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4:05 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 …
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
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.
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and LiveSide
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: Gearlog
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Intel:
Intel Announces Preliminary Fourth-Quarter Financial Information  —  Intel Corporation today announced preliminary fourth-quarter financial information with revenue of approximately $8.2 billion, down 20 percent sequentially and down 23 percent year over year.
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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.
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 …
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Verizon Wireless plans to support Kindle rivals  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) Verizon Wireless is poised to have rivals of Amazon's popular electronic Kindle reader use its network to download material such as books and newspapers wirelessly, according to an executive for the wireless service provider.
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Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews.net:
Verizon To Support Kindle Competitors; But Can Any Of Them Challenge Amazon?
Discussion: MobileBurn.com and Phone Scoop
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Ars Technica, BoomTown and Gearlog
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 …
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.
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: Gizmodo and Scripting News
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.
 
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Facebook firing sparks ethics debate
Discussion: p2pnet
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Companies are overstating green claims, consumers say
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UiRemote is like a remote... in your iPhone
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Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
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