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4:45 PM ET, January 31, 2010

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John C Abell / Epicenter:
Google's 'Don't Be Evil' Mantra is ‘Bulls**t,’ Adobe Is Lazy: Apple's Steve Jobs (Update 2)  —  After a big public announcement of the sort Apple had this week for the iPad CEO Steve Jobs often takes time in the day or two afterwards to have a Town Hall at One Infinite Loop …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs at Apple Town Hall Meeting on Google, Adobe, Next iPhone, 2010 Macs and More  —  Steve Jobs held a town hall meeting with Apple employees late last week following the iPad launch.  Wired reports on what was said at the meeting by Steve Jobs.  Two of the biggest topics included Google and Adobe.
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Charlie Stross / Charlie's Diary:
Amazon, Macmillan: an outsider's guide to the fight  —  (Apologies for the formatting; I'm typing this on a netbook with a tiny keyboard.)  —  Last Friday, Amazon.com unilaterally pulled most or all of Macmillan's books (edit: including all paper editions, not just electronic) from their online store.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan Books, Screw You!  —  John Sargent, CEO of publisher Macmillan, has taken out a full-page ad to explain why he is insisting that Amazon raise prices on its ebooks to $15 in some cases.  —  So we're going to take out a full-page post to explain to John why …
Thanks:atul
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
iPad board games: Apple has created a ‘Jumanji platform’  —  While many people struggle to understand why they would ever buy an iPad, we think we've come up with a pretty exciting reason - digital board games.  If you've ever tried to play a board game on a games console …
Discussion: I4U News, Thanks:ogerrard
Ahandy / Software Development Times Blog:
Facebook rewrites PHP runtime  —  A week ago, I let ya'll know that the core PHP team had been brought to Facebook's main campus.  That team were forced to sign NDA's, and taken to a very quiet, secluded meeting room where some cool new Facebook-backed open source project was described.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Steve Jobs and the Economics of Elitism  —  GAME CHANGER?  —  The more, the better.  That's the fashionable recipe for nurturing new ideas these days.  It emphasizes a kind of Internet-era egalitarianism that celebrates the “wisdom of the crowd” and “open innovation.”
Steven Sande / TUAW:
All about EPUB, the ebook standard for Apple's iBookstore  —  Overlooked in much of the hype about the iPad announcement earlier in the week was a comment by Steve Jobs in the Keynote presentation where he mentioned that the iBooks app for iPad would take advantage of the popular EPUB format for electronic books.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Labs Adds Search Icon To ‘Compose Mail’ Window In Gmail  —  Orli Yakuel noticed that Google has quietly added a new icon in the ‘Compose Mail’ window of its free webmail service Gmail, enabling users to run search queries from within the interface and insert results and URLs straight …
Thanks:atul
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Smart Dust?  Not Quite, but We're Getting There  —  In computing, the vision always precedes the reality by a decade or more.  The pattern has held true from the personal computer to the Internet, as it takes time, brainpower and investment to conquer the scientific and economic obstacles …
David Leppard / Times of London:
China bugs and burgles Britain  —  THE security service MI5 has accused China of bugging and burgling UK business executives and setting up “honeytraps” in a bid to blackmail them into betraying sensitive commercial secrets.  —  A leaked MI5 document says that undercover intelligence officers …
Discussion: Tech Eye
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
How Do E-Readers Stack Up With iPad In The Mix?  Use Our Chart As A Guide  —  When we did the first version of this chart heading into the 2009 holiday sales season, four contenders—including the unexpected Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) Nook—were set to crowd the instant-download e-reader field that Amazon …
Discussion: eWeek, VentureBeat, TUAW and Computerworld
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Gizmodo:
Slate Showdown: iPad vs. HP Slate vs. JooJoo vs. the Android Tablets
Discussion: App Advice, Internet2Go and TechCrunch
 
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Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Trillian chat client gets a Mac version, now in alpha
Arn / MacRumors:
Omni Group Commits to Bring Five Productivity Apps to iPad
Discussion: App Advice
Matt Mireles / The Metamorphosis:
Dear Startup Lawyers, Please Blog.
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
The iPad shows that Apple and Google still have a relationship
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and 9 to 5 Mac
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Owen Van Natta Talks About His First 8 Months Running MySpace (video)
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Multitasking: Intel does, iPad doesn't
Discussion: AppleInsider