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11:05 PM ET, January 20, 2009

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The White House:
Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov  —  Welcome to the new WhiteHouse.gov. I'm Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House and one of the people who will be contributing to the blog.  —  A short time ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States …
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Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
The country's new robots.txt file  —  Here's a small and nerdy measure of the huge change in the executive branch of the US government today.  Here's the robots.txt file from whitehouse.gov yesterday: … And it goes on like that for almost 2400 lines!  Here's the new Obamafied robots.txt file:
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Obama Renovates WhiteHouse.gov  —  To the keys to the nuclear arsenal, we now add one more technological weapon that is handed over to the incoming president at exactly noon every Inauguration Day: the root password to WhiteHouse.gov.  —  Before Barack Obama even finished taking the oath of office …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Despite Inauguration, Google & Others Still Think It's President Bush …
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
WhiteHouse.gov takes a page from Twitter's playbook
Spencer Spinnell / Traditional Media:
Turning the page on Print Ads  —  Labels: Announcements, Google Print Ads  —  In the last few months, we've been taking a long, hard look at all the things we are doing to ensure we are investing our resources in the projects that will have the biggest impact for our users and partners.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:   Google can't save newspapers; smart to dump print-ad project
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Payment Processor Breach May Be Largest Ever  —  A data breach last year at Princeton, N.J., payment processor Heartland Payment Systems may have compromised tens of millions of credit and debit card transactions, the company said today.  —  If accurate, such figures may make the Heartland incident …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Inauguration Day, by the numbers  —  Updated at 2:53 p.m. PST to add statistics from the New York Times.  —  From what early numbers are indicating, the historic swearing-in of President Barack Obama was not the biggest traffic day for the Internet.  But for many social networks and digital-media sites …
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Inauguration Day on Twitter  —  It was a big day at Twitter HQ today and it's not even noon yet.  We saw 5x normal tweets-per-second and about 4x tweets-per-minute as this chart illustrates.  Overall, Twitter sailed smoothly through the inauguration but at the peak, some folks did experience a 2-5 minute delay receiving updates.
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, VentureBeat and AppScout
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obama Inauguration 5th Most Watched Net Event Ever
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and NewTeeVee
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Pictures: President Obama's inauguration, as seen from space  —  The other day I wrote about how the GeoEye-1 satellite would be taking images of President Obama's inauguration from 423 miles up — in space.  This could have only worked on a clear day, so that clouds weren't blocking the view.
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter catches up to Digg  —  Twitter has become a popular pastime for many who like to update their daily thoughts and activates, as well as for the voyeurs who just enjoy reading the tweets.  Last week, the market share of visits to Twitter surpassed Digg for the first time since launch and was ranked #84 …
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Hitwise: Twitter surpasses Digg's market share
Discussion: Gawker
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple iPhone Sales Drop 24% In U.S. During Q4 — Survey (AAPL)  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPhone sales dropped significantly in the Christmas quarter from the September quarter, when the iPhone 3G was first released, according to results of a new survey published by Morgan Stanley.
Discussion: MacBlogz and Macsimum News
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:   Apple's iPhone may have outsold Android nearly 6-to-1
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Big Blue Kicks Off Big Week In Tech Earnings  —  Did Big Blue see big green or big red during the holiday shopping quarter?  —  Only its accountants know for sure, but that will change at the market close tonight when the company releases its fourth quarter numbers.  —  And by doing so, IBM [IBM Loading...
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Word Cloud Analysis of Obama's Inaugural Speech Compared to Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Lincoln's  —  Barack Obama was just sworn in as President of the US and though he stumbled in repeating his oath, the speech that followed was delivered flawlessly and was widely praised around the web.
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Raises Possibility of a Loss in First Quarter, Ending 21-Year Streak  —  Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, raised the possibility of reporting a loss this quarter, ending its more than 21-year run of profitability.  —  “We are not going to wake …
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Jim Goldman / CNBC:
Intel Source: Bloomberg ‘Memo’ a ‘Stretch’
Discussion: SiliconBeat
mediadonis.net:
The Hyves Hype!  —  It really sounds strange, but mysteriously it just works...  At the moment, it's possible to check if a domain got penalized for selling links (or lost pagerank due any other kind of malicious activity).  —  The only thing you gotta do is put “hyves” as a subdomain in front of the domain to be checked.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft Sells Entire Comcast Stake  —  Microsoft (MSFT) disclosed in an SEC filing on Friday that it has sold its entire 7.3% stake in Comcast (CMCSA) Class A common stock.  Microsoft had owned 150,935,575 shares.  —  In a research note this morning, Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffett notes …
Apple:
iWork '09: Serial number not required for installation of retail boxes  —  iWork '09 retail boxes no longer come with a serial number.  Install iWork '09 from the enclosed disc and you're ready to go.  —  Products Affected  —  iWork '09  —  Though retail versions of iWork '09 no longer come …
Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
Upcoming PS3 Firmware (v2.60) Update  —  Hi, everyone, we have a system software updates for PS3 coming soon, and I wanted to provide you with a sneak peak at the details.  —  The PS3 firmware update (v2.60) is designed primarily to enhance the system's media capabilities.
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft considers moving 30 percent of vendors off-site  —  One page in an internal Microsoft PowerPoint presentation reviewed by the Seattle P-I shows that Microsoft executives have considered a plan to either move 30 percent of Microsoft's vendors who work on campus off of Microsoft properties …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google search helps provide inauguration subtext  —  Itzhak Perlman?  Isabel Toledo?  Simple Gifts?  Huh?  —  During Tuesday's inauguration of President Barack Obama, people curious about unfamiliar references used Google to supply the footnotes for the ceremony.
Discussion: Technologizer
Benjamin / FriendFeed Blog:
Find and subscribe to your Twitter friends on FriendFeed  —  We've just added a friend importer for Twitter so you can easily find and subscribe to your Twitter friends who are already on FriendFeed.  —  You may already have won!  Your Twitter friends could already be using FriendFeed!
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
CBS Best Inauguration Video Quality, Hulu, C-SPAN The Worst, Others Not Loading  —  I've now watched over a dozen live feeds of the inauguration from most of the major news portals and hands down, CBS has the best quality and most reliable stream.  Others like MSNBC, C-SPAN and Hulu …
Mike Tedesco / Mac Mojo:
Entourage for Exchange Web Services Beta is Live!  —  Say hello to Exchange Web Services; The future of Entourage!  —  I'm excited to tell you about the future for Entourage connectivity to Exchange Server!  We've transitioned away from WebDAV, and today we are announcing the public beta …
Andy M. Zaky / Bullish Cross:
How the iPhone and Poor Apple Management have contributed to the Downfall of Apple  —  In April of 2007, Peter Oppenheimer (Apple's CFO) announced that Apple will be using what is commonly referred to as the “subscription method of accounting” for sales of the iPhone where the sales revenue …
Discussion: Apple 2.0
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
New OS X research warns of stealthier Mac attacks
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Sweden Considers Police Action Against File-Sharers
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Microsoft's money backs an IBM adversary - again
Discussion: Ars Technica
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Real-Time News: PubSub Gets Ready for a Comeback
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC wants big fines for cable giants over channel switching
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft won't cut perks, but here's how much they cost
Discussion: Computerworld and Beyond Binary
Randall C. Kennedy / PC World:
What Will Become of Windows Vista?
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
InfoWorld:
Eclipse PHP upgrade tackles object-oriented programming
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Apple sales data: Half empty, half full
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Did You Just Click on a Fake Hyundai Ad?
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