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6:00 PM ET, January 22, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Steve Ballmer's Entire Memo to the Microsoft Troops About Layoffs and Weak Results  —  Here is the full memo to employees from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (pictured here) about the 5,000 layoffs and other cost cuts just announced, due to economic slowdown, which also resulted in weak financial results for the second quarter.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Second-Quarter Results  —  Modest revenue growth despite difficult economy; announces cost management initiatives.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $16.63 billion for the second quarter ended Dec. 31, 2008, a 2% increase over the same period of the prior year.
InfoWorld:
Vista main culprit in Microsoft layoffs  —  Windows Vista has been trouble for Microsoft perhaps since the operating system's beginning.  And this last quarter was certainly no exception.  Despite a dip in client software revenue, however, one analyst says the workforce reduction Microsoft detailed …
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Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE: Google Q4 Beats The Street  —  The earnings:  —  The release is out and looks solid.  The stock up 4% 2% after hours.  Release is here.  —Net revenue: $4.2 billion vs. estimates of $4.18 billion.  —Non-GAAP EPS $5.10 vs. $4.96 per share.  —Google sites revenue up 22%
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google's Fourth Quarter: Better Than Any Other Media Company's  —  A first quick look at Google's fourth-quarter earnings: Not bad.  The company's $4.22 billion in net revenue and earnings of $5.10 a share beat Wall Street's estimates, which were $4.12 billion and $4.96, respectively.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jay Adelson / Digg the Blog:
Brief update on Digg  —  Wanted to reach out to folks with an update on Digg and our priorities for 2009 as well as address some of the recent speculation about our business.  —  As we've often stated over the past couple of months, given the current economic climate, we've made the decision …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Digg to cut workforce 10%, hire new sales team
Discussion: VentureBeat
Intego:
Mac Trojan Horse OSX.Trojan.iServices.A Found in Pirated Apple iWork 09  —  Exploit: OSX.Trojan.iServices.A Trojan Horse  —  Description: Intego has discovered a new Trojan horse, OSX.Trojan.iServices.A, which is currently circulating in copies of Apple's iWork 09 found on BitTorrent trackers …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Advanced Micro Devices Q4 Even Worse Than Expected  —  Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) this afternoon posted even worse fourth quarter results that the Street had expected.  —  For the quarter, the company posted revenue of $1.162 billion, below the Street consensus of $1.23 billion, down 35% sequentially and off 33% from a year earlier.
Discussion: Business Wire
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD $1.4 billion loss bigger than expected
Discussion: VentureBeat
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Watch out Wikipedia, here comes Britannica 2.0  —  Encyclopedia Britannica president Jorge Cauz.  Inset: Wikipedia's cofounder Jimmy Wales.  —  In a move to take on Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica is inviting the hoi polloi to edit, enhance and contribute to its online version.
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Nick / Rough Type:   All hail the information triumvirate!
Globe and Mail:
Securities watchdog pursues record fine for RIM execs  —  Regulator seeks up to $100-million in stock option controversy  —  The Ontario Securities Commission is seeking a record penalty — one that could be as high as $100-million — from the top two executives of Research In Motion Ltd …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:   RIM co-CEOs could face $100 million penalty
Laszlo Bock / The Official Google Blog:
Announcing Google's Employee Option Exchange Program  —  Today we announced our plans to do something more for the people who are responsible for Google's success — our employees.  Recognizing that about 85% of our employees have at least some stock options that are underwater (i.e. …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stanford Students Release A Cool Batch Of iPhone Apps  —  Students from Stanford's Fall 1008 iPhone class CS193P created a nice crop of apps that are now available or will be soon for the iPhone (see our Stanford Facebook apps posts here and here).  —  A list of them is here, and some of them I'm going to keep on my phone.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
PC Pro:
Q&A: Microsoft defends return to DRM  —  Microsoft yesterday unveiled its MSN Mobile Music service - and a surprise return to digital rights management (DRM).  —  While companies such as Apple and Amazon have finally moved to music download services free of copy protection …
Discussion: TechSpot
Wall Street Journal:
Even in Test Form, Windows 7 Leaves Vista in the Dust  —  This will be a big year for new operating systems.  Apple plans a new version of its Macintosh operating system, to be called Snow Leopard.  Palm plans an all-new smart phone operating system called Palm WebOS.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Staff Arrives to White House Stuck in Dark Ages of Technology  —  If the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past.  —  Two years after launching the most technologically savvy presidential campaign …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nokia Cuts 2009 View After Grim Q4 Report; Stock Slides  —  Nokia (NOK) this morning reported a dismal Q4 - and forecast more grim days ahead.  —  The world's largest handset maker posted sales of 12.67 billion Euros, down 19.5% from 15.7 billion a year ago.  Revenue was up 3% sequentially.
Steve O'Hear / last100:
What if Apple sued Palm, would Microsoft come to the rescue?  —  When the iPhone first launched at Macworld in 2007, I distinctly remember Apple CEO Steve Jobs boasting that the company had over 200 patents on this thing.  At the time, that boast stuck out like a sore thumb …
Sarah Lacy:
Google Dethroned?  —  by sarah lacy.  —  There's a truism in Silicon Valley that Peter Thiel describes in my book: No publicly-traded Internet company stays on top for more than four years.  We saw it with Netscape, Yahoo, eBay, and I think we started seeing the beginnings of it with Google at the end of 2008.
Jessan Hutchison-Quillian / Gmail Blog:
Watch videos right in Gmail chat  —  My friends always hate it when I multi-task in other tabs while chatting with them (they can tell because of my obviously delayed reactions...).  But sometimes it's not my fault: if they send me a link to a YouTube video, I have to open another tab in order to watch it.
Paul Buchheit:
Communicating with code  —  Some people can sell their ideas with a brilliant speech or a slick powerpoint presentation.  —  I can't.  —  Maybe that's why I'm skeptical of ideas that are sold via brilliant speeches and slick powerpoints.  Or maybe it's because it's too easy to overlook the messy details …
Discussion: techno.blog and Furrier.org
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
An odd choice to help government with open source strategy  —  In an effort to reduce rising government IT costs, the Obama administration could turn to open source software.  Sun cofounder and former CEO Scott McNealy says that the Obama administration has asked him to prepare a paper …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and CloudAve
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast To Launch Online Backup Service - In 10, 50, or 200GB flavors...will count against new cap...  Comcast insiders have informed Broadband Reports that the cable giant will soon be launching an online backup and storage service called Comcast Secure Backup and Share, for which customers can pay a monthly or yearly fee.
Discussion: GigaOM
Call me Jeffrey:
7 sins of success  —  This week, our company's entire management team met up in our Boulder office for a series of monster planning sessions.  The internal mantra for 2009, as coined by our brilliant operations guy Charles, is brutal prioritization and maniacal focus.
 
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Ben Lisbakken / Google Code Blog:
Playing around with Google's AJAX APIs
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Discussion: BetaNews and IntoMobile
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Akamai: About 3.8 M Simultaneous Obama Streams, Details Capping Of Customers
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Sun Microsystems begins laying off 6,000 today [confirmed]
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Coming to Sling.com: Viacom Shows That YouTube, Hulu Can't Show You
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Jansen Ng / DailyTech:
Majority of Windows 7 Installations Will Be 64-bit
Discussion: TechSpot
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes audio sensor to auto-adjust iPhone ringtones
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Interview: iPhone dev gets existential about “crap” apps
Discussion: Macworld, AppleInsider and Webomatica
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
‘Washington Post’ launches database of political who's whos
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