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1:10 PM ET, January 12, 2009

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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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Leads $24 Million Round In N-Trig To Bring Multitouch To PCs  —  We're going to be seeing a lot more touchscreen computers.  One of the features of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system is that it supports a multitouch user-interface (much like on the iPhone or a Tablet PC).
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.
N-Trig:
N-trig Secures $24 Million of New Funding to Fuel Hands-on computing™ Growth in Global PC Market  —  Company to Utilize Funds to Further Develop Multi-Touch Technology Following Investment Procurement  —  N-trig, providers of DuoSense™ technology, combining pen and capacitive touch …
Discussion: GigaOM and GPS Obsessed
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Windows 7 Touch: It's For The Kitchen? (MSFT)
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 …
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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
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.
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Microsoft:
Q&A: New Ads Explain, “It's Everybody's Business”  —  Advertising General Manager Gayle Troberman talks about Microsoft's latest campaign, where leading executives explain how enterprise software empowers people to make an impact.  —  A new wave of advertising from Microsoft launched this week …
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Stresses Savings
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Microsoft in no hurry to upgrade Xbox  —  Microsoft will rely on its Xbox 360 game console for longer than the previous version because it's getting harder to persuade consumers to upgrade, the head of the company's entertainment unit said.  —  The world's largest software maker will focus …
Emily Nussbaum / New York Magazine:
The New Journalism: Goosing the Gray Lady  —  What are these renegade cybergeeks doing at the New York Times?  Maybe saving it.  —  On the day Barack Obama was elected, a strange new feature appeared on the website of the New York Times.  Called the Word Train, it asked a simple question …
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David Carr / New York Times:
Let's Invent an iTunes for News  —  Last Tuesday, iTunes, Apple's ubiquitous online music store that sold more than 2.4 billion tracks last year alone, changed its own tune, announcing that songs would no longer be sold with copying restrictions and that they would be available at various prices.
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 …
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 …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
The High Security Risk Attached to Obama's Belt  —  Why can't the most powerful person in the world keep his BlackBerry?  —  President-elect Barack Obama, who will take the oath of office next week, has repeatedly acknowledged a strong attachment to his Verizon BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone, a k a the BarackBerry.
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Memex 1.1
Marie-France Han / Reuters:
LG Display signs LCD supply deal with Apple  —  South Korea's LG Display (034220.KS) said it had signed a deal to supply LCD panels to Apple Inc (AAPL.O) for five years.  —  The world's second-biggest maker of LCD screens did not disclose the total size of the deal but said in a filing …
InfoWorld:
NSA helps name most dangerous programming mistakes  —  A group of more than 30 computer organizations has taken what some are calling a big step toward making software more secure.  —  Led by experts from the U.S. National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft and Symantec …
Discussion: eWeek, SANS Institute and Tech Beat
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Nokia's North America problem  —  To stay No. 1 in high-end cellphones, the Finnish phonemaker has to take on Apple and RIM on their home turf.  So far it hasn't got a foothold.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — A few hours before the global launch of Nokia's latest high-end phone …
Discussion: FierceWireless
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
OS 4.7.0.86 Leaked for the BlackBerry Storm 9530!  —  Next up in the never ending, eagerly anticipated stream of BlackBerry Storm OS unofficial update leaks we have OS4.7.0.86 for the Storm 9530.  BIG thanks again go to BB397 who sent us the link.  Storm 9530 owners who weren't happy …
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.
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.
New York Times:
As Indian Outsourcing Changed, Satyam Hesitated  —  NEW DELHI — The founder of Satyam Computer Services, B. Ramalinga Raju, made a risky proposition to win his first big client, the tractor maker John Deere: If you don't like our service, you don't pay.  —  With that pitch …
 
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Your first look at Palm's webOS SDK, Mojo
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Deep inside the Windows 7 Public Beta: an in-depth tour
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RIAA Just Can't Seem To Stop The Momentum On Filing Those Lawsuits
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Chris Williams / The Register:
UK.gov funds web video product placement venture
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InfoWorld:
Study: Half of developers plan to work on SaaS in '09
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
CES Wrap up- where oh where was Android?
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld San Francisco 2009 Rumor Wrapup: Winners and Losers
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: TomTom Sees Halt To Eroding GPS Device Pricing
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Nortel's Shadow Games
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Adobe LiveCycle takes to the cloud
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