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11:05 AM ET, February 3, 2009


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David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp:
Apple patent shows possible design for upcoming Tablet PC/MID  —  On the last day of 2008, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington sparked a rumor about Apple's plans to unveil a “large sized iPod touch with a 7 or 9 inch screen” in the fall of 2009 that will be their very first tablet PC.
Discussion: Engadget and Gearlog
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Tablet Described in Patent  —  Hidden within the usual litany of claims in a patent awarded this January—titled “Display Housing for Computing Device”, which covers their current portable displays—Apple describes a pure tablet device with radio communication:
Discussion: and GPS Obsessed
PR Newswire:
Motorola Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results  — Fourth-quarter GAAP net loss of $1.57 per share, including net charges of $1.56 per share for highlighted items, primarily non-cash related  — Implementing cost-reduction actions of approximately $1.5 billion for 2009
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Motorola Suspends Div, CFO Liska Out, Posts Big Q4 Loss  —  Motorola (MOT) this morning announced Q4 results that were about in line with Street expectations, while also suspending its dividend and booting its CFO.  —  For the quarter, the company posted sales of $7.14 billion, about in line with the Street consensus of $7.15 billion.
Kerry E. Grace / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Swings to Loss, Suspends Dividend
Discussion: FierceWireless and GPS Obsessed
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Executives Face Jail Time for Italian Video  —  Four executives of Google begin trial Tuesday in Milan on criminal charges of defamation and privacy violation in regard to a video posted on Google's Italian site.  —  The case involves a three-minute cellphone video …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google's Reyes, Drummond On Trial In Italy (GOOG)
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
World-Renowned Scientists Team With Google And NASA To Launch Singularity University
Discussion: Forbes and MarketingVOX
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What's Microsoft hiding in its Skybox in the cloud?  —  If you've been wondering what Microsoft's Software+Services strategy is for its Windows Mobile platform, the answer should become a lot clearer in another couple weeks.  —  There have been a few leaks during the past year about Skybox …
Michael Bolin / Gmail Blog:
Tasks: Paper vs. iPhone  —  Among the world's leading productivity tools is an advanced technology known as paper.  Many of the world's top corporations and most active internet users have adopted paper as a method of organizing their daily lives.  When they think of something they need to do …
Ari Allyn-Feuer / Ars Technica:
The State of the Netbook, Part I: WEee have lived before  —  The netbook has taken off over the last year, but fifteen years of drama preceded the current success.  In Part I of The State of the Netbook, Ars explores the surprisingly long history of the “new” form factor.
Discussion: Liliputing and
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Sensor quality: SLRs erode medium-format lead  —  It looks like Canon and Nikon weren't blowing smoke when they said their high-end SLRs cameras will compete with medium-format digital cameras used almost exclusively by professionals.  —  Given the image quality advantages that SLRs with larger …
Alexis Madrigal / Wired Science:
I See Your Petaflop and Raise You 19 More  —  Just a year after the world's fastest supercomputers broke the petaflop barrier by performing one thousand trillion calculations per second, nuclear physicists are planning a 20-petaflop machine in conjunction with IBM.
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Mistakenly Sends Dozens of Unwanted SMS Messages To Users  —  Over night, for about four hours, Google's SMS search feature sent dozens of SMS messages to Google SMS users over and over again.  There are dozens of threads complaining about the issue, but the two largest threads …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Gearlog, Thanks:rustybrick
Glyn Moody / Computerworld UK:
Is This the Solution to Spam?  —  I think I may have come up with a possible solution for spam.  But first, some background.  —  I have read somewhere (can't find the reference, unfortunately) that when intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) were first introduced in the US …
Discussion: Slashdot
Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times:
Google, Yahoo United in Map Services  —  Internet companies are competing to bring the real world to desktops, and usual suspects Daum ( and Naver ( have emerged once again as leaders of the pack.  —  This has global giants Google ( and Yahoo …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
IBM Offers To Move Laid Off Workers To India  —  Big Blue wants to help redundant U.S. employees relocate to developing markets, according to an internal document.  —  The climate is warm, there's no shortage of exotic food, and the cost of living is rock bottom.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Microsoft Pri0, Thanks:atul
Daimaou /
Sony LocationPorter, Stream your Camcorder video via 3G  —  Pretty much only made for professionals or hard core crazy geek like myself, here you are the Sony LocationPorter.  Simply put, you plug your Camcorder or Camera directly to this LocationPorter, which is connected to the Net via 3G …
Discussion: OhGizmo!, Engadget and SlashGear
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Crackulous Allows for App Store Piracy  —  Crackulous, a program for pirating apps from the iPhone App Store, was just released.  Great for cheapskates, terrible for independent developers trying to make a living.  Updated: 4:35pm  —  You'll need to jailbreak your phone to get in on the fun …
Troy Wolverton /
Need PC repairs?  Go to eBays of tech support  —  Getting help for a problem PC can be a confusing and frustrating process.  —  Tech support can be costly and impersonal.  And often it doesn't fix the problem, or requires consumers to call multiple times before getting help.
Rafat Ali /
RealNetworks Takes Almost $250 Million In Charges; Rhapsody JV Valuations Decline  —  RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) has decided to take it on the chin, pre-announcing some numbers prior to its formal Q408 earnings announcement next week.  Some good news but it's mostly bad, not a big surprise given the digital-media landscape these days:
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Seagate sets Constellation above Barracuda  —  Matches Western Digital  —  Seagate has launched its much-expected 2TB drive under the Constellation brand, which includes 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF) drives, for nearline storage needs.  —  The Constellation ES 3.5-inch drive replaces …
Stuart Miles /
Toshiba TG01 mobile phone debuts … Trying to pip the crowds at mobile phone expo, Mobile World Congress, Toshiba has announced a new phone that promises to “revolutionise the mobile entertainment world”.  —  Saying that it “has listened” to what consumers want, the company has announced the TG01 …
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Russian rides Phantom to OS immortality  —  The iPhone that never dies  —  It's nine degrees Fahrenheit in Moscow right now.  That's the kind of cold that makes a man concentrate on his work so he can keep from remembering that the tears the wind blows out of his eyes will freeze on the side of his face before they hit the ground.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Are Tweets Crashing Web Sites?  —  First came the Slashdot Effect - the flood of traffic from a link on Slashdot that crashes a smaller site's web server or exhausts its bandwidth.  Subsequent variations have been known as the Digg Effect and the TechCrunch Effect.
Discussion: Royal Pingdom
New York Times:
Angels Flee From Tech Start-Ups  —  Technology entrepreneurs are having a devil of a time finding angels.  —  Angel investors are the optimistic financiers who give entrepreneurs their crucial first infusion of cash to bring their ideas to life.  Now, in the midst of a punishing economic downturn …
Discussion: TechFlash and
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Has Over 4 Million Daily Mobile Users  —  Last week while at Davos, Mark Zuckerberg mentioned that the company currently has over 25 million people accessing the site via their mobile devices on a monthly basis.  As of today, the company has over 4 million daily active users just between their top 3 mobile applications.
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Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Skype for Windows 4.0 Goes Gold; Improved UI, Audio and Video Performance
Discussion:, Thanks:evanwolf
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Mobile Banking Finds New Users
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
RocketOn Social MMO Launches With Six Partner Sites
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
The New GOP API: Republicans Open-Up Before the Democrats
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French court fines Google over trade marked keywords
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Real Change: New President Gets VC
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John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
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Watched Any Good Books Lately? HarperCollins Tries ‘Video Books’
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