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10:25 AM ET, January 9, 2009

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Pre in-depth impressions, video, and huge hands-on gallery  —  We just sat down with Palm for a more in-depth look at the device, and here are our takeaways.  First off, the software and hardware they're showing right now aren't the final versions.  They're updating and tweaking as we speak …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Palm Unveils Its iPhone Rival: The Pre.  Don't Expect to Buy One Cheap.
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Nears End of CEO Search  —  Yahoo Inc. is in the final stretch of its search for a chief executive officer, and a decision could come as soon as next week, said people close to the Internet company.  —  Among candidates still under consideration is Carol Bartz, the former chief executive officer …
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John Oates / The Register:
Ballmer tries to breathe life into Yahoo! deal  —  Dead! horse! flogged!  —  Steve Ballmer is still trying to resurrect a possible search deal with Yahoo!.  —  Ballmer told the FT that he thought a search deal was still possible - and that it would most likely happen when Yahoo! …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and CNN
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Microsoft turns up heat on Yahoo
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Chrome 2.0 Pre-Beta  —  Google Chrome's development is high-paced and version numbers are not very significant, but it's weird to see a pre-beta release of Chrome 2.0, four months after Chrome 0.2.  There are many new things in Chrome 2.0:  —  * form autocomplete …
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Ian Fette / Chromium Blog:
Google Chrome Release Channels
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Manage Amazon EC2 With New Web-Based AWS Management Console  —  Today we're announcing the availability of the Web-based AWS Management Console, which in this first release provides management of your Amazon EC2 environment via a point-and-click interface.  A number of management tools already exist …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
For BlackBerry, Obama's Devotion Is Priceless  —  This week, Michael Phelps signed a deal worth more than $1 million to advertise Mazda in China.  Jerry Seinfeld earned a reported $10 million to appear in Microsoft's recent television campaign.  —  But the person who may be the biggest celebrity pitchman …
Randy Nelson / Joystiq:
The First Wii: Obama brings video games to the White House  —  When Barack Obama takes office on January 20th, he'll not only be the most powerful man in the world, but also the most powerful gamer.  (Nintendo did give outgoing President Bush a DS and Brain Age some years ago; it's up to you to decide if he ever played it.)
Discussion: Newlaunches.com, Kotaku and Switched
Reuters:
Panasonic and LG bet boldly on flatscreen TV growth  —  TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corp said it aims to boost sales of flatscreen TVs by 50 percent, joining rival LG Electronics Inc in setting bold growth targets in a slowing market.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Four core iPhones and firmware 3.0  —  One of the most interesting rumors I've been tracking here at Macworld Expo in San Francisco surrounds the mysterious four-core iPhone.  While the current iPhone has (roughly) the processing power of the Sony PSP, an upgraded four core iPhone …
Datamation:
How China's ‘50 Cent Army’ Could Wreck Web 2.0  —  Two years ago, Chinese President Hu Jintao called on Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members to “assert supremacy over online public opinion, raise the level and study the art of online guidance and actively use new technologies to increase the strength of positive propaganda.”
Discussion: Beyond Search
Jacob Schulman / Engadget:
Coby's sub-$200 netbooks handled at CES  —  Remember those sub-$100 Coby netbooks that we deemed a hoax?  Well, it looks like they might not be as hoax-y as we originally thought.  Here at CES, Coby has a bunch of base models on the show floor in a myriad of color combos.
Speaking of Security, the RSA Blog and Podcast:
Online Fraudsters Prey Upon the Media and Public Interest in Current Events to Launch “Cease-Fire Trojan Attack”  —  Yesterday morning, the RSA FraudAction Research Lab discovered a social engineering scam designed to lure people, via an email spam attack, to a fake news website designed to look like CNN.com.
Discussion: CNET News and WebProNews
Fox News:
French Parking Meters Call Cops When Time's Up  —  You're shopping when you receive a text message on your cell phone.  It's from the parking meter to tell you that you've been given a fine.  —  A science-fiction nightmare?  No, this could soon be the reality of urban parking in Britain …
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
Lester Haines / The Register:
‘Kidnapped’ child tracked by mobile phone and Street View  —  Cops cuff grandmother following tech dragnet  —  A “kidnapped” nine-year-old Massachusetts girl is safely back at home after a team effort by an enterprising local cop and deputy fire chief which exploited the signal from her mobile phone …
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Microsoft: Expect Fewer Phones With Windows  —  Microsoft says it is responding to the fierce competition in the phone market by retooling and beefing up its mobile operating system-and by putting it on fewer devices.  —  Todd Peters, the vice president of marketing for the Windows Mobile division …
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple files patent for camera hidden behind display  —  We've already seen the iSight indicator light “disappear” behind the bezel of Apple's MacBook and iMac computers.  A recently published patent application could make the iSight itself not only disappear, but move to the middle of the screen.
Angus Crawford / BBC:
UK e-mail law ‘attack on rights’  —  Rules forcing internet companies to keep details of every e-mail sent in the UK are a waste of money and an attack on civil liberties, say critics.  —  From March all internet service providers (ISPs) will by law have to keep information about every e-mail sent or received in the UK for a year.
Discussion: The Register and TheNextWeb.com
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
AMD's Phenom II could mark company turnaround  —  AMD's 45nm Phenom II (codenamed Deneb) has the dubious honor of being what may be the most immediately anticipated processor, ever.  Even before AMD had finished shoveling its original Phenom out the door, the company was talking up 45nm Shanghai …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Stop chatting!  Facebook shuts up IM integration with Meebo  —  Instant message aggregator Meebo integrated MySpace's and Facebook's chat services last month.  It let Meebo users chat with friends on either site from within Meebo.  Now Facebook is making Meebo turn its connection off …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Ballmer: Google, Google, the economy, Google  —  LAS VEGAS—Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer arrived at the Consumer Electronics Show with his usual optimism, but he also brings a clear sense of reality: The tech industry is in for some rough times.  —  “The fact of the matter is, this is not a downturn, this is a bit of a reset.
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Palm strikes back with new OS, pré handset at CES
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Q&A: Microsoft's Robbie Bach on economy, Zune glitch and iPhone
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Report: Gmail about one-third as expensive as hosted e-mail
Discussion: PC World
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera debuts at CES
Discussion: PR Newswire and Gearlog
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