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12:40 PM ET, February 2, 2010

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Ryanarter / Mission:
iPad Camera rumor becoming a reality?  We think so.  —  Hello all-  —  We received our first shipment of iPad parts today.  Here's one of the metal internal frames:  —  Upon opening them up and getting our hands on some of these rare items, we immediately noticed what appears to be a “spot” for a camera within the iPad frame.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Rumor: Apple Has Another Tablet In The Works.  More Like A Mac Than An iPhone.  —  In the movie Contact, when revealing to main character Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) that there is actually a second space travel machine that was being built at the same time as the first one, but in secret …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
A First Taste Of What The Google Tablet's Interface Will Look Like (Pics)  —  Last week, the world saw Apple's long anticipated tablet device, the iPad, for the first time.  In the aftermath since that announcement, a few things have become clear: it will be great for some people …
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New York Times:
A Little Chip Designed by Apple Itself  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Sure, the screen is nice.  But the iPad's most important component, at least for Apple's future, may be the A4, the fingernail-size chip at the tablet's heart.  —  With the A4, Apple has taken another step toward challenging the norms of the mobile device industry.
Discussion: Bits, 9 to 5 Mac, iLounge and louisgray.com
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Planning Store for Business Apps  —  Google is developing an online store where it will sell business software from its partners in an effort to ramp up sales of Google Apps, its own suite of business applications, according to a person familiar with the project.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Photo of Apple's next-generation iPhone in the wild - sources  —  A photograph containing one of Apple's fourth-generation iPhones has been lingering undetected in the public domain for nearly a week now thanks to having been overshadowed — quite literally — by the company's new iPad, AppleInsider has learned.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson Aspen: first with Windows Mobile 6.5.3  —  It's finally here: Windows Mobile 6.5.3, the iterative finger-friendly Windows Mobile release that should have been wrapped into 6.5.0.  The latest mobile wares from Microsoft come wrapped inside the Sony Ericsson Aspen (aka, Faith); …
Dion / techno.blog:
Google isn't Evil.  Flash isn't Dead; Thank god the Open Web doesn't have a single vendor  —  Steve Jobs didn't hold back when talking about Google and Adobe.  That is great.  Life is so much more fun when people speak their mind.  I remember hearing a story when Sir Steve was asked why mac keyboards where the way they were.
Discussion: Webmonkey
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
New Facebook craze can violate terms of service  —  If you're one of Facebook's 350-million-plus members, you've probably noticed a handful of people on your friends list changing their profile photos to pictures of celebrities, cartoon characters, Muppets, and other notable figures recently.
Gmail Blog:
Improved Google Search in Labs  —  Hello again.  I've been taking advantage of my 20% time to make some improvements in the Google Search lab I told you about last April.  For starters, I've hooked up a bunch of Google's most popular search features, including:
Greg Hecht / Google Voice Blog:
Send SMS to multiple recipients  —  Until now, sending a text message to multiple recipients required copying and pasting the message for each recipient.  —  To make this a bit easier, we just launched the ability to send a single SMS message to multiple recipients.
Discussion: AppScout, SlashPhone and Phone Scoop
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Demands Removal Of USB Sharing Feature In Stanza iPhone App  —  Like many people, I have the Stanza app installed on my iPhone.  Made by Lexycle (acquired by Amazon last year), Stanza is a free app for iPhone and iPod Touch that serves as a gateway to a library of more than 100,000 ebooks for easy reading on the go.
Discussion: mocoNews and Lexcycle
Jude Britto / Google News Blog:
Starring stories in Google News  —  A couple of months back, we launched the Custom Sections Directory feature in Google News to allow users to set up sections on topics of their interest, and to share them with other users.  —  Today, we are giving users even more options for following stories.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Grandma endures wrongful ISP piracy suspension  —  All Cathi “Cat” Paradiso knew for sure, as she learned that her Web access was being shut off, was that she was losing her struggle to stay calm.  —  To Paradiso, the customer-service representative from Qwest Communications on the phone …
Discussion: DSLreports, Techdirt and freakbits.com
James McQuivey / paidContent:
In Amazon vs. Macmillan, Amazon Is The Winner  —  It was a surprising weekend for those of us who had naively imagined that after crossing the River iPad, we might actually get some Elysian rest.  But, alas, the fates conspired against us and handed us the curious case of Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) vs. Macmillan.
