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11:40 PM ET, January 9, 2009

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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Update on Windows 7 Beta Availability  —  Due to very heavy traffic we're seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta.  We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft holding off on Windows 7 public beta  —  Microsoft has postponed, at least for a short time, making the beta of Windows 7 publicly available.  —  The move comes as Microsoft has struggled to keep its Windows 7 Web site up on Friday.  —  “Due to very heavy traffic we're seeing …
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Windows 7 Public Beta Delayed, Due Later Friday Afternoon  —  Microsoft was expected to release the first public beta of Windows 7 mid-day Friday, but ended up delaying the release for several hours after overwhelming demand for the free download crippled the company's web servers.
Microsoft TechNet:
Welcome to the Windows 7 Beta Customer Preview Program  — Test Windows 7 Beta in your lab environment  — Stay informed on updates and resources  —  Windows 7 is...  the next release of the Windows client operating system, built on the secure foundation of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:   Microsoft's servers overloaded by interest in Windows 7
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Web site problems as Windows 7 beta hits
Discussion: TG Daily and Full of I.T.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell Adamo hands-on!  (Update: now with video!)  —  Looks like our puppy-dog eyes have served us well yet again — we just got to spend some time with Dell's ultra-hot Adamo.  It's really small, less than an inch thick, we'd say — and although we didn't measure, we'd say that 13-inch screen rumor was spot on.
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Mark Larson / Chromium Developer Documentation:
Release Notes 2.0.156.1  —  Google Chrome is built with open source code from Chromium.  —  Except as otherwise noted, the content of this page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license, and examples are licensed under the BSD License.  —  Getting Involved > Early Access Release Channels > Release Notes >
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Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
Chrome 2.0 Preview Means Mac, Linux Versions Coming Soon
Discussion: Maximum PC all and Gizmodo
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Google leaps forward with Chrome 2.0 dev. preview
Discussion: Webware.com and PC World
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Source: Apple plans to attend CES in 2010  —  On the heels of announcing its plans to bail on Macworld Expo next year, Apple will be instead attending the more generic Consumer Electronics Show in 2010, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  The blogosphere has been passionately arguing …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's New Favicon (Again)  —  Google changed their favicon once more (the last change happened in May 2008).  Above you can see the recent history of this icon showing in the address bar and elsewhere.  The new design consists of four color areas - blue, red, green and yellow - overlaid by a lowercase white “g”.
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Electronista:
Palm Pre to go GSM, cost $399 at Sprint?  —  The Palm Pre is already poised to run on more widespread GSM networks but may be more costly regardless of network, according to separate reports.  Company European sales VP Paul Ghent tells site Pocket-lint that while the initial version of the Pre …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Rumor: Travel site Expedia may go private  —  Expedia, a publicly traded travel planning site, may be going private, we're hearing from within the financial bowels of New York.  This is just a rumor but we're publishing it anyway because the move could make sense, and our readers deserve to know the idea is out there.
Discussion: TechFlash
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
CES: Intel's Craig Barrett challenges tech community to help emerging countries  —  Craig Barrett, the chairman of Intel, is urging people to take small steps to help alleviate problems of poverty and illiteracy in the developing world.  In his keynote speech today at the Technology …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitter Squatters Take Over Where Domain Squatters Left Off: Resolution Policy Needed?  —  from the conflict-resolution-in-140-characters dept  —  In 1994, reporter Joshua Quittner famously registered the domain name mcdonalds.com, and wrote a whole article about how so many top brand names …
Discussion: @ErikJHeels and VentureBeat
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Don't Blame the Geeks!  —  Photo by Thomas Hawk.  —  This week Facebook announced on their company blog, “If Facebook were a country, it would be the eighth most populated in the world, just ahead of Japan, Russia and Nigeria.”  While Twitter is nowhere near that scale …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Lawsuit over Yelp review settled  —  The lawsuit filed by a San Francisco chiropractor against a patient who wrote a negative review of him on Yelp was settled on Friday, according to the attorney for the defendant.  —  “This case was settled with the mutual satisfaction of both parties,” …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Mio's MID: Sony P Look Outside, Windows Mobile 6.1 Inside  —  Buried way back in the massive automotive section is where Mio hides at the CES.  I just happened to be going through for a meeting when I stumbled on this MID under glass.  Since it's encased, I can't get within a foot of it …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and WMExperts
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
RAMBUS suffers major legal setback, stock drops 39 percent  —  A lot of companies have seen their share prices drop by around 40 percent recently, but RAMBUS' brutal plunge over the course of about an hour today was spectacular even by global meltdown standards.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google, Facebook, MySpace and More Meet to Talk Activity Streams  —  Last night at the offices of blogging software company Six Apart, engineers and social media specialists from a number of companies large and small met to discuss proposed standards for the future of “activity streams” …
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
CES: Flying high with Wi-Fi — surfing the Web at 4,000 feet  —  I'm flying 4,000 feet above the desert on a cloudless day.  There's a spectacular view of majestic mountains, dramatically stark landscapes and shimmering lakes.  —  But what am I looking at?  A dog riding a skateboard.
Discussion: Bits
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Microsoft's quest to beat Google  —  The consumer electronics and technology world is used to starting the year with a landmark presentation from one of the industry's leading figures.  —  That role has traditionally fallen to Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, whose annual appearances …
Clint Ecker / Ars Technica:
The pre's got Mojo: a developer speaks about Palm's new SDK  —  Thursday Palm announced its next-generation foray into mobile computing with a one-two hardware/software punch at CES 2009.  The company talked about its new mobile phone platform called pr that combines impressive hardware …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Dell acquires Allin for $12 million  —  Dell has acquired Microsoft IT consulting company Allin in a $12 million stock deal.  —  The acquisition, announced Friday, aims to bolster Dell's consulting work in the areas of designing and implementing scalable networks and application architectures …
Discussion: Bits
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo's Share Of All Search Advertisers Drops 36% in Q4 (YHOO)  —  After holding steady for most of 2008, Yahoo's share of all search engine advertisers dropped like a rock in October, November and December — plummeting from 30.4% to 19.4% at the end of Q4, according to search marketing firm AdGooroo.
internetnews.com:
Another DNS flaw?  —  ISC quietly issues update for BIND DNS flaw, should we be worried?  —  Security researcher Dan Kaminsky made headlines last year when he discovered a critical DNS flaw.  If left unpatched it could have crippled vast parts of the Internet.
 
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