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2:20 PM 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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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:   White MacBook gets a spec bump, adds NVIDIA 9400M graphics
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Quietly Updates Entry-Level White MacBook
Discussion: DailyTech and MacBlogz
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.
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 …
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft expected to deliver Windows Mobile 6.5 OS to handset makers in mid-2009, say sources  —  Microsoft is expected to start delivering its Windows Mobile 6.5 OS (operating system) to handset makers in mid-2009 following the expected debut of the new mobile OS in the upcoming Mobile World Congress …
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
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Day Live Web Video Streaming Failed Us  —  Yesterday was supposed to be the day that live Web video streaming took on TV broadcasting.  CNN.com alone served a record 21.3 million streams, with a peak of 1.3 million simultaneous streams.  And Akamai reported a peak of 5.4 million …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Akamai: Inauguration sets video-streaming record
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Webware.com and VatorNews
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Zimbra Founder Satish Dharmaraj to Depart Yahoo  —  Satish Dharmaraj-the founder of open-source email start-up Zimbra, which has been at the heart of significant new changes to Yahoo's key communications services-will be leaving the company.  —  The move, to be announced internally later today …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Canadian ISPs throttle the Internet  —  Canada's Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) famously decided last year to allow Bell Canada to single out P2P traffic for bandwidth throttling between the hours of 4:30pm to 2am.  But even as it allowed a practice …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
All Major Canadian ISPs Slow Down P2P Traffic
Discussion: Techdirt and Communications …
Erin Biba / Wired News:
Inside the GPS Revolution: 10 Applications That Make the Most of Location  —  Inside the GPS revolution it's more than maps and driving directions: location-aware phones and apps now deliver the hidden information that lets users make connections and interact with the world in ways they never imagined.
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
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 bellwether 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: TUAW, I4U News and MobileDevicesToday
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 …
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.
Michael / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
U.S. Patent Office Rejects All Twenty Claims of Subdomain Patent  —  More good news for EFF's Patent Busting Project!  Last week, the United States Patent Office (PTO) rejected all twenty claims of the Internet subdomain patent [PDF] on the Project's Ten Most Wanted list.
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Innovation Doesn't Take a Vacation in an Economic Downturn  —  By the end of 2008, Venture Capital had been officially declared dead.  Startups were laying people off so fast that even TechCrunch couldn't manage to keep up.  University Endowments and Foundations, the source of the “capital” …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows PC users face dwindling retail options  —  I'm not shedding a whole lot of tears for Circuit City — except for one rather important service with which my local provided me.  Once Circuity City liquidates in March, I'll have nowhere to go to kick Windows-PC tires before I buy them.
Discussion: Computerworld
Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
PANDORA ADS INVASIVE COMMERCIALS  —  Change has come to Pandora.com, the popular free music site that lets listeners craft radio stations to fit their tastes.  —  The site added 15-second commercial breaks to its streaming music service Tuesday as it continues to experiment with new ways to generate revenue.
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Hackers breach Heartland Payment credit card system  —  Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) on Tuesday disclosed that intruders hacked into the computers it uses to process 100 million payment card transactions per month for 175,000 merchants.  —  Robert Baldwin, Heartland's president and CFO …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple Q1 2009 earnings smackdown  —  It's that time of year again.  —  After the markets close on Wednesday, Apple will report its earnings for fiscal 2009 Q1.  And once again blogger Andy Zaky has challenged the professional analysts — most of whom, in his opinion, are clueless …
Charles / SiriusBuzz.com:
Sirius XM Rate Increase For March 11th CONFIRMED  —  For those of you who may have heard the news about the “potential” Sirius XM rate increase this afternoon, I can unequivocally confirm that this is in fact true.  Customer support representatives are now confirming to the general public …
Discussion: CrunchGear, SlashGear and Engadget
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Seagate to Fix Hard Drive Problems Soon  —  The hard drive company, which has seen its share of troubles due to the weakening economy, has another issue to worry about: failing hard drives.  Users of its Barracuda 7200.11 desktop hard drive, as well as several other models including …
Discussion: Crave
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
New York City and Google Team Up for New Information Center  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg guest blogged on the Official Google Blog today to announce a new website and Information Center.  The effort is a partnership between NYC and Google.  The new site is nycgo.com.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Verizon does 180, says it now supports a DTV delay  —  Reversing its earlier position on a postponement of the analog to digital TV transition, Verizon Wireless now says it will support pushing back the date.  Multichannel News reports that the wireless giant's CEO Ivan Seidenberg …
 
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Red Hat set to surpass Sun in market capitalization
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Mozilla solicits user feedback with Test Pilot
Discussion: CNET News and WebProNews
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
MSNBC Now Porting Video To XBOX Live: Inauguration Videos Playing In Dashboard
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Announcing The Create A Twitter Revenue Model Contest
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Wireless Is Q4's Big Winner, Sprint The Big Loser (VZ, S)
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Fido to offer BlackBerry as of February 4
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Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Twitter's risk of ubiquity
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Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
HP's Mark Hurd made $42.5 million in fiscal 2008
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