Steve Jobs: We call it the iPad

Here comes the “ah” moment. Apple’s Steve Jobs has taken the stage at the company’s big launch event today to talk about the much-anticipated iPad. It is very thin. You can browse the web with it, and Jobs says, “It’s the best browsing experience you ever had. Way better than a laptop. Way better than a smart phone.”

Waiting in line at the Apple event with the press horde

I’m outside the Yerba Buena Gardens theater in San Francisco, waiting to go inside for the Apple tablet press conference. I’m in line with the press mob, including folks like my former colleague MG Siegler from Techcrunch. The line formed earlier this time compared to Apple’s iPod unveil here last fall. I’ll be blogging like crazy and posting pictures. So please stand by. [Update: I'm inside, sitting next to Rob Pegoraro from the Washington Post].

The irony of Scott McNealy's goodbye note

Scott McNealy is one of the legendary characters of Silicon Valley. It is jarring to read his goodbye note to Sun Microsystems employees as Oracle is poised to complete its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun. In the email to Sun employees, McNealy said, “Thanks for a great 28 years.”

Roundup: Texas Instruments beats expectations, Bill Gates goes green

Bellwether rings in a good new year — Texas Instruments is another one of those bellwethers for the economy, as its chips are used in cell phones, TVs, and other electronic gadgets. The company beat analysts’ expectations today, reporting a profit of $655 million on sales of $3 billion in the fourth quarter. And CEO Rich Templeton predicts that growth will be up sequentially in the first quarter, not down as is typical for the season. Credit the overall tech recovery. Still, the company’s stock price fell in after-hours trading.

Jagex brings Asian game to Western gamers

Will Western gamers play Asian online games? That’s a big question in the video game market these days. Jagex will test the idea today as it launches War of Legends, an English language version of a Chinese online historical military conquest game.