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11:55 AM ET, January 7, 2009

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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.
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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.
Market Wire:
T-Mobile USA to Offer Customers the Thinnest and Lightest Full-QWERTY BlackBerry Smartphone  —  New BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone Delivers GPS, Wi-Fi, Enhanced Multimedia Capabilities and More  —  BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON and WATERLOO, ONTARIO—(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2009) -
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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.
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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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Intel Warns Revenues Will Be Down 20% (INTC)
Discussion: CNET News
Business Wire:
Intel Announces Preliminary Fourth-Quarter Financial Information
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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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%.
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.
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.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eee PC T91 convertible tablet lives (Update: Video!)
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
UiRemote is like a remote... in your iPhone  —  Yeah, sure, name any IR-equipped phone in existence and odds good to excellent that you can find a universal remote app for it, but you probably can't think of many for the iPhone, now, can you?  They exist, yes, but they tend to carry …
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
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
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Demise of Library House shows databases are heading to the cloud/crowd  —  Cambridge-based technology VC deals tracker Library House, which went into administration last month, has had its database of deals sold to Dow Jones.  The Library House database and customers will now go into Dow Jones's VentureSource …
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance and paidContent
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.
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
Sony Walkman X-Series Is Surfable, Touchable and Shuts Up the World Around You  —  Sony's Walkman NWZ-X1000 features an OLED touchscreen, Wi-Fi and built-in noise cancellation and could re-seat the brand as the world's music player of choice... if it doesn't come with typical Sony prices.
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
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Apple's Entry Into Online Office Apps Is Confusing, Laughable  —  Apple has decided it's time to get into the online office documents game.  Too bad the company doesn't quite understand the rules.  —  Rather than directly compete with popular web applications like Google Docs …
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.
 
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