday.  —  Apple on Wednesday introduced the iPad handheld device, which has a 9.7-inch diagonal screen …
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Omri / fring:
3G video & voice calls now available on iPhone!  —  You wanted it, immediately after Apple allowed it, fring launches its 3G-friendly VoIP app.  —  With fring on 3G, users get unrestricted, mobile communication.  Now iPhone fring users can call, video call, chat and more for FREE over 3G and wifi!
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Wall Street expects Apple's ‘risky’ iPad to sell 1M-5M in first year  —  With an aggressive $499 starting price point, Wall Street analysts believe Apple's e-reading, game playing, media consuming iPad device is a worthwhile risk that will become a multi-million seller in its first year.
Discussion: internetnews.com and Macsimum News
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
McGraw-Hill: We Didn't Get Booted From the iPad Launch, Because We Weren't Part of It  —  Though it may have seemed like another of Apple's perfectly timed third-party leaks (and I certainly mistook it for that), McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw's remarks to CNBC earlier this week were nothing of the sort.
Hui Min Neo / Agence France Presse:
China, US, Russia in cyber arms race: net security chief  —  Buzz up!  —  DAVOS, Switzerland (AFP) - China, the United States and Russia are among 20 countries locked in a cyberspace arms race and gearing up for possible Internet hostilities, according to the head of web security firm McAfee.
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Zune software tips Pink Pure and Turtle phone connection  —  Some detailed digging through the latest version of Zune software has turned up numerous references to what looks to be phone capability, along with some product codenames, leading to suggestions that the rumored Zune phone …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Two Years After Launch, Howcast Is Streaming 25 Million How-To Videos A Month  —  Two years ago, former Googlers Jason Liebman, Daniel Blackman and Sanjay Raman launched Howcast, a site filled with originally-produced how-to videos on everything from “How to Ice Skate” to “How To Deal With a Mean Boss.”
Discussion: Beet.TV
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Spotify's Promises of Profits and a US Launch?  Still MIA  —  I'm going to keep this post short and sweet because no one likes a blogger who says “I told you so.”  But, Spotify fans: Paul Carr and I told you so.  —  StrategyEye reports that less than 4% of users of Spotify …
Lauren Streib / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Broadcom CEO Nicholas Cleared Of Pushing Drugs On Broadcom Clients  —  Henry T. Nicholas, the former CEO and co-founder of Broadcom, was cleared of felony narcotics charges today.  —  Said U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney before dismissing the charges:
Mark Davis / The Official Google Blog:
Unicode nearing 50% of the web  —  About 18 months ago, we published a graph showing that Unicode on the web had just exceeded all other encodings of text on the web.  The growth since then has been even more dramatic.  —  Web pages can use a variety of different character encodings, like ASCII, Latin-1, or Windows 1252 or Unicode.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:atul
 
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 Earlier Items: 
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Thomas J. Prohaska / Buffalo News:
Drunk driver gets into more trouble after posting Facebook photo
Discussion: Ars Technica
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
MSI plans to launch an US$500 tablet PC in 2H10
Brad Stone / Bits:
Three Reasons Why the iPad WON'T Kill Amazon's Kindle