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12:50 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 the company'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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook now twice as big as MySpace?  Oh boy  —  The blogosphere's love affair with Facebook-MySpace traffic wars just won't stop.  —  On Thursday, TechCrunch posted new statistics from ComScore that show Facebook now pulling in nearly twice as many unique visitors worldwide as its News Corp.-owned competitor.
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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.
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 …
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedburner Needs To Get It Together  —  Complaints about Feedburner, a service that helps websites manage their RSS feeds, have been around as long as the company itself.  But you'd think that when Google spent $100 million to buy the company, they'd get it together.  —  But things haven't gotten better.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 ]
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: Macworld and Cult of Mac
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.
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.
eMarketer:
Remember Online Dating?  —  Usage is down, but revenues are up.  Some consumers are still in love with Internet matchmaking.  —  Online dating seems like one of those things everyone did when the Web was new, then dropped after a while.  In fact, the percentage of Internet users in the US …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
John Markoff / New York Times:
Worm Infects Millions of Computers Worldwide  —  A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack.  The world's leading computer security experts do not yet know who programmed the infection, or what the next stage will be.
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.
Discussion: DSLreports and TECH.BLORGE.com
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") …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Obama Is “Failure” At Google, “Miserable Failure” At Yahoo  —  I told you so.  Or I told anyone who cared.  I even tried to reach the Obama administration in four or five different ways.  Do a search on Yahoo right now for miserable failure, and you'll find President Barack Obama's page ranking either …
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Lawsuit over website links in spotlight  —  Copyright violation or fair use to be decided  —  A copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit filed last month against The New York Times Co., owner of The Boston Globe and its Boston.com website, is being watched closely by news organizations …
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.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple pushing 17-inch MacBook Pro deliveries near March  —  Initially promised for the end of January, the unibody version of Apple's largest notebook is moving gradually towards a late February ship date or later for more recent buyers.  —  Readers tell AppleInsider that their orders …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Apple Gazette
internetnews.com:
Spammers Are Gaming Google's Adwords  —  Researchers are warning of some bad actors in paid results on Google.  —  The next time you run a search on Google, pay attention to which results you click on from the paid results area.  Security experts say spammers are gaming Google's (NASDAQ …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Superstar Team To Launch Flash MMOG Called Ohai  —  New startup Ohai has been getting big cocktail party buzz over the last few months.  The company won't disclose much about what they're doing, except that they're building a Flash-based massively multiplayer online game (MMOG).
 
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