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4:00 AM ET, January 23, 2010

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The Official Google Blog:
Understanding the web to make search more relevant  —  Last year at our second Searchology event, we announced Google Squared and Rich Snippets, two approaches to improve search by better understanding the web.  Today, we're kicking off the new year with two improvements based on those technologies.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Search Just Got a Little Bit Smarter: Highlights Answers to Factual Questions
Discussion: PC World and Erictric
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google's Brin And Page To Sell Off Shares; Give Up Majority Voting Power Over Five Years  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) just put out an SEC filing indicating that co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will soon begin to sell off some of their holdings in the company, as part of a predetermined trading plan.
Royal Pingdom:
Internet 2009 in numbers  —  What happened with the Internet in 2009?  —  How many websites were added?  How many emails were sent?  How many Internet users were there?  This post will answer all of those questions and many more.  Prepare for information overload, but in a good way.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dave Morin Leaves Facebook, To Launch New Startup With Napster Creator Shawn Fanning  —  Long time Facebook employee Dave Morin (pictured left), an early member of the team that led the launch of Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect, is leaving the company today, we've confirmed.
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Google's Nexus One muzzles the foul-mouthed  —  One of the most innovative features of Google's new Nexus One is the built-in voice recognition.  But there's one major limitation that Reuters discovered while putting the smartphone through its paces: the phone is a bit of a prig.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.6.3 to enhance QuickTime, 64-bit Logic, printing  —  A third planned maintenance and security update to Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system will include significant enhancements to QuickTime X while also improving printing and Logic performance, AppleInsider has learned.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple tablet seen nearing $3 billion business in first year  —  Selling an estimated 5 million units in its first year as a “base case” scenario, Apple's tablet would earn the company $2.8 billion in additional revenue and solidify it as more than a niche product, a prominent investment baking firm said Friday.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Rolling Out Local Trends (Pictures)  —  As you can see in the picture, Twitter has started to roll out its new Local Trends feature which takes the standard Trending Topics data and uses Twitter's geolocation functionality to make it based on location.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Journalists' Social Media Sideshow Will Prove Nothing  —  Why do so many journalists and traditional media outlets see social media services like Twitter and Facebook as a threat?  Maybe it's a result of too many breathless headlines about how they're going to replace traditional journalism …
Discussion: broadstuff and Agence France-Presse, Thanks:mathewi
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft shakes up its Entertainment and Devices unit  —  Microsoft has made some major organizational changes to its Entertainment and Devices unit — the part of the company responsible for its mobile, Zune, Media Center and Mediaroom IPTV products.  —  Earlier this week, Microsoft reorg'd the TV …
Michael White / Bloomberg:
YouTube Discussing Online Rentals With Film Studios, Artists  —  Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc.'s YouTube is talking with major Hollywood studios about providing movies for an online rental service that started today with five independent films from the Sundance Film Festival.
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Chris OBrien / SiliconBeat:
Looks like Netflix is dead. Again.
Niftycurly / Instructables:
Make a $2 Adjustable Smartphone Car Mount in 10 minutes  —  introMake a $2 Adjustable Smartphone Car Mount in 10 minutes  —  Do you ever wander the aisles at store after store looking for just the right thing to hold your phone/GPS/mobile device while you're driving?
Discussion: Engadget, Lifehacker and Boing Boing
Christopher Helman / Forbes:
Microsoft's Ballmer Calls Out Google Over China Stance  —  Christopher Helman is the Southwest Bureau Chief of Forbes, based in Houston  —  Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, in a speech to oil company executives in Houston on Thursday, criticized Google for its threats to leave China …
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Keeping computers from ending science's reproducibility  —  In recent years, scientists may have inadvertently given up on a key component of the scientific method: reproducibility.  That's an argument that's being advanced by a number of people who have been tracking our increasing reliance …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Big-Picture Look at Google, Microsoft, Apple and Yahoo  —  On Wednesday, I wrote about a battle looming between Apple and Google as discussions take place over the possibility of Apple making Microsoft's Bing the default search engine on the iPhone.  —  Stepping back further …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Motricity files for $250 million IPO  —  Motricity, which moved its headquarters from Durham, North Carolina to Bellevue in 2008, has filed to raise up to $250 million through an initial public offering.  The 6-year-old company, which has raised more than $400 million from Technology Crossover Ventures …
Sam Martin / design mind:
From the Archives: frog's Early Apple Tablet  —  Because of all the hype and buildup surrounding next week's (supposed) launch of an Apple tablet, including thoughts by our own Mark Rolston in the New York Times on how said tablet may or may not succeed in the marketplace …
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Facebook, Twitter and P&G  —  This afternoon I attended an event sponsored by Proctor & Gamble called the “Innovation Outreach Venturing Day.”  The event was an effort by executives at P&G to connect with the investment community in the Bay Area to discuss how P&G might work more closely …
Discussion: All Facebook, Thanks:atul
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Satellite Images Of Haiti Earthquake From Google & Bing Maps  —  Both Google Maps and Bing Maps offer ways to see the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti.  Below, a look at how to see before and after images, taken by satellite.  Plus, several 360-degree ground level videos you can view.
Discussion: Channel 10 and The Microsoft Blog
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Ursula Le Guin leads revolt against Google digital book settlement  —  As opt-out deadline approaches, writer launches petition asking for US to be exempt from controversial agreement  —  The family of John Steinbeck has reversed its decision to oppose Google's controversial plans …
Gordon Haff / CNET News:
Why cloud exchanges won't work  —  As cloud computing in its various forms increasingly happens rather than just being talked about, I'm starting to hear the idea of a cloud-computing exchange floated.  There are certainly things to like about the concept but I don't see it playing …
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Judge reduces $2M music-sharing verdict to $54k  —  IDG News Service - A Minnesota judge reduced the $2 million in damages that a jury ordered file-sharer Jammie Thomas-Rasset to pay, calling the original verdict “monstrous and shocking.”  —  Thomas-Rasset was one of the first people …
 
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Dorian Benkoil / E-Media Tidbits:
Young Online Newspaper Audience Dropping; Older Consumers Adopting Social Media
Discussion: Lost Remote
Samuel Axon / Mashable!:
Ustream Launches Pay-Per-View Live Video Platform
Discussion: 901am and Erictric
Bloomberg:
Rambus Wins Crucial Decision in Nvidia Chip Battle
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Bumps ahead as Vimeo, YouTube respond to HTML5 video demand
Discussion: NewTeeVee and 9 to 5 Mac
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Twitter users vulnerable to security flaw
Discussion: internetnews.com
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Call Me via VoIP on Facebook
Gavin Newsom / Mashable!:
Why Open Source is the New Software Policy in San Francisco
Discussion: Ars Technica and Network World
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Chromium nightly build adds memory-saving ‘phantom tab’ support
Anil Dash / CNN:
Don't let Twitter, Facebook, Google be the only game in town
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Nick Bilton / Bits:
‘Controlled Serendipity’ Liberates the Web
Discussion: Trends in the Living Networks, Thanks:atul
 

 
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Andrew Beaujon heading for Washingtonian

Catalina Albeanu / Journalism.co.uk:
Changes at FT to promote thinking ‘in digital terms’

Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Here's some remarkable new data on the power of chat apps like WhatsApp for sharing news stories

 
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