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1:15 PM ET, January 7, 2009

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New York Times:
Satyam Chief Admits Huge Accounting 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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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%.
Sumeet Chatterjee / Reuters:   Accounting scandal at Satyam could be India's Enron
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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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.
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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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 …
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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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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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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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 …
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.
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
HTC Posts Increased Revenues for 2008  —  HTC has posted their 2008 numbers, and if you're a fan/fanboy/fangirl of the company... You will want to give me a high five. *high five*  —  Digitimes reports the details: … Moving forward to 2009, HTC is aiming for revenue growth of around 20%.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
LG shows off watch phone, mobile digital TV, and wireless video networking  —  South Korea's LG Electronics kicked off press day at the International Consumer Electronics Show this morning with a flurry of new technology and product announcements.  —  Other TV makers will likely match …
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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.
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.
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: Beyond Binary
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.
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Bad Things (or Layoffs) Happen to Other People  —  Americans, by nature, are an optimistic bunch.  Even in tough times, there is something to be optimistic about.  Where others see the glass half empty, we see it as half full.  That is probably the only reasonable explanation for the findings …
Yahoo! Finance:
Time Warner Updates 2008 Business Outlook for Certain Financial Measures  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—In conjunction with the participation of its Chief Financial Officer John Martin in the 2009 Citigroup Global Entertainment, Media & Telecommunications Conference today, Time Warner Inc. …
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.
 
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Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
As laptops dominate, desktop PCs face obsolescence
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Greg Kumparak / CrunchGear:
Linksys announces Wireless Home Audio System, another wireless …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Asus T91: Your 1-inch Thick Convertible Eee PC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here Come The 12 Inch Netbooks, And Intel Isn't Happy About It
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