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7:55 PM ET, January 12, 2009

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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
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 at Sling Entertainment are leaving the company, paidContent.org has learned.  The news is being broken to staff in meetings going on now.
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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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
If You Don't Change the UI, Nobody Notices  —  I saw a screenshot a few days ago that made me think Windows 7 Beta might actually be worth checking out.  —  That's right, Microsoft finally improved the calculator app!  We've been complaining for years that Microsoft ships new operating systems …
Discussion: Tynan on Tech
Scott Nichols / PC World:
Windows 7 Beta Fights with Antivirus Programs
Discussion: ChannelWeb
Steve Grove / YouTube Blog:
Congress Comes to YouTube  —  Have you ever wondered what your elected representatives actually do in Washington, D.C.?  Ever pondered what day-to-day life on Capitol Hill consists of?  Do you want to connect with your Senator or Congressman, but don't feel like sitting down to write a letter?
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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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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
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?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
R.I.P. Enterprise RSS  —  It's with a heavy heart and a sense of bewilderment that we conclude that the market for enterprise-specific RSS readers appears to be dead.  Two years ago there were three major players offering software that delivered information to the computers of business users via RSS.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Newsgator Secures $10M Sixth Round Funding; $39M Raised To Date  —  RSS feed aggregator Newsgator has raised a $10 million sixth round funding.  The company has lined up past investors, including Masthead Venture Partners, Mobius Venture Capital and Vista Ventures, for this latest funding.
Discussion: VentureBeat and PR Newswire
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?
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
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.
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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:   Carr's “iTunes for news” already exists
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.
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Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Five things I learned at CES 2009
Discussion: Kit
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?
Discussion: Leigh's Blitherings
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
New chip aims HD video at iPhone  —  Imagination Tech punts a scorcher  —  England's Imagination Technology, designers of the PowerVR MBX hardware that powers the iPhone and iPod touch, has announced its latest and greatest graphics processor IP core, the PowerVR SGX543.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
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Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Debugging the Zune Blackout
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Gadget Lab
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Wireless HDTV set for 2009
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
New Media Venture Turns Bloggers Into Print Journalists
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Cablevision and the Supreme Court
Discussion: Reuters
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows bit-rot - fact or fiction?
Discussion: ExtremeTech and Permit/Deny
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
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Lloyd Chapman / The Huffington Post:
Pelosi-Backed Loophole For Venture Capitalists Will Damage Middle Class Economy
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
A Post-Macworld Apple Event? History Would Seem to Suggest So
Discussion: MacRumors
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Police Blotter: Handheld search during arrest legal?
The Drama 2.0 Show:
Web 2.0, Revenue Models and Profitability
Discussion: Furrier.org