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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 …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google's Reyes, Drummond On Trial In Italy (GOOG)
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
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Tablet Described in Patent
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and GPS Obsessed
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
World-Renowned Scientists Team With Google And NASA To Launch Singularity University
Discussion: Forbes
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 …
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Toshiba TG01 mobile phone debuts
Discussion: Boy Genius Report, Gizmodo and Engadget
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
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Motorola Suspends Div, CFO Liska Out, Posts Big Q4 Loss
Discussion: Between the Lines and PR Newswire
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 GottaBeMobile.com
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 …
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
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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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:
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 TheNextWeb.com
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, Thanks:atul
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.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
RocketOn Social MMO Launches With Six Partner Sites  —  Today, the casual social MMO RocketOn is launching a beta partnership with six prominent youth-oriented consumer sites: Comedy.com, Hypster, Online Flash Games, Hotspot, Boosh Magazine and faceDub.  Now, visitors will find RocketOn's …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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 …
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 (www.daum.net) and Naver (www.naver.com) have emerged once again as leaders of the pack.  —  This has global giants Google (www.google.co.kr) and Yahoo …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Job Loss in the Age of Blogs, Twitter  —  It's been decades since Americans had this much time on their hands and — thanks to the Web — never have there been so many opportunities to burn it.  —  In November, Julia Otto was headed to her first day on a new job, car keys in hand …
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Mobile Banking Finds New Users  —  Improved Technology Helps Attract Younger Customers, Even as Balances Dwindle  —  You may not want to learn how much smaller your bank account has gotten.  But banks are making it easier than ever for consumers to access account information on their mobile devices.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo PR Head Jill Nash to Depart the Company  —  Jill Nash, Yahoo's chief communications officer, has told CEO Carol Bartz and other Yahoo staff this afternoon that she is leaving the company.  —  Yahoo has not made Nash's resignation official, but is likely to do so quickly as Bartz tries …
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Jessica Vascellaro / Digits:
Yahoo's Bartz Vents as Exec Departs
 
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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:
The once and future e-book: on reading in the digital age
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Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Newsquest Launches 148 Mobile Sites, Sent Out One Million Texts In 2008
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Watched Any Good Books Lately? HarperCollins Tries ‘Video Books’
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Interviews Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg At Davos
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Venture Capital Returns Dip Below Zero
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