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12:10 PM ET, January 29, 2009

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Arn / MacRumors:
Next Generation iPhone Model Revealed in Firmware  —  MacRumors has discovered that Apple's iPhone 2.x Firmware has evidence of the next generation iPhone which has been designated “iPhone2,1”.  —  Apple uses these models numbers to distinguish between different hardware models.
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
The Eye of the (BlackBerry) Storm  —  iSuppli took apart Research In Motion's BlackBerry Storm to determine the cost of its components.  Guess what?  The iPhone parts are cheaper  —  As the battle for the smartphone market heats up, comparisons abound between Research In Motion's BlackBerry Storm …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Evidence shows Apple testing next-gen iPhone
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over ‘broken promises’ regarding 3G speeds
Discussion: Macsimum News
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Flash and AIR: Record downloads, winning platform race  —  Adobe Flash, the company's platform for web applications and video, is already on virtually every computer everywhere, but the latest version is on an even faster track to world domination.  Flash Player 10 and AIR have been downloaded …
Discussion: CNET News, Adobe, eWeek, Beet.TV and jd/adobe
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Adobe AIR Is Flying: 100 Million Installations Accounted For
Discussion: Adobe Blogs
Boris Johnson / Sophos:
Fannie Mae worker accused of planting malware timebomb  —  According to media reports, a federal grand jury in Maryland has indicted a 35-year-old man for planting a malicious script, designed to destroy data on the US financial giant's servers.  —  Rajendrasinh Babubhai Makwana …
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Freeman Klopott / www.dcexaminer.com:
Ex-Fannie Mae worker charged with planting computer virus
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News and Technology Live
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ComScore Report: Fastest-Growing Sites And Top-Ten Advertising Magnets  —  Of the top 100 sites on the Web, which ones grew the fastest in 2008?  In a report it is preparing to release tomorrow, The comScore 2008 Digital Year In Review (which you can sign up for here), comScore ranks the 20 fastest-growing Web properties.
Discussion: Tech Confidential and Beet.TV
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Samsung Propel Pro in the concrete jungle  —  Hmm... so we've got an update to the Samsung Propel, have we?  More or less, yes, this is as we're told, the Samsung Propel Pro and it brings pro-level features with it.  Things like Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, an optical joystick …
Leo Lewis / Times of London:
Nintendo cuts profit forecast by 33 per cent  —  Nintendo, the maker of the Wii games console and the favourite safe-haven share on the Tokyo stock exchange, has stunned the market with a 33 per cent cut to its full-year profit forecasts.  —  Analysts described Nintendo's guidance as a …
Discussion: PC World and Silicon Alley Insider
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Bloomberg:
Nintendo Slashes Earnings Forecasts, Showing Wii Isn't ‘Recession-Proof’
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Digital Britain: A tax, a quango and ISP snooping  —  All in a day's work for the modern bureaucrat  —  Digital Britain Did anyone expect more from Stephen Carter CBE?  The former Ofcom boss and No.10 strategy chief (sic) has spent his career moving between the world of advertising and public relations, quangos and party.
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Times of London:
£20 broadband charge to fight online music and film piracy
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:radioedit
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
Blogger Infighting Played a Role, Says TechCrunch Founder  —  TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington blamed fellow technology bloggers for the recent attacks on him, saying that his competitors' criticisms made him a target. … Mr. Arrington announced Wednesday he was taking a break …
Stuart Dredge / Mobile phone games industry …:
Rumour: Apple planning $19.99 games section on App Store  —  But only with a restricted number of publishers  —  Product:  —  Manufacturer:  —  Apple is planning to introduce a premium games section to its App Store where it will sell a range of iPhone games for $19.99, sources tell PocketGamer.biz.
Liam Tung / CNET News:
Chrome, Firefox face clickjacking  —  Security researchers have discovered a flaw affecting Google's Chrome browser that exposes it to “clickjacking”—in which an attacker hijacks a browser's functions by substituting a legitimate link with one of the attacker's choice.
