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9:05 PM ET, January 13, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
“U.S. Economy Screwed”  —  The recession-deniers having been muzzled by a horrendous last two weeks of December, 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 …
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. …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Firm shows off functional Android build on ancient HTC hardware  —  California-based a la Mobile has crafted a somewhat complete set of phone apps in prototype form — you know, the most basic kinds of things you'd need on a smartphone to make it usable — on top of Android …
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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 …
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.
Jon Mooallem / New York Times:
The Afterlife of Cellphones  —  1. Cellphones in Hell  —  Americans threw out just shy of three million tons of household electronics in 2006.  This so-called e-waste is the fastest-growing part of the municipal waste stream and, depending on your outlook, either an enormous problem or a bonanza.
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 …
Brian Brady / The Independent:
Prisoners ‘to be chipped like dogs’  —  Hi-tech ‘satellite’ tagging planned in order to create more space in jails  —  Civil rights groups and probation officers furious at ‘degrading’ scheme  —  Ministers are planning to implant “machine-readable” microchips under the skin of thousands …
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Telegraph:
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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Two Views of Innovation, Colliding in Washington  —  AS the Senate prepares to tinker with the nation's patent laws this spring, it's worth recalling the law of unintended consequences.  —  From the vantage point of a half-century, for example, it's clear that the formation …
Discussion: Wikinomics
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
TSA security flaws exposed users to risk of identity theft  —  The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee published a report Friday with details about the committee's investigation into security flaws found in the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) traveler redress website.
Joe Maller:
iTransmogrify!  —  iTransmogrify! is a bookmarklet for iPhone which transforms embedded Flash content into direct links to natively supported formats.  That means YouTube videos and MP3s can now be played from the iPhone's Safari web browser with just a few clicks.  —  Seeing it work is the best explanation:
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
I'm going to try live-blogging during the keynote  —  Have you ever sat there during a keynote and wondered what Dear Leader was really thinking even as he was restoring a sense of childlike wonder to your life?  Well, I'm going to try to help you find out, by blogging here on this blog even as I'm doing the keynote.
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