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12:10 PM ET, January 31, 2009

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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 is flagged as malware with a message saying “This site may harm your computer”.  —  Twitter is abuzz with people reporting the massive error, and it's clear that this is happening around the world.
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Google flags entire Web as ‘malware’  —  A major hiccup at Google this morning caused the entire Internet to be flagged as malware.  —  The problem appears to be centered around the Google Safe Browsing API — even that returned a “This site may harm your computer” warning (see screenshot below) …
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 stepping up its efforts …
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 costs the Times about twice as much money to print and deliver the newspaper over a year …
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.
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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.”
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microhoo: What might have been  —  A year ago Sunday, on February 1, 2008, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer told the world his company wanted to buy Yahoo.  —  Despite months of discussions, the deal never materialized, distressing many Yahoo shareholders and hastening Yahoo's replacement of CEO Jerry Yang with Carol Bartz.
Discussion: Datamation
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
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 …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Where have all the A List bloggers gone?  —  When I started blogging about 4 years ago there were a handful of 'A-List" Tech bloggers that dominated the blogosphere.  Mike Arrington, Robert Scoble, Jason Calacanis, Dave Winer, Marc Andreessen, Steve Rubel, and a few others were everywhere...every day.
Discussion: textually.org
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 …
 
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Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Big tech names expect large losses
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace CEO DeWolfe Jabs Back At Yahoo's Bartz (Video)
Amina Khan / Forbes:
Venture Rogues  —  How one Silicon Valley VC tried to get away with millions.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Even Wall Street Won't Pay for Content: Financial Times Sues …
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Facebook Gifts: No More Missed Birthdays!
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Turning the Ads Off
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Former Yahoo Scott Moore Heads Back to Microsoft As U.S. Content Head
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Senate Passes Second Bill Changing DTV Transition Date
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
A look at Microsoft's hiring plans
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Red Herring R.I.P.?
Discussion: Webware.com and Pulse2
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc.'s Ann Moore Makes the Case for Magazines-And Is Glad She's …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
What will Nathan Myhrvold do with microprocessor patents?
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Sexy Nerve.Com Kicks Parenting Site Out of the Nest
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Daily Telegraph under Murdoch MacLennan: digital gurus, multiple top editors, and advertiser influence on stories

 
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