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YouTube Blog:
Coming Up Next... YouTube on Your TV  —  Have you ever wanted to just sit on your couch and watch YouTube on your TV?  Well, now that's possible via YouTube for Television, initially available through the Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii game consoles at www.youtube.com/tv.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Comes To The Wii And PS3, But Not Xbox  —  YouTube wants to be on your TV set bad.  It's squeezing its way in through Apple TV, TiVo, and now videogame consoles: the Nintendo Wii and the Sony PS3.  Just point those videogame browsers to www.youtube.com/tv and you can now watch a customized version of YouTube from your couch.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
U.S. Airways Crash Rescue Picture: Citizen Journalism, Twitter At Work  —  Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida posts the first photo of U.S. Airways flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone.  Thirty-four minutes after Janis posted his photo, MSNBC interviewed him live on TV as a witness (see video below).
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter and the iPhone on the scene of the US Airways Hudson River crash
Bloomberg:
Steve Jobs May Have Pancreas Removed After Cancer  —  Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs could be facing surgery to remove his pancreas, doctors say.  —  Jobs said yesterday he's taking a five-month leave of absence after discovering that his health problems are …
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Steve Jobs Probably Won't Come Back to Apple  —  Steve Jobs' medical leave from Apple is likely to be permanent, analysts say.  —  In a letter to Apple staff on Wednesday, Jobs said he was taking a five-month medical leave because his health issues are “more complex than I originally thought.”
Saul Hansell / Bits:
What If Steve Jobs Doesn't Come Back to Work?  —  We don't know what's wrong with Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive.  But it's got to be serious.  You don't take a six-month leave of absence, as he is, just because you've got a stomachache.  —  So that raises the question …
Chadwick Matlin / The Big Money:
Hey, What About Pixar?  —  Steve Jobs' other job can tell us …
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Joe Nocera / Executive Suite:
It's Time for Apple to Come Clean  —  Last week, when Steve Jobs announced that his recent weight loss was due to “a hormone imbalance,” I got calls from reporters and others (which, I must admit, I ducked) asking me if that was the medical problem he had confessed to when he and I had had …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Investors Are Wusses
Discussion: Mark Sigal's Blog and Techmamas
Wall Street Journal:
Departing Yahoo President Has History of Missteps  —  On Monday night, outgoing Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang delivered some tough news to Yahoo President Susan Decker: The Yahoo board had picked someone else as its new CEO.  On Tuesday, Ms. Decker announced her plans to resign …
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's Bartz to earn $1M plus bonuses, options  —  Carol Bartz, Yahoo's new CEO, will earn a base salary of $1 million, not counting bonuses, as well as stock options of 5 million shares, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Tuan Nguyen / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Confirmed: Apple Mac Mini Based on Nvidia Ion  —  A large portion of the Apple Mac community is waiting for Apple to refresh the Mac Mini line.  We learned today that the next generation of Mac Mini computers will be based on Nvidia's Ion platform.  —  An Nvidia partner confirmed to us …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Intel Atom-Based Mac Mini Due in March?
Discussion: Electronista
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Leaked: First Office 14 screenshots  —  It didn't take long this time, either.  Earlier this week, testers received alpha builds of Office 14, the codename for the successor to Office 2007.  One tester from Russian site wzor.net has now leaked the screenshots of the applications included in the productivity suite.
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
When Steve Jobs Met Tim Cook  —  For the next six months , Steve Jobs has asked Tim Cook run Apple while Jobs convalesces.  For Cook, that must feel a little like getting the keys to dad's Porsche.  For Jobs, it suggests he's confident Cook won't drive the company into a ditch.
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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:   The genius behind Steve Jobs
Paul Miller / Engadget:
What Apple could learn from Palm's webOS  —  In case you missed the keynote, Palm took some special moments to let everyone know that they're not trying to compete with Apple — which is of course exactly what they're doing with the Pre and webOS.  Sure, there's plenty of room in the market …
Discussion: Download Squad and PalmAddicts
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mark Cuban's Start-Up Investing Tips: Buy Now!  Bonus Advice: How to Manage 5,000 Emails a Day  —  I spend a lot of time talking to start-up companies and start-up investors, and I hear two distinctly different schools of thought:  — Things are brutal!
