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1:55 PM ET, February 8, 2009


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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Facebook and Twitter: There's blood everywhere, but no one's dying  —  Here we go again.  Over the course of the last several months, we've heard that FriendFeed was going to kill Twitter.  Then Twitter was going to kill FriendFeed.  Then Facebook was going to kill FriendFeed.
Shane O'Neill / Computerworld UK:
Ballmer: Stay on Windows XP and you will face a backlash  —  Migrate fast to Vista or Windows 7 urges Microsoft CEO  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is warning IT organisations that they risk provoking an end user backlash if they don't move off the XP operating system.
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Windows XP's Days are Really Numbered Now  —  In 10 weeks, Microsoft Corp. will begin to retire Windows XP by shifting the seven-year-old OS into a more limited support plan.  —  Windows XP, Microsoft's most successful operating system ever, will leave what the company calls “mainstream support” …
Official Google Australia Blog:
Mapping the Victorian fires  —  By now, you're undoubtedly aware of the terrible bushfire tragedy that is unfolding in Victoria.  —  We've today pulled together a Flash Map, containing the latest up-to-date information about fire locations and their status from the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
Discussion: Vacuum and Google Maps Mania, Thanks:atul
Elias Bizannes / Liako.Biz:
Data portability allows mashup for Australian bush fire crisis  —  Last night in Australia, one of the states developed a series of bush fires that have ravaged communities - survivors describe it as “raining fire” that came out of no where.  As I write this, up to 76 people have been killed.
Discussion: Google LatLong, Thanks:rosshill
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
BlackBerry Storm price drops to $99 on Amazon - no rebate required  —  I just noticed that the touch screen BlackBerry Storm has dropped to $99 on Amazon with no rebate required.  Previously the price had been $249.99 with a $100 rebate bringing the net to $149.99.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Why Television Still Shines in a World of Screens  —  SUBSCRIBERS to print newspapers have gone missing, as everyone knows.  Book publishers are also wondering where readers have disappeared to.  —  And yet television stands out as the one old-media business with surprising resilience.
Discussion: i-boy
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Who's Messing with Wikipedia?  —  The back-and-forth behind controversial entries could help reveal their true value.  —  Despite warnings from many high-school teachers and college professors, Wikipedia is one of the most-visited websites in the world (not to mention the biggest encyclopedia ever created).
Staska / Unwired View:
Nokia to launch it's own app store/portal at MWC 09  —  Symbian may be the most popular smartphone platform in the world and there may be tons of interesting mobile apps for it out there.  —  The problem is - there's no way to easily find and get them on to your handset.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
I'm a PC and I'm 4 and a half!  —  In the latest Crispin Porter & Bogusky ad in their $300 million ad campaign, set to air Sunday night during the Grammy awards, 4 and a half year old Kylie uses Windows Live Photo Gallery to send a picture of her fish to her parents, enjoy:
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and TechFlash
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Dell's Mini 9 selling for just $249 — who needs a subsidy?  —  If you thought last month's $99 Mini 9 was just too cheap (unlikely), or were scared off by the two year contract that came along with the offer (rather more likely), check out Dell's latest deal.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Demand Webcast of Trial  —  On February 16th 2009, one of the biggest trials in P2P history begins.  The case of the largest BitTorrent tracker, The Pirate Bay, will be followed by millions around the world.  —  The Pirate Bay team have been preparing for the media battle …
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How to use Gmail's ‘Multiple Inboxes’ for extra Gmail accounts
Discussion: Obsessable
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
My Phone? You Crazy!
Discussion: SlashGear and Computerworld
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Prop 8 Donor Web Site Shows Disclosure Law Is 2-Edged Sword
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
2008 Cyberlaw Year-in-Review  —  It's a sign of my schedule …
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google Gmail Within Striking Distance Of Hotmail
Discussion: Traffick, Googling Google and
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Ubuntu desktop apparently scares Microsoft
Discussion: Slashdot and
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel is shooting for PlayStation 4, but has it scored?
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Google Latitude  —  Over and over, I've written about new interfaces to search.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
College Music Service Shuts Down
Discussion: Coolfer, and P2P Blog

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