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3:30 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.
Discussion: and Howard Lindzon, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
OneSpot raises $4.2M for customized news aggregation  —  OneSpot, a company that helps websites offer links to relevant news stories elsewhere on the Internet, has raised $4.2 million in a first round of venture funding.  —  The most obvious comparison to the Austin, Texas company's offerings …
Discussion: GigaOM and
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Is Noca The Next PayPal?  —  Noca, an online payments start-up we wrote about last year, is launching its official payment service today.  Formed by ex-Visa employees, Noca originally offered a micro-payments system via two Facebook applications, OneClickPay and HelpYourWorld.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD launches new Phenom II processors: Take that, Intel  —  Intel hasn't yet responded to the last salvo Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) sent its way, but AMD is already back to take another whack at the world's biggest chip maker.  —  A month after it launched its last round …
Discussion: CNET News and Digits
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.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Kindle 2.0: What to look for  —  With expected …
Discussion: PC World
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 …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
The Age:
Warning on US online entry  —  Websites are charging tourists for a service that is free.  Conrad Walters reports.  —  A new electronic form is simplifying entry into the US for tourists but consular and travel industry sources warn that unscrupulous businesses are trying to make money from people unfamiliar with the system.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
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 …
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
OpenDNS rolls out Conficker tracking, blocking
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Financial Times:
Global turmoil deepens China's chipmaker woes
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Richard Watersin San Francisco / Financial Times:
Sales of PCs to fall for first time in eight years
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: muSick in the Head, Thanks:dreamsketcher
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