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10:50 AM ET, January 30, 2009

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Brian Ussery / beu blog:
GDrive  —  “Online file backup and storage... GDrive provides reliable storage for all of your files, including photos, music and documents... GDrive allows you to access your files from anywhere, anytime, and from any device - be it from your desktop, web browser or cellular phone”.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
With an official description, Google Drive is more real than ever  —  Almost everyday now brings a new hint into what Google is planning for its “GDrive” online storage service.  Today, a piece of code found in the Google Pack software bundle includes both a product category and description for GDrive.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Obsessable
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
First Official Description of GDrive  —  Brian Ussery noticed an interesting reference to GDrive in a file used by Google Pack.  The file includes “localized information which is sent to translators”.  —  The product category for GDrive is “online file backup and storage” and there are two lines that describe the application:
Discussion: Pocket-lint.co.uk, Thanks:atul
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
More Traces of GDrive in Script, Longer PDF File  —  Brian Ussery found the following code in a (Google Pack-related) JavaScript file by Google.  The script mentions Google's GDrive ("Googe Drive") shared storage project (I highlighted the texts):  —  // Localized product category of GDrive
Discussion: Googling Google and Mashable!, Thanks:pinkblob
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Dell to Make Google and Microsoft Phones - Really?  —  Just when you thought there are enough not-so-good looking and overrated phones out there, Dell is said to announce two iPhone and Blackberry competitors sometime next month.  Code named MePhone (hopefully not the final name) …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Dell's Phone Called The MePhone?  (DELL)  —  We've received a few tips from someone who claims to be close to Dell (DELL) about the company's entry into the smartphone market.  We don't know if they're true, but they're not unreasonable, so we decided to share them for discussion.
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” …
Scobleizer:
Zuckerberg: Facebook's “intense” year  —  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, in a tie?  Oh my.  —  If you know Mark you know he's a pretty casual dresser.  Usually seen in T-shirt, jeans, and sandals.  —  But not here at the World Economic Forum where we walked around downtown Davos …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Mark Zuckerberg's sentiment engine?
TechCrunch:
The Economy According To Mint  —  Aaron Patzer is the CEO and founder of Mint.com, a personal finance site that helps 900,000 consumers keep track of their spending.  Mint's data is a snapshot of the consumer economy.  In the guest post below, Aaron parses the data to tell us what the economy looks like from consumer's eyes.
MediaShift:
Warning: Dependence on Facebook, Twitter Could Be Hazardous to Your Business  —  You've probably heard how much the micro-blogging service Twitter can help your business, or that being on social networking site Facebook can boost your company's profile.  But what you might not have considered …
Discussion: Beyond Search
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Sales Surge  —  Snapping the brutal retail slump, Amazon.com Inc. said profit rose 9% and sales surged 18% in the fourth quarter as the Internet giant used its pricing muscle to lure shoppers.  —  Chief Executive Jeff Bezos's goal of establishing Amazon as the Wal-Mart of the Internet …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Profit Rises at Amazon as Shoppers Seek Deals
Discussion: DailyTech
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.
Discussion: Liliputing, SlashGear, Engadget and Slashdot
David Schlesinger / Full Disclosure:
Twittering away standards or tweeting the future of journalism?  —  I've been tweeting from the World Economic Forum, using the microblogging platform Twitter to discuss the mundane (describing crepuscular darkness of the Swiss Alps at 5 a.m.) or the interesting (live tweeting from presentations).
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog
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” …
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
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google fakes out Hotmail for Chrome support  —  Google has added a patch to its latest beta version and stable version of Chrome to make the browser work better with Microsoft's Hotmail site.  —  With the patch, Chrome tells Microsoft's site it's actually Apple's Safari browser …
Discussion: Google Operating System, Thanks:indiatweets
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Fannie Mae Logic Bomb Would Have Caused Weeklong Shutdown  —  A logic bomb allegedly planted by a former engineer at mortgage finance company Fannie Mae last fall would have decimated all 4,000 servers at the company, causing millions of dollars in damage and shutting down Fannie Mae for a least a week, prosecutors say.
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Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
The Hazards of Recommending
Discussion: GMSV and Slashdot
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Once Again, You Don't Get To Use DMCA Takedowns To Remove Any Content You Don't Like  —  from the it-has-to-be-copyright-infringement- of-your-content dept  —  Michael Geist has the latest example of what appears to be a company abusing the DMCA takedown process to try to quiet the speech …
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?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A News Corp. Bull Throws In The Towel; WSJ Layoffs Coming?  —  Pali Research analyst Rich Greenfield loves to tear into media companies — just ask the managers at Time Warner (TWX) or Warner Music Group (WMG).  But he's been a longtime advocate for News Corp. (NWS).  —  No more.
Associated Press:
Swiss police spy marijuana field with Google Earth  —  ZURICH, Switzerland - Swiss police said Thursday they stumbled across a large marijuana plantation while using Google Earth, the search engine company's satellite mapping software.  —  Police said the find was part of a bigger investigation …
James Sherwood / The Register:
Patent app reveals Microsoft's smart smartphone cradle  —  Microsoft has asked for a patent to protect its idea for a smartphone docking cradle that would turn your handheld into a mini-laptop.  —  Microsoft's smartphone cradle  —  The “Smart Interface System for Mobile Communication Devices” …
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileBurn.com
Mikako Nakajima / Bloomberg:
NEC, Headed for Annual Loss, to Cut More Than 20,000 Workers to Trim Costs  —  Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — NEC Corp., Japan's largest personal- computer maker, will eliminate more than 20,000 employees in the largest job cut in Japan since the world went into recession.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
11 Business Plans For Twitter  —  Start the slideshow  —  Deadline for entry into our Create Twitter's Revenue Model contest is up and we thought we'd share some of the best entries.  We haven't decided on a winner yet, so check them out and let us know what you think.
mobiledivide.com:
palm pre @ CES '09 (Part 2)  —  Part 2 of mobiledivide's palm prÄ" interview series from CES '09 is with Peter Skillman.  Peter is the VP of Design at Palm, Inc. and naturally our conversation revolved around the design choices he and his team at Palm made with the palm prÄ".
 
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Britain Looks to Expand Broadband and Limit Piracy
Wojtek Dabrowski / Reuters:
Nortel Exits WiMax Business
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Roger A. Grimes / Security Adviser:
Browser security wars
Discussion: InfoWorld, PC World and Obsessable
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Handset Market Is Getting Darwinian
Discussion: ABI Research, Computerworld and eWeek
Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
The case against Web apps
Discussion: Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
Cheap, super-efficient LED lights on the horizon
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Rumor: Sony PS4 Plans Leaked, And It Targets Casual Gamers (SNE)
Thanks:anjrued
Dave Morin / Facebook Developers:
Facebook Connect and Apple's iPhoto '09
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Twitter Experiment  —  A couple weeks ago, I wrote …
Discussion: Tech Central and Twitterrati
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Microsoft: More Zunes coming in 2009
Discussion: Anything But iPod and blogs.ft.com
 

 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Wolff on HBO, CBS Streaming: TV Is Disrupting the Internet

 
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