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8:55 PM ET, February 5, 2009

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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
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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.
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
Discussion: Digital Daily, ChannelWeb and Gizmodo
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.
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.
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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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 …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped, Thanks:atul
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.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft cites ‘click fatigue’ for Windows 7 security change
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 …
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 …
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, to work on another web site.  Basically, it lets you IM with friends who are logged into Chat …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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: mediabistro.com and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Discussion: Crave, CrackBerry.com blogs and Gizmodo
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Condé Makes Another Digital Move: Someone to Sell Ads  —  Another sign that magazine heavyweight Condé Nast would eventually like to start making money from the Web: It's appointed someone to run the sales force of its digital properties.  —  Condé has tapped former Wired publisher …
BBC:
Privacy fears over Google tracker  —  Google has announced a new feature that allows users to share their locations among a chosen network of friends.  —  The “opt-in” Latitude service uses data from mobile phone masts, GPS, or wi-fi hardware to update a user's location automatically.
Discussion: PC World and Neowin.net
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Chrome Will Have Extensions by May  —  Nicholas Moline noticed an interesting session from Google I/O, a developer conference that will be held in May.  —  Developing extensions for Google Chrome  —  “Learn how Google Chrome makes it easy to write extensions using the web technologies you already know.
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.
Gautham Nagesh / Nextgov.com:
Kundra said to be Obama's pick for OMB e-gov chief  —  The Obama administration plans to announce it has appointed Vivek Kundra, the District of Columbia's chief technology officer to take the top information technology post in the federal government, according to a source.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Tech Daily Dose
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 …
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
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, Thanks:mdjensen
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 …
 
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Economist:
Hulu who?  —  After much confusion, it is becoming clear what works in online video
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Last.fm fears for online radio future
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Social networkers want TV airtime
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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The fog of cyberwar
Alana Taylor / MediaShift:
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Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch:
Ask.com Parent IAC Sees Disappointing Revenues, Plans Vertical Search Strategy
Discussion: ClickZ
Nick Heath / silicon.com:
Exclusive: ID cards are here - but police can't read them
Discussion: DailyTech and CrunchGear
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Larry Ellison Buys Another Company
Discussion: eWeek
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Scott Guthrie: currently no plans for a 64-bit Silverlight
Discussion: Teching It Easy
 

 
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