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2:25 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 …
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: TeleRead, P2P Blog and MediaFile, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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 …
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 …
GadgetGirl /
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 …
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 …
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Google Apps Users Get Offline Calendar Access
Nicholas Moline /
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
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.
Brian Prince / eWeek:   MySQL Founder Monty Widenius Leaves Sun Microsystems - For Real This Time
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?
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.
Discussion: Digits and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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.
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.
Stephen Shankland /
Need for speed spurs Opera JavaScript overhaul  —  With Web applications imposing new demands on Web browsers, a previously behind-the-scenes programming technology called JavaScript is getting new visibility, and Opera is the latest case in point.  —  The Norwegian browser maker announced …
Discussion: InfoWorld
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) …
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.
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
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Larry Ellison Buys Another Company  —  Oracle's acquisition machine struck again.  —  The business software giant Wednesday said it bought a Boston-area startup called mValent.  It makes software that information-technology departments use to keep track of systems changes and configurations.
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Commercial Twitter spamming tool hits the market  —  Last week, a commercial Twitter spamming tool ( pitching itself as a “fully automated advertising software for Twitter” hit the market, potentially empowering phishers, spammers, malware authors and everyone in between …
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:, Thanks:atul
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 …
Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf Invest in Online Ticketing  —  By Ty McMahan  —  VentureWire  —  Online ticket reseller Viagogo Ltd. hopes two tennis icons can assist in swatting a recession that is driving down prices for hard-to-find tickets to live events.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mobile Restaurant Ordering (Finally) Hits The App Store  —  In the last week, a pair of new iPhone applications have appeared on the App Store that put the menus of hundreds of restaurants at users' fingertips.  Dubbed GrubHub and CityMint, both applications allow users to order food …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Ars Technica's tech policy “People to Watch” 2009  —  With a new, tech-savvy US administration in power, Ars Technica and Tech Policy Central team up to profile the top names in tech policy for 2009.  —  With Barack Obama in the White House, the US has a president who understands—and cares directly about—technology policy.
Discussion: and TeleRead
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