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6:10 PM ET, February 8, 2009


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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: CNET News, Vacuum and Google Maps Mania, Thanks:atul
Elias Bizannes / Liako.Biz:
Data portability allows mashup for Australian bush fire crisis
Discussion: Google LatLong, Thanks:rosshill
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The NYT API: Newspaper as Platform  —  There's been a lot of chatter about the newspaper industry in recent weeks — about whether newspaper companies should find something like iTunes, or use micropayments as a way to charge people for the news, or sue Google, or all of the above …
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Lunarr's Elements is a Twitter-like image-sharing tool to stoke the imagination  —  The downstream influence of social messaging service Twitter, which lets you message friends or hangers-on about what you're doing or thinking at any given moment, is beginning to result in some interesting applications.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Kaspersky breach exposes sensitive database, says hacker  —  SQL injection said to strike deep  —  A security lapse at Kaspersky has exposed a wealth of proprietary information about the anti-virus provider's products and customers, according to a blogger, who posted screen shots and other details …
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Planes grounded by ‘Microsoft virus’  —  I am not sure whom the French military is attacking these days.  (I am told that relations with British tourists are much improved.)  —  But this morning I happened upon peculiar information while accidentally scanning the French paper Liberation.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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.
John Borthwick / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Next Victim Of Creative Destruction?  (GOOG)  —  The web has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to evolve and leave embedded franchises struggling or in the dirt.  Prodigy, AOL were early candidates.  Today Yahoo and Ebay are struggling, and I think Google is tipping down the same path.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: TotalMusic Is Dead  —  Earlier today we detailed the chaotic history and recent trouble at TotalMusic, an experimental music initiative created by Sony BMG and Universal Music Group designed to rethink the way music was streamed on the web.  After a round of layoffs and the shutdown of Ruckus …
Discussion: muSick in the Head, Thanks:dreamsketcher
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: Marketing Nirvana and i-boy
Kathryn Johnston / Times of London:
Ireland not open for business, says Twitter innovator  —  Former Twitter architect Blaine Cook says there are too many barriers to international business for Irish Silicon Valley  —  A leading internet innovator based in Antrim has played down Ireland's chances of becoming Europe's Silicon Valley …
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Conrad De Aenlle / New York Times:
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
I'm a PC and I'm 4 and a half!  —  In the latest Crispin Porter …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and TechFlash
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
My Phone? You Crazy!
Discussion: SlashGear and Computerworld
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