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7:20 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” …
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: Obsessable, Engadget and DisplayBlog
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 and greg hughes
Daniel Tunkelang / The Noisy Channel:
Amazon: Customers Who Bought Related Items Also Bought  —  Perhaps Amazon has has this feature for a while, but today, for the first time I noticed a section labeled “Customers Who Bought Related Items Also Bought” as seen in the screen shot above.  I was looking at an unreleased book …
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: A VC and
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jimmy Wales Quietly Launches Wikianswers  —  Here's a question for you.  How many Q&A sites does the Web really need?  Already, there is Yahoo Answers, WikiAnswers, Mahalo Answers, Linkedin Answers, ChaCha and dozens beyond.  But Wikia (and Wikipedia) co-founder Jimmy Wales thinks there is room for one more.
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 …
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
How Google crawls the deep web  —  A googol of Googlers published a paper at VLDB 2008, “Google's Deep-Web Crawl” (PDF), that describes how Google pokes and prods at web forms to see if it can find things to submit in the form that yield interesting data from the underlying database.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Adobe, Apple working together on Flash for iPhone  —  Once thought to be building Flash for the iPhone mostly on its own, Adobe has mentioned at the World Economic Forum that it's not only continuing work on the animation plug-in but has teamed up with Apple to make it a reality.
Discussion: Bloomberg and The iPhone Blog
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
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Meet Creator of ‘Hero On The Hudson’ Game  —  So it took some digging, but if you can believe it, I tracked down the team who invented the free game “Hero on the Hudson” and it turns out the company is quite the prolific games developer.  Not to mention how successful this particular title has become.
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Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
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LAT Cutting 300 Jobs, 70 In Editorial; Local News Folded Into Main Section
Robin Harding / Financial Times:
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Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's layoffs included the guy with the Blue Monster tattoo
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microhoo: What might have been  —  A year ago Sunday …
Discussion: Datamation
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 …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog