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9:10 AM ET, January 26, 2008

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Belt-Tightening, but No Collapse, Is Forecast in Technology Spending  —  In the consumer economy, the Main Street shopper leads the way.  In the corporate economy, big technology buyers like Monte Ford will determine the arc of business spending in the coming months.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Belt-Tightening In Corporate IT Spending Will be Good For Web 2.0  —  The outlook for corporate IT spending is gloomy, with growth expected to slow from 7 percent last year to 4 percent this year.  The $500 billion that U.S. corporations spend every year on hardware and software accounts for about half of all capital outlays.
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
An Open Letter to the Twitter Guys  —  To: Evan Williams & Biz Stone  —  I am a huge fan.  You are two good guys.  Twitter is the most addictive thing I've experienced since I quit smoking in 1987, and it's so much better for my health.  I have built a multinational circle of friends because of Twitter.
Discussion: broadstuff and Lifeblog
Ryan Block / Engadget:
MacBook Air review  —  It fits in a manila folder, you can slide it under a door, and if you threw it hard enough you could probably chop someone in half with the thing.  It's the thinnest, and if we may say so, the sexiest laptop around today: the MacBook Air.
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Jason Snell / Macworld:
MacBook Air: First Lab Tests
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Would You Pay $1 For A Feed?  —  Before you read this article, I'd ask that you ignore how things are today, I want you to free your mind of the current model so you can fully absorb what I am going to suggest.  With that said, here we go.  —  What if blogs and journals offered a full feed …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Reader Shows the Published Date  —  Besides a new favicon and a confirmation dialog displayed when you mark all the posts as read, Google Reader now shows the published date of a post in a tooltip.  Next to the snippet, Google Reader displays the date when the post was indexed by Google, not the date when it was published.
Erik Schwiebert / Office for Mac Product Forums:
Security issue in Mac Office 2008 Installer  —  You may have seen recent reports on the web of a security issue in the installer for Mac Office 2008.  The issue is that our installer is incorrectly granting ownership of the files to a particular local user as it installs them …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Smartphones Patented... Just About Everyone Sued 1 Minute After Patent Issued  —  This past Tuesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent on “a mobile entertainment and communication device."  Reading the patent, you realize it describes the quite common smartphone.
Techland:
Are domain names recession-proof?  —  By Paul Sloan  —  Global markets are in a state of panic.  Credit markets are all but closed.  And recession fears are everywhere.  But at the conference I attended in Hollywood this week, called DomainFest, you'd have little clue that the financial world was melting down.
Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
Palm to shutter branded retail outlets in cost-cutting move  —  Palm Inc. will close all but one of its retail stores over the next five weeks, in keeping with its effort to cut costs and focus on its next-generation smartphone platform, according to the company.
Discussion: Gadgetell, Engadget and Phone Scoop
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush Order Expands Network Monitoring  —  Intelligence Agencies to Track Intrusions  —  President Bush signed a directive this month that expands the intelligence community's role in monitoring Internet traffic to protect against a rising number of attacks on federal agencies' computer systems.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: More On The Missing iPhones  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster today weighed in on the much discussed missing iPhones issue, and has a different take than Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi.  —  To review: At MacWorld on January 15, Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs announced that had sold 4 million iPhones to date.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm punts unlocked Treo 500 smartphone  —  Palm Europe has released the unlocked version of its compact Treo 500v handset, previously only available on the Vodafone network.  —  The Treo 500 - available now for £269 - runs Windows Mobile 6 Standard on a Marvell XScale processor.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Google Maps Turns Recent Edits Into Voyeuristic Experience  —  In a move that kind of reminds me of Google's attempt to make a strange interactive experience out of watching what photos people post to Blogger (but much less creepy), the Google Lat Long Blog yesterday announced that you can now watch …
 
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