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3:25 PM ET, January 23, 2010


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Extension For Chrome Adds Click To Call And Other Killer Features  —  I've just changed my default browser from Safari to Chrome.  The reason - the official Chrome Google Voice extension, which was updated on Friday.  If you're a Google Voice user (I'm possibly the most rabid one around …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Snatches User's Vanity URL And Sells It To Harman International  —  Update: Facebook Gives Harman His Name Back, Apologizes  —  This looks really, really bad.  An avid Facebook user named Harman Bajwa says that his Facebook vanity Url - - was unceremoniously revoked yesterday …
Discussion: Open Gardens
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
With Kindle, the Best Sellers Don't Need to Sell  —  Here's a riddle: How do you make your book a best seller on the Kindle?  —  Answer: Give copies away.  —  That's right.  More than half of the “best-selling” e-books on the Kindle,'s e-reader, are available at no charge.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Truphone first to provide VoIP app for Nexus One  —  Voice app provider Truphone is releasing an updated app for Android which is compatible with Google's Nexus One handset.  That makes it the first VoIP client for that phone.  In fact it turns out the Nexus One is going to be very important to Truphone's overall strategy.
Chris /
How to disrupt Wall Street  —  Sarah Lacy has a very interesting post on TechCrunch where she conjectures that the internet is finally starting to disrupt Wall Street.  I'd love nothing more than to see Wall Street get nailed by the internet the way, say, publishing and advertising have.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
PS3 finally properly hacked?  —  In a post titled “Hello hypervisor, I'm geohot,” hacker George Hotz (already known in the iPhone community) has made a strong claim: that he has cracked the PS3.  The system has remained (mostly) uncompromised for over three years now, with a few exceptions here and there.
Rick Klau / Blogger Buzz:
Important Note to FTP Users  —  Last May, we discussed a number of challenges facing Blogger users who relied on FTP to publish their blogs.  FTP remains a significant drain on our ability to improve Blogger: only .5% of active blogs are published via FTP — yet the percentage …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Office 2010 system requirements: Changes in disk space, GPU recommendations  —  Via a January 22 blog post, Microsoft is providing more details about the system requirements for its Office 2010 suite, due out by June 2010.  —  The bottom line: If your PC can run Office 2007, it will be able to run Office 2010.
Dieter Bohn /
GSM Pre and GSM Pixi to Get Plussed  —  It's safe to assume we'll see webOS devices in the first half of the year because AT&T said so and because they've popped up on server logs.  Now that we have the Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus, there's another question to ask: which webOS devices?
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
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.
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.
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 …
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Make a $2 Adjustable Smartphone Car Mount in 10 minutes
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
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