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4:20 AM ET, January 29, 2010

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Molly Wood / CNET News:
The Apple iPad: it's just ahead of its time  —  It's hard to argue the fact that this week's Apple iPad launch disappointed the tech crowd, and not just because of that inexplicable name.  Despite its lovely design, beefier core apps, and new e-book features and store, the iPad is hampered …
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
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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.
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.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Amazon's ‘Millions’ of Kindles Are Drop In $9.5 Billion Sales Bucket …
Discussion: Tech Beat and CNET 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.
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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.
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CNBC.com:
Microsoft Profit Rises 60%, Tops Analysts' Expectations
Discussion: Microsoft and Between the Lines
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!
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: VentureBeat
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
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
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
EFF Reveals How Your Digital Fingerprint Makes You Easy to Track  —  Think that turning off cookies and turning on private browsing makes you invisible on the web?  Think again.  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a new web app dubbed Panopticlick that reveals …
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:
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The iPad Will Make Apple's Acquisition Of Quattro Wireless Look Even Smarter  —  Suddenly, Apple's $275 million acquisition of mobile ad company Quattro Wireless makes even more sense than it already did when the deal was announced earlier this year.  —  Early adopters who will be among …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Privacy Flaw Exposes Your Friends' App Activity  —  Want to know every application your friends are using?  Thanks to a slight privacy oversight in the new Facebook dashboard, you can view the latest applications that your friends have been using whether or not they want you to.
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.
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
How a tweet brought makeshift 911 services to life in Haiti  —  Haiti's earthquake devastated not only lives, but whatever emergency services the barely functioning government had to offer.  However, in less than seven days, a makeshift version of 911 sprung to life.
Bing / Search Blog:
Simplifying Money Matters with Bing  —  There are times I get to the end of the day and I am wondering where my day went.  I am usually thinking this while looking at my “to do” list with nothing checked off and I am asking myself “how can I make this easier?”
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Netflix CEO: not streaming to the iPad “in the near term”  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs called the iPad the “best device” for watching mobile video during its introduction on Wednesday.  While the iTunes Store's movie and TV offerings cover a lot of ground, services like Netflix's subscription-based streaming …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Associated Press
 
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Discussion: Neowin.net and Digital Trends
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Discussion: The Register and Digital Trends
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
MSI plans to launch an US$500 tablet PC in 2H10
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Three Reasons Why the iPad WON'T Kill Amazon's Kindle
 

 
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