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9:55 PM ET, January 13, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
“U.S. Economy Screwed”  —  The recession-deniers were muzzled by a horrendous last two weeks of December, and the gloom-and-doomers are now out in force.  Their key arguments:  — Plummeting housing will now drag down the rest of the economy.  — The “bad debt” problem is not just …
USA Today:
Introducing the first Android prototype  —  NEW YORK — A small software developer today plans to unveil a suite of applications — browser, camera, games and more — based on the new Google-endorsed operating system, Android.  —  A La Mobile, based in San Ramon, Calif. …
Discussion: VoIP Blog and TechCrunch
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Firm shows off functional Android build on ancient HTC hardware  —  California-based a la Mobile has crafted a somewhat complete set of phone apps in prototype form — you know, the most basic kinds of things you'd need on a smartphone to make it usable — on top of Android …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Mashable!
Randall Stross / New York Times:
From 10 Hours a Week, $10 Million a Year  —  MARKUS FRIND, a 29-year-old Web entrepreneur, has not read the best seller “The 4-Hour Workweek” — in fact, he had not heard of it when asked last week — but his face could go on the book's cover.  He developed software for his online dating site …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Netflix expands Internet viewing option  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Girding for a potential threat from Apple Inc., online DVD rental service Netflix Inc. is lifting its limits on how long most subscribers can watch movies and television shows over high-speed Internet connections.
Jon Mooallem / New York Times:
The Afterlife of Cellphones  —  1. Cellphones in Hell  —  Americans threw out just shy of three million tons of household electronics in 2006.  This so-called e-waste is the fastest-growing part of the municipal waste stream and, depending on your outlook, either an enormous problem or a bonanza.
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Macworld Exhibitor tip: disable the IR port on your Macs  —  As you may or may not know there has been something of a dust up across the tech blogosphere regarding a prank that a certain tech blog performed during CES.  The prank involved a little gizmo that turned off a number of televisions at once …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Bloomberg Launches Massive Web Video Strategy, Sources  —  Bloomberg News has launched CEO Spotlight, a new Web video series of CEO interviews produced in Bloomberg bureaus around the globe.  It is the first step by the media behemoth to bring a vast amount of business news video clips …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Telegraph:
EMI managers will have to sing for their supper  —  Guy Hands will this week pledge to invest tens of millions of pounds recruiting new talent scouts and managing EMI's existing acts.  —  But alongside the investment in so-called A&R - artist and repertoire - he will also unveil plans to cut …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Rock Band Stage Kit with lights, smoke leaked by GameStop  —  As if playing Rock Band wasn't one of the greatest group gaming experiences to come along in years, it appears that a new accessory is set to amp up the fun even more by bringing an “interactive light and smoke stage show” to your already thrashing performances.
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku, technabob and Digg
Kerry A. Dolan / Forbes:
Andy Grove's Last Stand  —  The former Intel chief, now battling Parkinson's, is on a crusade to speed progress in treating the disease.  Can he make a difference?  —  Andy Grove noticed an occasional tremor in the index finger of his right hand. it was 1999, when Grove was 63 and had just stepped …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Notes From Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on 60 Minutes - NO IPO in 2008!  —  Tonight on 60 Minutes, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was interviewed by Lesley Stahl.  Here are my live notes from the interview.  Here are the videos - it's in pieces and I can't embed it unfortunately.  —  Facebook with 60 million users.
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
ULTIMATE LIVEBLOGGING TOOL: COVERITLIVE  —  CoverItLive is a new, hosted service for blogging events in real-time, or “liveblogging."  It's a useful tool for people covering major industry events, speeches, sports, and the like.  I first saw the product in use when I was watching …
Brian Brady / The Independent:
Prisoners ‘to be chipped like dogs’  —  Hi-tech ‘satellite’ tagging planned in order to create more space in jails  —  Civil rights groups and probation officers furious at ‘degrading’ scheme  —  Ministers are planning to implant “machine-readable” microchips under the skin of thousands …
Discussion: Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Things Are Looking Good At Startup Schwag  —  It's been a few months since we wrote about Startup Schwag, a service that sends users startup-branded tshirts and stickers every month.  —  You'll either think this is lame (not target market) or so cool you've wet your pants (target market) and act accordingly.
 
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Robert Lemos / The Register:
Malware hitches a ride on digital devices
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
TSA security flaws exposed users to risk of identity theft
John Markoff / New York Times:
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Joe Maller:
iTransmogrify!  —  iTransmogrify! is a bookmarklet for iPhone …
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
I'm going to try live-blogging during the keynote
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Chinese Blogger Beaten To Death By Government Officials
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Virginia Considers Ban On Driving While Texting
Chris Sorensen / Toronto Star:
Telus considers dumping its ‘Betamax’ of wireless networks
Rick Aristotle Munarriz / Motley Fool:
Banned by Google … Even public companies feel the wrath …
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
Has Gawker Jumped the Snark?
David Kravets / Wired News:
DRM Is Dead, But Watermarks Rise From Its Ashes