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8:30 PM ET, January 16, 2009


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Apple's Jobs Said to Be Considering Liver Transplant  —  Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs is considering a liver transplant as a result of complications after treatment for pancreatic cancer in 2004, according to people who are monitoring his illness.
John Battelle / FM Blog:
Change and Opportunity  —  Challenging economic times force all of us to focus.  At FM, our focus, now more than ever, is on what we do best - create media experiences that are valuable to our publishers, their audiences, and our brand marketing partners.  —  Given our journalistic heritage …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is It Time To Switch Ad Partners?  —  I don't make any advertising or revenue decisions around here, that's left to our CEO Heather Harde.  But I'm nervous about our ad partner Federated Media, which supplies about a third of our total revenue.  They're going through layoffs …
Staci D. Kramer /
Federated Media Shifts Away From Display Ads; Restructuring Includes Some Job Cuts
Microsoft Statement on European Commission Statement of Objections  —  Statement of Objections expresses Commission's preliminary view on the inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows.  —  “Yesterday Microsoft received a Statement of Objections from the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission.
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
EU leans towards Opera in Microsoft antitrust probe  —  Microsoft said this morning that the European Commission had issued a statement saying that its “preliminary view” was that the inclusion of Internet Explorer in its operating systems violated European aw.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
EU regulating Microsoft like it's 1999
Discussion: GMSV and CNET News
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Rotten Reporting  —  The media's coverage of Apple bites.  Here's why.  —  For the past six months Steve Jobs has been looking terribly ill. But only this week did Apple finally acknowledge that Jobs isn't doing well, when the company announced that Jobs would take a leave for six months.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Feel Better, Steve
Adam PenenbergFri / Fast Company:
Note to CNBC: Pull Jim Goldman Off Apple
Discussion: News
Lessig Blog:
Really great news from YouTube  —  Notice an important new feature in the world of YouTube — a “Click to download” link.  YouTube is rolling this out slowly, initially with content that aspires to be consistent with principles of open government.  I'm told it will be offered more generally.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Download Obama from YouTube
Discussion: eWeek and Industry Standard
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
The Little App Store That Could...  About six weeks ago, after reading the fine print on an Apple Inc. [AAPL Loading...  () ] ad for its online applications download store, the App Store, I noticed some pretty stunning numbers: that Apple customers had downloaded 200 million apps since …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
iPhone App Store Hits 500 Million Downloads, We Break Down the Numbers
Discussion: iPhone Savior
Toni / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Calculating the Size of the Downadup Outbreak  —  The number of Downadup infections are skyrocketing based on our calculations.  From an estimated 2.4 million infected machines to over 8.9 million during the last four days.  That's just amazing.  —  We've received a number of queries …
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Cisco's unfortunate airplane commercial during coverage of flight 1549  —  Let's say you're a big-name advertiser, and one of your TV commercials mocks airplanes, flying and water landings.  You probably wouldn't want to run that ad during CNN's coverage of US Airways Flight 1549, which crash-landed Thursday in the Hudson River, right?
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft and Yahoo Executives Meet  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, met in New York earlier this week with Roy Bostock, Yahoo's chairman, according to a person briefed on the meeting.  —  It was the second high-level contact between Microsoft and Yahoo …
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 …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
VCs Feeling the Pain of Newly Poor LPs  —  It's no longer a remote fear.  For the first time in the industry of venture capital, investors are finding themselves hamstrung by cash-crunched LPs.  —  The evidence is stacking up.  In the last couple of weeks, I've learned of three fund …
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:   New Enterprise Associates Said to Be Raising $2.5 Billion Fund
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Watch The Obama Inauguration From Your iPhone With Ustream  —  John Ham, the cofounder and CEO of live video streaming site Ustream, stopped by this afternoon to show me their newest stuff - a yet-to-be-released application that lets users watch live streams from the service on their iPhone.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Developers:
Changes in Facebook Platform Leadership  —  This is going to be an intense year for Facebook, and it's also going to be a big year for what we do with Facebook Connect and Platform.  Our goal is to help people share information and connect with the people they know all over the Web.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Circuit City To Close All Stores; More Than 35,000 Jobs Lost  —  So long, Circuit City (CC).  —  In a bankruptcy court filing, the electronics retailer disclosed that it has reached a deal with liquidators to sell the remaining merchandise in all 567 of its U.S. stores after failing to find …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Don't Google & Yahoo Offer Twitter Search?  —  Yesterday, we got a new news search engine which taps into Twitter that Yahoo's excited about, as it uses their BOSS system.  That kind of annoyed me.  Why didn't Yahoo just build the service themselves?  Or a regular Twitter search service, for that matter?
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Seagate customers swamped by Barracuda drive failures  —  Seagate firmware to blame  —  Seagate 1TB Barracuda drives are failing at an alarming rate, with users complaining of a plague of such failures spreading across the globe.  —  Barracuda 7200.11 drives made in Thailand (ref …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
An Online Farmers Market  —  The local food movement has been all about buying seasonal food from nearby farmers.  Now, thanks to the Web, it is expanding to include far-away farmers too.  —  A new start-up, Foodzie, is an online farmers market where small, artisan food producers and growers can sell their products.
Discussion: broadstuff
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Is ad-supported journalism viable in a pay-for-performance age?  —  While a great deal of what I write here is underinformed speculation, this piece is unusually speculative and underinformed.  It's possible that I'm flat out wrong about the idea I'm developing here.
Discussion: broadstuff
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AMD to trim 1,100 jobs, initiate temporary pay cuts  —  Updated at 10:12 a.m. PST, with more information about AMD's financial performance.  —  Advanced Micro Devices announced Friday it would slash its workforce by 9 percent and institute temporary salary cuts, from its executive chairman on down to hourly workers.
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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Microsoft Silverlight Selected by Presidential Inaugural Committee …
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Wii & Nintendo DS Set New Industry Records
Discussion: SlashGear
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sony's Sinking Ship Takes On More Water: Xbox Outsells PS3 2-To-1 Over Christmas
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Net usage spikes after U.S. Airways plane crash
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Obama Supports Postponing DTV
Discussion: DailyTech and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel postpones the launch schedule of Lynnfield CPUs and P55 chipset
Discussion: Kit, TechSpot and The Register
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Another GP Parting Ways with Sequoia
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft moves Live Mesh under Windows chief Sinofsky
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0 and LiveSide
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Why Obama's cell phone calls will always go through
Discussion: Gizmodo and Redmond Pie