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11:20 AM ET, January 20, 2009

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Wired News:
The Plot to Kill Google  —  When Google's lawyers entered the smooth marble hallways of the Department of Justice on the morning of October 17, they had reason to feel confident.  Sure, they were about to face the antitrust division—an experience most companies dread—to defend a proposed deal with Yahoo.
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft cuts back on campus expansion plans  —  Microsoft is embarking on a set of cost cutting measures, which include postponing most of its plans to further expand its facilities across the Puget Sound region.  Much more from my story in tomorrow's paper, which you can read here.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Just in time for the Obama inauguration, Ustream's iPhone app launches  —  True to its word, live streaming video site Ustream, has released its iPhone application into Apple's App Store in time for people to watch President Obama's inauguration on their iPhones live tomorrow.
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Logitech to cut up to 600 jobs  —  Clarification at 7:40 a.m. PST: The percentage figure for net income has been fixed.  —  Logitech International announced late Monday plans to cut 550 to 600 jobs, as it posted a steep drop in its financial performance and predicted continued weakness in the months ahead.
Discussion: Digital Daily and SlashGear
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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.
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Quentin Hardy / Forbes:   Metadata: Cisco Serves Up A Big One
Jessica Vascellaro / Digits:
Coupons Clips Google Engineering Director  —  By Jessica E. Vascellaro  —  The down economy has dramatically slowed hiring at Google.  But it hasn't stopped startups from poaching the company's stars.  —  Coupons Inc., which makes software to help marketers create, distribute and track coupons …
Ted Dziuba:
Corporate Blogs: It's The PageRank, Stupid  —  If you're running an online business and have hired a consultant who tells you that you should have a corporate blog to “better connect with the community”, fire that consultant.  —  If you have a corporate blog that is only marginally …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Real Problem: Netbooks  —  Forget Steve Jobs' health problems.  Cheap “netbooks” could steal the sizzle from Apple's hot notebook business.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—Forget Steve Jobs' health problems.  Apple has other troubles.  For starters, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Chaos Reigns in the PC Industry  —  The popularity of netbooks, Acer's rise, Lenovo's fall, the struggles of component makers to sell virtually anything — it all makes for a crazy time in the personal computer market these days.  —  The major PC component suppliers — companies like Intel …
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 …
Anton / Twingly Blog:
Twingly inaugurating world's first federated microblog search  —  This is it!  Today we're launching Twingly Microblog Search.  —  We've been microblogging for a couple of years now at Twingly.  Mostly at Jaiku because it's been the service of choice for new-media-people here in Sweden …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Web Sites Scale Up for Inauguration Traffic  —  Popular web sites and social networks are scaling up for huge web traffic for today's inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president.  But there's debate over whether today's traffic will challenge election night 2008 as the record peak for Internet traffic.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple iPod, Mac Sales Looking Good Ahead Of Earnings (AAPL)  —  Good news for Apple (AAPL) investors ahead of Wednesday's earnings report: December quarter iPod sales could surprise, and Mac sales look in-line with expectations, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.  In a report today, Munster estimates:
Discussion: AppleInsider
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Online TV Sites Battle for Viewers  —  Sites like TV.com, Hulu, and Joost that feature much of the same content are hoping that social-networking features will put them ahead of the crowd  —  On TV, content is king.  But on the Web, community may reign supreme.
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Marketers Look Beyond Search Engines  —  Facebook, MySpace, iPhone Figure in Efforts by Pizza Hut, Others to Boost Online Exposure While Controlling Costs  —  Marketers, seeking to boost their online exposure while keeping a lid on costs, are looking beyond Internet search engines such as Google …
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Dutch government study: net effect of P2P use is positive  —  The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs commissioned a study by research company TNO about how much Dutch Internet users download music, movies, and games, and what the social and economic effects of this downloading are.
Discussion: Techdirt and p2pnet
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Track Hot Topics On Niche Blogs With FeedVis  —  Want to put your ear to the ground and find out what any group of bloggers are talking about?  Some types of bloggers link out to each other a lot, making it easy to see what the hot topics are (see Techmeme, or Technorati).
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon, Netflix, Priceline: Are they really recession resistant?  —  With Google and eBay kicking off a round of Internet earnings this week analysts seem to be on a hunt to find the most recession resistant Web companies.  The early line: Amazon, Netflix and Priceline appear to be able to weather the economic storm.
Michael Wei / Reuters:
Refurbished iPods cheaper in China  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple said on Tuesday it had launched an online shop selling second-hand Apple products in China, offering discounts of up to 22 percent, as it looks to beef up its business in the country.  —  These are products that were previously sold …
Discussion: Neowin.net and CNET News
Sean / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Social Engineering Autoplay and Windows 7  —  The Downadup worm utilizes autorun.inf files to spread via removable devices such as USB drives.  —  Our January 7th post, When is AUTORUN.INF really an AUTORUN.INF?, provided analysis.  The autorun.inf uses some tricks, such as variable size, to help avoid detection.
Discussion: The Register and Hardware 2.0
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yammer Raises $5 Million For Workgroup Micro-Messaging  —  Fifty thousand dollars will only go so far.  As the winner of last year's TechCrunch50, that's how much workgroup micro-messaging service Yammer received in prize money.  But Yammer has now raised a $5 million series A financing …
 
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Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:
Intalio plans VC funds to finance buying spree
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Building desktop Linux applications with JavaScript
Discussion: Ajaxian, Slashdot and digg.com
Chuck SalterMon / Fast Company:
An Historical Twofer: President Obama and the Internet Inaugural
Discussion: Bleeding Edge
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
After Twitter Authority Here Comes Facebook Authority
Discussion: TechCrunch and RotorBlog.com
Financial Times:
IBM accused of abusing position in European mainframe market
Discussion: Digital Daily
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
Plantronics laying off 18 percent, writing down goodwil
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U.S. Venture Fund-Raising Plunges
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Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Number of computer users affected by Windows worm is ‘skyrocketing’
 

 
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