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5:05 PM ET, January 31, 2009


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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
“This site may harm your computer” on every search result?!?!  —  If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message “This site may harm your computer” accompanied each and every search result.  This was clearly an error …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Flags Whole Internet As Malware  —  We're not quite sure what's going on, but a couple of minutes ago any search result from Google started being flagged as malware with a message stating “This site may harm your computer”.  Including Google's own websites as you can see above.
Maxim Weinstein / StopBadware Blog:
Google glitch causes confusion  —  This morning, an apparent glitch at Google caused nearly every [update 11:44 am] search listing to carry the “Warning!  This site may harm your computer” message.  Users who attempted to click through the results saw the “interstitial” …
Chris Anderson / Wall Street Journal:
The Economics of Giving It Away  —  In a battered economy, free goods and services online are more attractive than ever.  So how can the suppliers make a business model out of nothing?  —  Over the past decade, we have built a country-sized economy online where the default price is zero — nothing, nada, zip.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nielsen Deletes Reply-To-All Button  —  This happened last Tuesday, but we wanted to make sure you're aware that Nielsen management, after years of research, has finally come up with an adequate solution to cluttered e-mail inboxes and inefficiency in office environments …
Discussion: greg hughes and SmoothSpan Blog
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Source: Intel prepping for mass roll-out of Android netbooks  —  As netbook sales continue to pick up in a struggling world economy, Intel, which makes the Atom processor found in many of those netbooks, is looking towards the future of the market.  Specifically, it's looking to pave …
Sean Portnoy / Home Theater:
16:9 wide-screen looks narrow-minded compared to Philips Cinema 21:9 HDTV  —  It's getting harder to make an HDTV that really stands out, but Philips has gone to great lengths (well, widths) with a new set it's recently unveiled.  Forgoing the 16:9 wide-screen aspect ratio most new sets have …
Discussion: DisplayBlog and Engadget
Sean Bonner / Los Angeles Metblogs:
Celebs in public and on twitter, how will it end?  —  This morning I went to Intelligentsia to grab some espresso, which if you follow me on twitter you know is part of my daily routine.  When I got there I noticed that a guy at the counter had a cute dog with him, and since my wife Tara …
Discussion: sarahintampa and Dan Blank
Rachel Gordon / San Francisco Chronicle:
BART signs 20-year deal for Wi-Fi  —  A pilot project testing high-speed Internet access on portions of BART will expand systemwide, allowing people to surf the Web, send e-mail and videoconference when riding the rails or waiting in the stations.  —  The goal is to outfit the 104 miles …
Discussion: and Engadget
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo to Shut Off Briefcase Online Storage Service  —  Quite frankly, I already forgot about Yahoo's online storage service despite the fact that it was the first online storage service that I used way back ten years ago.  I've used it several times for sharing my scanned photos to my friends online.
Discussion: Download Squad and
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Justice Department hoaxes employees  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Justice Department doesn't have to look far to find a scam that preys on people whose retirement plans have been crippled by the global financial meltdown.  —  It designed one of its own.  And e-mailed it to agency employees.
Sidekick LX 2009 / Blade Will Run NetBSD  —  Wow, here's a nice shift.  Remember all those concerns you guys had about Microsoft switching the Sidekick to *cringe* Windows CE?  Well worry no more.  The next Sidekick will run the free open source NetBSD operating system.  Yes, you read that right.
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