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12:50 PM ET, January 19, 2011

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Cold Water on the iPad 2 Retina Display Hype  —  Rumors are rampant that the upcoming iPad 2 will feature a higher-resolution retina display.  Long story short: No, it won't.  —  The current iPad has a 1024 × 768 display; a double-resolution retina display iPad would have a 2048 × 1536 display.
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Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
iPads and Retina Displays: Doing the math
Discussion: MacStories and TiPb
Avery Pennarun / apenwarr:   Moore's law and iPad-sized “retina displays”
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In The Race To 10 Billion Downloads, Apple Uncovers The Top All-Time Apps  —  If you had to guess what the top downloaded iOS app of all time was, what would you say?  You'll probably get it.  It's an obvious one.  It's Facebook.  Number two is fairly easy too: Pandora.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Playboy Magazine coming to iPad in its uncensored form in March, including full back catalog  —  From its very first issue in 1953 to its latest incarnation, the full catalog of Playboy Magazine is coming to the iPad this March.  And not only that, it'll be faithful to its original form by arriving to your Apple slate uncensored.
Macworld:
Apple COO Tim Cook on Android, Verizon, and more  —  On Tuesday Apple COO Tim Cook answered questions from analysts following the release of Apple's report of record quarterly earnings.  Here's an edited transcript of his responses to several of those questions, covering topics …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple COO Tim Cook Dismisses Android Tablets As “Bizarre”
Ina Fried / All Things Digital:
Apple's Really Good Quarter Was Really, Really Good in China
Discussion: Digital Daily and Mobilized
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HP / Palm tablet to feature Touchstone dock, cloud storage, Beats audio and Tap-to-Share smartphone integration  —  Now that the kitty's out of the gemstone bag, we're slowly starting to connect the dots that obscure the details of Palm's soon to be announced “Topaz” and “Opal” tablets.
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Samsung: We Are Not Charging Carriers for Android Updates  —  Samsung Mobile emailed Phone Scoop a brief statement to settle some of the rumors that have been flying about regarding the Android 2.2 update for its Galaxy S smartphones.  One report suggested that the delay is being caused …
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
LivingSocial Launches “50% Off Amazon” Deal — Already Has $1.5 Million In Gross Sales  —  LivingSocial's partnership with Amazon is paying off nicely today.  —  LivingSocial is offering users the chance to pay $10 for a $20 Amazon gift card.  So far, 155,127 people have signed up …
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Word Lens More Than Pays for Two Years of Bootstrapping With Its Impressive Launch  —  It was an app two years in the making, but a blowout week more than made up for the time and money Otavio Good spent bootstrapping Word Lens — the first arguably useful augmented reality experience.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Flop Riles Goldman Clients  —  It was supposed to be Wall Street's hottest tech deal in years: the private offering of as much as $1.5 billion in shares of Facebook Inc. And it was a coup for the company's adviser, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the most envied firm on the Street.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Starbucks launches mobile payment network  —  The clever mobile payment system that Starbucks has been testing in a few stores in Seattle, New York and Silicon Valley is going national.  —  Starbucks is announcing that it has expanded the “pay by phone” program to 6,800 of its stores, plus more than 1,000 outlets inside Target stores.
Katherine Boehret / Wall Street Journal:
A New Social Network Where Inquiring Minds Run Wild  —  If brief communications like Twitter's 140-character messages, Facebook status updates and text messaging leave you longing for more substantial discourse, you may be in luck.  This week, I took a look at Quora, a question-and-answer site …
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony Said to Plan Networked Portable Game Player, Smartphones  —  Sony Corp. plans to unveil an updated PlayStation Portable handheld game device on Jan. 27, followed by a game-playing smartphone in February, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Only 66% Use Twitter Profile Location Field as Intended, Says PARC Research Study  —  The first in-depth user research study on the usage of the “Location” field within Twitter profiles has just been published by the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).  With a sample size of 32 million English language tweets …
Discussion: MediaMemo
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
How Verizon LTE Phones Could Offer Simultaneous Voice and Data  —  The HTC ThunderBolt, poised to soon storm Verizon's new LTE network, may be the first smartphone to allow simultaneous voice and data use on the network.  In a Q&A session at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month …
Loic Le Meur / Telegraph:
Start-Up 100: Why I ditched Europe for Silicon Valley  —  Guest columnist Loic Le Meur explains why he chose to build his company on the West Coast  —  The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. … I left Europe because - to put it plainly - Silicon Valley kicks its butt.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog, Thanks:loic
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Senator who opposes antipiracy bill under pressure?  —  Supporters of an antipiracy bill introduced into the Senate last year appear ready to put some pressure on one of the legislation's chief opponents.  —  Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, was instrumental in blocking …
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com
Seeking Alpha:
A Hint That Steve Jobs' Departure Date Has Been Planned for a While  —  Steve Jobs released a letter to the public that he would be taking a leave of absence from Apple (AAPL) for an undisclosed period of time.  About a month ago, when Apple released the date when it planned to report …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
HubSpot Heating Up, Sequoia And Google Ventures Looking To Invest  —  Digital marketing startup HubSpot is close to closing a new round of financing, we've confirmed, that may put a valuation on the company in the $200 million range.  Google Ventures is likely to invest, we've heard from multiple sources.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Notion Ink Adam ships today  —  Notion Ink has announced that shipments of the Adam tablet will be going out from today, after reportedly clearing the FCC over the weekend.  According to the company, as well as those pre-order customers who see January estimates in their shipping status …
Paul Thurrott / Windows Phone Secrets:
Software updates: Windows Phone vs. iPhone  —  I've complained again and again about Microsoft's inability to ship software updates for Windows Phone, noting that the sheer number of missing features and bugs requires a steady stream of hot-fixes.  They're not listening …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and Guardian
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Firms to buy 10 million tablets in 2011: Deloitte  —  (Reuters) - Companies will buy more than 10 million tablet computers this year, consultancy Deloitte said on Tuesday supporting recent research from Gartner which sees the global market for Apple's iPad, rising to 55 million devices this year from 19.5 million in 2010.
Discussion: The Equity Kicker and MediaPost
 
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