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5:40 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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Marcus Yam / Tom's Hardware Guide:
PC vs. Mac in Security: Experts Share Opinions
Discussion: CNET News
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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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.
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
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.
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
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: Podcasting News and jd/adobe
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
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.
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 …
Thanks:atul
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
Niraj Sheth / Digits:
IPhone Loses Market Share in Fourth Quarter  —  In the last quarter, Apple Inc.'s iPhone did something it's rarely done before: lose market share.  —  Worldwide, the iconic device accounted for 16.6% of smartphone sales in the fourth quarter, dropping from 18.1% in the third, according to data compiled by ABI Research.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:   Global cell phone sales on the rise
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.
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.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Platform Notifications Going Away March 1st  —  Facebook has just posted an update to its Developer Roadmap with a new date for the end of application notifications: March 1st.  On that date, both application-to-user and user-to-user notifications will be no longer.
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Subscriptions are the New BLACK.  (+ why Facebook, Google, & Apple will own your wallet by 2015)  —  I'm on a redeye to NYC, supposed to be working on a presentation i'm giving in a few hours... but f**k it, i can't get this outta my head, so here we go.  —  (note: extremely raw, uneven …
Dylan F. Tweney / Epicenter:
Apple's Next Revolutionary Product: iTunes  —  Apple announced the iPad last Wednesday, and with it added e-books to the menu of content it's selling via iTunes.  —  But I can't believe that Steve Jobs is going to stop there.  —  Brian X. Chen and I predicted on Tuesday evening …
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 …
 
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Facebook Asks Court To Dismiss Click Fraud Cases
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Google Extends Outside Research Financing to New Fields
Discussion: bit-tech.net
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
JamLegend Shreds Past 1 Million Members
Discussion: Widgets Lab
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Leap Wireless Looks Into Sale or Merger
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Brags: 35% Adjusted their Privacy Settings
PC World:
YouTube Turns on IPv6 Support, Net Traffic Spikes
John Cook / TechFlash:
The dot-com bust finally catches up to venture capitalists
 Earlier Items: 
Chris / cdixon.org:
The NYC tech scene is exploding
Discussion: TechCrunch and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Michael Gartenberg / Engadget:
Entelligence: Lessons from the iPad launch
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews
Netflix:
Netflix Adds Hundreds of Indie Films That Can Be Watched Instantly …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Prankster Jason Calacanis Talks About His Apple iPad Hoax (Warning …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Daniel Ko / Korea IT Times:
World's First AMOLED With Touch Function