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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Financial Results  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2008.  —  “Despite the challenging economic environment, Yahoo! …
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Bartz era at Yahoo begins with quarterly loss, revenue decline  —  Yahoo finished 2008 the way it started the year: struggling.  But this time, it sunk even lower by posting its first quarterly loss in nearly seven years.  —  After the market closed, Yahoo said it had lost $303 million, or 22 cents a share, during the fourth quarter.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Q4 Shows Operating Loss; CEO Bartz: 'This Is Not A Company …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon's Kindle 2 Will Debut Feb. 9  —  UPDATED 3:08 p.m.: Clarified description of Broadsheet technology.  —  Mark your calendars, e-book fans: Amazon.com will introduce the next generation of its popular Kindle reader in New York City on Feb. 9.  —  The company sent out e-mail messages …
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Amazon press conference on 2/9: I can haz kindle too?  —  Last time Amazon had a press conference they released a little something I like to call the best ebook reader in the whole wide world.  Well, we've got a seat at another conference on Monday, February 9 and unless they're announcing …
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Mark Papermaster to Begin at Apple as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering on April 24  —  Apple® today announced that Mark Papermaster will be coming to Apple as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, on April 24.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
IBM Discovers Noncompetes Really Are Unenforceable in California [UPDATED]
Discussion: Apple Watch
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   IBM settles; Papermaster to join Apple in April
Andy Palay / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Offline Gmail  —  Web-based email is great because you can check it from any computer, but there's one little catch: it's inherently limited by your internet connection.  From public WiFi to smartphones equipped with 3G, from mobile broadband cards to fledgling in-flight wireless on airplanes …
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Gmail grows up with offline e-mail access  —  Significantly increasing the utility and competitiveness of its Web-based e-mail service, Google is enabling an experimental ability to read, write, and search Gmail messages even while not connected to the network.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Bits and VentureBeat
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
New iPhone software improves Safari stability  —  The latest iPhone firmware update should be available Tuesday in iTunes.  —  (Credit: Tom Krazit/CNET News)  —  Apple has released a minor iPhone firmware update that is supposed to help improve the stability of its Safari browser.
Discussion: The Register and TUAW
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Updated: A Year Later, AOL Is Contemplating A Bebo Sale  —  I didn't quite believe it when one of my most trusted sources told me that AOL was seriously considering selling Bebo, the social network it acquired for $850 million only a year ago.  But I have now confirmed the rumor with three …
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
Why a ‘Google Web Drive’ Won't Kill Windows, the PC or Anything Else  —  Rumors of the GDrive, Google's supposed answer to online file storage, are bubbling up again.  The fabled GDrive is by far the most clamored-for Google service that, so far anyway, has yet to see the light of day.
Discussion: Beyond Search
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google ‘GDrive’ revisits tech-pundit G-spot
Discussion: Google Watch
Fred / A VC:
Twenty-Two Years Of Job Creation Wiped Out In One Day  —  I have worked in three venture capital firms over the past twenty-two years.  First at Euclid Partners from 1986 to 1996, then Flatiron Partners from 1996 to now, and Union Square Ventures from 2004 until now.
Discussion: New York Times and broadstuff
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Sun Microsystems Wrestles with Restructuring, Economy  —  Resource Library:  —  Sun Microsystems finds a recession in the United States and an overall rough global economy translated into steadier low-end software and storage sales in its fiscal 2009 second quarter, while numbers …
Discussion: The Register
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Sun Microsystems:
Sun Microsystems Reports Results for the Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2009
Discussion: Digital Daily
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Streaming video cannibalizing DVD rentals, says Netflix  —  Netflix says that DVD rentals are down for subscribers who make use of the company's online streaming service.  Though it doesn't hurt Netflix's bottom line, the trend certainly spells bad news for physical media, including Blu-ray.
Discussion: last100, Tech Beat and DSLreports
Sean Captain / Popular Science:
Hands-On with Samsung's Projector-Phone  —  An exclusive look at its two great displays and wealth of widgets  —  0.7 inches thick: the Show still makes room for a 10-lumen DLP projector that displays 480-by-320-pixel video and stills Sean Captain  —  The Samsung W7900, aka the Show, certainly lives up to its name.
BBC:
Alarm sounded over wi-fi networks  —  Wireless access points could be used by hi-tech criminals to spread viruses and worms, warn US researchers.  —  Security holes and the popularity of the devices in cities makes them ideal for spreading malware, they found.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google promotes Chrome with YouTube ads  —  Well, now we know one customer who's excited by Google's new ad possibilities at YouTube: Google.  —  The company is showing ads for its open-source Web browser.  I saw Chrome overlay and display ads on a classically viral video, “No Pants Subway Ride 2009.”
Ben Parfitt / mcvuk.com:
PSP 2 rumours are “nonsense”  —  Source close to Sony belittles latest speculation concerning technical specs of handheld successor  —  Clearly the rumour won't go away until the day a new machine is finally announced, but again overnight talk has emerged of alleged details of Sony's PSP 2 …
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Adam Hartley / TechRadar.com:
Rumour: Google to buy Skype  —  Is eBay looking to offload its VoIP cash-cow?  —  Tell us what you think [ 2 comments ]  —  Leading VoIP service Skype goes from strength to strength, with revenues rising by 26 per cent last quarter.  Yet despite this success, parent company eBay is rumoured …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Muxtape Returns as a White-Label MySpace  —  Following its shutdown by the RIAA last August, the Muxtape music streaming site has resurfaced online with a new purpose.  —  No longer is it a place for fans to upload mix-tape-style MP3 playlists to share with each other with a simple URL.
Dave Altavilla / HotHardware.com News:
Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green Drive Preview  —  Late last week Western Digital briefed us on their forthcoming release of a new addition to their Caviar Green family of hard drives.  No we're not talking some sort of exotic sushi or cracker-bound fish egg here either but rather a new …
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Top 10 Newspaper Sites See 16% Growth in December 2008 Web Traffic  —  Newspapers may be struggling these days but it's not for lack of web traffic, at least for the top ten newspaper sites.  According to Nielsen Online, web traffic to the top 10 sites grew by an average of 16% in December 2008.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and CNET News
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
MySpace on the money in social networking  —  Chris DeWolfe is dashing around his Beverly Hills office.  The co-founder of MySpace is preparing to go to Davos, where he will rub shoulders with leaders of the world economy, including his boss, Rupert Murdoch.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon: The World's Most Expensive Internet Stock?  —  With Amazon.com (AMZN) due to report Q4 results on Thursday, the Street has begun to take notice of the stock's remarkably high P/E multiple compared with other Internet stocks, other high growth tech stocks, or for that matter, any other stocks.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Announcing the AllFacebook Pages Tracker  —  Want to know what the most popular Facebook pages are on any given day?  Now you can!  If you haven't read it on Techcrunch, over the past month we have been tracking over 620,000 Facebook fan pages daily to determine how many fans they have and what type of growth they are experiencing.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Oryl / Android Authority:
General Mobile showing dual-SIM DSTL1 Android phone at Mobile World Congress  —  We just received a note from cell phone manufacturer General Mobile telling us that it plans on showing off the world's first dual-SIM capable Android powered phone at the 2009 Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona next month.
Giorgio / hackademix.net:
Ehy IE8, I Can Has Some Clickjacking Protection?  —  Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 RC1 yesterday with the usual big fanfare, and one of its main marketing punchlines is its “exclusive” clickjacking protection: … Hype aside, forgiving Microsoft's habit of forgetting precursors of their …
 
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