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9:25 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.
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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
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 …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Microsoft Bows to Critics, Will Change Windows 7 UAC  —  Yesterday I wrote about the Windows 7 dust-up that involved a couple of security bloggers' concern that malware could silently turn User Account Control off, and Microsoft's seeming unwillingness to talk much about the issue other than to say it wasn't really a problem.
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.
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Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft: Once Again, We're Not Making a Smartphone
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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
5 Reasons Why Facebook + OpenID is Good News
Discussion: The Equity Kicker and Mashable!
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Isaacson's pitch for micropayments  —  Today Walter Isaacson, the venerable former editor of Time and current boss of the Aspen Institute, unleashes a multipronged offensive on behalf of the idea of micropayments for news.  In a lecture delivered yesterday and also in a Time magazine essay …
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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.
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 …
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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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.
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: SlashGear
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: MobHappy, Thanks:mask
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, Liliputing and Engadget
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 …
Thanks:juddleg
Martin Anderson / denofgeek.com:
Geek tech: Why your pop-up blocker doesn't work as well as it used to  —  It's a 1990s revival, as the intrusive world of pop-up ads fights its way back through your defences...  You may have noticed that a lot of sites are managing to launch pop-up windows that can penetrate any standard blocker built …
Discussion: Slashdot
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Earthlink on AOL Dialup Acquisition: We Wanted To Buy, But Too Late Now; Other Bigger Options  —  Earthlink (NSDQ: ELNK) announced its Q4 earnings yesterday and the numbers as with others were mixed: it had a profit of $27.3 million compared with a loss of $9.5 million in the year ago quarter …
Brian Livingston / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Watch a live video, share your PC with CNN  —  Many people who watched live streaming video of the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama on Jan. 20 may not realize that their PC was used to send the video to other PCs, too.  —  Clicking “yes” to a CNN.com dialog box installed a peer-to-peer …
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Open source dilemma in the UK?  —  Today's big tech news in the UK is a self-serving prognostication that once again states “open source is less secure” than proprietary software.  —  This comes from a US company called Fortify whose business it is to search for code flaws.
Discussion: Computerworld UK and Techworld.com
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and Engadget HD
blogs.journalism.co.uk:
Accidental Tweet announces senior BBC appointments (but are now official)  —  Alfred Hermida was a little surprised to spot this last night: a Tweet from the head of the BBC newsroom, Peter Horrocks, to the director of global news, Richard Sambrook about some new appointments at the BBC.
Discussion: Guardian and paidContent
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 and Romenesko
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Last.fm 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 Last.fm.  —  Martin Stiksel, who helped oversee the $280m acquisition of the London-based music recommendation site …
Discussion: Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is The Worst Behind Us?  Online Ad Revenues Pick Up In The Fourth Quarter.  —  With Time Warner reporting earnings yesterday, we now have online advertising numbers for the fourth quarter from the four largest players: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL.  Tallying up their online advertising …
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 …
Thanks:atul
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
Claire Suddath / Time:
25 Things I Didn't Want to Know About You  —  A girl I knew in high school has memorized all of Janet Jackson's dance routines.  A college acquaintance is afraid of train whistles.  Five separate people harbor lifelong desires to visit New Zealand.  How do I know these things?
 
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Christian Science Monitor:
Record labels eye mobile music games
Discussion: Music Ally and mocoNews.net
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
Singularity University: Hope or hype?
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Publisher Promising “Visitors” Owes “Visitors,” Not “Unique Visitors”—WebMD v. RDA
Economist:
Virtual pleasures  —  Many young people prefer pleasure-seeking …
Bloomberg:
Baidu's China Lead Over Google Takes a Hit After Web Search Controversy
Roy Mark / eWeek:
DTV Delay Doesn't Slow White Spaces Momentum
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
No Escape From Work: Present.ly Releases AIR and Mobile Applications
Discussion: eWeek
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hackers Hit Anti-Pirates to Avenge Sub-Site Takedown
Discussion: digg.com
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Economist:
Keep it official  —  Independent blogging under threat
Nigel Kendall / Times of London:
Over 30,000 people fall for ComputerTan hoax
Discussion: Switched