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8:15 AM ET, January 16, 2009

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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 …
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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Chadwick Matlin / The Big Money:
Hey, What About Pixar?  —  Steve Jobs' other job can tell us a lot about the future of Apple.  —  Since nobody else seems to feel like telling you, I'll let you in on a secret: Steve Jobs is not just the co-founder of Apple, but also of Pixar.  And he sits not just on the board of Apple …
Discussion: Gawker and Digits
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How Microsoft blew the keyword business; And how you still can't count Redmond out  —  Microsoft had its Google killer in 2000, but killed the project before it got rolling.  Why?  Worries about cannibalization.  —  The Wall Street Journal has an interesting tale of Microsoft's miscues on the search front.
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Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Missed Chances to Beat Google
Discussion: Gawker and Silicon Alley Insider
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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter May Have Found Its Business Model  —  Twitter...what is it good for?  It turns out this little service is good for a whole lot of things, despite the loud objections of people who've never really tried it.  Even among true believers, though, it's been hard to figure …
Discussion: MediaVidea
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Twitter Launches Suggestions Tool
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Steve Hamm / Business Week:
First U.S. CTO May Be Indian  —  President-elect Obama has narrowed his choices for the top technology job to two people, both born in India  —  Two Indian-born technology executives are the leading candidates for the incoming Obama Administration's newly created position …
Discussion: GigaOM
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Intel Looks to Invest Despite a Drop-Off  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Despite watching its profits virtually vanish in the fourth quarter, Intel, the world's largest chip maker, remains committed to spending billions of dollars on new manufacturing facilities and attacking rivals in new markets.
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Market Wire:
Panasonic Introduces Two New FS-Series Cameras to Popular LUMIX Digital Still Camera Line  —  LUMIX DMC-FS7 and DMC-FS15 Feature Enhanced Intelligent Auto Technologies to Combine Simple Operation With Slim, Stylish Design  —  Panasonic today announced two new additions to its LUMIX FS-Series …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Worst Microsoft Video Promo Ever, Take 2.  Just Cover Up The Mac With Stickers.  —  Earlier this month, Microsoft Research released Songsmith, a song-making app that works only on Windows.  To promote the app it released what might very well be the worst promo video ever …
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.
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
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Another Facebook Hole?  —  The complexity of Facebook makes it likely there are holes in its privacy.  But this one, if I'm right, seems to suggest that it's possible to access someone's private data by a social engineering trick outside Facebook.  —  Today I received an email invite to join Facebook from someone I've never heard of.
The Age:
Aussie Google phone launch aborted  —  Ruslan Kogan. Asher Moses  —  The Melbourne consumer electronics maker who promised to release the first Google phone in Australia by the end of this month has delayed the launch indefinitely, citing “potential future interoperability issues”.
David Phelps / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Star Tribune files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy  —  Facing sharp revenue declines, the newspaper seeks bankruptcy protection, hoping to cut costs and restructure debt.  —  The Star Tribune, saddled with high debt and a sharp decline in print advertising, filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition Thursday night.
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.
Financial Times:
Internet piracy regulations planned for UK  —  Ministers intend to pass regulations on internet piracy requiring service providers to tell customers they suspect of illegally downloading films and music that they are breaking the law, says the draft report by Lord Carter.
Discussion: The Register
Chris Gaither / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Strapped for cash?  Report your company's software piracy  —  Looking to make some extra cash during the recession?  Turn in your bosses and co-workers for using pirated software!  —  The Business Software Alliance said today that it paid out $136,100 last year through its “Know It …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Pre Battery Details: 1150 mAh, Same as Centro  —  One of the details that Palm refused to address during their Keynote and also during their one-on-one time: battery size and battery life.  Well, let's answer one of them right now: the size of the battery will almost surely be 1150mAh …
Daniel A. Begun / HotHardware.com News:
GPUs Used to Successfully Crack Wi-Fi Passwords  —  Because of the computational power of today's GPUs, GPUs are starting to be harnessed more and more to help out CPUs with some hardcore number crunching.  That is the concept behind Nvidia's CUDA, ATI's Stream, and Apple's OpenCL frameworks.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
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 …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple approves e-book after dirty words removed  —  Apple has approved a version of Knife Music as an e-book application after the author removed words Apple considered objectionable.  —  (Credit: Amazon)  — Home - News - Apple  —  Apple  —  January 15, 2009 4:46 PM PST
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Eizo intros two color-accurate 22-inch LCDs
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Chris Oliver / MarketWatch:
Samsung to restructure into two operating divisions
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Reuters
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
U.S. plots major upgrade to Internet router security
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Lawyer Who Sues Yelp Admits He Had No Idea About Section 230 Safe Harbors
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