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3:40 PM ET, February 6, 2009


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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
A Microsoft smartphone: No. A Microsoft phone chassis: Yes  —  Microsoft is not going to introduce a Microsoft-branded phone at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona later this month.  Not a Microsoft-branded Zune phone.  Not any kind of Microsoft-branded phone.  Period.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Microsoft's SkyBox site live, branded My Phone?  —  It appears that Microsoft may have its SkyBox beta sign-up site up and running in preparation for a Mobile World Congress unveiling — except that it's not called SkyBox, it's called “My Phone” (even though the domain is — go figure).
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google and Amazon to Put More Books on Cellphones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — More electronic books are coming to mobile phones.  —  In a move that could bolster the growing popularity of e-books, Google said Thursday that the 1.5 million public domain books it had scanned and made available free …
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Google Makes iPhone the New eBook Reader: Watch Out, Kindle  —  Waiting for the new Amazon Kindle e-book reader is no fun.  But if you already have an Apple iPhone or a T-Mobile G1 in your pocket, more than 1.5 million books are now at your fingertips.  The Google Book Search project …
Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
TED: MIT Students Turn Internet Into a Sixth Human Sense — Video  —  LONG BEACH, California — Students at the MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen.  The wearer can summon virtual gadgets and internet data at will …
Dean Jackson / Surfin' Safari:
CSS Animation  —  WebKit now supports explicit animations in CSS.  As a counterpart to transitions, animations provide a way to declare repeating animated effects, with keyframes, completely in CSS.  —  With a recent nightly build, you can see the above animation in action.
Arn / MacRumors:
CSS Animation Coming to Safari, Already in iPhone.  Less Dependence on Flash?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Marten Mickos to leave Sun in reorg  —  Marten Mickos, former MySQL chief executive and current senior vice president of Sun Microsystems' database group, is transitioning out of the company in a planned reorganization.  —  I reached Mickos this morning for confirmation: he is definitely leaving.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
ESPN to ISPs: Pay for Your Customers to Play Video  —  For some sports fans, ESPN360, the online version of ESPN's television channel, is a cornucopia of more than 3,500 sporting events each year, viewable from the convenience of a computer.  For others, it's a total bust.  The only difference: their ISP.
Chris Albrecht / GigaOM:
Why Does Everyone Heart Boxee?  —  The buzz has been building for Boxee lately.  Mainstream news outlets like The New York Times, BusinessWeek and NPR are getting hip to the little open-source media center that could quite possibly change the way you experience TV.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, OStatic blogs and Webomatica
Judd Legum / Legum's New Line:
Maryland General Assembly Bans Facebook  —  The New Line has learned that the Maryland General Assembly, citing security concerns, has blocked Facebook and MySpace from the computers of state legislators and their staffs.  —  Here is the full text of the memo from Office …
Walter Isaacson / Time:
How to Save Your Newspaper  —  During the past few months, the crisis in journalism has reached meltdown proportions.  It is now possible to contemplate a time when some major cities will no longer have a newspaper and when magazines and network-news operations will employ no more than a handful of reporters.
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Isaacson's pitch for micropayments
Discussion: TeleRead and New York Times
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple's Not So Quiet Rally And Why It Will Continue  —  On Wednesday, January 14, the day Apple [AAPL Loading...  () ] CEO Steve Jobs announced he would be taking a 6-month medical leave of absence, Apple shares closed at $85.33.  From the moment that news hit the tape, shares began to slide …
Discussion: The After Mac
Jeremy Laird /
The Dark Side of Overdrive  —  Faster is always better.  Thanks to that simple philosophy, LCD pixel response times have been driven down to puny proportions in recent years.  —  Today, even the slowest panels are rated at 16ms or better and deliver adequate response for all but the most fanatical PC gamers.
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot, Thanks:sifter
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.
