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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.
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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
Agence France Presse:
Change.gov coming to the White House  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — At exactly one minute after noon on Tuesday change.gov is coming to the White House.  —  That's the moment when whitehouse.gov — the website for the past eight years of President George W. Bush — changes hands and the savvy young …
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Evan Ratliff / Wired News:
The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the White House?
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Bush leaves behind a mixed technology legacy
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 …
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
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.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Cisco Plans Big Push Into Server Market  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Within the next few months, Cisco Systems, the largest maker of networking equipment, plans to release a product that threatens to shake up the technology industry and put the company on a collision course with traditional partners like Hewlett-Packard and I.B.M.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple among PC makers sued over OS permissions tech  —  Apple is among a dozen systems builders being sued this month for infringing on a pair of patents that cover system-wide software permissions for defining the range of operations that computer applications may or may not perform.
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.
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
VC Deal Scoop: Potbelly, Geni & More...  What follows are six VC deals culled from recent Regulation D filings with the SEC. They have not been otherwise disclosed:  —  * Ardian Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based developer of a medical device to treat congestive heart failure …
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and Pulse2
Melissa Bounoua / Forbes:
Twitter Not Loved In Europe  —  European companies say the social-networking tool is a time waster.  —  “Just had a cup of our Guatemala Casi Cielo ... It means ‘almost heaven’ in Spanish,” a Starbucks manager wrote in a recent Twitter post.  —  The coffee giant is one of many U.S. companies using Twitter …
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog and Mashable!
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's App Store: Has it peaked?  No!  —  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 …
Discussion: TUAW and MacDailyNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Blackberry Storefront Accepting App Applications  —  Following in the footsteps of Apple and its iTunes App store, several mobile companies have announced plans to launch their own storefronts.  Research In Motion is looking to launch its store relatively soon, and it took a major step forward …
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
What the duck?  Train your iPhone to (truly) learn new words  —  I was chatting with some colleagues today who complained that their iPhones never seemed to learn new words properly and permanently, no matter how often they typed them.  In the case of the Ars staff, I won't lie …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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 …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Belkin Employee Sheds Light On Belkin's Supposedly Dirty Practices  —  Belkin's alleged, and now confirmed, payola scheme may have been one of the first times we've heard about their shady practices, but an employee of Belkin says it's actually very common.  —  To summarize the note …
Andrew Stone / Times of London:
Blogging your way into the big time  —  Using internet contacts can lead to myriad opportunities for small firms  —  Soon after starting up, Scottish beer business Brewdog was struggling to sell its product until its co-founders hit on the idea of using the internet to market their distinctive beers.
Discussion: Podcasting News and BlogStorm
DSLreports:
FCC Doesn't Like Comcast's New Treatment of VoIP - Hints that Digital Voice service should be regulated...  While a lot was made of the FCC's investigation and Comcast's shift to a “protocol agnostic” network management system, the FCC order didn't actually punish Comcast, came with no fine …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Skydeck Puts Your Cell Phone Online  —  Cell phone providers hold a wealth of information about your real-world social network in their records that you can theoretically access through their cumbersome web interfaces.  None of the cell phone companies we are aware of do a good job at presenting …
NokiaPressServices / Nokia Press Bulletin Board:
Nokia and Securitas to cooperate in bringing security services into mobile devices  —  Nokia and Securitas today announced a new cooperation regarding mobile services for personal security and every day safety.  Mobile devices already today give increased feeling of security with friends …
Bill Tancer / Digits:
Googling the Inauguration  —  Guest Blogger Bill Tancer is the general manager of global research at Hitwise, an online data and research unit of Experian PLC.  He is also the author of “Click: What Millions of People do Online and Why it Matters.”  —  Browsing through the top 1,300 search terms …
Discussion: Industry Standard
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Music Industry Imitates Digital Pirates to Turn a Profit  —  CANNES, France — After years of futile efforts to stop digital pirates from copying its music, the music business has started to copy the pirates.  —  Online and mobile services offering listeners unlimited “free” …
Discussion: p2pnet and Michael Geist Blog
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Fliqz Raises Another $6 Million For Turnkey Video Platform Solutions  —  White label video host Fliqz is adding more funding to its war chest in a Series C round led by Triangle Peak Partners and joined by Mohr Davidow Ventures, which had already invested $5.5 million into the company in a previous round.
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Google to Give “Preferred” Sites Prominence in Results  —  The Mountain View, Calif. search giant is rolling out an interesting new search feature in beta that allows users to set a list of preferred sites, from which the search algorithm will give prominence to those sites when results are returned.
Jansen Ng / DailyTech:
Intel Cuts Prices, Introduces New Models  —  New lower power models are pricey  —  Intel has announced price cuts for some of its Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual Core, Celeron, and Xeon products.  It has also announced several new Core 2 Quad CPUs with a 65W TDP.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Win 7 testers find (and fix themselves) troublesome installer bug  —  A number of Windows 7 testers have succumbed to a bug that is causing them to crash randomly whenever they try to start Windows Update or install anything using Microsoft's MSI installer.  But a couple of testers …
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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GoFish Rebrands As Betawave
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iGoogle Gadgets Are Getting Social Smarts
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
After Steve Jobs Acknowledges Ill Health, Doubts for Reporters
Discussion: Gawker
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
IAA Finds Advertisers Wary of Google
Discussion: Search Engine Land
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
eBay Q4: “Letting Go of a Very Successful Past”
Discussion: CrunchGear
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA pulls out of John Doe cases involving college students
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