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12:40 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).
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
Discussion: CloudAve, /Message and
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 iPhone or a T-Mobile G1 in your pocket, over 1.5 million books are now at your fingertips.  The Google Book Search project …
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.
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.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Ajaxian
Arn / MacRumors:
CSS Animation Coming to Safari, Already in iPhone.  Less Dependence on Flash?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Obsessable and GigaOM, Thanks:juddleg
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
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 …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and SlashGear
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 …
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 …
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
Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
Bigger than TV, bigger than the internet: Understand mobile of 4 billion users  —  We do an annual look into the size of the mobile industry here at the Communities Dominate blog.  So its time to review the growth of mobile and report on the technology that has 4 Billion subscribers.
Discussion: TeleRead and MobHappy, Thanks:mask
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 …
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.
Discussion: MacNN and TUAW
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Open-source dilemma in the U.K.?  —  Today's big tech news in the United Kingdom is a self-serving prognostication that once again states that “open source is less secure” than proprietary software.  —  This comes from a U.S. company called Fortify, whose business it is to search for code flaws.
Discussion: Open Source and Forbes
Acer shipping 10.1-inch Aspire one netbooks  —  Acer has begun small volume shipments of its 10.1-inch Aspire one netbooks in Hong Kong and Taiwan.  Large volume shipments for major global markets are slated in mid-February, according to market sources.  —  Acer has informed its panel partners …
Discussion: TG Daily, I4U News and The Tech Report, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Roku's Amazon VOD in Beta.  YouTube Next?  —  We knew Amazon Video on Demand was headed to Roku's media streamer ($99) early this year.  And now, via their forums, we have word that the service has entered private beta.  I had hoped Amazon VOD functionality was hidden within the recent 1.5 software update …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Where Do Mobile Ads Work Best?  On the iPhone!  —  The latest Mobile Advertising Report from market research agency GfK found that users of Apple's iPhone were more likely to recall and respond to ads than other mobile phone users.  The reason for their higher response rates?  Probably exposure.
Discussion: Macsimum News and
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
IMO.IM Is The Best IM Web Service You've Never Heard Of  —  With all the talk about Meebo adding support for Facebook chat yesterday, I took notice of a message in our tips inbox today about another instant messaging aggregator service that I'd never heard of before adding support for Skype chat.
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 …
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Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
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