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11:15 AM ET, January 7, 2009

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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel: Q4 Revs Fell 20%; Well Below Previous Guidance  —  Intel (INTC) this morning said it expects Q4 revenue of about $8.2 billion, down 20% sequentially and 23% year over year, and below its previous projection of $9 billion, plus or minus $300 million, which it provided on November 12.
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Business Wire:
Intel Announces Preliminary Fourth-Quarter Financial Information
Discussion: Between the Lines
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Intel Warns Revenues Will Be Down 20% (INTC)
Discussion: CNET News
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Apple's iTunes Concessions Are a Double-Edged Sword  —  Apple's announcements at Macworld may have lacked some of the flair and sizzle that CEO Steve Jobs usually brought to his keynote, but there was one announcement that, arguably, will wind up changing the playing field considerably.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Want to Copy iTunes Music?  Go Ahead, Apple Says  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In moves that will help shape the online future of the music business, Apple said Tuesday that it would remove anticopying restrictions on all of the songs in its popular iTunes Store and allow record companies to set a range of prices for them.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 makes its way into stores, Feb. 11th release  —  Yes, yes, the rumors about the T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 release being moved up to February 11th is true.  One of our T-Mobile ninjas just sent us in some pictures of the Curve 8900 in their retail store.
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Sun Microsystems:
Sun Microsystems Expands Cloud Computing Offerings with Acquisition of Q-layer  —  Q-layer Technology Simplifies Cloud Computing Development and Deployment  —  Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced it has acquired Q-layer, a cloud computing company that automates the deployment …
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Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
Sun acquires cloud company Q-layer  —  Sun Microsystems announced Wednesday it has acquired Q-layer, a Belgium-based cloud-computing specialist.  —  Q-layer's technology adds automation to both public and private clouds, allowing companies to simplify the management and deployment of data center applications.
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Google Trends hit by 'trolls" 9/11 web stunt  —  A crude illustration of a plane crashing into the Twin Towers appeared near the top of a list of Google's most popular searches after a stunt by users of a notorious internet message board.  —  The symbol - an icon of an aircraft pointing towards …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Obama picks RIAA's favorite lawyer for a top Justice post  —  As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama won applause from legal adversaries of the recording industry.  Stanford law professor Larry Lessig, the doyen of the “free culture” movement, endorsed the Illinois senator, as did Google CEO Eric Schmidt and even the Pirate Party.
Renai LeMay / CNET News:
Windows 7 beta: First impressions  —  Windows 7 could be one of Microsoft's greatest operating systems, if it fulfills the promise shown by the unofficial beta version (build 7000) we have been testing for the past couple of days.  —  Let me preface these quick impressions of Redmond's latest opus …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Asus' Eee Keyboard revealed  —  The Eee train won't stop until all consumer electronics have been assimilated.  Today Asus introduced the world to the Eee Keyboard, a full-sized keyboard with built-in PC including WiFi (and Ethernet), speaker, mic, and 5-inch interactive display and touchscreen.
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Weak Password Brings ‘Happiness’ to Twitter Hacker  —  An 18-year-old hacker with a history of celebrity pranks has admitted to Monday's hijacking of multiple high-profile Twitter accounts, including President-Elect Barack Obama's, and the official feed for Fox News.
Guardian:
The shape of things to come  —  A self-confessed ‘pretty unlikely early adopter’, the digital guru Clay Shirky still proved to be uncannily prescient about the impact of the web - which is why Tom Teodorczuk is getting his media forecast for 2009  —  Clay Shirky, with his bald head and composed manner …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Beefs Up Search Functionality  —  Later today, broadband-connected TiVo Series3 and TiVo HD subscribers will be treated to a revamped search experience.  And, marking a first, TiVo is finally taking widescreen televisions seriously with a high-def interface utilizing that extra real estate.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here Come The 12 Inch Netbooks, And Intel Isn't Happy About It  —  12 inch Netbooks are coming.  Dell has the Inspiron Mini 12, Samsung will unveil its 12 inch netbook model to the U.S. shortly, and more are coming.  And Intel isn't happy about this at all.  —  In fact, the whole Netbook market may be making them nervous.
Discussion: CrunchGear and GigaOM
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
A Great Start to 2009  —  Today, we reached another milestone: 150 million people around the world are now actively using Facebook and almost half of them are using Facebook every day.  This includes people in every continent—even Antarctica.  If Facebook were a country …
IEBlog:
IE8 Blocker Toolkit Available Today!  —  We believe IE8 helps make browsing the web faster, easier, safer and more reliable.  To help our users be more secure and up-to-date, we will distribute IE8 via Automatic Update (AU) and the Windows Update (WU) and Microsoft Update (MU) sites much like we did for IE7.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Asus T91: Your 1-inch Thick Convertible Eee PC  —  The Asus T91 is an intriguing netbook from Asus.  Just 2lbs in weight, it features an 8.9" convertible touchscreen display and Atom processor.  Pricing/availability are yet unannounced.
Romit Guha / Wall Street Journal:
Satyam's Chairman Resigns  —  BANGALORE — Satyam Computer Services Ltd. Chairman B. Ramalinga Raju Wednesday resigned admitting to falsifying company accounts and inflating revenue and profit figures over several years, sending the company's shares plunging 78%.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
CES09: Powermat looks to charge your gadgets wirelessly  —  One of my favorite items from CES last year was WildCharge's wireless charging set up, which allowed you to power up gadgets without actually plugging them in.  You just plopped them on a charging pad and away you go.
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
As laptops dominate, desktop PCs face obsolescence  —  TAIPEI (Reuters) - The age of the desktop PC appears to be over as its more portable cousin, the laptop, surges ahead with consumers clamoring for light-weight computers in funky designs for use at home, in cafes and on the train to work.
Discussion: CloudAve
Nokia:
Nokia.mobi enriches the mobile internet with Here & Now  —  Espoo, Finland - The popular mobile internet site Nokia.mobi has extended its offering with the launch of Here and Now, a new section that provides the latest world news, music, celebrity buzz, as well as information on Nokia services and products.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
WowWee Cinemin Pico Projectors Are Tiny and Cheap  —  WowWee's Cinemin pico projectors fit any situation you'd be pico projecting in.  The Swivel is a candybar that angles 90 degrees; the Stick's tinier and takes SD cards, and the Station's an iPod dock station.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gearlog
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Missing Steve Jobs at Macworld.  —  Just before the holidays, Apple announced that CEO Steve Jobs would not deliver the keynote address at Macworld, the annual conference that he's long used as a platform for his flashiest product announcements.  The company's terse press release …
Dailyfile:
Introducing the Bernie Madoff Ringtone!  —  Bernie Madoff might not be able to leave his apartment, but now you can take him with you wherever you go!  We're very happy to present you with the very first Bernie Madoff ringtone, which in a violation of everything Bernie holds dear, we're giving away for free.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and textually.org
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
UiRemote is like a remote... in your iPhone
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Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
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Christopher MacManus / Sony Insider:
Sony Set To Offer Innovative Wearable Walkman
Discussion: Engadget
Greg Kumparak / CrunchGear:
Linksys announces Wireless Home Audio System, another wireless …