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8:45 PM ET, January 24, 2009

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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
The New Twhirl (preview release) for Team Seesmic-Twhirl  —  We are as excited as you are about Twhirl and are happy to announce a new version today which we will be circulating as a preview to get your help and feedback.  We are gathering a “circle of friends” for Twhirl and Seesmic …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
What A Nigerian Facebook Scam Looks Like  —  Facebook is arguably one of the safer corners of the Internet, with fairly complex security and privacy controls.  But when passwords get busted, even on Facebook, not everyone is whom they're pretending to be.  Like a Nigerian scammer …
Chris DannenFri / Fast Company:
Does the White House Have Wi-Fi?  —  Is the White House more of a museum than a working office?  Does it even have WiFi?  —  MSNBC has reported that on their first day on the job, Obama's White House staffers suffered from downgrades on every front.  During the campaign and the transition …
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John Resig:
OCR and Neural Nets in JavaScript  —  A pretty amazing piece of JavaScript dropped yesterday and it's going to take a little bit to digest it all.  It's a GreaseMonkey script, written by ‘Shaun Friedle’, that automatically solves captchas provided by the site Megaupload.
Discussion: Ajaxian
Justin Gardner / Donklephant:
Obama To Launch Recovery.gov  —  Most the following video is about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, but the big idea here is that along with the passage of the stimulus plan comes a new website (just a landing page so far) that will keep track of where and how tax dollars are being spent.
Discussion: Mashable!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Twitter's New Security Solution Could Pave the Way to a Future Web of Mashups  —  Microblogging service Twitter's habit of playing fast and loose with user passwords may be coming to an end, if a technical trial started today can be successfully implemented by its development team.
Discussion: Twitterrati
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Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Twitter can has OAuth?  —  Twitter API lead Alex Payne announced today that Twitter is now accepting applications to its OAuth private beta, making good on the promises he made on the Twitter API mailing list and had repeated on the January 8 Citizen Garden podcast (transcript by stilist).
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Jeff Jedras / PC World:
IBM Confirms Layoffs  —  Despite releasing stronger than expected earnings on Tuesday and at the time expressing optimism for 2009, a round of job cuts is underway at IBM Corp.  —  The week has already seen heavy layoffs in the IT sector, including 5,000 at Microsoft and another 5,000 to 6,000 at Intel.
Discussion: Computerworld
Computerworld:
Microsoft may shutter Popfly Web mashup tool  —  Microsoft Friday said that it may discontinue its free Popfly service, which lets nonprogrammers build Web 2.0 apps.  —  GOVERNMENT / more stories...  Senator questions, prods Microsoft on inclusion of H-1B workers in layoffs
Discussion: PC World
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley entrepreneurs still thinking big  —  Over the course of the past 40 years, Silicon Valley has experienced regular cycles of economic ups and downs that come with being one of the world's leading centers of innovation.  And during those down cycles, it's become routine for folks …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
30 seconds that changed the world: how Apple's Macintosh changed computer screens forever  —  Even by Apple's standards, the past few weeks have been turbulent.  The company delivered its final address, after 24 years, to the crowd at the annual Macworld conference, and then faced the news …
Discussion: TechCrunch and digg.com
Nokia Beta Labs blog:
Farewell Nokia Chat - long live Contacts on Ovi!  —  If you're a regular Beta Labs blog reader, you've probably noticed that our monthly updates of Nokia Chat (see here, here, and here) have stopped for a few months.  This has been simply because we've had to focus on getting a bit more of your requests made.
 
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GamePolitics News:
Proposed Oklahoma Tax Break Excludes M-Rated Games
Discussion: Destructoid and Kotaku
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Others could follow Google's move to reset options
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Randi Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Just the Beginning  —  The inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Why We're Desperately Awaiting Feedsqueezer
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Palm Pre: The Definitive FAQ
Discussion: IntoMobile and John Tokash
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
General availability for the Windows 7 Beta to end
Noam Cohen / Bits:
Wikipedia May Restrict Public's Ability to Change Entries