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3:25 PM ET, February 5, 2009

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's Snow Leopard to include location, multi-touch tools  —  Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system will include tools borrowed from the iPhone that let developers determine the geographical location of Macs, as well as extend additional support for multi-touch to their apps, AppleInsider has learned.
Douglas Bowman / Stopdesign:
Recreating the button  —  Until some future version of HTML gives us new native controls to use in a browser, at Google, we've been playing and experimenting with controls we call “custom buttons” in our apps (among other custom controls).  These buttons just launched in Gmail yesterday …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Is Wonderwall Gonna Be the One That Saves MSN?  —  In an interesting and innovative move compared to what has typically been less-than-hip online programming over the years, Microsoft's MSN service is debuting a slick new celebrity site called Wonderwall today-created, designed and produced …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Can Apple save Hollywood?  —  Congress may have postponed the scheduled Feb. 17 transition to digital broadcast television on Wednesday — insuring that millions of rabbit-ear TVs won't go dark for at least another four months — but that doesn't mean that the way Americans get their video entertainment …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple planning connected television, Apple TV with DVR - report
Discussion: MacBlogz
GadgetGirl / Gaj-It.com:
Shush!  Samsung Acme i8910 is Leaked  —  Be the first to hear it here, as we have exclusive leaked photos sent to Gaj-It showing Samsungs latest addition to their eclectic portfolio of mobile phones.  This new, but very ‘hush hush’ arrival is the Samsung Acme i8910, however …
Mike Anderiesz / Guardian:
‘We simply have to suffer,’ says Sony  —  For a man whose employer has just recorded its worst Christmas in years, David Reeves seems surprisingly calm.  Indeed, speaking last Thursday, the day Sony announced third-quarter losses of Y18bn (£141m), he sounded more like a corner-man psyching …
New York Times:
Digital Pirates Winning Battle With Studios  —  On the day last July when “The Dark Knight” arrived in theaters, Warner Brothers was ready with an ambitious antipiracy campaign that involved months of planning and steps to monitor each physical copy of the film.  —  The campaign failed miserably.
Discussion: Techdirt, TeleRead and P2P Blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Offline Google Calendar  —  Some Google Apps users noticed a new option in Google Calendar: read-only offline access to the calendars using Google Gears.  Mark Mathson has screenshots for the new feature, but it's surprising to see that Google Apps users, who usually received the updates later …
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Joyce Sohn / Google Enterprise Blog:
Offline also available in Google Calendar
Google Book Search Blog:
1.5 million books in your pocket  —  Posted by Viresh Ratnakar, Guillaume Poncin, Brandon Badger, and Frances Haugen, Book Search Mobile Team  —  One of the great things about an iPhone or Android phone is being able to play Pacman while stuck in line at the post office.
Market Wire:
JAJAH Turns iPod Touch Into an iPhone  —  White Label Solution Enables Any Carrier to Provide High Quality Calls and text Messaging via the iPod Touch  —  JAJAH, the leading IP telecommunications company, today announced a complete revamp of the iPod touch, turning the device into a fully functioning mobile phone for consumers.
Nicholas Moline / Nick.pro:
Google Chrome Extensions Coming Out by May!  —  That's right, I said it, and so far I'm the only one who has.  Google has announced that extensions are coming to Google Chrome but have been mum on when.  However I saw something today, that indicates the timetable may be short.
Discussion: Lifehacker
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Monty says:
Time to move on  —  I have now departed from Sun and joined my own company, Monty Program Ab.  —  There were a lot of rumors around me resigning in August/September last year.  I didn't back then want to comment on the rumors, because I was still trying to work something out with Sun.
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
MySQL Founder Monty Widenius Leaves Sun Microsystems - For Real This Time
Discussion: InfoWorld
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
First Look: Analytics for iPhone  —  Google Analytics is a popular and quite useful set of tools for monitoring a web site's traffic and performance.  Set up is a snap and the reports are easy to read and flexible.  You can create goals, monitor traffic and so on.  What more could you want?
Discussion: Cartoon Barry Blog and The Toybox, Thanks:mdjensen
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Conde Makes Another Digital Move: Someone To Sell Ads  —  Another sign that magazine heavyweight Conde Nast would eventually like to start making money from the Web: It's appointed someone to run the sales force.  —  Conde has tapped former Wired publisher and current New Yorker publisher …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Obama DOJ pick: RIAA lawyer who killed Grokster  —  President Obama is continuing to fill the senior ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice with the copyright industry's favorite lawyers.  —  Donald Verrilli announced Wednesday that he had been named associate deputy attorney general.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
