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11:55 AM ET, February 2, 2009

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Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Apple Planning Video-Call iPhone  —  Recent stories on Apple's iPhone patent have focused on Cupertino's threatened legal action against Palm, which is launching the iPhone-like Pre smartphone.  But a closer examination of the Apple patent yields much more interesting news.
Discussion: The Apple Core, CrunchGear and Slashdot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's flub: Do we have a Web monoculture too?  —  Google had a rough weekend and a human error caused the search giant to list the entire Web as malware for an hour or so.  The screw-up is likely to raise questions about the risks of having a monoculture dependent on any one technology supplier.
Royal Pingdom:
Revver and Pageflakes go dark for days  —  Both the video-sharing site Revver and the personalized start page service Pageflakes have been down since last Thursday, January 29.  As of this writing, that is more than three-and-a-half days of straight downtime.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Was Anyone Still In Doubt Over LiveUniverse's Demise?
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Despite iTunes Accord, Music Labels Still Fret  —  Last month the music industry and Apple, long uneasy partners, seemed a picture of harmony when they agreed on new terms for pricing on iTunes, Apple's online music store.  —  Behind the scenes, however, the relationship remains as tense and antagonistic as ever.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Passport RFIDs cloned wholesale by $250 eBay auction spree  —  Video demo shows you how  —  Using inexpensive off-the-shelf components, an information security expert has built a mobile platform that can clone large numbers of the unique electronic identifiers used in US passport cards and next generation drivers licenses.
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Samsung to present the world's first 12MP phone at MWC 2009  —  Samsung was the first manufacturer to release an 8MP camera phone (the Innov8, outed one month before Sony Ericsson's C905), and it looks like it will also be the first to announce and launch a 12MP handset.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Analyst now says iMacs likely in both dual- and quad-core  —  A Wall Street analyst who recently reported that Apple was torn between using dual-core processors and quad-core processors in its next-generation iMac line now believes the company will adopt both.
Discussion: MacRumors and Macsimum News
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Google Earth, Google Ocean: mysteries of the seafloor are mapped for the first time  —  Since Google Earth launched in 2006 ­millions of people have used its virtual globe to “travel” around the planet without leaving home, climbing a digital version of Mount Everest and even flying into space thanks to the website.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Layoffs mean more than lost wages for H-1B visa holders  —  For the two out-of-work engineers, it's a race against time.  They've lost their Silicon Valley jobs and need to quickly find others at a time when companies everywhere are tightening their belts.  —  Both are Indians whose advanced degrees …
John Leyden / The Register:
Black hats poison Google video search  —  Game for a hack  —  Miscreants have poisoned Google Video search results in a bid to trick the unwary into getting infected with malware.  —  Instead of video clips, researchers at Trend Micro discovered that around 400,000 queries returning malicious results …
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Discussion: The Blog Herald, Thanks:therahmin
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Want a Wireless Plan with Your Netbook?  —  PC makers and telcos are pairing up to offer discounted devices with wireless data plans, but success could come at the expense of feature-laden phones  —  Stripped-down computers known as netbooks have been taking a bite out of laptop sales for the better part of a year.
Discussion: The Toybox
Rajesh / The Indian Express:
Little laptops that couldn't  —  All our stuff is made of dreams, and all technological accomplishments rest on an initial imaginative leap.  So tomorrow, in Tirupati, land of miracles, India will unveil a ten-dollar laptop.  Developed jointly by Vellore Institute of Technology …
Discussion: Guardian and p2pnet
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Times of London:
India set to follow cheap car with £7 laptop
Discussion: Gearlog
Ross Hill:
Big Websites Start Small  —  It is easy to forget that the big popular sites were once small too.  —  The first version of Digg cost $200 to build and launch.  —  After Kevin Rose came up with the idea back in 2004 he found Owen Byrne through eLance to develop the idea.
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Searches for e-books double  —  Over the last year UK interest in e-books has grown significantly, with searches for ‘ebooks’ doubling between January 2008 and 2009.  There are four main e-book readers currently available: the Amazon Kindle, the Sony Reader, the Borders iLiad, and the Bookeen Cybook V3.
Discussion: WebProNews
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Why newspapers can't stop the presses  —  Contrary to some of the ill-informed articles you might have read lately, almost every newspaper company still needs to print newspapers if it wants to stay in business.  —  Although the idea of paperless newspapers ricochets around the blogs with some regularity …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Alex Dalenberg / Arizona Daily Star:
Porn interrupts Super Bowl broadcast in Tucson  —  Tucsonans watching the Super Bowl got more action than they bargained for when a short clip from an adult movie channel interrupted Comcast's feed with full male nudity during the final moments of the game.  —  Officials at Comcast …
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Media entrepreneurs test new ways to get the message across  —  Boston was home to the first American newspaper.  A Medford radio station was among the first to try selling advertising to support its programming, in the early 1920s.  Researcher Ray Tomlinson was working in Cambridge …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Lucky Magazine's iPhone Tool Is All About Shopping  —  The Condé Nast magazine Lucky has always been an unabashed promoter of shopping.  On Monday, it is going one step further, introducing an iPhone application, Lucky at Your Service, that ties into stores' inventories.
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Data breach costs, customer churn up a bit; Repeat offenders abound  —  The cost of a data breach runs companies $202 per compromised record, up 2.5 percent from $197 per record in 2007 and up 11 percent from 2006, according to research from Ponemon Institute.
Discussion: eWeek, InfoWorld and TECH.BLORGE.com
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple starts 2009 with strong Net gains  —  Apple (AAPL) consolidated its 2008 holiday Internet market-share gains with strong performances from the Mac, iPhone and iPod touch in January, according to preliminary data issued overnight Sunday by Net Applications.
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Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Mac Share Gains Aren't Believable
Discussion: LiveSide
 
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Telegraph:
IBM develop ‘most realistic’ computerised voice
Discussion: Engadget
InfoWorld:
The Open Group upgrades enterprise architecture
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft Claims Patent Holder Got A Job At Microsoft To Get Info Used …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TVtrip Raises €7 Million More For Hotel Video Reviews
Discussion: paidContent
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: Some Fear Google's Power in Digital Books
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Moto Backing Away From Windows Mobile
John Cook / TechFlash:
Saint Valentino helps lovers find that special gift for February 14
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Local Police Want Right to Jam Wireless Signals
Discussion: Current News US and Slashdot
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Bringing the Internet to Remote African Villages
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
EU Plots Pirate Bay Ban and Piracy Clampdown
Om Malik / GigaOM:
By 2012 Koreans Will Get 1Gbps Broadband Connections
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Twitter improves service, base; next, revenue
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Twitter comes clean
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon target of mysterious postal investigation
 

 
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