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3:10 PM ET, January 18, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Google Employees Quit  —  In 2008 Google HR set up a private Google Group to ask former employees why they left the company.  We've been forwarded what appears to be authentic posts to the thread by a number of ex-Googlers, which we reprint below minus identifying information other than their first names.
Aviv / MacBlogz:
Steve Wozniak Sheds Some Light On Steve Jobs' Health Issues (Video)  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been making rounds in the media weighing in on Steve Jobs' medical leave of absence with his own analysis.  The latest is a video interview on NBC where he mentions …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Bedlam breaks out at Circuit City  —  On Friday, Circuit City said it was liquidating all of its stores.  Then, on Saturday there was a big liquidation sale at my local Circuit City—up to 30 percent off.  The checkout line was almost as long as the lines you encounter on a typical Saturday at Fry's …
Discussion: Spark Minute and Crave
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
At First, Funny Videos.  Now, a Reference Tool.  —  FACED with writing a school report on an Australian animal, Tyler Kennedy began where many students begin these days: by searching the Internet.  But Tyler didn't use Google or Yahoo.  He searched for information about the platypus on YouTube.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama staff will say cu l8r 2 im  —  Barack Obama may get to keep his Blackberry, but David Axelrod is losing his IM.  —  The lawyers broke the bad news to Obama aides at a briefing Friday morning convened by incoming Deputy White House Counsel Cassandra Butts: Not only are they leaving …
Discussion: Gawker, The Caucus and Think Progress
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Lycos Europe To Shutter Lycos Mail, Tripod On February 15  —  Troubled Internet company Lycos Europe, which is owned by Telefónica, is shutting down its email service and website creation and hosting service Tripod, the company is saying via emails to users that begin with …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The TechCrunch Guide To The Inauguration  —  Whether you are headed to Washington for the Obama Inauguration or simply want to follow along online, there is no shortage of sites and applications dedicated to the national party on Tuesday, January 20.  Of course, every major news site (ABC.com …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and GottaBeMobile.com
Austin Modine / The Register:
Internet to Obama: ‘Pass the joint’  —  Online suggestion box goes to pot  —  President-elect Barack Obama has promised change.  And there's one change that internet-happy Americans want more than another other.  In an age of crippling recession, skyrocketing unemployment …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Does Wired's drastic weight loss point to ill health?  —  My, my, Wired magazine's looking thin these days.  Only a month or so ago I remember looking at a big fat dollop of paper, all health and bouncy.  Today, however, when I went to get my post my first thought went something along the lines of “Wow, this feels really lightweight”.
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Android Market: Now In Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Netherlands & Poland  —  In an Email from Google's Eric Chu, Developer's learned that they can now target new countries with their applications in the Android Market: … That's not to say that people in these areas necessarily …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Three Caballeros?  -Bostock, Ballmer and...Bewkes?  —  It wasn't just Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer meeting in New York last week.  —  According to several sources close to the situation, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes also rounded out a trio of chit-chatting execs …
Stuart / Music Ally:
The seven hottest startups of MidemNet 2009  —  It's the highlight of MidemNet Day Two!  I'm contractually obliged to say this.  It's the Music Ally / MidemNet New Business Showcase, which spotlights seven of the hottest new music startups, and gets the audience to vote on which is most exciting.
 
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Stuart / Music Ally:
MidemNet 2009 Liveblog: Google's David Eun talks music
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Tim Johnston / Washington Post:
Vietnamese Authorities Rein In the Country's Vigorous Blogosphere
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Discussion: TechFlash
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Mexico's Slim may invest in New York Times: source
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At Sundance, Web pioneers see ‘on-demand revolution’
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Napster Warns Subscribers That Best Buy Will Have Access To All …
 

 
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