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1:30 PM ET, February 1, 2010

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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
8.9-inch ExoPC Slate has iPad looks, netbook internals, Windows 7 soul  —  Yes, we realize that it's hard to provide too much visual differentiation between tablet PCs with large, ebony bezels, but we can't help but think that this 8.9-inch multitouch tablet looks a lot like another, recently announced 9.7-inch multitouch tablet.
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John Scalzi / Whatever:
All The Many Ways Amazon So Very Failed the Weekend  —  Leaving aside the moral, philosophical, cultural and financial implications of this weekend's Amazon/Macmillan slapfight and What It All Means for book readers and the future of the publishing industry, in one very real sense the whole thing …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Caves To Macmillan's eBook Pricing Demands
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
JooJoo CEO pledges to ship this month, claims deal with leading phone maker  —  During last week's Apple iPad mania, one company was notably silent: Fusion Garage, the 13-person Singapore company that makes the JooJoo tablet, which began life as TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington's CrunchPad.
Discussion: Technologizer, Engadget and Gizmodo
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Acer has no plans for iPad-like product, says Acer Taiwan president  —  Acer will focus on pushing ultra-thin notebooks for 2010 and currently has no plans to jump on the bandwagon to launch a hardware device similar to Apple's new iPad, according to Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin.
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Stephen Colbert Gets An iPad & Shows It Off At The Grammys  —  Haha, it seems like after begging for one the entire week, Stephen Colbert just saw his dreams come true.  —  Tonight at the Grammys, instead of pulling out the “Song of the Year” envelope, he managed to surprise everybody with a shiny Apple iPad.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook COO: 175 Million People Log Into Facebook Every Day  —  Last year we interviewed Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  This year we interviewed her again.  Notably, this time I brought a tripod with me and didn't cut off Sheryl's forehead.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Google Chrome steals usage share from IE/Firefox, Win 7 breaks 10%  —  Net Applications' data for January is out, and there are some interesting trends displayed.  —  First, the data shows that Google's Chrome browser has managed to snatch usage share from Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Discussion: Technologizer, Tech Eye and InfoWorld
Gizmodo:
Zune Phone to Debut at MWC, Will Use Nvidia Tegra  —  Spanish blog MuyComputer claims that Microsoft will present the Zune Phone this February, at the MWC in Barcelona.  According to them, it's 100% confirmed.  Since the Zune Phone will use Tegra, Nvidia will team with Microsoft for the anti-JesusPhone debut.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
How to Hate the iPad: A Break-Down of the Backlash  —  A friend recently admitted a favorite past time of his - watching plane crashes on YouTube.  Planes crashing, helicopters twirling out of control, boats sinking - all are fair game.  For a lot of people, this has been the story of the iPad over the past few days.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft tries to reinvent the bar code  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Remember the CueCat—the quirky bar code reader that was going to connect magazine readers with digital material?  —  Well, apparently Microsoft does too.  And while the CueCat meowed into obscurity, the software maker thinks …
Discussion: Internet2Go, Mashable! and Engadget
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPad And Chrome OS Netbooks Are On A Collision Course  —  “We don't know how to build a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk.”  —  “Netbooks aren't better at anything.”  —  Those two quotes are both from Apple CEO Steve Jobs.  The first was during an earnings call in late 2008 …
Discussion: Tech Eye, Thanks:atul
Daniel Ko / Korea IT Times:
World's First AMOLED With Touch Function  —  On January 31, 2010, it was announced that Samsung Mobile Display will begin mass producing the world's first touch function AMOLED panel starting in March.  This product is known as Samsung's 3.3 inch WVGA (480X800) resolution AMOLED.
TechCrunch:
Context is King: How Videos Are Found And Consumed Online  —  Editor's note: This is the third in a series of posts by guest writer Ashkan Karbasfrooshan.  Previously, he wrote about the State of Online Video, and 12 Surprising Things Holding Back Online Video Advertising.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Azure cloud is officially open for business  —  As of February 1, Microsoft officially jumps into the cloud-computing frey and now is charging customers for developing and running apps in its Azure cloud.  —  Microsoft has been working on Azure for more than three years …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Ad Data Firm BlueKai Raises $21 Million Third Round  —  Online ad data provider Bluekai has raised a huge $21 million third round funding led by GGV Capital (formerly Granite Global Ventures).  Previous backers Redpoint Ventures and Battery Ventures also participated.
Discussion: GigaOM, AdExchanger.com and TechCrunch
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
TurboTax to Help You Through Tax Season With Major Twitter Effort  —  TurboTax is launching a major Twitter initiative today that looks to help customers of its popular online tax software get through the process of paying taxes.  —  The company has enlisted 14 people to answer both tax …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ten-Year Venture Capital Returns Continue To Slide  —  Ten-year returns for Venture Capital firms continue to slide downwards for the 5 and 10-year periods ending on September 30, 2009 according to the Cambridge Associates U.S. Venture Capital Index, the VC performance benchmark of the National Venture Capital Association.
Discussion: GigaOM and Market Wire
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google Chrome to go polyglot?  Auto-translate lands in Chromium nightly  —  The Chromium source code has seen a number of changes recently, and a new feature which poked its head out earlier this weekend has now landed.  —  You can now enable auto-translation of pages in Chromium.
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Verizon Palm Pre Plus MMS & WiFi: Not Friends  —  The thing about putting a phone on a new carrier - even if the hardware is virtually identical - is that there are always a handful of bugs that pop up.  We have two from our forums that are looking something like confirmed.
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Tablet PC Maker May Sue Apple Over IPad Design  —  A Chinese company that sells a tablet PC like Apple's newly announced iPad may sue the U.S. company over the similar design between the devices, it said Monday.  —  Shenzhen Great Loong Brother Industrial started selling its P88 tablet …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Foursquare Teams With Bravo TV  —  Bravo TV and Foursquare will announce a new partnership on Monday that will integrate Bravo TV shows with the game aspects of Foursquare, a social networking site that encourages people to interact in the real world.  The partnership hopes to engage viewers long …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Samsung First With Lower Cost, Power Saving 30nm DDR3 DRAM
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Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Hearst, Meredith Try Web-to-Print Titles
Discussion: paidContent
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Does Foursquare Have A Douchebag Problem?
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Roaming Agreements Could Expand the Wi-Fi Renaissance
PC World:
NTT DoCoMo to Demo Prototype LTE Handset
 Earlier Items: 
Frances Huang / Agence France Presse:
Asian companies hope to reap iPad boom
Discussion: CrunchGear
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Cypress demos 14-inch TrueTouch capacitive multitouch screen
Dan Goodin / The Register:
CIA, PayPal under bizarre SSL assault
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
If you want a job, build an iPad App