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3:15 AM ET, February 6, 2009


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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 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 and CloudAve
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.
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
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 …
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   5 Reasons Why Facebook + OpenID is Good News
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook to provide OpenID support for users (and financial support for OpenID)
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft: Once Again, We're Not Making a Smartphone
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.
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 …
Yahoo! Finance:   News Corporation Reports Second Quarter Adjusted Operating Income …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Susan Mernit's 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: All Facebook and Edible Apple
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon opens up payments platform to all developers  — 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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
No Escape From Work: Releases AIR and Mobile Applications  —  Enterprise microblogging service, 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
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 …
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 …
Virtual pleasures  —  Many young people prefer pleasure-seeking to politics—but for how long?  —  ONE of the reasons for Barack Obama's electoral success was his campaign's brilliantly effective deployment of young e-communicators.  Their tireless use of blogs and social-networking sites helped …
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 …
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
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: 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  —  Martin Stiksel, who helped oversee the $280m acquisition of the London-based music recommendation site …
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
DTV Delay Doesn't Slow White Spaces Momentum
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Patricia Handschiegel:
Startup Climate  —  I posted about how I had taken a lot of meetings in January.
Revdancatt /
100,000,000 geotagged photos (plus)
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace Struggles In Korea, Shuts Down Regional Office
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
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Wall Street Journal Lays Off 14; Dow Jones Newswire Untouched
Privacy fears over Google tracker
Discussion: PC World and
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Larry Ellison Buys Another Company
Discussion: eWeek and InformationWeek
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Is Apple working on a next-gen iPhone with customized multi-core chips?
Discussion: and 9 to 5 Mac