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1:30 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  —  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, making himself available …
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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 from their online store.  (You can still find them via afilliates …
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Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
Macmillan CEO Confirms Amazon Price Feud  —  In a paid advertisement in Publishers Marketplace, Macmillan CEO John Sargent confirmed that Amazon (AMZN) had stopped directly selling books by the publisher.  “It is impossible to reach you all in the very limited timeframe we are working under …
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.”
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.
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 …
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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 …
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Motorola Backflip (ME600) available now - but only in China  —  Expected to be launched soon in the US, as AT&T's first Android phone, the Motorola Backflip is already available in China - where Moto also has Android devices like the XT800 and MT710.  —  The Backflip appears as Motorola ME600 …
Discussion: Android Central and Phones Review
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: VentureBeat, TUAW and Computerworld
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Gizmodo:
Slate Showdown: iPad vs. HP Slate vs. JooJoo vs. the Android Tablets
Discussion: App Advice and TechCrunch
Arn / MacRumors:
Omni Group Commits to Bring Five Productivity Apps to iPad  —  In a blog post, Omni Group has committed to bringing five of their productivity apps to the iPad including OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, OmniPlan, OmniFocus, and OmniGraphSketcher. … The Omni Group started life as NeXTStep developers back in 1989.
Discussion: App Advice
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Trillian chat client gets a Mac version, now in alpha  —  Trillian has enjoyed a nice, long run as one of the most popular multi-protocol IM clients for Windows.  It's not just surviving, though, it's thriving and expanding to new platforms.  I tested out the very nice iPhone version recently, and now there's finally Trillian for Mac!
 
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Matt Mireles / The Metamorphosis:
Dear Startup Lawyers, Please Blog.
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
The iPad shows that Apple and Google still have a relationship
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Multitasking: Intel does, iPad doesn't
Discussion: AppleInsider