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7:30 AM ET, January 15, 2009

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Ends Google Video Uploads, Shutters Notebook, Catalog Search, Dodgeball & Jaiku  —  Google's announced they're closing or ceasing development of a variety of products as part of an already continuing move to keep efforts focused on other products with greater usage.
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Vic Gundotra / Google Code Blog:
Changes for Jaiku and Farewell to Dodgeball and Mashup Editor  —  Google has long believed that thoughtful iteration is the best way to build useful products for our users.  As part of that process, we are always looking for ways to better focus our teams on the products that can have the most impact.
Raj Krishnan / Notebook Blog:
Stopping development on Google Notebook  —  At Google, we're constantly working to innovate and improve our products so people can easily find and manage information.  At times though, we have to decide where to focus our efforts and which technologies we expect will yield the most benefit to users in the long run.
Michael Cohen / Google Video Blog:
Turning Down Uploads at Google Video
Discussion: Webware.com and NewTeeVee
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Google's new years revolution: Six products slashed or maimed
Google Book Search Blog:   Farewell, Google Catalog Search
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 Takes Leave (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...
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Steve Jobs Takes Medical Leave  —  Just a week after reassuring investors and employees about his health, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs disclosed he has a “more complex” medical condition and would take a leave of absence until the end of June.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Jobs Health Concerns Related to Food Absorption, Not Cancer?
John Carney / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Shareholders Suits Coming In 10, 9, 8, 7...
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fake Steve Jobs Banned From CNBC For Life  —  Newsweek's Dan Lyons — “Fake Steve Jobs” — is banned from CNBC for life because of his appearance on the cable network earlier this evening, we have learned.  —  In a special report about Steve Jobs' stepping down from day-to-day operations at Apple …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
On Apple Reporting: Fake Steve Rips CNBC a New One  —  When this rumor broke we got raked across the coals by Jimbo over sources.  Wrongly.  UPDATE: Video clip of Fake Steve Jobs asking Jim to apologize on CNBC.  Now he's banned.  —  Here's Dan Lyons, AKA, Fake Steve Jobs on CNBC …
Laszlo Bock / The Official Google Blog:
Changes to recruiting  —  As we made clear during our last quarterly earnings call in October, Google is still hiring but at a reduced rate.  Given the state of the economy, we recognized that we needed fewer people focused on hiring.  —  Our first step to address this was to wind down almost …
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Google's Loss of Innocence: 100 Jobs Cut  —  The Magical Kingdom of Larry and Sergey has laid off 100 full-time recruiters, a tipster tells us.  Inevitable, given the economy.  But a crushing blow to Google's self-image as a kinder-than-thou employer.  —  In the last dotcom bust …
Discussion: Bits and Search Engine Land
The Official Google Blog:
Changes to engineering  —  At Google we recognized early …
Discussion: APC
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Is Exploring Job Cuts  —  Microsoft Corp. is seriously exploring significant work force reductions that could be announced as early as next week, in a sign that the weak economy is prompting tough decisions even at one of the steadiest ships in the technology industry.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Blows A Whopper Of An Opportunity  —  Burger King, through their insanely creative advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky (see their recent Burger King perfume launch), launches a Facebook application that encourages users to remove Facebook friends.  Sacrifice ten of them and you got a free Whopper.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Whopper Sacrifice Forced to Disable Behavior by Facebook (Updated)
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Warner Music Killed Facebook Music  —  Facebook's ongoing effort to launch a free streaming music service is stalled, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.  The company was close to a deal that would bring free streaming music from three of the four big labels …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   Lala, Qloud may be leading contenders for Facebook music deal
Amanda Lenhart / Pew Internet:
Adults and Social Network Websites  —  The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years — from 8% in 2005 to 35% now, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project's December 2008 tracking survey.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Social Networks, Not Just For Kids Anymore
Discussion: VatorNews and Tech Beat
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Rose to co-host live Web game show at Sundance  —  If you're attending the annual Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday in Park City, Utah, don't be alarmed by the person running around with a canned ham or the lunatic who seems convinced that Ashton Kutcher …
Discussion: The Social
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Michelle Meyers / CNET News:   A storied role for technology at Sundance
Jeff Widman / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce.com Launches The Service Cloud, A Customer Service SaaS Application  —  These days, when I have technical question, I reach for Google long before customer service.  What if customer service could reach for Google?  —  Salesforce.com just launched a new customer service application called Service Cloud.
Brent Frei / Smartsheet:
Value Investing?  Answer: Invest in Yourself  —  The last 8 months I've gone few days without an investment-related question from a friend, colleague or distant relative.  Should I stay in?  Should I get out?  Where should I invest?  Should I maintain a cash position?  What about T-bills?
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechFlash and Xconomy
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7 on older hardware: A Catch 22 for Microsoft  —  There are a few bloggers wondering aloud about how well Windows 7 ultimately is going to run on older hardware.  That's an interesting question, given Microsoft's symbiotic relationship with its hardware partners who constantly …
Discussion: Ryan's Blog and One Microsoft Way
Diane Garrett / Variety:
Blockbuster links with CinemaNow  —  Movielink got $150 million from studios to build a download service that was supposed to transform digital delivery.  Now Blockbuster, the vidtail chain that picked it up at a fire-sale price little more than a year ago, has abandoned the technology all together.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Identi.ca Gets Funding to Make Open-source Twitter Variant  —  Identi.ca's plans to build an open-source alternative to Twitter got a vote of confidence this week with an investment from the VCs at Montreal Start Up.  While the amount of the financing wasn't disclosed, Montreal Start …
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
American Idol branding lands in Habbo
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Democrats' 2009 legislative plan: Net neutrality, copyright rewrite
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
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Po Bronson / Fast Company:
What Should I Do with My Life, Now?  —  Author Po Bronson addresses …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Sprout Builder Kills Its Free Publishing Service
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Wailin Wong / Chicago Tribune:
Motorola to lay off 4,000 in 2009
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
As raw as it gets - Skype legend Morten Lund bankrupt
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gmail Grew 43 Percent Last Year.  AOL Mail And Hotmail Need To Start Worrying.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
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