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5:00 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 …
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Palm investors worry Apple may get touchy over Pre
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's game studios take a beating in layoffs; flight sim studo closure confirmed  —  Amid the news that Microsoft is laying off 5,000 people over the next 18 months, sources report that the game division has taken its share of the beating.  —  Gamasutra reports that the Flight Simulator studio …
Discussion: Guardian and Xbox 360 Fanboy
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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 …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple nano Owners Gettin' A Little Extra ‘Scratch’  —  Four years in the making, it looks like those early adopters of the Apple [AAPL Loading...  () ] iPod nano will be getting a little relief, in the form of a $22 million class-action suit filed against the company because the devices scratched too easily.
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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? …
Elisabeth Lewin / Podcasting News:
Zune Death Watch: Microsoft Zune Revenues Plummet  —  Microsoft has revealed in a Security and Exchange Commission filing that the company's Zune revenue in the 4th quarter of 2008 was less than half of what it was the previous year.  —  According to the filing, “Zune platform revenue decreased $100 million …
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.
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 …
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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") …
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Reuters:
VeriSign to buy Certicom; RIM backs out
Discussion: eWeek
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.
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 …
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).
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Al Gore headlining Google event: Google Ocean?  —  Layoffs and other expense controls show that Google isn't immune to mundane economic realities.  But the company's cool factor is still intact, judging by the fact that it signed up former Vice President Al Gore to speak at a Google Earth event next month.
Discussion: WebProNews
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:
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
‘Vista Capable’ case could cost Microsoft $8.5B  —  Expert estimates damages based on 19.4 million Vista Capable PCs  —  Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. would have to come up with as much as $8.5 billion to settle accounts with the customers affected by its 2006 “Vista Capable” marketing program …
Associated Press:
Pope calls Facebook, MySpace ‘gift’ but warns against isolation  —  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI says social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace can foster friendships and understanding, but warns they also can isolate people and marginalize others.
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 …
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
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Earnings preview: Yahoo 4Q likely extends slump  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Internet pioneer Yahoo Inc. is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter results after the stock market closes Tuesday.  The following is a summary of key developments and analyst opinion related to the period.
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 …
 
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