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2:20 PM ET, January 23, 2009

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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm to Apple: Bring It … Though Apple COO Tim Cook didn't mention any companies by name in his recent warning to those who would take liberties with Apple's intellectual property, it was clear to whom he was referring: Palm.  —  Palm, whose new Pre handset, though built around …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Puts The Squeeze On Free Apps  —  Google says the vast majority of the 1 million businesses that use Google Apps opt for the free advertising supported version.  To make the free option less attractive they've been quietly lowering the number of user accounts that can be associated with a free account.
Steve Lacey / Random Thoughts:
the end of an era - flight sim is no more  —  It really does appear that Microsoft has shutdown the ACES game studio and axed the entire staff.  A lot of my friends are now looking for something else to do...  Microsoft Flight Simulator is dead. … It started unfolding earlier today …
Discussion: Basement.org and BUZZ NEWSROOM
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Gamasutra:
Report: Microsoft Makes Big Cuts At Flight Sim Studio  —  Redmond, Washington-based ACES Studio, the Microsoft-owned internal group behind the venerable Microsoft Flight Simulator series, has been heavily affected by Microsoft's ongoing job cuts.  —  Development sources have told Gamasutra …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Now Nearly Twice The Size Of MySpace Worldwide  —  In November 2008 Facebook drew 200 million unique worldwide visitors; more than 1 in 5 people who accessed the Internet that month visited the site.  When sites are that big growth generally stagnates, but in Facebook's case it's still skyrocketing.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook now twice as big as MySpace? Oh boy
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
America's Most Wired Cities  —  Seattle takes the lead in our annual list of the most broadband-connected U.S. cities.  —  Move over, Atlanta.  Seattle, Microsoft and Amazon.com's home base, is now the country's most wired city.  —  While these marquee names have long lent the Emerald City tech-y cachet …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
FeedBurner is too broken for its biggest fan  —  Update: See this comment from Feedburner co-founder Dick Costolo for more on the progress the service is making.  —  Before Jason Shellen left Google and started Plinky (which launched earlier today), he helped develop products like Blogger and Reader …
Discussion: Chris Pirillo and CenterNetworks
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
AT&T dropping unlimited data and messaging to $30  —  Info's flowing fast and furious on this whole MEdia Net thing now, and it turns out that there's more than just a name change involved.  MEdia Basic, MEdia Works, MEdia Max 200, and MEdia Net 1MB are all going away (one megabyte, seriously? …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Last.fm Takes On Imeem On Android  —  Music recommendation engine / social network Last.fm has launched an official, feature-rich application for the Android platform that enables users to stream radio stations (including personalized streaming radio), consult up-to-date concert information …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's search juggernaut: Recession resistant after all  —  Numbers don't lie.  And Google's numbers are indicating that the company's search business is holding up much better than expected amid a recession.  —  Google reported fourth quarter pro forma earnings of $5.10 a share …
Verizon:
February 1: Verizon Wireless Reimagines The Home Phone  —  Innovative Verizon Hub Helps Manage Busy Lives and Helps Users Stay Connected to Family and Community  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — In a dynamic move sure to rattle devotees of plain old home phones, Verizon Wireless will introduce the new Verizon Hub on Feb. 1.
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Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
5800 sells 500,000 in 30 days, UK launch today  —  During a conference call discussing of Q4 results Nokia's CEO, Olli Pekka Kallasvuo mentioned that in the last 30 days of the quarter Nokia had shipped slightly more than half a million Nokia 5800 handsets.  During this period the 5800 was only available in limited markets.
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BBC:
Apple's first Macintosh turns 25  —  The Macintosh - the first Apple computer to bear the name - turns 25 on 24 January.  —  The machine debuted in 1984 and kicked off a product line that were Apple's flagship computers for many years.  —  The Macintosh helped popularise the combination …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Documentary features peek into Jonny Ive's playground  —  Industrial design and mass production—two great tastes that taste great together (unless, perhaps, you are a long-time Adbusters subscriber).  They go so well together, in fact, that the folks behind the Helvetica documentary …
Discussion: PC World and Cult of Mac
Reuters:
Microsoft leaves many sleepless in Seattle  —  SEATTLE/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For affluent Seattle, Microsoft is just the tip of the iceberg.  —  Microsoft's announcement it will lay off 5,000 in its biggest-ever job-cut rippled through the Seattle area on Thursday, further unnerving residents …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2008: Rearden Commerce Has A Heck Of A Year  —  One of my favorite startups in Silicon Valley is Rearden Commerce.  Few people have heard of it despite the fact that the company has been around since before the first Internet bust in 2000 and has raised $200 million in capital, most of it recently.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ComScore: Internet Population Passes One Billion; Top 15 Countries  —  The number of people on the Internet surpassed one billion in December, according to comScore.  The actual number is probably higher than that (Internet World Stats counted nearly 1.5 billion Web surfers worldwide as of June 30, 2008).
Discussion: SitePoint and Profy
dailymobile.se:
Nokia E75 QWERTY - High Quality Pictures  —  Here are some new pictures of the Nokia E75.  The Nokia E75 has a back cover with a metallic mirror feel along with a 2.4 inch screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, QWERTY Keyboard, Dual keypads, HDSPA, and WiFi.  Enjoy  —  [ Thx Cre_Rec ]
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Intel Chairman Craig Barrett to retire in May  —  Intel announced Friday that Chairman and former CEO Craig Barrett will retire from the board in May at the chip giant's annual shareholders meeting.  —  Barrett, who joined Intel 35 years ago and rose up the ranks to eventually become …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Yahoo! Finance:
VeriSign and Certicom Corp. Announce Agreement for VeriSign to Acquire Certicom for C$2.10 Per Share  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA and MISSISSAUGA, ON—(MARKET WIRE)—Jan 23, 2009 — VeriSign, Inc. (NasdaqGS:VRSN - News) ("VeriSign") and Certicom Corp. (Toronto:CIC.TO - News) ("Certicom") …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How Much Worse Can the Ad Market Get?  Just Wait.  —  Glad to see that Google (GOOG) had a decent quarter.  But things look grim for everyone else who makes a living selling ads, and there's plenty of lousy news to come.  —  We've already heard worrisome predictions about online ad sales at Yahoo (YHOO) and Time Warner's (TWX) AOL.
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Senate nears deal to delay digital TV transition  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate appeared close to agreement late Thursday on a bill to delay next month's planned transition from analog to digital television broadcasting to June 12 — setting the stage for a vote early next week.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Are today's Macs related to the Mac Daddy?  —  The MacBook Air seems a long way off from the original Macintosh.  But according to some, there remains some hereditary DNA from its 1984-era ancestor.  —  (Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET News)  —  What is a Macintosh?
Discussion: eWeek
 
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Chinmei Sung / Bloomberg:
Nokia Leads Decline in Worldwide Mobile-Phone Sales; LG Overtakes Motorola
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple pushing 17-inch MacBook Pro deliveries near March
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