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2:35 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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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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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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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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.
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 …
DealBook:
CBS's Wallstrip to Scale Back  —  Like much of Wall Street, Wallstrip is pulling in its horns.  —  The finance-focused, comedy video Web site, which CBS's interactive unit acquired in May 2007, won't be producing any more episodes, PEhub.com said Wednesday, citing an undisclosed source.
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.
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
Verizon picks Microsoft search over Google, Yahoo  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc said it agreed to a mobile search deal with Microsoft Corp and that details will be announced later on Wednesday.  —  Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer …
Discussion: Reuters, LiveSide and Phone Scoop
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Opera: One Web Across Multiple Devices  —  Opera plans to unveil a new version of its SDK today that will allow Opera's partners to create a more uniform browsing experience across multiple devices and platforms.  The new version of the Opera Devices SDK now gives developers access to Opera Link …
Discussion: CNET News and Opera Press Room
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: Scripting News
Ricky Cadden / MobileBurn.com:
Nokia N810 WiMAX Edition discontinued  —  News by Ricky Cadden on Wednesday January 07, 2009.  —  Our sources have informed us that Nokia has discontinued its N810 Internet Tablet WiMAX Edition, effective immediately.  Distributors have apparently been asked to send any remaining stock back to Nokia.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
LG's HDTV lineup streams, has Hz, will block out the sun  —  LG just released a vast amount of information detailing their latest lineup of HDTVs, but most of it you can make up yourself: imagine a list of TV sizes, a descending list of model numbers, and a likewise descending list of features.
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
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 and Gearlog
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
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.
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.
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.
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) -
Haig Simonian / Financial Times:
Logitech cuts 500 jobs and issues another profit warning  —  Logitech, one of the world's best-known manufacturers of peripheral equipment for computers and electronic entertainment systems, yesterday said it would cut 15 per cent of its workforce amid sharply weakening demand.
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Feds note gaming DRM woes: FTC to hold town hall meeting
Discussion: TeleRead and Slashdot
InfoWorld:
Recession be damned! IT security spending up for some
Discussion: eWeek
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Power.com And Facebook Are Friends Again (Almost)
Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews.net:
China Issues Long-Awaited 3G Licenses
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
HTC Posts Increased Revenues for 2008
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Bad Things (or Layoffs) Happen to Other People
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
UiRemote is like a remote... in your iPhone
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