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8:20 PM ET, January 30, 2009

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Engineering Windows 7:
Our Next Engineering Milestone  —  Many posts start with a thank you and I want to start this post with an extra special thank you on behalf of the entire Windows team for all the installs and usage we are seeing of the Windows 7 Beta.  We've had millions of installations of Windows 7 …
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Next Windows 7 Milestone: Release Candidate  —  Can you say Windows is shipping sooner than later?  Steven Sinofsky, senior vice president for the Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group, broke the news in a blog post time-stamped Midnight EST that popped up in my RSS feeds at noon.  He writes:
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Tech espionage?  Microsoft claims former employee spied for startup  —  Microsoft says a startup founder took a job at the Redmond company under false pretenses, then used his inside access to download confidential documents for a patent complaint his company has since filed against major computer makers.
Discussion: CNET News
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple warns of reduced iMac availability in near term  —  Apple this week is advising members of its reseller channels that supply of iMacs will be constrained in the immediate future, a move that may signal new models are nearing production.  —  In particular, people familiar with the matter …
OpenTable Restaurants and Restaurant Reservations:
OpenTable, Inc. Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering  —  OpenTable, Inc. ("OpenTable") announced today that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC") relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
OpenTable Files For IPO, And Reveals Its Finances  —  OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation site that was founded in 1998, is hoping to raise as much as $40 million in an IPO, according to a filing with the SEC (embedded below).  The prospectus offers a detailed look at the company's finances and operations.
Discussion: Digits, CenterNetworks and Beet.TV
Sergey Ryazanov / The Official Google Blog:
Google Toolbar in Firefox: a personalized new tab page  —  Those of you who use Google Toolbar on Firefox are probably pretty familiar with the many features Toolbar 5 (beta) has to offer — from bookmarks to buttons and search box to “send to.”  We've added a couple more features to the Firefox Toolbar …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
ABC Says Web Viewers Will Tolerate Twice the Ads  —  How Long Before an Online TiVo?  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The web is about to get a little more like TV — minus the ad-skipping.  ABC.com has started to peddle research that shows online viewers will tolerate shows such as “Grey's Anatomy” …
Times of India:
Rs 500 laptop display on Feb 3  —  Text:  —  NEW DELHI: A $10 laptop (Rs 500) prototype, with 2 GB RAM capacity, would be on display in Tirupati on February 3 when the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Techology is launched.
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Indian $10 laptop to get February 3rd unveil
Discussion: Engadget and Liliputing
BBC:
Gates predicts four-year downturn  —  Microsoft founder Bill Gates has told the BBC that it could take as much as four years for economies in trouble to return to positive growth.  —  He said the upturn would be driven by innovations in science and technology.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Sacrificing security for usability: UAC security flaw in Windows 7 beta (with proof of concept code)  —  This is dedicated to every ignorant “tech journalist” who cried wolf about UAC in Windows Vista.  A change to User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7 (beta) to make it “less annoying” …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Gears of War DRM screwup makes PC version unplayable  —  It seems that the DRM on Gears of War came with a built-in shut off date: the digital certificate for the game was only good until January 28, 2009.  Now that the game fails to work unless you adjust your system's clock, what's Epic's response?
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Ma.gnolia Suffers Major Data Loss, Site Taken Offline  —  There was a meltdown at bookmark sharing website Ma.gnolia Friday morning.  The service lost both its primary store of user data, as well as its backup.  The site has been taken offline while the team tries to reconstruct its databases …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
What will Nathan Myhrvold do with microprocessor patents?  —  Intellectual Ventures, the patent-licensing firm created by technologist Nathan Myhrvold, has purchased the patent portfolio of microprocessor maker Transmeta, according to an announcement yesterday.
