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As Apple Tablet buzz reaches fever pitch, news of an Acer tablet

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News of the forthcoming – and as-of-yet-unconfirmed – Apple Tablet careened around the Internet this afternoon, days before a Jan. 27 Apple launch event. (Officially, the coy folks over at Apple say the event is being organized around "our latest creation," but it's a foregone conclusion that the "latest creation" is the Apple Tablet.) But according to a new report, Apple isn't the only tech company rolling out a tablet device in 2010.

Bloomberg News and BusinessWeek have both confirmed today that Taiwan-based Acer is readying both a tablet, which would presumably go head-to-head with an Apple device, and an iTunes-like application store. The Acer applications platform will offer “hundreds [of apps], otherwise you can’t call it an apps store,” Jim Wong, president of Acer's IT Products division, told Bloomberg News.

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