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2:00 AM ET, January 18, 2009


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Arlen Parsa / The Daily Background:
Exclusive: Belkin's Development Rep is Hiring People to Write Fake Positive Amazon Reviews  —  (Update: Welcome to Slashdot, Digg, Engadget, Gizmodo readers!  The latest is, I've heard from Belkin's public relations department and I am expecting a formal comment to come out from them relatively soon …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Belkin paying 65 cents for good reviews on NewEgg and Amazon?  —  I just contacted Belkin to confirm but this doesn't look good.  A site called The Daily Background found evidence that Belkin Bizdev guy, Michael Bayard, is paying folks 65 cents to write good things about Belkin routers.  Why?
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Bloodbath in the Clouds Continues as RSS Email Service Shutters  —  Every day it feels like I am hearing about another cloud computing service that is shutting down.  This time it's RSS FWD, a neat tool that let you read RSS feeds in your email account.  The site just rolled out an upgraded offering in September.
Discussion: Mashable! and rizzn's socnets
Michelle Meyers / CNET News:
At Sundance, Web pioneers see ‘on-demand revolution’  —  PARK CITY, Utah—As Hollywood stars drew crowds to the screening rooms here at the Sundance Film Festival, several Web media pioneers—celebrities in their own right— also got the spotlight Saturday at a panel focused on the future of entertainment in the Digital Age.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
IT venture investing posts worst Q4 in a decade  —  Venture capital investments in IT companies plunged 40 percent to $2.18 billion in the fourth quarter, their worst level in a decade, according to figures released late Friday by VentureSource.  —  The data further confirms concerns entrepreneurs …
Discussion: PR Newswire, TechFlash and VatorNews
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Why No Twitter Search from the Big Guys?  —  Danny asks a very good question here: … Well, my answer is simple: Competition.  —  The reason there is not a “Twitter search” from Yahoo or Google is because both companies want to own Twitter, or at least, they want to own the phenomenon of real time search Twitter represents.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Jaiku Founder: “We're Not Dying, We're Morphing”  —  Last week, Google announced that the company was unceremoniously discontinuing or at least ceasing development of a number of services it had launched or acquired in the past, including Google Video, Notebook, Catalog Search, Dodgeball and The Mashup Editor.
Discussion: /Message and rizzn's socnets
Jyri /
Signal (and noise) about Jaiku this week
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Can CNN, the Go-to Site, Get You to Stay?  —  K. C. ESTENSON, the new general manager of, has a thought or two about most news sites on the Web: they're predictable and homogeneous.  Seen one, seen 'em all.  —  Even his own site, he says, could use more of a “unique signature.”
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google may still be working on GDrive  —  It's been a very long time since rumors of GDrive have surfaced, and I all but gave up on the idea.  Reports today make it sound like Google is still interested in working on it, but gave no indication if it's actually currently being worked on, or when it would be launched.
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
iPod Touch 2G Jailbroken by the iPhone Dev Team  —  The 2nd generation iPod touch proved a tricky customer to break, but the Dev Team has made the first big step toward a full-on jailbreak.  —  The Dev Team stumbled upon the break when making yellowsn0w, the iPhone jailbreaker …
Discussion: Mashable!
Staci D. Kramer /
Napster Warns Subscribers That Best Buy Will Have Access To All Data Unless They Cancel By Feb. 17  —  Napster (NSDQ: NAPS) subscribers using the service after Feb. 17 will be giving the gift of data to Best Buy.  In an “important announcement” sent to subscribers this morning …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zumodrive Takes Cloud Storage And Syncing Up A Notch  —  Cloud storage and file synchronization is becoming increasingly important as users access the Internet and their data via a plethora of devices - desktop computers with large hard drives, laptops with smaller drives …
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