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12:40 AM ET, February 9, 2009

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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Time to Hang Up the Pajamas  —  I learned the hard way: while blogs can do many wonderful things, making huge amounts of money isn't one of them.  —  From the magazine issue dated Feb 16, 2009  —  For two years I was obsessed with trying to turn a blog into a business.
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.
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
A New Kindle While Journalism Burns  —  Could Amazon's device help save an industry?  —  On Monday Amazon is expected to announce the second version of the Kindle, its powerful electronic book.  Most gadget freaks expect some significant improvements, including a better keyboard layout and less intrusive navigation controls.
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Kindle 2.0: What to look for  —  With Amazon.com expected to roll out the next-generation version of its Kindle electronic book reader at a New York press event Monday morning, here's a quick primer on what to look for in the new Kindle's design, features, price point, and supply issues.  —  FEATURES.
Discussion: PC World
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Wozniak to Compete on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ TV Show  —  ABC officially announced the cast list for Season 8 of their reality TV show Dancing with the Stars and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is listed amongst the contestants for this year's show.
Discussion: CNET News, 9 to 5 Mac and TUAW
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch:
Twits Know: Google Quietly Laying Off Engineers  —  If you can believe conversations on Twitter, it seems Google has been quietly laying off engineers and changing the scope of their jobs.  Apparently some of the work done by the “contractors” laid off over the past couple of months is now being added to their work load.
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Tune your TV into a GPS  —  Television broadcasts may help carriers put tiny cellular base stations into subscribers' homes.  Sounds like a strange link, but Rosum aims to provide GPS assistance to femtocells and other devices by tuning into TV.  —  Rosum would probably like to thank …
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 …
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Amtrak's Semi-Confusing Internet Access Message  —  A few news outlets picked up a statement from NewYorkology last week that implied Amtrak was looking into on-board Internet service: But when you read the statement, it's not quite what some sites are making it out to be.
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).
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Elias Bizannes / Liako.Biz:
Data portability allows mashup for Australian bush fire crisis
Discussion: Google LatLong, Thanks:rosshill
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: Marketing Nirvana
Dan Goodin / The Register:
OpenDNS rolls out Conficker tracking, blocking  —  Downadup on notice  —  With an estimated 10 million PCs infected by the stealthy worm known as Conficker, it's a good bet that plenty of administrators are blissfully unaware that their networks are playing host to the pest.
Discussion: Keenpath and Slashdot
 
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Financial Times:
Global turmoil deepens China's chipmaker woes
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Hacking Android For Multitouch Web Browsing on the T-Mobile G1
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Lori Aratani / Washington Post:
Fitness Revolution in Motion
Richard Watersin San Francisco / Financial Times:
Sales of PCs to fall for first time in eight years
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: TotalMusic Is Dead
Discussion: muSick in the Head, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Kathryn Johnston / Times of London:
Ireland not open for business, says Twitter innovator
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