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11:45 AM ET, January 14, 2009

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Allows 3rd Party Web Browsers into App Store  —  Over the past 24 hours, Apple has begun to approve 3rd party web browsing applications for the iPhone.  A number of new web browsing apps have suddenly appeared with original submission dates ranging as far back as October.
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Royal Pingdom:
Got an iPhone?  Now you can use it with Pingdom!  —  We have released an iPhone application that can be used with the Pingdom uptime monitoring service.  The aptly named Pingdom iPhone app lets you easily connect to Pingdom and view the current status of the monitoring you have set up.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Globe and Mail:
Nortel to file for bankruptcy protection  —  Facing $107-million interest on debts, former telecom giant will likely be broken up and sold to foreign rivals  —  Former technology titan Nortel Networks Corp. is expected to file for bankruptcy protection as early as today, sources say …
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Nortel:
NORTEL COMMENCES COMPREHENSIVE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING  —  Company to Utilize CCAA and Chapter 11 Processes  —  Operations Expected to Continue Without Interruption  —  Sufficient Cash on Hand to Fund Ongoing Operations  —  Affiliates in Asia, including LG Nortel …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
YouTube Now Mutes Videos With Unauthorized Copyrighted Music  —  Perhaps this has been going on for a while, but I've never noticed it before.  YouTube users often create an original video using their favorite popular song as the audio.  I'm afraid that they won't be able to do that much longer …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   YouTube Full Of Creepy, Soundless Music Videos
Cade Metz / The Register:
Brit porn filter censors 13 years of net history  —  Demon blacklist muzzles Wayback Machine  —  Four weeks after birthing a nationwide Wikipedia edit ban, Britain's child porn blacklist has led at least one ISP to muzzle the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine - an 85-billion-page web history dating back to 1996.
Yahoo!:
Carol Bartz Joins Yahoo! as Chief Executive Officer  —  Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), a leading global brand and one of the world's most trafficked Internet destinations, announced today that Carol Bartz, a veteran technology executive who was most recently Executive Chairman of Autodesk (NASDAQ …
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Charles Cooper / CNET News:
Carol Bartz is no Jerry Yang. Thankfully
Mercury News:
Experience at Autodesk prepared Bartz for Yahoo's challenges
Discussion: BoomTown
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Windows 7 is enough to kill Linux on the desktop  —  First INQpressions Should damage Apple too  —  FOR THE PAST three years I have been a Linux fan-boy using Ubuntu most of the time and Windows XP when I needed to play games or run CS desktop lay out stuff.
Discussion: Open Source and Imaging Insider
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
A new Google Sitemap Generator for your website  —  It's been well over three years since we initially announced the Python Sitemap generator in June 2005.  In this time, we've seen lots of people create great third-party Sitemap generators to help webmasters create better Sitemap files.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Text Arrives.  Oh, It's Just an ‘Idol’ Ad.  —  Some AT&T Wireless customers have voted an emphatic no on a promotion for “American Idol” that popped up on their phones this week.  —  AT&T, a sponsor of the show, said it sent text messages to a “significant number” of its 75 million customers …
Flora Graham / BBC:
Gaza crisis spills onto the web  —  A propaganda war between supporters of Israel and Palestine is being waged on the internet.  —  Activists have turned to defacing websites, taking over computers, and shutting down Facebook groups.  —  US Military sites, Nato, and an Israeli Bank have all been targeted in recent days.
Discussion: paidContent
Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
New Features for your Local Business Ads  —  Since 2006, AdWords local business ads have been connecting your business with local customers.  Today, we're excited to announce some upcoming new features for local business ads, making it faster and easier for potential customers to find your business.
