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2:45 PM ET, January 26, 2009

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Apple:
iLife '09 Shipping January 27  —  Major Upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie & GarageBand  —  Apple® today announced that iLife® '09 will be available tomorrow, January 27, and features major upgrades to iPhoto®, iMovie® and GarageBand®, with breakthrough new ways to organize and manage photos …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple equipping all Macs with iLife '09 for Tuesday launch
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RIM CEO: Buggy smartphone software is the “new reality”  —  While our experience says otherwise, we really hope that the practice of launching buggy smartphones hasn't been institutionalized.  The Wall Street Journal just published a report about the “bumpy launch” of the BlackBerry Storm …
Discussion: AppScout, TechSpot, CNET News and IntoMobile
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
More Malware Targeting Users of Pirated Software for Mac
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Announces Actions to Reduce Labor Costs by about $1.2 Billion  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today announced that the company will take actions in the first quarter of 2009 to reduce internal and external labor costs by approximately $1.2 billion on an annualized basis.
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Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Chip complex delaying Apple's new iMac line, says analyst  —  Apple's next-generation iMacs are being held up for business reasons and a minor technical obstacle, according to one Wall Street analyst.  —  Kaufman Brothers' Shaw Wu, citing supply chain checks, says the new iMac appears …
Times of London:
Speculation grows over eBay plan to sell Skype internet telephone division  —  Chief executive's descrition of internet telephony group as great standalone business fires speculation  —  Speculation is mounting that eBay, the internet auction website, is preparing to sell Skype, its internet telephone company.
PE Hub Blog:
ChaCha Raising $30 Million  —  ChaCha Search Inc., a Carmel, Ind.-based search startup, has secured around $11 million of a $30 million Series C round, according to a regulatory filing.  No new shareholders are listed.  The company had previously raised around $14 million from Morton Meyerson …
Judi Sohn / WebWorkerDaily:
Will the Last One to Leave GrandCentral Please Turn Out the Lights?  —  We've been worried about GrandCentral for a while now.  The free service that promised “one number for life” started with such promise.  And then Google bought the company and the technology way back in July 2007...and they left it to rot.
Discussion: Technologizer
Patrick Foster / Times of London:
Music pirates will not be disconnected from the internet  —  Internet service providers will not be forced to disconnect users who repeatedly flout the law by illegally sharing music and video files, The Times has learnt.  —  Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, said last year that the Government had …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Should Facebook-or Someone Else-Take Another Run at Twitter?  —  Twitter-the non-money-making start-up that lets a user update status in a pithy manner-had a banner day last week with the inauguration of President Barack Obama, which followed all the tweets about the successful airline crash …
Discussion: All Facebook and WebProNews
Adam Sage / Times of London:
Nintendo brain-trainer ‘no better than pencil and paper’  —  A 10p pencil is just as good as a £100 Nintendo at stimulating the memory, according to a study that dismisses the DS Lite's claims to boost the brain.  —  The survey of ten-year-old children found no evidence to support claims …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA seeks sanctions against Harvard Law School prof  —  Joel Tenenbaum's file-swapping case is being handled by a Harvard Law prof and his students, but the RIAA wants Professor Nesson censored and fined after he tries to depose a mysterious music industry lawyer.  —  Does the RIAA look at Charles Nesson and see Denny Crane?
Discussion: digg.com
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Isle of Man Plans Unlimited Music Downloads  —  PARIS — Two generations ago, the Isle of Man gave the world the Bee Gees.  Now it says it wants to help the wounded music industry stay alive.  —  The island, a rainy outpost in the Irish Sea, is promoting an offbeat remedy for digital piracy …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
TurboTax face-off: Treasury Secretary Geithner vs. Intuit  —  Most likely to be Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner-the man entrusted with overseeing with the Internal Revenue Service and a remaining $350 billion in bailout funds-apparently isn't so smooth when it comes to Intuit's TurboTax.
Discussion: CNET News
Amanda Kleha / Google Enterprise Blog:
2008: The year in spam  —  [Ed. Note: The spam data cited in this post is drawn from the Postini Message Security network, which processes and culls spam from more than 2 billion enterprise email connections per day, giving Google strong insight into the state of the spam industry overall.
Abbey Klaasen / AdAge:
Online CPM Prices Take Tumble  —  Many Pin Blame on Web's History of a ‘Spray-and-Pray’ Medium  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Forget about first-quarter woes in the display-ad market.  For content companies, what will be more important are the long-lasting effects of a recession-induced ad slowdown …
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Silicon Valley's Fork in the Road  —  Unless we spend more on technology and science, companies like Apple, HP and IBM could be eclipsed by foreign rivals.  —  From the magazine issue dated Feb 2, 2009  —  Could Silicon Valley become another Detroit?  It's hard to imagine as you crawl along …
Discussion: The Baglady
PC Pro:
EU could force Microsoft to bundle Firefox with Windows  —  The European Commission could force Microsoft to bundle Firefox with future versions of Windows.  —  The revelation came as part of Microsoft's quarterly filing with the Security and Exchange Commission.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Slashdot
YouTube Blog:
Delete Your Own Video Comments  —  We're happy to announce the launch of a feature many of you have been asking for.  Now you have the ability to delete comments you've made on videos.  We've all been there.  Whether you misspelled “pwned”, back in the day when you were just a n00b to the internets …
 
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Moshe Basanchig / Finjan:
Evasive URL techniques
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Reveal Yourself: Versionista Exposes Edits for Any Site
Discussion: Silicon Florist
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Is Conde Nast Finally Fostering Digital?
Discussion: paidContent.org and MediaMemo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Netflix Shrs Rally Ahead Of Earnings This Afternoon
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
InfoWorld:
Wireless app development marching on
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Band Website Displays Copyright Claim from its Own Label
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mobile VoIP Startups Looking Beyond Cheap Calls
Discussion: VoIP Watch and FierceVoIP
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Can Microsoft Blame Netbooks?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Long Tail Not Dead Yet: eMusic Says It's Alive And Well
Discussion: broadstuff
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Obama's Broadband Snub Wasn't A Message
Robin Harris / Storage Bits:
Windows kicks Linux to the curb
Discussion: CrunchGear and AppScout
 

 
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