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12:15 PM 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 …
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Report: Search Spending Off 8 Percent In Q4  —  While search engine marketing has been somewhat more durable during the recession (to date), than other media, that may not save SEM from negative growth.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting on the latest Efficient Frontier search marketing report, set to be released tomorrow.
Discussion: Beyond Search
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.
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 Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
eBay Q4: “Letting Go of a Very Successful Past” … Good thing Wall Street's expectations for eBay's fourth-quarter earnings are low, because the online auctioneer is gearing up to post what many believe will be its first quarterly revenue decline in nearly 10 years.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
IAA Finds Advertisers Wary of Google  —  Survey Underwritten by Microsoft Shows Concern About Size, Market Share  —  NEW YORK ( — The Department of Justice may have shuttered the Google-Yahoo search deal two months ago, but Microsoft is still working the court of public opinion.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Google Watch:
Is Google Talking Trash to the European Commission Over Internet Explorer?
Discussion: AppleInsider and Digital Daily
Financial Times:
‘Extraordinary’ attack on Microsoft
Discussion: Engadget and Ars Technica
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Unwrapp Tracks Your Favorite Web Apps So You Don't Have To  —  Unwrapp is a brand new application that enables you to keep on top of all the web applications you use, by notifiying you when there are new versions, features or upgrades of the services in question.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's App Store: Has it peaked?  —  One of the results Apple's executive team is sure to trot out Wednesday when it releases the company's fiscal 2009 Q1 earnings report is the explosive growth of its iTunes App Store.  —  Six months after it opened for business, the store has published …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Tom Warren /
Microsoft set to unveil MobileMe competitor next month  —  Microsoft is planning to unveil three new mobile services at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month.  The software giant is aiming to move your mobile data into the cloud and rival Apple's MobileMe service.
Intel to target ultra-portable notebook market with CULV platform  —  Intel plans to push a new consumer ultra-low voltage (CULV) platform into the market for ultra-portable notebooks priced between US$699-899 in the second quarter of 2009.  The move is believed to be targeting AMD's new Yukon platform …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA pulls out of John Doe cases involving college students  —  Last month, the RIAA announced that it was putting an end to its reviled legal campaign against P2P users and would not be filing any new cases, moving instead towards a graduated response plan.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Really Does Not Want Live Broadcast Of Hearing In Tenenbaum Case  —  from the what-are-you-afraid-of?  dept  —  It seems the RIAA is, once again, showing its true colors.  When Charlie Nesson asked the court in the Tenebaum case to allow a live internet broadcast of a hearing to dismiss the case, the RIAA protested.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Lotus Notes Soon To Become Even More LinkedIn  —  LinkedIn has partnered with IBM to create a new plugin that integrates its professional social network into Lotus Notes, a popular business desktop client that includes Email, calendar, and IM functionality.  The plugin is making its debut …
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Music Industry Imitates Digital Pirates to Turn a Profit
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Andrew Stone / Times of London:
Blogging your way into the big time  —  Using internet contacts …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Four Ways Yahoo Can Right Itself Under New CEO Bartz
Rodney Gedda / Computerworld:
Active Directory comes to Linux with Samba 4
Katie Hoffmann / Bloomberg:
IBM Will Release Online Version of Its Lotus Software for Cloud Computing
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Technology boosts M&A in UK
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Circuit City Under Siege
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Intel cuts prices on some chips up to 48 percent
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Taken Out of Context — my PhD dissertation
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Tags do work (for me, at least)
Paul Foy / Associated Press:
Technology to block phones in cars isn't foolproof
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows 7 Beta takes another crown, besting Vista in SSD performance

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Jessica Goodman / Entertainment Weekly:
Adele's new album, 25, now available on Pandora despite not being on subscription streaming sites like Apple Music and Spotify

Alex Weprin / Politico:
CNN pivots HLN back toward news

Joe Mullin / Ars Technica UK:
US district judge sides with Rightscorp, says DMCA doesn't protect ISP Cox Communications in order ahead of December trial

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