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Mozilla delays third Firefox 3.1 beta  —  Pesky bugs stall progress  —  Mozilla Corporation has pushed back the release of the third, and possibly final, beta for Firefox 3.1 by a week to allow the firm to fix some bugs in the upcoming version of its open source browser.
Discussion: Obsessable
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:   Firefox 3.1 beta 3 now due Feb 2
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel: The industry is ‘resetting;’ Quarter weak; Inventory swells  —  Updated: How bad is business in the PC industry?  Intel reported a dreadful fourth quarter and CEO Paul Otellini told analysts on a conference call that it was “only the second time in 20 years where revenues declined in the fourth quarter from third quarter.
Royal Pingdom:
The blog platforms of choice among the top 100 blogs  —  We all know that Wordpress is popular among bloggers, and Movable Type as well.  But HOW popular?  And what other platforms are being used?  To find out, we went through the Technorati top 100 blogs and investigated what blog platforms they are using.
Discussion: WebProNews
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Twitter Launches Suggestions Tool  —  Micro-messaging service Twitter is known for its resistance to adding new features...and why should it, given the hundreds of Twitter apps that launch every week, extending the service's functionality in new and unexpected ways?
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple seeks trademark on “OS X” without the “Mac”  —  Seemingly cementing a move first hinted at during the World Wide Developers Conference, Apple has filed for a trademark for its OS X operating system but without the “Mac” prefix that has accompanied the name since its inception.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Lawyer Who Sues Yelp Admits He Had No Idea About Section 230 Safe Harbors  —  from the great-moments-in-lawyering dept  —  Last week, we wrote about a defamation lawsuit over a review on Yelp, which seemed to backfire — bringing a lot more attention to the negative review than if left alone.
Economist:
Here we go again  —  It cannot defy gravity, but the technology industry is faring better than it did in the previous downturn  —  THE news may turn out to be no more than rumour, but it is telling nonetheless.  To cut costs, several blogs recently reported, Microsoft and IBM would soon …
Discussion: The Open Road
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Building Stealth Webmail Product  —  MySpace is building a fully functional webmail product, we've learned from sources with knowledge of the product.  MySpace mail will compete with services like Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Gmail and AOL Mail, and will on launch be the third largest webmail provider in the world.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Is The Wireless Sector Headed For A Price War?  —  Sprint's (S) Boost Mobile unit this week unveiled a new plan on its iDEN network which includes unlimited voice, texting, Web access and push-to-talk services for a flat pre-paid rate of $50 a month.  Phones for the service, which all will be from Motorola (MOT), will start at $20.
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Obama poised to be first ‘wired’ president  —  (CNN) — As the first president-elect with a Facebook page and a YouTube channel, Barack Obama is poised to use the Internet to communicate directly with Americans in a way unknown to previous presidents.  —  Judging by Obama's savvy use …
Matt Jones / Dopplr Blog:
Dopplr presents the Personal Annual Report 2008: freshly generated for you, and Barack Obama...  We've generated what we call the Personal Annual Report for all our users.  It's a unique-to-you PDF of data, visualisations and factoids about your travel in 2008, that we're delivering …
Discussion: Thomas Crampton and techPresident
 
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple approves e-book after dirty words removed
Discussion: Gizmodo
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
U.S. plots major upgrade to Internet router security
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Video game business grows 9 percent in December, up 19 percent for 2008
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Smart grid, broadband appear in $825 billion ‘stimulus’ plan
Discussion: VentureBeat and eWeek
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Cloud Computing, Customer Wins, Microsoft Bashing Will Be Key at IBM Lotusphere
Shane Mcglaun / Kit:
AMD and Intel will hold off on DDR3 move
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Kathleen Ko / The Official Google Blog:
Making your personalized homepage even more personal
Discussion: VentureBeat, InformationWeek and Pulse2
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Q4 Meets Ests; Sees Q1 Revs Down 14.6% Sequentially
Discussion: The Register
City Room:
State Pulls Plug on Wireless Network
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikipedia Celebrates 8th Birthday With New Tech for the Future
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
SB Nation Got $5 Million In Funding For Sports Blogs
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