Jason Wilk / tinyComb:
Apple Store Bans Facebook For Life  — In an effort to thwart off time-theft and loiterers, Apple has decided to add Facebook to the list of banned websites at retail locations nationwide.  When I asked some of the genius' today whether or not anyone noticed the change …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Why Microsoft, labels cling to music subscriptions  —  LOS ANGELES—For anybody wondering why Microsoft and the top music labels continue to promote subscription music services, the answer was revealed Thursday.  —  David Ring, executive vice president of business development …
PC World:
Intel Now Shipping Atom N280 Processor  —  Intel confirmed on Thursday that it's shipping the Atom N280 processor to PC makers, which should bring more performance and improved graphics capabilities to netbooks.  —  The new single-core Atom processor is paired with a chipset that allows users …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times Nuts Not To Charge Subscription Fee (NYT)  —  On the News Corp conference call last night, Murdoch hammered home our point about why the New York Times (NYT) should charge an online subscription fee.  —  Murdoch noted that the Wall Street Journal, which charges a subscription fee …
Discussion: Industry Standard
Three executives leave  —  * President Steve Cakebread resigns  —  * Company lays off 2 executive vice presidents - sources (Recasts to include president's departure, background, )  —  Three senior executives left business software maker Inc …
James Sherwood / The Register:
HP UK pulls Linux from all new netbooks  —  Microsoft only option - unless you want an old model  —  HP has decided UK consumers don't want Linux-based netbooks.  Actually, it appears to believe business buyers don't want the open-source OS either.  —  It emerged today that the company …
Discussion: and Engadget
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Venture Capitalist Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud  —  Much of the country is abuzz over the newly released list of people who invested with Bernard L. Madoff, who has been accused of running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.  —  In Silicon Valley, another Ponzi scheme is making news …
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Police create wanted poster on Nintendo Wii  —  Japanese police have used a Nintendo Wii to generate a wanted poster of a hit-and-run suspect.  —  Rather than commissioning an artist or employing photofit software, officers put together a caricature of the man they want to trace using …
Discussion: Obsessable
Josh Quittner / Time:
The Race for a Better Read  —  Attention, all you folks reading this on the Web: if you enjoy this piece, please send a dime to TIME magazine.  —  I doubt any of you will.  Before old media can charge for our content, we have to figure out how to deliver it in a way the reader thinks is worth paying for.
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Apple Store Design Hits a Glass Wall Again  —  An architectural review board yesterday ordered Apple to redraw plans for a store in Georgetown, the fourth time it has rejected the company's submission.  —  The Old Georgetown Board told Apple's architect that it is eager for the store to open on Wisconsin Avenue.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
StumbleUpon Hits 7 Million Users, Quietly 50% Bigger Than Twitter  —  What's got a button to push, knows how to make money while changing the world and is read all over?  StumbleUpon!  The social discovery network, like Pandora for webpages and videos, just passed 7 million users according to the site.
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Backup And Share Your iPhone Contacts For Free With IDrive Lite  —  We don't write about every iPhone application that we come across (there are other sites doing a great job at that), but sometimes we just have to.  For instance, IDrive, which specializes in backup solutions …
Discussion: Lifehacker, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The Parent Company Auctions Off Assets, Sells Domain For $1.25 Million  —  After (picked up by Yellow Pages for $3.85 million) (bought by Travelzoo for $1.8 million), ($1 million), here's another high-profile domain name that was just acquired for a 7-figure sum …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Obama names Doerr, Phillips to new economic board
Discussion: VentureBeat
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Senate Scales Back Broadband Tax Breaks
Discussion: CNET News and FierceWireless
Roy Mark / eWeek: Settles FTC Charges
Discussion: PC World
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Getting a pulse on the telecom/media venture capital markets
Discussion: TIA News, Thanks:atul
Acer shipping 10.1-inch Aspire one netbooks
Discussion: I4U News, TG Daily and The Tech Report, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Scott Ciabattari / Google LatLong:
Taking in the view: Introducing Google's Imagery Partner Program
Discussion: CNET News and WebProNews
Tony Smith / The Register:
Third-gen iPhone to run on Nvidia chippery?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
RIM Co-CEO Temporarily Steps Down After Continued Stock Options Charges
Discussion: Computerworld and Gearlog
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Where Do Mobile Ads Work Best? On the iPhone!
Discussion: Macsimum News and
Study: IT Woes as Mobile Edges Out Desk Phones
Rafat Ali /
Verisign's Naming Business Health Checkup: Online Ad Network Weakness Hurting Us
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
IMO.IM Is The Best IM Web Service You've Never Heard Of
Discussion: Macworld, Thanks:ivan_trajkovic
Accidental Tweet announces senior BBC appointments (but are now official)
Discussion: Guardian
Martin Anderson /
Geek tech: Why your pop-up blocker doesn't work as well as it used to
Discussion: Obsessable
Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
Bigger than TV, bigger than the internet: Understand mobile of 4 billion users
Discussion: TeleRead and MobHappy, Thanks:mask