HardMac.com:
Hexacore Xeon-based Mac Pro Soon !?  —  It has been quite some time that we know specifications and availability date of the new Intel hexacore Xeon.  We already have indicated that it should find its way in a future revision of Mac Pro to replace the current 32 nm engraved Quad Core Xeon.
Alfred Spector / The Official Google Blog:
Announcing Google's Focused Research Awards  —  (Cross-posted with the Google Research Blog)  —  It is said that Google is like a university — and not just because everyone eats their lunch off trays in the cafeteria.  Like a university, we devote significant energy to research across …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Google Puts New Focus on Outside Research
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
We're turning comments off for a bit  —  Hey guys, we know you like to have your fun, voice your opinions, and argue over your favorite gear, but over the past few days the tone in comments has really gotten out of hand.  What is normally a charged — but fun — environment for our users …
Discussion: The Next Web
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
CONFIRMED: Facebook Gets Faster, Debuts Homegrown PHP Compiler  —  The rumors have been flying over what's going on over at Facebook headquarters.  The word has been that a PHP team was brought in and made to sign non-disclosure agreements before discussing a PHP project that has been in development for the past two years.
Discussion: Open Source, The Register and eWeek
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Aardvark Publishes A Research Paper Offering Unprecedented Insights Into Social Search  —  In 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin published a paper[PDF] titled Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Search Engine, in which they outlined the core technology behind Google and the theory behind PageRank.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Report Ranks Facebook As Greatest Corporate Security Risk  —  According to a new report published by Sophos today, Facebook now poses the greatest security risk to companies among the leading social networks.  Of the 500 firms which were polled, 60 percent “felt that Facebook was the biggest danger”.
Zee / The Next Web:
Twitter forcing some users to change password.  Reported threat of phishing attacks.  —  We're seeing tweets that various people are being forced to change their passwords on Twitter in response to possible phishing threats.  —  The message from twitter itself says:
David Barboza / New York Times:
Hacking for Fun and Profit in China's Underworld  —  CHANGSHA, China — With a few quick keystrokes, a computer hacker who goes by the code name Majia calls up a screen displaying his latest victims.  —  “Here's a list of the people who've been infected with my Trojan horse,” he says …
Discussion: Security Bytes
Miguel Helft / Bits:
YouTube's Take From Movie Rentals: $10,709.16  —  By the measures of the movie rental market, YouTube's first foray into the business of charging users to stream full length feature films was hardly a runaway success.  —  YouTube said last month that it would dip its toes …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
The ‘nirvana phone’ turns your phone into a portable computer  —  As far as I'm concerned, no one has completely solved the problem of delivering all the on-the-go computing capabilities I need in a truly portable device.  You may have experienced this yourself, if you've tried to use …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TheFunded Ranks The Most Loved VCs Of 2009  —  Some VCs are getting an early Valentine's Day gift fromTheFunded, the site where CEOs rate venture capitalists and their firms.  Below you will find the top-ranked individual VCs, as determined by their ratings in 2009.
Cian / GoMo News:
Motorola announces major mobile barcode investment through Scanbuy  —  Motorola Ventures is the investment branch of the mobile manufacturer - and today it has announced that it is leading an investment round into mobile barcodes.  The receiving company is Scanbuy, which maintains the ever more popular Scanlife mobile barcode reader.
Discussion: TechCrunch and PR Newswire
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Mozilla weighs privacy warnings for Web pages
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Fighting File Sharing on Campus: UCLA Partners with Clicker
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Father and Son Team That Founds Web Start-Ups Wants to Finance …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
3 Playing It Cool In iPad Race, But Will Offer An E-Reader
Discussion: The Register
Loïc Le Meur / Seesmic Blog:
Facebook pages loaded with new posting stats
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John Cook / TechFlash:
AdReady sings a new display advertising tune with Pandora
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 Earlier Items: 
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google's two-front war with Apple and Facebook; who are the winners and the losers?
Marcus Yam / Tom's Hardware Guide:
PC vs. Mac in Security: Experts Share Opinions
Discussion: CNET News
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Softbank Leads $75 Million Investment in Ustream Video Site
Discussion: softbank.co.jp and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Issues (Another) 27-Inch iMac Screen Fix
Dylan F. Tweney / Epicenter:
Apple's Next Revolutionary Product: iTunes
Discussion: EverythingiCafe