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10:50 AM ET, January 21, 2009

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Android G2 Photos: Thinner and No Keyboard  —  Here they are: Alleged spy photos of the second generation Android cellphone, the thinner, shinier, and totally lickable T-Mobile G2 made by HTC.  It has no keyboard and its back looks oh-so-soap-bar-smooth:  —  As you can see, it has a 3.2 megapixel camera.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple quietly updates $999 white MacBook with unibody specs  —  Hmmm, what's this?  Did Apple just update its lowly, $999 white plastic polycarbonate MacBook to more closely align with its new unibody MacBooks?  Why yes, yes it has... sometime in the last 3 days according to Google's cache.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
White MacBooks Upgraded, Nearly Match Unibody Specs
Discussion: Webomatica
The Official Google Blog:
Search findings from the U.S. presidential inauguration  —  Today, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America.  As we observed throughout the presidential campaign, many people in the U.S. turned to Google Search to find information.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   How to Slow Google: Get Barack Obama to Speak
Michael Pinto / Fanboy.com:
Social Media “Experts” are the Cancer of Twitter (and Must Be Stopped)  —  Nearly a day goes by on Twitter without yet another social media “expert” choosing to stalk me.  At first it started innocently — back in the day (about a year ago) various techie friends started …
Bloomberg:
Apple's Disclosures About Jobs's Health Said to Face SEC Review  —  Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) — U.S. regulators are examining Apple Inc.'s disclosures about Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs's health problems to ensure investors weren't misled, a person familiar with the matter said.
Reuters:
Microsoft expected to cut jobs  —  NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is expected to post a quarterly profit that misses its own target and announce thousands of job cuts this week as the global economic slump hurts even the technology industry's biggest players.
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:
Tom Steinberg / mySociety:
Blimey.  It looks like the Internets won  —  The vote on concealing MPs' expenses has been cancelled by the government!  —  In other words - we won!  —  This is a huge victory not just for transparency, it's a bellweather for a change in the way politics works.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
The top 10 things we hate about the iPhone  —  Look, we love our iPhones as much as the person, but at this late point in the game, there are some things that are just inexcusable.  Here's our top 10 things we hate about the iPhone, and we'll post up our top 10 things we hate about the Bold later on.
Discussion: MobileDevicesToday and Mobile Roar
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Open government  —  The secret to a more secure and cost effective government is through open source technologies and products.  —  The claim comes from one of Silicon Valley's most respected business leaders Scott McNealy, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems.
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory, open and Slashdot
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Twitter's risk of ubiquity  —  I continue to marvel at the huge amount of coverage that Twitter gets from mainstream and business press, as well as the huge amount of traffic that the service continues to enjoy.  But while Twitter is becoming omnipresent in every layer of the media, the business remains a mystery.
Discussion: Hitwise Intelligence
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
HP's Mark Hurd made $42.5 million in fiscal 2008  —  Hewlett-Packard gave its boss, Mark Hurd, $25.4 million in cash last year, including a $1.45 million salary and $23.9 million in bonus money, according to compensation figures contained in the company's proxy which it filed late on Inauguration Day.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Online Video of Inauguration Sets Records  —  Millions of cubicle dwellers across the country helped set records for Internet traffic on Tuesday as they watched online video of the inauguration ceremonies — or at least tried to.  The overwhelming demand meant that some Web sites and data networks …
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Linden Lab acquires Xtreet and OnRez, brokers of virtual goods for Second Life  —  Is the real economy dragging you down?  Hop into Second Life, where the virtual world's gross domestic product jumped 54% in the fourth quarter!  —  Residents of Second Life traded $100.8 million worth …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Ericsson Cuts 5,000 Jobs After Strong Quarter  —  Today Ericsson reported a 31 percent drop in its fourth-quarter profits to 3.9 billion kronor ($465 million), announced 5,000 job cuts and said its core telecommunication equipment business was still unaffected by financial turmoil.
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Intel, Citrix Collaborating on Desktop Virtualization  —  Resource Library:  —  Intel and Citrix are planning to bring desktop virtualization technologies to a wider enterprise audience by combining their respective capabilities to make running and managing virtual machines within corporate desktops and notebooks easier.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Windows 7 vs. Mac OS X Snow Leopard: competitive origins  —  The tech media is working to pit Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 release against Apple's new Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, but the two products aren't really direct competitors.  —  The operating system most users end up with will depend upon …
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Dan Goodin / The Register:   New OS X research warns of stealthier Mac attacks
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
All Major Canadian ISPs Slow Down P2P Traffic  —  Ignited by the Comcast fiasco in the US, the concept of net neutrality has certainly been brought into the mainstream.  ISPs are rarely transparent when it comes to their throttling, capping and otherwise interfering behavior …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows 7 install roundup  —  After resting up and settling into our post-CES golden desk chairs, team Engadget got busy at installing Windows 7 on pretty much anything they could find.  Most installs went off without a hitch, and BSoDs were fairly few and far between.
BBC:
Windows worm trickery for Vista  —  The Conficker virus has opened a new can of worms for security experts.  —  Drives such as USB sticks infected with the virus trick users into installing the worm, according to researchers.  —  The “Autoplay” function in Vista and early versions …
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Whitehouse.gov: Looking Back at 12 Years of the US President's Web Presence  —  As the eyes of the world were focused on the pomp and circumstance of Barack Obama moving into a new role as President of the United States, Obama's Web team was hard at work - with far less fanfare …
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. Global:
Please Click Here for Large Photo  —  SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to introduce its new line-up of Xacti Dual Cameras, a line-up that redefines digital imaging by allowing greater flexibility for camera lovers and users all over the world with an amazing line-up of cameras …
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Latest Facebook Scam: Phishers Hit Up “Friends” for Cash
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How Blu-Ray Can Avoid Failure
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Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Director Hackborn to Step Down
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Stringer battles Sony ‘old guard’ over sweeping restructuring plan
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Amazon Prime Squeezes Already Struggling Rivals
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Urmee Khan / Telegraph:
Google boss denies ‘screwing’ music industry and defends YouTube in Warner row
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