Discussion: WebProNews, ZDNET.com.au and InfoWorld
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Microsoft SongSmith: Flawed music software produces comedy gold  —  A lounge jazz version of Radiohead's Creep.  The Police's Roxanne reworked with a reggae beat.  Eye of the Tiger as a lo-fi love song.  These are just a few of the hilarious cover versions of famous songs created …
Discussion: Associated Press and digg.com
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
iTunes Plus upgrades go a la carte  —  If you've been skipping the daily double-wet-cappuccino in order to save enough money to upgrade your iTunes library to the DRM-free iTunes Plus format, you can put coffee back on the menu.  Apple has dispensed with the iTunes Store all-or-nothing upgrade policy.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
YouTube Said to Be Near Hollywood Deal  —  YouTube and the William Morris Agency, the Hollywood talent agency, are close to signing a deal that would place the company's clients in made-for-the-Web productions.  —  The deal would underscore the ways that distribution models are evolving on the Internet.
discuss.joelonsoftware.com:
Don't ever use Google Apps for anything important  —  Here's why you should never use Google Apps for your domain paid or unpaid.  —  I started using the free version Google Apps a little over a year ago for one of our intranets.  Luckily it was an intranet and not the main site!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Gobbled Up 90 Percent Of All U.S. Search Growth In 2008  —  Google ended the year with 63.5 percent market share of all search queries performed in the U.S., estimates comScore.  And that market share has inched up steadily from 58.5 percent in January, 2008.
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
Friends, Until I Delete You  —  “UNFRIENDER” Rachel Heavers, with her daughter, Ellen, removed a lifelong pal in “a hormonal moment.”  Now she says, “I really, really regret it.”  During the “Whopper Sacrifice,” 234,000 people were trumped by a free burger.  —  A PERSON could go mad trying to pinpoint the moment he lost a friend.
Discussion: Gawker
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
You Need To See This Video (1981 TV Report On Birth Of Internet News) … Thus begins this video of a 1981 KRON report predicting the rise of news reporting on the internet.  —  You need to see this, it's pure gold.  —  My favorite quotes:
Discussion: Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile.com, Thanks:robinwauters
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Government Blocks Release of Documents on Secret IP Enforcement Treaty  —  Washington, D.C. - The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is withholding hundreds of documents about a secret intellectual property enforcement treaty currently under negotiation between the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries.
Discussion: p2pnet
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Could Sun swallow Red Hat?  Or vice versa?  —  In the midst of reading Paul Rubens' well-reasoned “Linux vs. Unix Values Evident in Red Hat, Sun Market Valuations,” I was struck by this thought: … At one level, it's a ludicrous idea, but on another...perhaps.
Discussion: Datamation
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
We Live in Public (and the end of empathy)  —  This was an email to my private list which you can signup for at  —  Listen To This While Reading: Love Theme from Blade Runner  —  I've been thinking about empathy and the Internet non-stop for the past week.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Updates Privacy Policy  —  This may slightly concern privacy advocates who continue to worry about Google storing too much data about their users.  —  Google today updated their privacy policy document and it now says that, in addition to retaining server logs, Google …
Omar / The Life and Times of AdMob:
AdMob Raises $12.5 Million in Series C Extension Round  —  I'm happy to announce that we've secured an additional $12.5 million in a Series C extension round of funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson's (DFJ) Growth Fund and Northgate Capital.  This gives us a combined $28.2 million in Series C funding …
Roger A. Grimes / InfoWorld:
Test Center: How secure is IE?  —  The world's most popular browser is also the most frequently attacked, but comes with controls and management capabilities other browsers can't match  —  Although Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser has lost market share to worthy competitors …
 
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Debunks SOA Myths
Business Wire:
Coupons.com Acquires GroceryIQ, Apple iPhone's Number One Selling …
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Toshiba Forecasts Record Loss as Chip Prices Tumble, Prompting Output Cuts
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Are profits in video games shifting from the West to the East?
M.P. McQueen / Wall Street Journal:
Cyber-Scams on Rise in Downturn
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Capgemini tells contractors to bite 15 per cent cut
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 Earlier Items: 
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Nokia Outsources Desktop Management to India's HCL
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
Intel will be first Silicon Valley company to give shareholders a ‘say on pay’
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How Netflix got started
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
FeedDemon and Google Reader: A Perfect Marriage
Discussion: Download Squad
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
iLife Gets Better; Just Don't Ask It to Find a Face
Thanks:pinkblob
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Obama Gets a Google Vet-But Not for CTO
Discussion: AppScout and Search Engine Journal