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8:35 PM ET, January 11, 2009


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Times of London:
Revealed: the environmental impact of Google searches  —  Physicist Alex Wissner-Gross says that performing two Google searches uses up as much energy as boiling the kettle for a cup of tea  —  Performing two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the same amount …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Are We Killing The Planet One Google Search At A Time?  —  Right now the top stories on Techmeme revolve around a new piece in The Times of London that focuses on The Environmental Impact of Google Searches.  In it, Physicist Alex Wissner-Gross (a star MIT graduate who is now at Harvard) …
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Hold your breath while Googling to save the planet  —  The Times and Telegraph have picked on some rather dubious stats on Google energy use: … but … So client-side, a search costs 0.02g/s - to get to 7g you look at it for 350s, or nearly 6 minutes.  But hang on:
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Prepares To Launch FriendFeed “Like” Feature  —  Last week we published a video that Facebook had posted describing how to publish feed stories with Facebook Connect.  Today one of our readers, Amin Issa, posted an interesting observation from the video: the addition of the word “Like” which was hyperlinked.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to bring out chip for lower-cost thin laptops  —  Intel will bring out a new Core-architecture processor for lower-cost ultra-thin laptops later this year, according to Intel sources at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  —  The processors will distinguish themselves by targeting …
Discussion:, Engadget and WinBeta
Alec Saunders SquawkBox:
Windows 7.  The Vista “dot” release  —  At 6:00 AM yesterday morning I started downloading the Windows 7 x64 release.  By 9:30 AM I was installing it.  Yes, I admit it, I'm a keener.  I've used every Windows beta since Windows 3.1 in 1992, and I still find it a thrill to be on the bleeding edge of new technologies.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Microsoft Extends Windows 7 Beta Availability Until January 24th
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Search For The Next Steve Jobs  —  From the magazine issue dated Jan 19, 2009  —  Who will run Apple after its visionary CEO and product guru Steve Jobs leaves?  The question has been hanging over the company since last summer when Jobs appeared onstage at a conference looking terribly ill. Jobs …
Discussion: Gawker, Edible Apple and 9 to 5 Mac
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Work on Stuff that Matters: First Principles  —  I spent a lot of last year urging people to work on stuff that matters.  This led to many questions about what that “stuff” might be.  I've been a bit reluctant to answer those questions, because the list is different for everyone.
Discussion: Jeremy Zawodny's blog and A VC
Google Open Source Blog:
Google Blog Converters 1.0 Released  —  Blog authors around the world, Google would like to remind you that it's your blog, your data.  Now that Blogger allows users the ability to export all contents of their blog, the Data Liberation team would like to announce the Google Blog Converters project.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Shows 57% More Ads Per Keyword In Q4 (GOOG)  —  Perhaps as a part of new CFO Patrick Pichette's push for more financial discipline, Google (GOOG) ratcheted-up the amount of ads it shows during Q4 to 4.01 per keyword, up from 2.544 in Q3 — a 57% increase.
heise online UK:
Storm Worm botnet cracked wide open  —  A team of researchers from Bonn University and RWTH Aachen University have analysed the notorious Storm Worm botnet, and concluded it certainly isn't as invulnerable as it once seemed.  Quite the reverse, for in theory it can be rapidly eliminated using …
Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
CES 2009: World's first dishwasher safe keyboard to help beat superbugs  —  The world's first dishwasher safe keyboard, specifically designed to help eradicate superbugs from hospital, will soon go on sale in the UK.  —  Seal shield, a US healthcare company, unveiled its new range of fully submersible …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
RIP Good Times.. Hello GREAT Times! …