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8:30 AM ET, February 2, 2010

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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 …
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.
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Andrew Fairbairn / Neowin.net:
Google's tablet UI concept pictures  —  Whilst Google's upcoming Chrome OS is being primarily designed for netbook computers, as we reported recently, it could be the ideal operating system to run on a tablet device - and this is an option that Google is considering.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google's two-front war with Apple and Facebook; who are the winners and the losers?
Discussion: Skeptic Geek and TechCrunch
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.
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
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.
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 and louisgray.com
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); …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Nine out of 10 premium-priced PCs sold at US retail is a Mac  —  Windows 7 did little to slow the Mac's sales trajectory during fourth quarter, according to NPD.  Year over year, Apple doubled US retail unit share — from 5 percent to 10 percent — for PCs selling between $500 and $1,000.
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Marcus Yam / Tom's Hardware Guide:
PC vs. Mac in Security: Experts Share Opinions
Discussion: CNET News
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 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: SlashPhone and Phone Scoop
Marco.org:
iPhone-to-iPad development: How's the timing going to work out?  —  Either I'm missing something, the initial iPad apps are going to suck, or we haven't yet been told that iPad-native apps won't be available for some period of time after the iPad's launch.  —  We have strong incentives …
Discussion: Neven Mrgan's tumbl, Thanks:atul
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Engadget
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: The Register, eWeek and All Facebook
Jeffrey Zeldman / Jeffrey Zeldman Presents …:
Flash, iPad, Standards  —  Lack of Flash in the iPad (and before that, in the iPhone) is a win for accessible, standards-based design.  Not because Flash is bad, but because the increasing popularity of devices that don't support Flash is going to force recalcitrant web developers to build the semantic HTML layer first.
Discussion: Guardian, jd/adobe and Podcasting News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Could Become World's Leading News Reader (Sorry Google)  —  From TV to Tivo and Hulu, from the mall to Amazon and eCommerce and from newspaper carriers and delivery trucks to online syndication and subscription - distribution of goods, services and information has changed a lot thanks to the internet.
HardMac.com:
Production of ALL iMac 27" Core ix Models Stopped by Apple!  —  Apple is facing new problems and issues on the production of the iMac 27" Core i5 and i7, and is already announcing to its customers that it will not be able to ship the unit for the expected delivery date.
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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:
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Behold: Verizon's Motorola Devour  —  Well lookie what just slipped into our inbox.  It's the retail box for the Motorola Devour (aka the Calgary), which we're going to see on Verizon any time now.  Looks like the leaked shot we saw a ways back was right on track, as the D-pad's given way to an optical sensor.
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Softbank Leads $75 Million Investment in Ustream Video Site  —  Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) — Ustream Inc., a provider of live video streaming to the Internet and mobile phones, said it raised $75 million in capital, led by Softbank Corp., Japan's third-largest mobile-phone operator.
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 …
Bo Peabody / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook And Twitter Will Always Be Crappy Businesses  —  Two weeks ago, we ran an excerpt from a piece the Village Ventures partner Bo Peabody wrote for the Washington Post about how Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks would always be lousy businesses.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Fire Outfoxed: Greasemonkey Creator Builds Native Support Into Chrome  —  When Google launched Extensions for Chrome in December, they had around 300 of them ready to go in their gallery.  A day later, that number was already up to 500.  By now, there are a few thousand available …
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Reuters Partners With Video Aggregator NDN On Ad-Sharing Deal
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Grandma endures wrongful ISP piracy suspension
Discussion: Techdirt and freakbits.com
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Facebook Asks Court To Dismiss Click Fraud Cases
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Google Extends Outside Research Financing to New Fields
Discussion: CNET News and bit-tech.net
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
JamLegend Shreds Past 1 Million Members
Discussion: Widgets Lab
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Platform Notifications Going Away March 1st
Dylan F. Tweney / Epicenter:
Apple's Next Revolutionary Product: iTunes
 Earlier Items: 
Chris / cdixon.org:
The NYC tech scene is exploding
Discussion: /message, TechCrunch and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Michael Gartenberg / Engadget:
Entelligence: Lessons from the iPad launch
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews