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Mozilla Acquires Pocket ➝

Dan Frommer, reporting for Recode:

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, is buying Pocket, the read-it-later service, for an undisclosed amount. Pocket, which is described by Mozilla as its first strategic acquisition, will continue to operate as a Mozilla subsidiary. Founder Nate Weiner will continue to run Pocket, along with his team of about 25 people.

When companies like this are acquired, there’s always promises that nothing will change for the worse, but we all know it rarely ends well. I hope Pocket is able to buck that trend and continue as a standalone service for the long haul rather than turn into just a feature built into Firefox.

It’s Simply Too Early to Call the Apple Watch a Flop ➝

We haven’t even been through a single holiday season yet, and the Watch has been available for just a few months. The only reason anyone is pulling the doom card so early is for the potential “I told you so” opportunities.

Adidas Cancels iAd Campaign ➝

Dan Frommer reporting for Business Insider:

Adidas supposedly pulled its $10+ million ad campaign from the iAd program because Apple CEO Steve Jobs was being too much of a control freak. According to one industry exec, Adidas decided to cancel its iAds after Apple rejected its creative concept for the third time.

Apple Tablet May be Announced in January ➝

The Financial Times’ David Gelles reports that Apple will hold an event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. They expect Apple to “make a major product announcement on Tuesday, January 26th.”

Citing Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, David Gelles hints that a tablet will likely be announced at the event.

Dan Frommer has since published a piece on Silicon Alley Insider saying:

Apple has been telling some app makers to prepare apps for a demo next month, according to this source. “They’ve told select developers that as long as they build their apps to support full screen resolution — rather than a fixed 320×480 — their apps should run just fine,” our source says.

According to a source who spoke with the Boy Genius Report, the Apple tablet is going to come in a 7-inch size. Their source didn’t know whether or not that was the only size, only that the 7-inch size is definitely coming.

Not to be left out of the fray, MacRumors has found evidence that Apple has acquired the domain name “islate.com” and TechCrunch has found evidence that Apple has trademarked the term “iSlate.” MacRumors, building off of TechCrunch’s findings, later found that Apple has the trademark for “Magic Slate” as well.

As Nick Bilton of the New York Times puts it:

But the icing on the cake comes from a current senior employee inside Apple. When one of my colleagues here asked if the rumors of the Apple tablet were true, and when we could expect such a device, the response from his source was, “I can’t really say anything, but, let’s just say Steve is extremely happy with the new tablet.”

Yet another recently departed Apple employee tipped me: “You will be very surprised how you interact with the new tablet.”

It sounds to me like John Gruber was right, the tablet will be a 2010 thing.

Update 1/1/10: MacRumors has uncovered another “buried” Apple trademark, this time for the term “iGuide.” MacRumors’ Arnold Kim thinks that the iGuide name could be related to the Apple tablet. However, I would just chalk this up as another one of those just-in-case-we-want-to-use-it trademark filings.

Meanwhile, Fox News’ Clayton Morris has “confirmed” Apple’s January event. Morris claims to have spoken with a source inside Apple that has confirmed the rumored January event. Also, saying that the event will focus on the mobility space.

E-Books on the Apple Tablet ➝

Although the Financial Times article from July 27  focused on project “Cocktail,” the information about the Apple tablet at the bottom of the article made most readers completely forget about Cocktail.

One of the more interesting aspects of the tablet mentioned by the Financial Times was that book publishers were optimistic about the tablet becoming an alternative to the Amazon Kindle. But, recently Dan Frommer reporting for BusinessInsider said that Apple might not be putting much effort behind competing with the Kindle.

Based on our conversation with [a source connected to the e-book business], it seems that any Kindle-killing the Apple tablet does will have to come from third-party e-book sellers, like Amazon (AMZN), Barnes & Noble (BKS), etc.

So Apple likely won’t make any deals with book publishers and instead will make deals with other companies to provide the e-books to be sold in the store. This way Apple will let someone else worry about the convoluted licensing agreements but will still benefit from the use of their device as an e-book reader.

The best example of this is the sale of audiobooks in the iTunes Store. The audiobooks are sold to you by Apple but are produced and provided to Apple by Audible. It is also possible that e-books could come to the Apple tablet the same way they come to the iPhone, through the App Store. Although, this second scenario doesn’t seem as likely to me.

Update 9/12/09: David Pogue (writing in the New York Times) asks Steve Jobs about e-book readers:

A couple of years ago, pre-Kindle, Mr. Jobs expressed his doubts that e-readers were ready for prime time. So today, I asked if his opinions have changed.

“I’m sure there will always be dedicated devices, and they may have a few advantages in doing just one thing,” he said. “But I think the general-purpose devices will win the day. Because I think people just probably aren’t willing to pay for a dedicated device.”

He said that Apple doesn’t see e-books as a big market at this point, and pointed out that Amazon.com, for example, doesn’t ever say how many Kindles it sells. “Usually, if they sell a lot of something, you want to tell everybody.”

Sounds to me like Jobs thinks that dedicated devices are a thing of the past. Although he “doesn’t see e-books as a big market at this point” I have a feeling that e-books are going to be a big deal on the tablet.