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6:15 PM ET, February 3, 2009

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Windows 7 line-up: The good, the bad and the ugly  —  If you were one of those individuals holding out hope that Microsoft might go the way of Apple and move to one or two SKUs for Windows 7, your prayers have gone unanswered.  But there still is some good news in what's on tap …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Allow Background Tasks on iPhone?  —  With the release of iPhone Firmware 2.2.1, many were left wondering what had become of the Push notification system that Apple had announced at the Worldwide Developer's Conference back in June.  —  While Apple had originally set a September 2008 deadline …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple to shove aside Push Notifications for real iPhone background tasks?
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
Emil A Eklund / Gmail Blog:
New ways to label with “Move to” and auto-complete  —  One of the features that makes Gmail different is its use of labels instead of folders.  Sure, labels can serve pretty much the same purpose — they can help organize mail or flag messages for follow up.
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:   Gmail tweak gives nod to folder metaphor
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Toshiba TG01 announced: iPhone 3G and Touch HD killer?  —  Toshiba this morning announced their latest smartphone, the TG01, set to take on the HTC Touch HD and iPhone 3G.  The Toshiba TG01 is a 9.9mm thick Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone, with a 4.1-inch WVGA 800 x 480 384k pixel resistive touchscreen, 3G HSPA, WiFi, GPS and A-GPS.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Report hints at next-gen iPhone in June  —  Coverage of Apple's plans to launch the iPhone 3G in the United Arab Emirates later this month appears to also signal a June release date for the handset's successor.  —  On Monday, Emirates Telecommunications - Etisalat said that it had struck …
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Sascha Segan / AppScout:
Motorola: Windows Mobile 7 Coming in 2010  —  Motorola had an earnings conference call today with some juicy tidbits embedded in it.  Primarily, Moto confirmed that they're losing tons of money and that their handset business is not doing very well at all.  So how are they going to turn it around?
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Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Skype for Windows 4.0 Goes Gold; Improved UI, Audio and Video Performance  —  Over the past eight months 1.2 million Skype users have participated in the Skype for Windows 4.0 beta program (stage 1, stage 2, stage 3).  During this beta period, not only current user feedback was sought …
Discussion: eWeek and AppScout, Thanks:evanwolf
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Citi Says Amazon Sold 500,000 Kindles Last Year; $1.2 Billion Business Next Year  —  Amazon is set to unveil Kindle 2.0 next Monday at a New York press event.  But how many of the original e-book readers has it sold already?  Don't ask Jeff Bezos and company-the Amazon folks delight in keeping …
Mike Harvey / Times of London:
Man killed by ‘exploding mobile phone’  —  A man has died after his mobile phone exploded, severing a major artery in his neck, according to reports.  —  The man, thought to be a shop assistant in his twenties at a computer shop in Guangzhou, China, died after he put a new battery in his phone.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, DailyTech and Obsessable
Microsoft:
Windows 7 Wins on Netbook PCs  —  Q&A: Brad Brooks, corporate vice president for Windows Consumer Product Marketing, discusses Microsoft's take on netbook PCs and how Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 7, will support these small computers.  —  Small, mobile and affordable PCs …
Mike Fahey / Kotaku:
Amazon Casually Launches Digital Game Downloads  —  Amazon.com has officially launched the beta version of their Game Downloads section this morning, offering more than 600 casual titles for digital download, each under $10.  —  Kotaku spoke to Greg Hart, Vice President of Video Games …
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Launches Its Casual Games Store (AMZN)
getclicky.com/blog:
Google's new Ajax-powered search results breaks search keyword tracking for everyone  —  Google is currently testing search results delivered via “Ajax” from google.com itself.  Big deal?  Yes.  This change breaks search/keyword tracking for every single analytics app in existence.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Smackdown!, Thanks:schammy
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.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Tablet Described in Patent
Discussion: CrunchGear
Fred von Lohmann / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
YouTube's January Fair Use Massacre  —  Privacy info.  This embed will serve content from youtube.com.  —  This is what it's come to.  Teenagers singing “Winter Wonderland” being censored off YouTube.  —  Fair use has always been at risk on YouTube, thanks to abusive DMCA takedown notices sent …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Thousands Of MySpace Sex Offender Refugees Found On Facebook  —  MySpace is in the spotlight today because it revealed that 90,000 registered sex offenders have been kicked off its site in the past two years.  But where did all of those sex offenders go?  Some evidence suggests that a portion of them are now on Facebook.
Discussion: The Social, CT.gov Portal and AppScout
Windrago / Mario Esposito:
Microsoft Gaze - sneak peek  —  As passionate inventor that works for the AdLab organization I feel very excited to share the last ad-baby that my team and I brought to life.  It's a public beta, invitation only.  Drop me a comment if you would like to receive an invitation.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
India's $10 Sakshat Laptop “Announcement” Is a Complete Bust  —  While we thought that we'd see some incredible unveiling of the India's $10 but really $20 but really $10 laptop, their public announcement today was a complete waste of time and hype.  —  We know nothing new, save for the name.
Discussion: InformationWeek and Liliputing
Geoff Gasior / The Tech Report:
Nvidia's Ion platform  —  A GeForce for Atom  —  Although Intel's wildly popular Atom processor was originally conceived for mobile Internet devices with an eye toward eventually trickling into smartphones, it quickly caught on with netbooks and has since carved out a sizable chunk of the mobile landscape.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware launches open source virtual desktop software; Assessing the fallout  —  VMware on Tuesday launched an open source client for virtual desktops in a move that mixes a little bit of offense and defense.  —  In a statement, the company said its VMware View Open Client would allow compnaies …
Iiwaszkiewicz / Veoh Blog:
Veoh Comes To Your iPhone!  —  We've heard a lot from our users through our forums over the past few months, and if there's one thing we've learned, it's that Veoh viewers want more: more tools to discover cool videos and more ways to watch them.  So today, we're really excited to highlight …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Electronic Arts Cuts 1,100 Jobs; Delays Sims 3; Trims FY '09 Outlook; FY Q3 Revenues, Profits Disappoint  —  The troubles are mounting for Electronic Arts (ERTS).  —  The video game company today reported disappointing results for its fiscal third quarter ended December, cut its full year guidance …
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple sued four times in two weeks over iPhone 3G speeds  —  Apple and AT&T are facing two more cookie-cutter lawsuits over what customers claim is poor iPhone 3G network performance and hairline cracks in the casing.  —  The latest pair of suits, identical in almost every way save for the names of plaintiffs, join two from last week.
Discussion: iLounge and Macsimum News
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mickey's Crummy Quarter: Disney Misses Q1 Earnings, Revenue.  More Cuts Coming
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Eight unannounced Samsungs leak flood prior to Mobile World Congress
Discussion: IntoMobile and Electronista
Dell-Bob P / Direct2Dell:
Twerrific News—New Dell Deals Exclusive to Twitter
Discussion: Webware.com, WebProNews and TechCrunch
Metro.co.uk:
Rush for new .tel web addresses
Thanks:dorfie
Adam Feldman / Google News Blog:
Adding Google News to Your Site
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Doodle 4 Google — tell us what you wish for the world
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Webware.com
Netelder / The LinkedIn Blog:
“Sorry, couldn't display the page” earlier today
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Sensor quality: SLRs erode medium-format lead
Discussion: Imaging Insider