China's Lenovo Fires American CEO  —  Chinese computer-maker Lenovo will replace its American CEO William J. Amelio as his three-year contract expires.  Chairman Yang Yuanqing will take the CEO seat and Lenovo founder Liu Chuanzhi will re-take the chairmanship.  —  Lenovo hired Amelio in 2005.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
My MidemNet Presentation: Trent Reznor And The Formula For Future Music Business Models  —  A version of this post has been crossposted to the MidemNet blog.  —  Embedded here is the 15 minute (trust me, it goes by quickly) presentation I did at MidemNet on January 17th in Cannes, France.
Discussion: midemnetblog.typepad.com, Thanks:sinned
Wall Street Journal:
A Makeover for Your Google Results  —  For years, I winced at what popped up when I Googled my name.  —  The top result of a search on “Julia Angwin” was an article I wrote for The Wall Street Journal in 2005 after I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was indicted for leaking the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo launches Facebook chat, officially and securely this time  —  Instant message service aggregator Meebo is launching the first officially-sanctioned version of Facebook's IM service, Chat, that works on another web site.  Basically, it lets you IM with friends who are logged into Chat …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Is Apple working on a next-gen iPhone with customized multi-core chips?  —  By now it's an accepted fact that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has loosed a fleet of unannounced iPhones for real-world testing.  And, true to Apple's usually secretive ways, the new “iPhone 2,1” feature-set is still a mystery.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Engineering Windows 7:
Update on UAC  —  Hi, Jon DeVaan here to talk to you about the recent UAC feedback we've been receiving.  —  Most of our work finishing Windows 7 is focused on responding to feedback.  The UAC feedback is interesting on a few dimensions of engineering decision making process.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft offers to just ‘Fix it’  —  When people encounter a problem with their PC, they often go to the Web and do a search to see if others have had the problem.  If they are lucky, someone has found a fix and listed the steps on either a support document or within a user forum.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
On YouTube, ‘popular’ no longer means the thing everyone's watching [UPDATED]  —  In the latest in a series of moves away from its early, freewheeling roots, YouTube has quietly changed the default filter on its highly trafficked main video page from “most viewed” to something called “popular.”
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Netflix movie downloads are a success on Xbox 360  —  Microsoft said today that more than a million Xbox 360 users have downloaded the Netflix application via Xbox Live since the alliance was launched in November.  —  In less than three months, Xbox Live gold members (who pay $50 a year) …
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC to launch Qualcomm Snapdragon-based mobile devices in 2Q09  —  High Tech Computer (HTC) is expected to launch Qualcomm Snapdragon-based mobile devices in the second quarter of 2009, according to market sources in Taiwan.  —  HTC's Snapdragon device will hit the market one quarter later …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless BlackBerry BOGO sale, buy one get one free!  —  We just got a heads up that tomorrow, Verizon Wireless will start a BlackBerry BOGO sale.  What's BOGO mean?  Buy One Get One (free)!  Here's the breakdown on how this will work, when you'll be able to do it, and what's included …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Earnings Call: McClatchy's Pruitt: Considering Whether Paid Online Content Pays  —  Following another dismal earnings report, The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI) CEO and Chairman Gary Pruitt began by essentially pinning the company's troubles on the economic recession.
Agence France Presse:
MIT researchers make ‘sixth sense’ gadget  —  LONG BEACH, California (AFP) — US university researchers have created a portable “sixth sense” device powered by commercial products that can seamlessly channel Internet information into daily routines.  —  The device created by Massachusetts Institute …
 
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Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Sugar Beyond the XO Laptop: Walter Bender on OLPC, Sucrose 0.84 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social network hi5 aims its 60 million users at casual games
Discussion: Mashable!, bub.blicio.us and TechCrunch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Judge Tells UMG: No, You Cannot Sue Veoh's Investors For Copyright Infringement
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PlagiarismToday
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Larry Ellison Buys Another Company
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Scott Guthrie: currently no plans for a 64-bit Silverlight
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Rick Grehan / InfoWorld:
Test Center: Amazon eases cloud control
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Ars Technica's tech policy “People to Watch” 2009
Discussion: saschameinrath.com and TeleRead
Digits:
Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf Invest in Online Ticketing
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Malware Scam Parks Itself on Cars
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IBM's Palmisano: Tech's slumdog millionaire
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Video Chats Overcome Clunkiness
 

 
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