Arn / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard to Bring Unifying ‘Marble’ User Interface?  —  Last year, Apple announced that they will be releasing the next major revision of Mac OS X (10.6 Snow Leopard) in 2009.  The focus of Snow Leopard has been on performance and quality of the underlying codebase rather than introducing new end-user features.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Dell Plans Its Own Smartphone, Analysts Say  —  The new Palm Pre may be the most-anticipated new phone since the iPhone 3G, but there's yet another new player on the way: PC maker Dell may be readying its own smartphone, to arrive as early as next month.  —  Dell could make an announcement …
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Rumor: EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios Down Under  —  Electronics Arts has shuffled off Pandemic Studios' Brisbane office, a reliable source tells Kotaku.  The Australian developer was best known for Destroy All Humans! and its rumored development of an ill-fated Batman game.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Sell Google Apps through Google's reseller program  —  Ever wanted to be a salesperson for Google?  Well, now you may get your chance through the Google Apps Reseller program, which allows companies to sell their own versions of Google Apps, the business offering that bundles products like Gmail, Google Docs, and more.
Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Rumor: DSi U.S. Launch Date, Price Revealed  —  Nintendo's next-generation handheld may be coming to America sooner than you think.  —  Multiple sources close to Nintendo tell IGN that the company is gearing up to debut the anticipated successor to its DS Lite handheld during the first half of this year in America.
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia N79 Active bears Polar heart monitoring skills  —  ESPOO, Finland - The new Nokia N79 Active has jogged into view with a kit bag stuffed full of sports related talents.  This healthy twist on Nokia's smallest Nseries sees the N79 Active launch paired with a Polar Bluetooth WearLink heart rate belt.
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Ousted Seagate CEO provocative to the end  —  In a surprise move, the disc drive maker replaces Bill Watkins with chairman Steven Luczo, the CEO whom Watkins replaced in 2004.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Over a wine-soaked dinner two years ago, Bill Watkins told Fortune that hard-drive manufacturer Seagate …
Discussion: Go West
Tim Ferguson / ZDNet:
Gartner CIO advice: The good, the bad and the plain odd  —  It seems CIOs are being told what to do in the New Year by every analyst, industry watcher and publication (ours included).  Gartner recently joined the throng with its annual recommendations - with mixed results.
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Blockbuster to offer video downloads  —  In an effort to keep pace with rival Netflix, Blockbuster announced a partnership Wednesday to offer instant access to its video library through various home and portable devices.  —  The movie rental company has partnered with Sonic Solutions to offer …
Discussion: Lifehacker, VentureBeat and Engadget HD
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
8 Predictions for Enterprise Web 2.0 in 2009  —  We are starting 2009 off in a particularly inauspicious economic climate, though as we'll see, important opportunities also exist.  2008 was a very tough year for many businesses and industries and it's almost as hard to see how things …
Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
Thomson Reuters bets on Content remaining King with Calais 4.0  —  Global information behemoth Thomson Reuters today announces the latest version of its Calais web service, delivering on earlier promises with respect to ‘Linked Data’ and firmly staking out the company's intention …
Mikako Nakajima / Bloomberg:
Toshiba, Fujitsu May Combine Hard-Disk Drive Units, People Say  —  A A A  —  Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) — Toshiba Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd. are in the final stages of talks to combine their hard-disk drive businesses, including possibly setting up a joint venture, to cut costs, according to four people familiar with the discussions.
 
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Sandisk:
SANDISK AND LG ELECTRONICS FIRST TO DEMONSTRATE NEXT-GENERATION …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Phone Scoop
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Micropayments: A rainbow for journalism...or a Hail Mary?
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Gameloft Inks License Agreement for the Official Mobile Game …
Discussion: IntoMobile
Rebecca Reisner / Business Week:
Comcast's Twitter Man
Discussion: DSLreports and Twitterrati
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Ex-Yahoo executive Rosensweig joins Adobe board
Michael Wei / Reuters:
China Internet users soar to 298 million
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Benjamin Edelman / Ben Edelman:
False and Deceptive Display Ads at Yahoo's Right Media
Discussion: Search Engine Land and eWeek
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Piracy prompts iPhone developer to put ads in game
Discussion: Elliott C. Back
Peter Scott / Fudzilla:
WD's mammoth 2TB drive to launch this week
Linus / Linus' blog:
Odd hardware  —  I'm totally not very sentimental about technology …
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Verizon Plants FiOS in AT&T's Backyard
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
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