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9:35 AM ET, January 12, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Powering a Google search  —  Not long ago, answering a query meant traveling to the reference desk of your local library.  Today, search engines enable us to access immense quantities of useful information in an instant, without leaving home.  Tools like email, online books and photos …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Telstra exec: new Android-based HTC phone ‘better’ than Pre  —  With Mobile World Congress a little over month away — and Android essentially a no-show at CES — suspense is building over what sort of action we'll see out of the Google camp at the show.  Australia's Smarthouse cites …
Discussion: iMAndroid
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David Richards / Smarthouse:
EXCLUSIVE: HTC To Launch New Touch Phone Says Telstra  —  Mobile phone Company HTC is set to launch a brand new phone touch phone that will take on the Apple iPhone and the new Pre offering from Palm claims a senior executive of Telstra.  —  The new touch phone has been developed using …
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Betting Big on ‘Touch’  —  Software Giant Invests in Touch-Screen Technology for Personal Computers  —  While Apple Inc.'s iPhone kicked off the craze for touch-sensing screens on mobile phones, Microsoft Corp. is pushing a similar technology for personal-computer screens that could eventually replace the computer mouse.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
CBS Tries to Out-Hulu Hulu with TV.com  —  As was expected, CBS is revamping TV.com to be a video-viewing destination.  The well-URLed site, which six months ago started featuring Hulu content, has added CBS shows, and Monday is announcing deals for shows from MGM, Sony, PBS, Endemol USA and Showtime, according to reports tonight.
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
Seagate replaces Watkins as CEO  —  Disk-drive maker Seagate Technology announced Monday that Chairman Stephen Luczo is now also serving as CEO and president of the company.  —  That spells the end of the tenure of Bill Watkins, who has been with the company for 12 years and has served as CEO since 2004.
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
Seagate to slash up to 10 per cent of its staff
The Drama 2.0 Show:
Web 2.0, Revenue Models and Profitability  —  Not only are most of the hottest Web 2.0 startups unprofitable, quite a few lack viable revenue models altogether.  This has led cynics like me to criticize these startups quite harshly over the past several years.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Local Advertising Booster Yodle Growing Like A Weed, Raises $10 Million  —  Yodle, the New York-based startup that helps local businesses advertise more efficiently on the web, has secured $10 million in Series C financing in a round led by JAFCO Ventures and joined by Draper Fisher Jurvetson Growth, DFJ and Bessemer venture Partners.
Discussion: VentureBeat, MediaMemo and CNET News
InfoWorld:
Adobe LiveCycle takes to the cloud  —  Adobe is putting its LiveCycle package for building PDF applications into the cloud.  —  With Adobe LiveCycle ES (Enterprise Suite) Developer Express software, members of the Adobe Enterprise Developer Program can access LiveCycle capabilities …
Discussion: Between the Lines and eWeek
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
To Connect to the Internet, Just Turn on Your TV  —  LAS VEGAS — If there was one overarching theme from the Consumer Electronics Show here last week, it was that absolutely every device in our lives is becoming a computer connected to the Internet.  —  The sleek little Palm Pre phone promises …
Discussion: CinemaTech
Lynda Hurst / Toronto Star:
Is a cellphone a basic human right?  —  As the United States provides mobile phones to the poor, experts argue they are not a luxury  —  All compassionate governments should provide which of the following to their people:  —  a) food  —  b) shelter  —  c) medical care  —  d) a cellphone
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: TomTom Sees Halt To Eroding GPS Device Pricing  —  TomTom (TOM2.AS) President Jocelyn Vigreux expects pricing for personal navigation devices to stabilize in 2009 after falling about 30% in 2008.  —  In an interview on Friday with Tech Trader Daily, Vigreux said last year's price declines came …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and All Points Blog
 
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
The High Security Risk Attached to Obama's Belt
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Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld San Francisco 2009 Rumor Wrapup: Winners and Losers
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Nortel's Shadow Games
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Quietly, AOL Becomes an Overseer of Niche Sites
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
For Inauguration, Google Plans a Party to Cross Party Lines
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Yahoo Korea CEO jumps ship to Microsoft Korea
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
TV makers seek depth, adding a third dimension
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Karl Rove Is on Twitter
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Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
New York Times-Texas Tribune content partnership to end Dec. 31, after four years

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It's About To Get Ugly in Media Startupland

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