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10:20 AM ET, January 27, 2009


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Verizon Reports Sustained Revenue Growth and Continued Strong Cash Flows for 4Q and Full-Year 2008  —  Consolidated Results  — 43 cents in diluted EPS and 61 cents in adjusted EPS (non-GAAP), compared with 4Q 2007 diluted EPS of 37 cents reported and 62 cents adjusted.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon's quarter holds up; Metrics mixed; Mum on Storm units  —  Updated: Verizon on Tuesday delivered a mixed bag for the quarter.  FiOS TV additions were stronger-than-expected and wireless subscriber additions were on the light side.  Meanwhile, the company didn't break out how many BlackBerry Storms it moved in the quarter.
Discussion: Local Mobile Search
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
No iPhone? No Worries: Verizon Wireless Still Growing
Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
Apple Awarded Multi-Touch Patent  —  According to the US Patent Office Apple was awarded patent number 7,479,949 on January 20, 2009.  The patent which was filed on April 11, 2008 covers multi-touch and all associated gestures such as pinch, swipe and rotation.  —  The patent is titled:
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Apple Gets Their Multi-Touch Patent; Is Palm Screwed?  —  The US Patent Office has signed, sealed, and delivered a late Christmas present to Apple.  On January 20th, the powers that be awarded patent #7,479,949, titled Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics, to Apple.
Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate Now Available  —  We're excited to make the IE8 Release Candidate available today for public download today in 25 languages for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server customers.  You can find it at  Please download it now and try it out.
Kent German / Crave: The gadget blog:
Congressman wants to ban silent camera phones  —  If you think the biggest problem with a camera phone is the poor quality of the photos, a member of Congress might make you think again.  Earlier this month, Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) introduced a bill in the House of Representatives …
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
New Bill Asks For Cameraphones To Go Clickety Clack
Scott Lowe / IGN:
Rumor: PSP 2 Coming Soon  —  Sources suggest that the PSP 2 is real, touch screen-enabled, and coming soon.  —  The evolution of the PSP has been one of small incremental updates rather than drastic aesthetic and hardware reconfigurations.  Since its debut in 2005 the PSP has undergone …
Christopher Blizzard:
why open video?  —  [ Note: Mike Shaver gives the short version of this post.  I have done a great job of burying the lead here.  There's a post from the Wikimedia Foundation on the topic and a post in the Mozilla Blog as well. ]  —  [ Update: There's a good note on ajaxian, the most important of which is the last paragraph.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Mozilla Gives $100,000 Grant Towards An Open Video Format For The Web
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Panasonic announces the Lumix ZS3, ZS1, TS1, FX580, FX48 and FS25  —  You may recall the three Lumix point and shoots that Panasonic announced on the 16th and thought that'd be the end of that.  Well, those were just a warm up and today Panasonic revealed the rest of their 2009 lineup.
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Engadget
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Microsoft: H-1B workers among those losing jobs  —  No legal obligation to keep U.S. workers over visa holders in layoff, says attorney  —  Microsoft Corp. said it is cutting a “significant number” of foreign workers as part of the layoff of 1,400 employees last week, a number that is due to reach 5,000 over the next 18 months.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Western Digital's 2TB Caviar Green hard drive launches, gets previewed  —  There's no veil of secrecy covering this one, but Western Digital has finally come clean with the industry's first 2TB internal hard drive.  Launched today in the USA, the planet's highest capacity single HDD …
PR Newswire:
EMC Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2008 Financial Results  —  Highlights  — First-ever $4 billion-plus quarter - Revenue up 8% sequentially; 5% year over year  — Fourth-quarter operating cash flow of $1.1 billion - Up 9% year over year  — Record full-year revenue of $14.88 billion - Up 12% year over year
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
E-Mail Outage Forces White House to Operate the Oldfangled Way  —  The guy on the computer help line at the White House seemed a bit harried yesterday afternoon.  —  Shortly after the workweek began, the tech-savvy Obama administration was hit with a mysterious “server outage” …
Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes:
McNealy: Hire Great People And Delegate  —  Sun Microsystems' chairman talks about what it takes to turn managers into CEOs.  —  Only a few companies know how to manufacture new CEOs.  Scott McNealy has done it again and again.  —  More than 75 people—including a number of women …
Daniel Lyons / Washington Post:
Silicon Valley Wants to Stay On the Road to Prosperity  —  Could Silicon Valley become another Detroit?  —  It's hard to imagine as you crawl along the traffic-choked lanes of Routes 101 and 280 between San Francisco and San Jose, past office parks and gleaming campuses still buzzing …
Discussion: Profy, Voices, and The Baglady
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Kanye West blames Gmail hijack for bisexual porn hoax  —  Hey, world: Let him be great  —  Kanye West says someone has taken control of his Twitter.  Not to mention his Gmail and MySpace accounts.  —  The rap star says that someone is using all three services to spread false reports …
Discussion: Music Ally and The Blog Herald
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Steve Jobs Reportedly Under the Knife at Stanford Hospital Today  —  Ailing Apple CEO Steve Jobs checked into Stanford Hospital over the weekend and was scheduled for surgery this morning, we hear.  —  At a party in Silicon Valley last night, a Stanford staffer who had just come …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Report: Steve Jobs Is In The Office Today
Discussion: Gawker, and GPS Obsessed
Arundhati Parmar / Finance-Commerce:
Best Buy seeks to expand its reach online  —  Electronics retailer hopes ‘API’ technology will boost sales and branding  —  The walls are coming down at  —  Convinced that customers' online-shopping behavior is now deeply colored by social-media experiences …
Discussion: Collaboration 2.0 and Slashdot
Tech-On! : tech news:
E-paper Tested as Disaster Prevention Measures in Japan  —  Toppan Printing Co Ltd offered electronic papers for a field test of providing disaster prevention information using displays installed along streets.  —  The test was conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Kanto Bureau …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget
Wilson Sonsini Cuts 45 Lawyers, 68 Staff  —  Blaming a down economy, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati axed 45 lawyers and 68 staff Monday.  —  The 660-lawyer firm laid off associates and of counsel accounting for 6.5 percent of its attorney work force.  About 9 percent of the firm's staff …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
These Speakers Sound Great.  And They're...Invisible!  —  I had two hands-down favorites at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.  One of them was the one that was everybody's favorite: Palm's upcoming Pre phone.  The other was a little-known technology which I saw demoed in a private preview.
Discussion: Engadget
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