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8:20 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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
WhiteHouse.gov takes a page from Twitter's playbook
Discussion: SheGeeks and Mashable!
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
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
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
News Sites Struggle to Stream Obama Video
Discussion: NewTeeVee, ReadWriteWeb and Xconomy
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 credit and debit card transactions, the company said today.  —  If accurate, such figures may make the Heartland incident …
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Adam O'Donnell / Zero Day:
It's a good day to disclose the largest credit card data breach ever  —  While the majority of American media is glued to the quadrennial spectacle that is the Presidential inauguration, Heartland Payment Systems has uncovered a piece of malware hidden in their payment processing system.
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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   On the mainstream: Twitter's U.S. web market share passes Digg
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.
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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Katie Hoffmann / Bloomberg:
IBM '09 Profit Forecast Tops Estimates; Shares Rise
Discussion: The Open Road
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: AppleInsider and Macsimum News
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple sales data: Half empty, half full
Discussion: The Apple Core and GPS Obsessed
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: MacRumors, Infinite Loop and Macworld
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 …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and The Apple Core
Joseph Tartakoff / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft expansion to take a hit to cut costs  —  Still unclear whether layoffs part of plan  —  When Microsoft Corp. reports its second-quarter earnings Thursday, the company is expected to outline a series of cost-cutting measures, which will include postponing most of its plans …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Did You Just Click on a Fake Hyundai Ad?  —  The Web is the future of advertising, but we're not there yet.  And getting there will be an interesting journey.  For instance, I find it hard to believe that traditional media buyers have ever had to worry about impostors buying ad space using their client's name before.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
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PR Newswire:
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC wants big fines for cable giants over channel switching
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Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft won't cut perks, but here's how much they cost
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Randall C. Kennedy / PC World:
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