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10:55 PM ET, January 13, 2008


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USA Today:
Introducing the first Android prototype  —  NEW YORK — A small software developer today plans to unveil a suite of applications — browser, camera, games and more — based on the new Google-endorsed operating system, Android.  —  A La Mobile, based in San Ramon, Calif. …
Discussion: VoIP Blog and TechCrunch
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Firm shows off functional Android build on ancient HTC hardware
Discussion: and Mashable!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
“U.S. Economy Screwed”  —  The recession-deniers were muzzled by a horrendous last two weeks of December, and the gloom-and-doomers are now out in force.  Their key arguments:  — Plummeting housing will now drag down the rest of the economy.  — The “bad debt” problem is not just …
EMI managers will have to sing for their supper  —  Guy Hands will this week pledge to invest tens of millions of pounds recruiting new talent scouts and managing EMI's existing acts.  —  But alongside the investment in so-called A&R - artist and repertoire - he will also unveil plans to cut …
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
EMI Employment Prospects Bleak  —  The music industry's transition into the digital age appears to be on another collision course with the free market.  The Telegraph is reporting today that Guy Hands, CEO of the private equity firm Terra Firma, is looking to restructure EMI and to lay off nearly 2,000 employees.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Netflix expands Internet viewing option  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Girding for a potential threat from Apple Inc., online DVD rental service Netflix Inc. is lifting its limits on how long most subscribers can watch movies and television shows over high-speed Internet connections.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
From 10 Hours a Week, $10 Million a Year  —  MARKUS FRIND, a 29-year-old Web entrepreneur, has not read the best seller “The 4-Hour Workweek” — in fact, he had not heard of it when asked last week — but his face could go on the book's cover.  He developed software for his online dating site …
Dave Ambrose / All Facebook:
Lessons Learned from 60 Minutes' Interview with Zuckerberg: Brandee Barker is a Genius and Zuck Wears Nice Moccasins  —  To say that the Lesley Stahl's profile of Mark Zuckerberg tonight on 60 Minutes was “groundbreaking” would be a great exaggeration.  Hell, to me, the most groundbreaking discovery …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Bloomberg News Launches Massive Web Video Strategy, Sources  —  Bloomberg News has launched CEO Spotlight, a new Web video series of CEO interviews produced in Bloomberg bureaus around the globe.  It is the first step by the media behemoth to bring a vast amount of business news video clips …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Wallstrip Team Leaves Show to Start for CBS  —  The original Wallstrip team — star Lindsay Campbell and producers Adam Elend and Jeff Marks — has left the daily financial news web show and moved on to a new project within CBS Interactive, according to Wallstrip founder Howard Lindzon.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Things Are Looking Good At Startup Schwag  —  It's been a few months since we wrote about Startup Schwag, a service that sends users startup-branded tshirts and stickers every month.  —  You'll either think this is lame (not target market) or so cool you've wet your pants (target market) and act accordingly.
Kerry A. Dolan / Forbes:
Andy Grove's Last Stand  —  The former Intel chief, now battling Parkinson's, is on a crusade to speed progress in treating the disease.  Can he make a difference?  —  Andy Grove noticed an occasional tremor in the index finger of his right hand. it was 1999, when Grove was 63 and had just stepped …
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Macworld Exhibitor tip: disable the IR port on your Macs  —  As you may or may not know there has been something of a dust up across the tech blogosphere regarding a prank that a certain tech blog performed during CES.  The prank involved a little gizmo that turned off a number of televisions at once …
Rafe Needleman /
ULTIMATE LIVEBLOGGING TOOL: COVERITLIVE  —  CoverItLive is a new, hosted service for blogging events in real-time, or “liveblogging."  It's a useful tool for people covering major industry events, speeches, sports, and the like.  I first saw the product in use when I was watching …
Alec Saunders .LOG:
Skype with High Quality Video  —  Periodically a vendor sends me a pretty good toy to try out.  The Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks is one such item.  The folks at Skype's PR agency shipped it to me because they wanted me to see the high quality video features in the latest version of Skype.... more on Skype in a minute.
Discussion: Skype Journal
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
iriver prepping handwriting-friendly e-book / tablet?
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
TSA security flaws exposed users to risk of identity theft
John Markoff / New York Times:
Two Views of Innovation, Colliding in Washington
Discussion: Wikinomics
Brian Brady / The Independent:
Prisoners ‘to be chipped like dogs’
Discussion: Digg
Joe Maller:
iTransmogrify!  —  iTransmogrify! is a bookmarklet for iPhone …
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
I'm going to try live-blogging during the keynote
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 Earlier Items: 
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
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Discussion: Shipping Seven and WinBeta
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Great.  Expectations.  —  There's a delicate balance to Stevenote expectations.
Discussion: BBC NEWS
Howard Owens:
Five easy things journalists can do to help their web sites
Chris Sorensen / Toronto Star:
Telus considers dumping its ‘Betamax’ of wireless networks
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
Has Gawker Jumped the Snark?