Discussion: Techdirt and CNET News
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Printing The NYT Costs Twice As Much As Sending Every Subscriber A Free Kindle  —  Not that it's anything we think the New York Times Company should do, but we thought it was worth pointing out that it would cost the Times about half as much money to send every single one of its subscribers …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Steve Jobs a music visionary?  Judge for yourself  —  Steve Jobs is a Bob Dylan fan because the folk singer is, in the words of Apple's CEO, a “clear thinker.”  —  Jobs' own lucid and careful contemplation of the music industry is apparent in a 2003 interview he gave to Rolling Stone magazine's Jeff Goodell.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Red Herring R.I.P.?  —  We're not sure if Red Herring, the once-high-flying tech magazine is finally dead.  But that's the rumor on Twitter: “Heard my former employer Red Herring is closing.  Surprised it survived for so long,” says Falguni Bhuta.  —  What we do know: The Web site is down …
Discussion: Webware.com and Pulse2
Christopher Rhoads / Wall Street Journal:
GOP's Atwitter About the Net  —  Republican Hopefuls Ponder a ‘Tech Gap’; Chuck DeVore's ‘Tweets’ Raise Campaign Cash  —  At a recent debate, the candidates to become chairman of the Republican National Committee were asked — after rattling off how many guns they own — whether they have any …
Discussion: Industry Standard, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
A look at Microsoft's hiring plans  —  Almost lost amid the recent news of Microsoft's unprecedented layoffs was a glimmer of hope for technology job seekers: The company is still hiring.  —  Even as Microsoft lays off up to 5,000 employees from some positions over the next 18 months …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Former Yahoo Scott Moore Heads Back to Microsoft As U.S. Content Head  —  In an unusual homecoming and odd job switcheroo among Internet companies, former Yahoo media head Scott Moore (pictured here) is returning to Microsoft (MSFT) to lead its U.S. content efforts …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Losing Hope With Yahoo, After Watching The Paid Search Division Stumble  —  Come and get us, Microsoft.  That might as well be what Yahoo's search ad division — Yahoo Search Marketing — is doing with its action of changing advertiser accounts without asking first.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Sexy Nerve.Com Kicks Parenting Site Out of the Nest  —  Rufus Griscom, founder of racy Web publication Nerve.com, is the first to admit it may defy logic that a Web site containing detailed essays about bondage and the effects of the recession on the sex industry spawned Babble, a parenting Web site aimed at urban hipsters.
Discussion: Gawker
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Could Get $1.6 Billion in Senate Stimulus Plan  —  Four words buried in a provision to help subsidize high-speed Internet service contained the latest Senate's version of the economic stimulus legislation could mean hundreds of millions of dollars a year in tax credits for Verizon Communications …
Tim Weber / BBC:
How companies tackle the interweb thingy  —  It is not that the internet is a particularly recent invention.  It has even had its very own economic crisis.  So why are companies still struggling to engage with it?  —  Of course, every company worth its salt has a website …
Discussion: Collaboration 2.0
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
LimeWire Creator Brings Open-Source Approach to Urban Planning  —  Entrepreneur Mark Gorton wants to do for people what he already helped do for files: move them from here to there in the most efficient way possible using open-source tools.  —  Gorton, whose LimeWire file sharing software …
Discussion: All Points Blog and Slashdot
Rod Bauer / Technologizer:
The Loneliness of the Early Adopter  —  I'm an Early Adopter.  I like to be among the first to try out new products and services.  If you were looking for me on the Rogers Technology Adoption Lifecycle—the bell-shaped curve that's a favorite of product managers—you'd find me on left side of the curve …
Mhtaylor Mhtaylor / Digits:
Turning the Ads Off  —  By Marisa Taylor  —  Ever wonder what your Web-surfing experience would be like if online advertising simply disappeared?  So did Jack Herrick, founder of wikiHow, a user-contributed how-to site.  There, where visitors can learn how to do anything …
John Boudreau / SiliconValley.com:
Some Silicon Valley companies having second thoughts on outsourcing  —  The global recession — combined with the Satyam Computer Services scandal and the terror attacks in Mumbai — is changing the once rosy portrayal of endless good days for the growing outsourcing industry.
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Maisie Ramsay / Wireless Week:
Kyocera to Consolidate U.S. Handset Groups
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Senate Passes Second Bill Changing DTV Transition Date
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Facebook Finally Beefing Up Sales Force
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Who's Online and What Are They Doing There?
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