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4:55 PM ET, January 7, 2009

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New York Times:
Satyam Chief Admits Huge Fraud  —  NEW DELHI — Satyam Computer Services, a leading Indian outsourcing company that serves more than a third of the Fortune 500 companies, significantly inflated its earnings and assets for years, the chairman and co-founder said Wednesday …
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Wall Street Journal:
Satyam Rocked by Fraud  —  Overstated Profits Raise Investor Concern About India Oversight  —  By NIRAJ SHETH and JACKIE RANGE in New Delhi and ROMIT GUHA in Bangalore, India  —  The chairman of one of India's largest information technology companies admitted he concocted key financial results including …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Investment Group Makes Run For Yahoo, Using Microsoft's Money  —  Interest in troubled Internet giant Yahoo has not waned, it just took a break for the holidays.  A group of well known Silicon Valley executives and top investment bankers are putting together a Yahoo takeover deal …
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 …
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:   Facebook Hits 150 Million Users, Adding 450,000 Users Per Day
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.
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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 …
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Microsoft may begin offering Windows 7 upgrades as early as July
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Yelp user faces lawsuit over negative review  —  San Franciscan Christopher Norberg went to a chiropractor after being injured in a car accident in 2006.  After a disagreement with the chiropractor over billing, he posted a negative review of the business on Yelp suggesting that the doctor was dishonest.
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
LG Announces Watch Phone … Like we mentioned last night, LG has announced their 3G HSDPA, video conferencing watch phone today, model number LG-GD910, which is due for Europe this year.  Just about as stylish as the Prada Link, isn't it?  The CEO was a little tenative to show off the features …
Discussion: greg hughes, Engadget and Gearlog
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PC World:
Samsung Enters Pico-Projector Market  — The growing pico-projector market is getting a jolt here at the Consumer Electronics Show, with announcements from a range of vendors.  The latest company to enter the market is Samsung Mobile, announcing the MBP200 Pico Projector.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Obsessable
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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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bush: Fix Your “Miserable Failure” Googlebomb Legacy Before Obama Takes Office  —  Few realize that outgoing US president George W. Bush has left behind a unique legacy for future presidents, including Barack Obama — that they are all condemned to rank tops for a search on “miserable failure” in major search engines.
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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Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
Verizon says in mobile search deal with Microsoft  —  Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) said it agreed to a mobile search deal with Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and that details will be announced later on Wednesday.  —  Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Forget SDHC: SDXC Holds 2-Terabytes  —  Still struggling to remember the difference between SD and SDHC?  Then you don't want to hear about SDXC, which is a new standard from the SD Association.  Secure Digital eXtended Capacity is the new name and with it comes huge leaps in flash storage capacity.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Netgear Shows off Devices for Surfing, Storing Internet TV  —  I'm sitting in the Consumer Electronics Show presentation for Netgear (NTGR).  Vivek Pathela, VP of netgear's consumer products is taking the stage with his characteristic enthusiasm.  He mentions Netgear is introducing 15 …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
A Smaller CES, But Big Tech News Still Expected  —  () ], Intel [INTC Loading...  () ], Sony [SNE Loading...  () ] and so many others didn't make their fortunes focused on today and tomorrow.  —  They're all about the future, which is particularly important in today's current economic climate.
Discussion: BoomTown, Ars Technica and Gearlog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Power.com And Facebook Are Friends Again (Almost)  —  After being sued by Facebook in December for violating its terms of use, social-networking aggregator Power.com is now close to settling the dispute, we have been able to confirm.  The final settlement terms are still being ironed out, but are being reviewed by both sides.
John P. Falcone / Webware.com:
LG Blu-ray players stream Netflix, CinemaNow, and YouTube  —  In 2008, LG's BD300 set itself apart from other Blu-ray players by becoming the first one to include compatibility with the Netflix's “Watch Instantly” streaming service.  Unfortunately, the uniqueness of the feature was short-lived …
Constantinos Michael / Google Mobile Blog:
Getting directions to businesses now easier on Google Maps for mobile  —  One of my favorite things about Google Maps for mobile is finding businesses on the go.  Today we launched a server-side change that makes it easier to get directions to businesses.  You can now get directions to restaurants …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
EFF wins request for reexamination of ringtone patent  —  Synthesized controversy  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted a request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to reexamine a controversial patent that covers the distribution of certain types of music files over the internet.
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
Asus planning Eee phone... with Android?  —  CES 2009: CEO commends Apple's iPhone too  —  Johnny Shih, CEO of Asus, has announced that the company is looking at an Eee-branded phone... and that it may run Android as well.  —  Speaking to TechRadar at Asus' keynote speech at CES 2009 …
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.
Janice Tibbetts / canada.com:
Facebook firing sparks ethics debate  —  B. C. woman says e-mail sacking 'coward's way out'  —  W hen esthetician Crystal Bell was fired via Facebook, she spawned a debate over"cyber sacking" and what employers owe their employees in times when electronic communication has become the norm.
Discussion: p2pnet
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Netgear's MBR624GU 3G Router  —  The Netgear press event just finished up and among the new products is the MBR624GU router.  Using a USB dock, you can plug your existing 3G USB adapter in the backside of this puppy and share your wireless broadband connection.
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Scripting News
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Pogue rocks Macworld with “Where is Steve?”  —  David Pogue, New York Times' tech columnist, author of the Missing Manual series, and frustrated Broadway producer, led his Macworld Live! feature presentation in San Francisco Wednesday with a musical riff on Steve Jobs' non-attendance.
Discussion: TUAW
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
AT&T moves closer to offering in-home cell base stations  —  AT&T is contacting some of its customers asking if they'd like to test an in-home extension to its cellular networks powered by a subscriber's own broadband—a femtocell.  Femtocells use frequencies licensed by the carrier for data and voice …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC: Burn it down or reform it?
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