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Apple:
Apple Media Advisory  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:  —  Team,  —  I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community.  Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Steps Down For Health Reasons (AAPL)  —  Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs will take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.  Apple COO Tim Cook will take over for Steve until then.  Apple shares are down about 7% in after-hours trading.  —  The Latest:  —  Apple Without Jobs: Fine For Now, But...
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
You are an idiot if you sell your Apple stock tomorrow  —  It's too late to sell your Apple stock.  If you sold it today, you are a genius.  But tomorrow?  You'll be the biggest loser.  —  Why?  Apple has the best team, the best distribution, the best supply chain, the best management in the business.
Kathy Shwiff / Wall Street Journal:
Jobs to Take Leave of Absence  —  Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs said he will take a medical leave of absence until the end of June, saying his health-related issues were “more complex than I originally thought.”  —  He said curiosity about his health was distracting for the company …
Discussion: Tech Beat
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Jobs to take medical leave; Cook in charge; Will Jobs appear at WWDC?  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs said Wednesday that he will take a medical leave until the end of June to focus on his health.  In the meantime, chief operating officer Tim Cook (right) will take over day-to-day operations.
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:   Bankruptcy filing was in part to preserve $2.4B in cash, Nortel exec says
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Netbook Hackintosh Video Apple Is Suing Wired For  —  Gadget Lab writer and Giz friend Brian X. Chen reveals via Twitter that Apple “is suing Wired for my video tutorial on hacking netbooks to run Mac OS X.”  —  Brian actually loaned his personal MSI Wind Hackintosh for the Giz Gallery.
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Jason Snell / Macworld:   Hackintosh video: Tired or wired?
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.
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
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
As raw as it gets - Skype legend Morten Lund bankrupt  —  Morten Lund, an entrepreneur from Copenhagen, Denmark, might just be the real Rock-'n Roll entrepreneur.  Yesterday he was declared personally bankrupt by the Copenhagen Maritime and Commercial Court after losing 10M Krona in an investment …
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Ginx: Pierre Omidyar's Stealthy New Social Recommendation Service  —  eBay founder Pierre Omidyar has joined the executive team of a stealthy new startup called Ginx, according to financial filings unearthed by PEHub.  Very little is known about the company but based on passing whispers …
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Pierre Omidyar's Next Venture?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Jobwire
Pal Takacsi / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Send & Archive  —  In addition to having two cappuccinos, my morning routine includes processing new mail that's arrived in my inbox overnight.  More often than not, as I reply to a message I also want to archive it so I can enjoy the satisfaction of a pristine inbox.
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gmail Grew 43 Percent Last Year.  AOL Mail And Hotmail Need To Start Worrying.  —  Google launched Gmail only four years ago, and it is now the fourth most popular e-mail service on the Web after Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, and Windows Live Hotmail.  In 2008, it saw some serious growth …
Lisa Fernandez / Mercury News:
Casino profile details luxurious lifestyle of former Fry's executive  —  When “Mr. S” showed up in Las Vegas, bellboys, butlers and blackjack dealers made sure they were prepared for the high-rolling Fry's Electronics executive flying in from San Jose with his long list of demands.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sue Decker's Goodbye Memo to the Yahoo Troops  —  Here is President Sue Decker's memo to the Yahoo (YHOO) staff, which BoomTown neglected to post yesterday, what with all the corporate musical chairs going on over there.  —  As I said in a post earlier today, Decker's departure was quick and classy …
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Want to eliminate Psystar?  License Mac OS X  —  Psystar, the homegrown computer vendor selling its brand of Open Computers with Mac OS X installed, is back in the news this week, thanks to another court filing claiming it can do whatever it wants, courtesy of the first-sale doctrine.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Macsimum News
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How Apple could sell 77 million iPhones in 2013  —  Two very different iPhone reports — with very different perspectives — were published this week.  —  One, from Citigroup's Richard Gardner, focused on the short-term.  He looked at inventory levels in Apple's supplier channels …
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 …
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
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Whopper Sacrifice Forced to Disable Behavior by Facebook (Updated)  —  A week after the Whopper Sacrifice application made waves for its creative use of Facebook friend removals as a way to spread the application, Facebook has forced it to disable the app, according to the developer.
Discussion: VentureBeat and ClickZ
Wailin Wong / Chicago Tribune:
Motorola to lay off 4,000 in 2009  —  Schaumburg-based Motorola Inc. said Wednesday it is laying off 4,000 workers in 2009, with 3,000 of them in the company's flagship mobile phone division.  —  The layoffs are expected to begin immediately and come on top of a 3,000 workforce reduction announced during the fourth quarter of 2008.
John Resig / jQuery Blog:
JQUERY 1.3 AND THE JQUERY FOUNDATION  —  Happy Birthday to jQuery! jQuery is three years old today, after being released way back on January 14th, 2006 at the first BarCampNYC by John Resig.  —  We have four announcements for you today, we hope you'll enjoy them!  —  JQUERY 1.3
John Cook / TechFlash:
Taking on Yelp and others, Zoodango tackles local search  —  Zoodango.com founder James Sun, best known around these parts for his strong showing on Donald Trump's “The Apprentice,” is taking his Seattle Internet startup in a new direction.  The 11-person company — which originally built …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Xconomy
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Sensing Coming Regulation, Online Ad Groups Unite  —  Obama Administration, New Congress Likely to Side With Critics of Behavioral Targeting  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Four groups representing ad networks, portals, publishers, internet-service providers, ad agencies and advertisers announced …
Discussion: DSLreports
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Windows 7 on the MSI Wind Netbook: First Impressions  —  Thanks to a kind Microsoftie at the Tablet & Touch Meetup, I received an official DVD of the Windows 7 beta.  This saved me a ton of downloading time that I don't really have.  I was home from CES for 36 hours before jetting off to SFO this morning.
Discussion: Channel 10 and GadgetMix.com!
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Why Microsoft left Windows 7 unpatched on Patch Tuesday  —  Microsoft started 2009 by fixing just one security flaw in its software; this month's Patch Tuesday only had a single security bulletin, MS09-001.  —  The security update kills three birds with one stone: two privately reported vulnerabilities …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Kleiner Perkins Re-Raising Multiple Funds  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is very concerned about the lack of liquidity options for current portfolio companies, and peHUB has learned that it is taking steps to ensure an abundance of dry powder.  —  The landmark VC firm …
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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