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6:45 AM ET, January 19, 2009


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Tablet Update: Prototype B  —  It's time for an update on the progress we've made on the low cost touch screen tablet that I first wrote about in July 2008 when I asked for a dead simple touch screen web tablet that boots right to the browser.  Here's our first post on the tablet …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Scobleizer
New phone features ‘baffle users’  —  The complexity of modern mobile phones is leaving users frustrated and angry, research suggests.  —  Setting up a new handset is as challenging as changing bank accounts, said 61% of those interviewed.  —  Compiled by consultants Mformation …
Discussion: All About Symbian
Financial Times:
‘Extraordinary’ attack on Microsoft  —  By Richard Waters in San Francisco and Nikki Tait in Brussels  —  By reopening an old battle over Microsoft's dominance of the internet browser market, European regulators late last week took a controversial step that some legal and technology observers argued …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Engadget
Google Watch:
Is Google Talking Trash to the European Commission Over Internet Explorer?  —  So Microsoft is again being called to the anticompetitive carpet by the European Commission (Wall Street Journal pay wall), this time over the bundling of its Internet Explorer Browser with its Windows operating system.
Discussion: AdAge
Jessica Vascellaro / Digits:
Search Advertising Runs into the Recession  —  By Jessica E. Vascellaro  —  On Thursday, the public will find out how online search advertising - the biggest chunk of the Internet ad market - weathered the rocky fourth quarter when Google reports its results for the period.
Zephoria / apophenia:
Taken Out of Context — my PhD dissertation  —  Without further ado... my PhD dissertation:  —  Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics … Knowing that I would share my dissertation publicly, I desperately wanted to create a perfect dissertation.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and hubbub
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel cuts prices on some chips up to 48 percent  —  On Sunday, Intel instituted broad price cuts on processors, spanning the Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium dual-core, Celeron, and Xeon product lines.  —  Cuts were concentrated on quad-core chips like the Q9650 (3.00GHz), reduced 40 percent, to $316 from $530.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon launching Wireless Network Extender femtocell on January 25  —  Sprint had the jump on this by a few months with its AIRAVE, but Verizon's not far behind in bringing femotcells to the masses with its less-elegantly-named Wireless Network Extender later this month on the 25th.
Discussion: Mobile Tech Addicts
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Technology boosts M&A in UK  —  Takeover activity in the UK technology sector bucked the trend in other companies and industries in 2008, with the value of transactions rising 10 per cent on 2007.  —  According to a report by PwC, UK companies were involved in a third of the world's technology mergers …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Circuit City Under Siege  —  The dying retailer's liquidation sale has long lines of curious shoppers and few bargains of note so far.  —  They're the grim reapers of failing retail chains, except they brandish going-out-of-business signs instead of scythes.
Discussion: Maximum PC all and Spark Minute
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Inauguration Crowd Will Test Cellphone Networks  —  The cellphone industry has a plea for the throngs descending on the nation's capital for the presidential inauguration: go easy on the mobile communications.  —  The largest cellphone carriers, fearful that a communicative citizenry …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Belkin replies to Mechanical Turk shilling  —  Belkin responded to the Mechanical Turk Shilling Incident (as it's now called around the office.)  Their response?  “We're sorry, we didn't know it was going on, and we're doing something about it.”  Read the full note from Belkin's President Mark Reynoso below.
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