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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.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google Book Search: Seriously, iPhones are eBook readers  —  Like reading on your mobile phone?  Well, Google just added 1.5 million books to your library, with the launch of a new mobile site that optimizes the text of Book Search's public-domain (i.e., non-copyrighted) works for reading on your iPhone or Android device.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and TUAW
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Multiple Inboxes  —  I'm seriously into filters and labels.  All the email I get related to Flash goes under my “flash” label, everything about paragliding goes under “flying,” and they all skip my inbox because that's how I like to stay organized.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Gmail Adds Support For Multi-Pane Viewing  —  A new feature in Gmail Labs just launched, giving users the ability to simultaneously view multiple panes in Gmail without having to open another browser window.  For users that frequently label their messages and have saved searches …
Discussion: /Message
Engineering Windows 7:
UAC Feedback and Follow-Up  —  When we started the “E7” blog we were both excited and also a bit uneasy.  The excitement is obvious.  The unease is because at some point we knew we would mess up.  We weren't sure if we would mess up because we were blogging about a poorly designed feature …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft cites ‘click fatigue’ for Windows 7 security change  —  Executive defends UAC tweak, says prompts were ‘irritating’ users  —  Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. changed the default settings of one of its most important security features for Windows 7 because users balked at clicking …
Mike Schroepfer / Facebook Developers:
Next Steps in Openness  —  Enabling social information to flow through the Web is one of the core goals of Facebook.  In the two months since Facebook Connect became generally available, over 4,000 sites and desktop applications have gone live with the service.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple planning connected television, Apple TV with DVR - report  —  Although Apple has publicly denied interest in such markets, investment bank Piper Jaffray said Thursday it expects the company to introduce a networked television in the next two years and update its Apple TV set-top-box with DVR capabilities by year's end.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia-based Microsoft smartphone coming?  —  Nvidia's Tegra chip will be used in an upcoming Microsoft smartphone, according to an analyst at Broadpoint AmTech.  —  The San Francisco-based research firm also is speculating that Apple will eventually use the Nvidia ARM-based chip in a future iPhone.
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Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft: Once Again, We're Not Making a Smartphone
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
So Many iPhone Apps, So Little Time  —  Who was it who wrote, in March 2008, just after Apple announced its intention to create an online app store for the iPhone, “You're witnessing the birth of a third major computer platform: Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone”?  —  Oh, right—that was me.
Therese Poletti / MarketWatch:
Silicon Valley has a few rare bright spots  —  Commentary: No breadlines yet, but many compete for fewer jobs  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Jobs are disappearing across the United States at a horrifying pace.  —  It's frightening to tally up the numbers, especially when you consider …
Thanks:atul
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.
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.
Ed Kohler / The Deets:
How Village Voice Media Uses Digg to Game Their Traffic Numbers  —  This is the story about a girl that's actually a dude who's brought in 3.8 - 19.4 million visitors* to Village Voice Media websites by gaming Digg.  —  Village Voice Media appears to be running an organized reciprocal Digg …
Patricia Handschiegel:
Startup Climate  —  I posted about how I had taken a lot of meetings in January.  A lot of those meetings were prospective investors and VC, who I keep updated on my work as well as talk trends, etc. usually every quarter or so.  My contact list is pretty high level with a lot of firms people know …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Misses, Rupe: Recession Worse Than We Thought (NWS)  —  News Corp. just turned in an ugly earnings report, with $6.4 billion in Q2 losses due to an $8.4 billion writedown.  —  Uglier than that loss: Rupert Murdoch's forecast for 2009.  In the release he says …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon opens up payments platform to all developers  —  Amazon.com is making its Flexible Payments Service broadly available today.  The service, which had been in limited beta, lets third-party developers tap into Amazon's existing payment infrastructure — letting them charge customers using …
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 …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Last.fm fears for online radio future  —  Britain's complicated music royalty system is killing online innovation, according to one of the founders of internet radio service Last.fm.  —  Martin Stiksel, who helped oversee the $280m acquisition of the London-based music recommendation site …
Bloomberg:
Baidu's China Lead Over Google Takes a Hit After Web Search Controversy  —  Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) — Chen Chen was so disappointed when he learned that Baidu Inc.'s Web site led some patients to seek unlicensed medical care, he started making Web queries through Google Inc. instead.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
No Escape From Work: Present.ly Releases AIR and Mobile Applications  —  Enterprise microblogging service Present.ly, which faces off squarely against TechCrunch50 winner Yammer, has made strides to match the accessibility of its competitor by releasing several applications for the desktop and mobile devices.
Discussion: eWeek
Economist:
Keep it official  —  Independent blogging under threat  —  COMPARED with his cabinet colleagues, Karim Massimov, Kazakhstan's prime minister, is a digital whizz-kid.  When he took the job two years ago he already had his own website.  Last month he flaunted both his technical …
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
Samsung SyncMaster U70 is a really great idea - not for Mac yet  —  So you've probably heard of Samsung's line of USB bus monitors.  It is a pretty cool technology without much of an application (slow, overpriced monitors at regular sizes) - until now.  The SyncMaster U70 is a small …
Discussion: SlashGear
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring intelligent universal battery technology  —  Apple may be working on more effective wireless battery management systems for personal electronic devices, with a Mac serving as the hub, according to newly discovered company filings.  —  A trio of patent requests published …
Discussion: The Register
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.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hackers Hit Anti-Pirates to Avenge Sub-Site Takedown  —  Legendas.TV is a popular Brazilian site offering subtitles for movies and TV shows, so that non-English speakers can enjoy them too.  The site appears to offer a useful service for Brazilians, since it can take months or years for shows …
Channel 9:
The History of Microsoft - 1975  —  Thirty-four years ago, a nineteen year old kid and his twenty-two year old business partner sold their first program to a little computer company in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The program was called BASIC, and it was the start of this company we call Microsoft.
Discussion: TechFlash
Roy Mark / eWeek:
DTV Delay Doesn't Slow White Spaces Momentum  —  Resource Library:  —  · Application Delivery from A to Z: A Handbook  —  Despite Congressional legislation postponing the digital television switch from Feb. 17 to June 12, tech heavies are moving forward with plans to use …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Nigel Kendall / Times of London:
Over 30,000 people fall for ComputerTan hoax  —  New technology that promised workers a tan from their computers is really a skin cancer charity awareness campaign  —  A new technology that harnesses the rays of a computer screen to give office workers a tan while they type was today revealed …
Discussion: Switched
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for February 2009  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: February 5, 2009  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: February 10, 2009  —  This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on February 10, 2009.
 
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Revdancatt / code.flickr:
100,000,000 geotagged photos (plus)
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace Struggles In Korea, Shuts Down Regional Office
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Economist:
Hulu who?  —  After much confusion, it is becoming clear what works in online video
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Canadian government eyes open source, asks for feedback
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Wall Street Journal Lays Off 14; Dow Jones Newswire Untouched
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BBC:
Privacy fears over Google tracker
Discussion: PC World and Neowin.net
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo launches Facebook chat, officially and securely this time
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Condé Makes Another Digital Move: Someone to Sell Ads
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Larry Ellison Buys Another Company
Discussion: eWeek and InformationWeek
Douglas Bowman / Stopdesign:
Recreating the button  —  Until some future version of HTML gives us …
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