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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
BREAKING: Major Shake-up At Sling Media: Krikorian Brothers, Hirschhorn, White, Wilkes Leaving  —  Major Shake-up At Sling Media: Krikorian Brothers, Hirschhorn, White, Wilkes Leaving  —  Little more than a year after Sling Media's sale to EchoStar, the co-founders and the top team …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube.gov: U.S. Congress Comes to YouTube  —  Just in time for the the opening of the 111th U.S Congress, YouTube today announced that is is now hosting two new channels that will make it easier to find video updates from U.S. Senators and Representatives.
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Deep inside the Windows 7 Public Beta: an in-depth tour  —  The next step  —  Last week's CES saw the announcement of the much anticipated public beta of Windows 7, with 2.5 million license keys promised to beta testers on Friday.  Friday arrived, and as is now well-known, Microsoft's servers melted under the load.
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Scott Nichols / PC World:
Windows 7 Beta Fights with Antivirus Programs
Discussion: ChannelWeb
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 …
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wmpoweruser.com:
HTC's full 2009 line-up leaked  —  It seems, as used to happen frequently but less so now, HTC's full 2009 line-up has ended up flying around on the internet.  —  Here is a small selection:  —  This one appears to be an HTC Diamond follow-up  —  The new HTC Excalibur/ T-Mobile Dash 3G?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
CES attendance figures are grim at 110,000, down 22 percent  —  The International Consumer Electronics Show drew only 110,000 visitors — down 22 percent from last year — over its five-day run in Las Vegas, the lowest turnout in a long time.  —  The Consumer Electronics Association …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Are trade shows dead? My answer might surprise you
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 …
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Lilly Peel / Times of London:
Far from Silicon Valley comes challenge to Google and Microsoft
Discussion: Nokia Conversations
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Carr's “iTunes for news” already exists  —  David Carr is looking for a new business model for news, and says it needs an iTunes.  Part of what he wants is to charge for the articles, and, you know, good luck with that.  (Times Select, RIP.)  But part of what he wants is simply the elusive …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Did Joshua Schachter Just Land At Google?  —  According to this Tweet by First Round Capital's Josh Kopelman, Google has just hired del.icio.us founder Joshua Schachter.  We have e-mails out trying to confirm.  —  What would be a good project for Schachter at Google—creating automatic bookmarks based on surfing history?
Discussion: Jobwire and Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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 …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Dude, you may be getting a settlement check from Dell  —  You gotta love the lead of this press release from Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna this morning.  —  “Dude, you might have a Dell settlement check coming!”  As part of an agreement with 34 states …
Discussion: Office of Attorney … and Reuters
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Again Gains U.S. Search Share  —  Google's (GOOG) share of the U.S. search market increased to 72.07% in December, from 71.97% in November and 65.98% a year ago, according to research firm Hitwise.com.  —  Yahoo's (YHOO) share was 17.79%, up a tad from 17.70% in November, but down from 20.88% a year ago.
WildCowboy / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Chipotle Mobile Ordering Comes to iPhone  —  Burrito restaurant chain Chipotle has launched a new free iPhone application, Chipotle Mobile Ordering [App Store], which builds upon their online ordering system launched in December 2005 and revamped this past October.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Boxee: WebTV That Makes Sense.  Is That Good or Bad for Big Cable?  —  This year's Consumer Electronic Show, like every year's CES, was peppered with big talk about merging your PC and your TV, led by a new widget initiative from Yahoo (YHOO).  And my reaction was the same one I have every year: Why?
Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy:
MIT MBA Student: Amazon and Microsoft Are Hiring, Google and Yahoo Aren't Yet  —  Gregory T. Huang wrote:  —  Want to know who's hiring the top young business talent around town?  Just ask Saleem Hussain, an MBA student from Boston.  In a brutal market for tech industry jobs …
Discussion: WebProNews
Pascal Meunier / SANS Institute:
CWE/SANS TOP 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors  —  Experts Announce Agreement on the 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors - And How to Fix Them  —  Agreement Will Change How Organizations Buy Software.  —  Project Manager: Bob Martin, MITRE  —  Questions: top25@sans.org
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows bit-rot - fact or fiction?  —  Several readers sent me a link to a piece by ExtremeTech's Loyd Case asking me what I thought of the problems he was having with his system: … Sheesh!  Fifteen minutes!  I have a similar system to that which boots up Vista 64-bit in under 30 seconds once I get past the POST.
Discussion: Permit/Deny and ExtremeTech
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zuckerberg: Facebook Revenue Growth ‘Really Strong’, Still Hiring  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says the company did “really well” against its revenue expectations for 2008, and that the company is still hiring, especially engineers and salespeople.  —  We had a chance to catch …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Police Blotter: Handheld search during arrest legal?  —  Police Blotter is a regular CNET News report on the intersection of technology and the law.  —  What: Police claim they can legally copy data from the handheld devices of anyone who's arrested.  —  When: Two judges wrestle …
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 …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Your first look at Palm's webOS SDK, Mojo  —  Thanks to one of our ninjas, we've got some shots of the inner-workings of the webOS SDK.  For starters, everything is tested and previewed in the web browser (our shots are of the Mac version, so Safari), which bodes well for Palm's …
Discussion: TreoCentral, Engadget and Ajaxian
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 …
Foundry Group:
What We Learned at CES  —  Foundry Group attended the latest incarnation of CES this past week and thought we'd give some of our thoughts on the show.  In no particular order, here is “What We Learned at CES.”  — Don't buy a television for the next 6 months.
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and Creative Capital
 
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Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Cablevision and the Supreme Court
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Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Sony Vaio P doesn't quite fit, gets ridiculed by Japanese geeks
Discussion: Gizmodo and SlashGear
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Another $100 Million for Rural WiMAX Operator
Discussion: dailywireless.org and mocoNews.net
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Oracle Reportedly Cuts Some Sales, Marketing Staff
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Pelosi-Backed Loophole For Venture Capitalists Will Damage Middle Class Economy
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Seagate Shares Fall on Surprise Management Shift
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