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5:10 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
PR Newswire:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Best Quarterly Revenue and Earnings in Apple History  —  iPod Sales Set New Record  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 first quarter ended December 27, 2008.  The Company posted record revenue of $10.17 billion …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE: Apple Rocks Christmas, Guidance Strong, iPhone Weak (AAPL)  —  Apple (AAPL) sales and profits beat expectations on huge iPod sales, but iPhone sales came in weak.  Apple shares are up 11% to $91.85 in after-hours trading.  —  The iPod numbers are surprising, and probably came at some expense to iPhone sales.
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 …
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 …
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wmpoweruser.com:
More Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots
Discussion: Engadget
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 Bloomberg / The Official Google Blog:
Explore New York City with Google — from your home, phone, and in person  —  [From time to time we invite guests to blog about initiatives of interest, and are very pleased to have Mayor Bloomberg join us here.  - Ed.]  —  This is New York City: the ultimate destination and home to world-class hotels …
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
New York City and Google Team Up for New Information Center
Discussion: TechCrunch
James Vicini / Reuters:
Online pornography law appeal denied  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court let stand on Wednesday a ruling that a federal law designed to keep Internet pornography away from children violated constitutional free-speech rights.  —  The high court rejected a Justice Department appeal defending …
Discussion: New York Times and Electronista
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Apple:
About the security content of QuickTime 7.6  —  This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.6, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss …
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Reuters:
Microsoft expected to cut jobs as profit weakens  —  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.
Mathew Honan / Wired News:
I Am Here: One Man's Experiment With the Location-Aware Lifestyle  —  I'm baffled by WhosHere.  And I'm no newbie.  I built my first Web page in 1994, wrote my first blog entry in 1999, and sent my first tweet in October 2006.  My user number on Yahoo's event site, Upcoming.org: 14.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay Shrs Sink On Disappointing Q1 Outlook  —  eBay (EBAY) shares are trading lower this afternoon after the company provided disappointing guidance for the March quarter.  —  For Q4, the company posted revenue of $2.04 billion, a bit below the Street consensus at $2.12 billion …
Discussion: Business Wire
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 …
Discussion: broadstuff and HipMojo.com
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” …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
OneSeason Raises $3.5 Million For Its Sports Stock Market  —  OneSeason, the stock market for sports that lets users invest real money into their favorite athletes, has closed a $3.5 million Series A funding round led by Charles River Ventures.  To coincide with the funding …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Contentinople
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.
Evelyn Nussenbaum / Fortune Small Business:
Making millions from YouTube ads  —  Web media startup TurnHere churns out 1,000 corporate videos every month.  That might just be the future of Web advertising.  —  EMERYVILLE, CALIF. (Fortune Small Business) — Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans had never been the subject of a TV commercial, let alone an Internet ad.
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 …
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 …
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: I4U News, Zatz Not Funny! and TUAW
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.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Showdown in Vista Capable case  —  Lawyers for Microsoft and PC users are set to square off in a federal courtroom tomorrow as the Redmond company tries to end the class-action lawsuit over the company's “Windows Vista Capable” marketing program.  —  The lawsuit so far has revealed large volumes …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
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 Circuit City liquidates in March, I'll have nowhere to go to kick Windows-PC tires before I buy them.
Discussion: Computerworld
US-CERT:
Microsoft Windows Does Not Disable AutoRun Properly  —  Technical Cyber Security Alert TA09-020A  —  Systems Affected  —  Overview  —  Disabling AutoRun on Microsoft Windows systems can help prevent the spread of malicious code.  However, Microsoft's guidelines for disabling AutoRun …
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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Ben Hardwidge / Custom PC:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon Hub in the wild on way to February 1 release
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Ben Worthen / Digits:
Tech Workers Get a Raise
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple updates iTunes SD rentals with nearly 400 titles
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Michael / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
U.S. Patent Office Rejects All Twenty Claims of Subdomain Patent
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
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Red Hat set to surpass Sun in market capitalization
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 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Canadian ISPs throttle the Internet
Discussion: DSLreports, TorrentFreak and Techdirt
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Wireless Is Q4's Big Winner, Sprint The Big Loser (VZ, S)
Discussion: AppleInsider and Boy Genius Report
Tom Steinberg / mySociety:
Blimey. It looks like the Internets won
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
BBC:
Windows worm trickery for Vista
Matt Pace / Compete Blog:
Amazon Prime Squeezes Already Struggling Rivals
Discussion: Screenwerk