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2:30 PM ET, January 2, 2009

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VentureBeat:
Android netbooks on their way, likely by 2010  —  The image above shows a netbook Asus EEEPC 1000H running on Google's mobile operating system Android.  Huh?  You thought Android was for mobile phones, right?  Well, as we've written before, Google is planning to use Android for any device — not just the mobile phones.
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Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Android netbook is a possibility
Chuq von Rospach / Guardian:
Enjoying the show, avoiding the flamethrower: life inside Apple  —  What's it like working inside Apple when the MacWorld announcements are made?  The man who set up many of its email systems and worked there 17 years explains the inside story of the preparation, the unveiling - and why it's sometimes best to avoid Steve Jobs
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Chuqui 3.0
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google's iPhone app has a hidden menu  —  In November, Google launched voice search capabilities for its native iPhone application.  It took a fairly pointless app and made it cool, interesting and useful.  But alongside that update Google added a hidden menu, which it revealed today on the Google Mobile Blog.
Discussion: Google Watch
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Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
Internet Explorer's share of the browser market fell below 70% in November  —  Not coincidentally, Mozilla's Firefox browser has also surpassed 20 percent market share for the first time.  —  And Google certainly isn't reluctant to kick Microsoft while it's down, as it now automatically recommends …
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen Mac mini to get dual display support  —  Bringing its least expensive system up to par with features in the rest of its lineup, Apple is due to revamp the Mac mini with multiple video outputs, AppleInsider has learned.  —  Those familiar with the company's plans …
Brendan Gregg:
Unusual disk latency  —  The following screenshot shows two spikes of unusually high disk I/O latency during a streaming write test:  —  This screenshot is from Analytics on the 7410.  The issue is not with the 7410, it's with disk drives in general.  The disk latency here is also not suffered …
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Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
Be vewwy vewwy quiet... I'm fetching bits!
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Peter Rip / EarlyStageVC:
The Coming Venture Capital Boom  —  No, I am not a Pollyanna.  I see the today's carnage as much as everyone else.  This year is going to be tough.  The destructive firestorm of leveraged, momentum investing has destroyed much of the forest.  But the forest will begin its renewal because Life Goes On …
Discussion: JasonKolb.com and altgate
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
If You Are Really, Really Desperate For Cash, These Guys Will Give You $3k  —  Consulting firm Herman Blackbook is launching a new micro-fund today for application developers who want to build stuff on top of “Twitter, Boxee, AppNexus, Trulia, iPhone, and more” called the New Platforms Fund.
Discussion: Darren Herman, Mashable! and innonate
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Researching Gloves for Use with Multi-Touch Devices  —  The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today released a patent application from Apple describing research into gloves that allow the wearer to operate electronic devices.  The patent application was filed on June 28th, 2007.
Discussion: MacBlogz and DailyTech
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Jason Perlow / Tech Broiler:
Windows 7: Mojave My Ass  —  I've been playing with the Windows 7 Build 7000 (Beta 1) for several days now, and I've come to the conclusion that like Vista, it's not a major improvement over what most users are currently experiencing with Windows XP, and is at best only a slight improvement over Vista SP1.
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Hyperlinking the Real World  —  European researchers working on the MOBVIS project have developed a new system that will allow camera phone users to hyperlink the real world.  After taking a picture of a streetscape in an urban area, the MOBVIS technology identifies objects like buildings …
Discussion: ICT Results Features
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
VentureSource: Worst venture liquidity in five years  —  Now that 2008 is over, we can officially declare it the worst year for U.S. venture liquidity since 2003 (when the industry was still feeling the effects of the bursting tech bubble).  This year, venture-backed companies generated $24 …
Discussion: TechFlash and VatorNews
Laura Brunow Miner / JPG Magazine:
JPG Magazine Says Goodbye  —  Today is a particularly sad day for all of us at JPG and 8020 Media.  —  We've spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we've reached the end of the line.  We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents …
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
New Vuzix VR Glasses To Be Unveiled at CES  —  The biggest feature of the new Vuzix virtual reality glasses has nothing to do with a new technology.  —  Mostly, it comes from the fact that the company finally hired a designer aware of current aesthetic tastes.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone 3G unlock arrives at last, time to eat some yellowsn0w  —  So, it didn't quite land before midnight as some had hoped, but we're sure you were partying too hard to notice.  The Dev-Team just launched its long-awaited iPhone 3G unlock, dubbed “yellowsn0w,” and while they're still working …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, DSLreports and digg.com
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David Gonzales / Unwired View:
iPhone 3G unlock now available for download
Discussion: Newlaunches.com, PMP Today and Gizmodo
 
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Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Orange may pull BlackBerry Bold
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Microsoft was denied PAYG computing patent
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