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3:25 PM ET, January 10, 2009

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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Palm Pre: The Top 15 Questions, Answered  —  We asked top executives at Palm and Sprint the most important questions about Palm's radical new Pre phone, questions that they previously haven't answered—such as the Pre's price.  Here's what they told us.  —  LAS VEGAS—The Palm Pre is the hottest product at this year's CES.
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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
In a Nutshell: Palm Pre vs. iPhone vs. G1  —  CES 2009 brought us a new player in the smartphone upper-echelon.  Let's drill down and see how the Palm Pre compares with the iPhone and Android's G1.  —  1. Multitouch touchscreen/gesture control: All three are capacitive, only the Pre and iPhone have multitouch.
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Palm Pre hands-on video - Live from the Palm Lounge @ CES Las Vegas 2009!  —  The just-launched Palm Pre promises to bring ailing Palm (NSDQ: PALM) back from the depths of financial ruin.  With its innovative design, high-end feature-set, and intuitive UI (courtesy of Palm's other new product …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Winners of the 2008 Crunchies  —  Here are the winners of this year's Crunchies, which honor the best tech companies from 2008.  More than 170,000 people voted to select the nominees, and more than 350,000 people voted to select the winners.  The awards were sponsored by TechCrunch, GigaOm, Silicon Alley Insider, and this very blog.
Dell:
Dell and AT&T Energize On-The-Go Lifestyles with Special Offer for Select $99 Inspiron Mini 9  — $99 Inspiron Mini 9 after $350 Dell Mail-in Rebate - Regularly a $449 System  — Available only with Purchase of a Qualifying Two-Year AT&T LaptopConnect Agreement
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
In 2009, Microsoft Still Underestimates the Web  —  You'd think that getting soundly beaten by Google and Yahoo over and over in the online space would mean that Microsoft would take the web a little more seriously.  You'd be wrong.  —  Case in point: Today's epic failure around the distribution of the Windows 7 public beta download.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Windows 7 Beta Rollout Fails Without BitTorrent  —  With an official Windows 7 torrent, Microsoft would not have had problems at all.  In fact, BitTorrent would have helped to get the Beta out faster than Microsoft servers are technically capable of.  —  The larger the demand and the greater numbers …
BBC:
Games will ‘eclipse’ other media  —  Video games are poised to “eclipse” all other forms of entertainment, according to games studio boss Mike Griffith.  —  The Activision chief made the bold call during a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Miguel Salcido / E-Commerce Times:
What Search Needs Is Healthy Competition  —  As Google continues to overwhelmingly dominate the search space, and with the Department of Justice just looking for a reason to file antitrust lawsuits, it is safe to say that any serious competition to Google would be widely accepted.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Linux 2.6.28's five best features  —  While you were likely to be opening up Christmas presents, Linus Torvalds was giving Linux users around the world a special present: the release of the next major Linux kernel: Linux 2.6.28.  —  e had some time to tinker with this latest and greatest Linux …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
5 Good Ways To Discover Twitter Applications  —  Twitter, runner-up for best overall startup and winner of the best startup founder(s) at the Crunchies 2008 awards ceremony last night, was without a doubt one of the most talked about web companies last year, and we don't see that changing much in 2009.
Larry Dignan / Emerging Technology Trends:
Rest in peace Roland Piquepaille  —  It is with great sadness to tell you that our Emerging Technologies blogger Roland Piquepaille has passed away suddenly.  His wife Suzanne just confirmed his passing.  —  Roland, 62, was one of our most passionate bloggers and his ability to explain complex science well was something to behold.
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 …
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How To Twittersquat The Top 100 Brands
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