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4:00 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.
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 …
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: SmoothSpan Blog
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
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.
David Kaplan /
LAT Cutting 300 Jobs, 70 In Editorial; Local News Folded Into Main Section  —  Tribune Company's Los Angeles Times just keeps on cutting.  On its third round of layoffs in less than six months, LAT is cutting 300 positions and putting the separate local coverage into the print daily's main section …
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.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's layoffs included the guy with the Blue Monster tattoo  —  Microsoft solutions adviser Dan Woodman achieved minor celebrity status for getting a tattoo of the company's unofficial “Blue Monster” mascot — a character created by Hugh MacLeod imploring employees to “change the world or go home.”
Discussion: CrunchGear
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