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10:20 AM ET, January 7, 2009

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Want to Copy iTunes Music?  Go Ahead, Apple Says  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In moves that will help shape the online future of the music business, Apple said Tuesday that it would remove anticopying restrictions on all of the songs in its popular iTunes Store and allow record companies to set a range of prices for them.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Apple's iTunes Concessions Are a Double-Edged Sword  —  Apple's announcements at Macworld may have lacked some of the flair and sizzle that CEO Steve Jobs usually brought to his keynote, but there was one announcement that, arguably, will wind up changing the playing field considerably.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Price Of Going DRM-Free: Apple's Hidden $1.8 Billion Music Tax
Discussion: CNET News, AppScout, Apple and CrunchGear
Peter Sayer / PC World:
Sun Buys Cloud-computing Vendor Q-layer  —  Sun Microsystems has bought Q-layer, a Belgian vendor of software for automating the management of computing clouds, it said Wednesday.  The acquisition provides a clue as to how Sun plans to go about delivering on the cloud computing strategy it outlined last month.
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Sun Microsystems:
Sun Microsystems Expands Cloud Computing Offerings with Acquisition of Q-layer  —  Q-layer Technology Simplifies Cloud Computing Development and Deployment  —  Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced it has acquired Q-layer, a cloud computing company that automates the deployment …
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
Sun acquires cloud company Q-layer  —  Sun Microsystems announced Wednesday it has acquired Q-layer, a Belgium-based cloud-computing specialist.  —  Q-layer's technology adds automation to both public and private clouds, allowing companies to simplify the management and deployment of data center applications.
Discussion: Virtualization Report
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Sun Acquires Q-layer in Cloud Computing Play  —  In an effort to boost its refocused cloud computing initiative, Sun Microsystems (JAVA) has acquired Q-layer, a Belgian provider that automates the deployment of both public and private clouds.  Sun says Q-layer's technology …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Google Trends hit by 'trolls" 9/11 web stunt  —  A crude illustration of a plane crashing into the Twin Towers appeared near the top of a list of Google's most popular searches after a stunt by users of a notorious internet message board.  —  The symbol - an icon of an aircraft pointing towards …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Trends Features ASCII Art Of 9/11
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel: Q4 Revs Fell 20%; Well Below Previous Guidance  —  Intel (INTC) this morning said it expects Q4 revenue of about $8.2 billion, down 20% sequentially and 23% year over year, and below its previous projection of $9 billion, plus or minus $300 million, which it provided on November 12.
Discussion: Business Wire and Furrier.org
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Intel Warns Revenues Will Be Down 20% (INTC)  —  Intel said that the Q4 results it announces on January 15 will be worse than expectations it provided in November.  The company says to blame “further weakness in end demand and inventory reductions by its customers in the global PC supply chain” …
Discussion: CNET News
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Obama picks RIAA's favorite lawyer for a top Justice post  —  As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama won applause from legal adversaries of the recording industry.  Stanford law professor Larry Lessig, the doyen of the “free culture” movement, endorsed the Illinois senator, as did Google CEO Eric Schmidt and even the Pirate Party.
Guardian:
The shape of things to come  —  A self-confessed ‘pretty unlikely early adopter’, the digital guru Clay Shirky still proved to be uncannily prescient about the impact of the web - which is why Tom Teodorczuk is getting his media forecast for 2009  —  Clay Shirky, with his bald head and composed manner …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Beefs Up Search Functionality  —  Later today, broadband-connected TiVo Series3 and TiVo HD subscribers will be treated to a revamped search experience.  And, marking a first, TiVo is finally taking widescreen televisions seriously with a high-def interface utilizing that extra real estate.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 makes its way into stores, Feb. 11th release  —  Yes, yes, the rumors about the T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 release being moved up to February 11th is true.  One of our T-Mobile ninjas just sent us in some pictures of the Curve 8900 in their retail store.
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Weak Password Brings ‘Happiness’ to Twitter Hacker  —  An 18-year-old hacker with a history of celebrity pranks has admitted to Monday's hijacking of multiple high-profile Twitter accounts, including President-Elect Barack Obama's, and the official feed for Fox News.
Rajat Agrawal / Cellpassion:
Expansys spills the beans on HTC Iolite  —  That's the HTC Iolite folks!  (Nope, it's not Lolite.)  Online retailer Expansys has spilled all the deets about this HTC baby even before it gets ‘officially’ acknowledged.  This is what it's made of:  —  • Processor  —  Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz
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RobK / Mobile Industry Review:   New HTC mobile gets leaked by reseller
Renai LeMay / CNET News:
Windows 7 beta: First impressions  —  Windows 7 could be one of Microsoft's greatest operating systems, if it fulfills the promise shown by the unofficial beta version (build 7000) we have been testing for the past couple of days.  —  Let me preface these quick impressions of Redmond's latest opus …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here Come The 12 Inch Netbooks, And Intel Isn't Happy About It  —  12 inch Netbooks are coming.  Dell has the Inspiron Mini 12, Samsung will unveil its 12 inch netbook model to the U.S. shortly, and more are coming.  And Intel isn't happy about this at all.  —  In fact, the whole Netbook market may be making them nervous.
Discussion: CrunchGear and GigaOM
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
CES09: Powermat looks to charge your gadgets wirelessly  —  One of my favorite items from CES last year was WildCharge's wireless charging set up, which allowed you to power up gadgets without actually plugging them in.  You just plopped them on a charging pad and away you go.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Asus T91: Your 1-inch Thick Convertible Eee PC  —  The Asus T91 is an intriguing netbook from Asus.  Just 2lbs in weight, it features an 8.9" convertible touchscreen display and Atom processor.  Pricing/availability are yet unannounced.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pandora Radio 2.0 Lands On The iPhone Tonight  —  Pandora Radio, the personalized internet radio service that has remained among the most popular iPhone apps on the iTunes App Store since its inception in July (and that I've previously called the iPhone's killer app), will be releasing its most significant update yet later today.
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
As laptops dominate, desktop PCs face obsolescence  —  TAIPEI (Reuters) - The age of the desktop PC appears to be over as its more portable cousin, the laptop, surges ahead with consumers clamoring for light-weight computers in funky designs for use at home, in cafes and on the train to work.
Discussion: CloudAve
Romit Guha / Wall Street Journal:
Satyam's Chairman Resigns  —  BANGALORE — Satyam Computer Services Ltd. Chairman B. Ramalinga Raju Wednesday resigned admitting to falsifying company accounts and inflating revenue and profit figures over several years, sending the company's shares plunging 78%.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
WowWee Cinemin Pico Projectors Are Tiny and Cheap  —  WowWee's Cinemin pico projectors fit any situation you'd be pico projecting in.  The Swivel is a candybar that angles 90 degrees; the Stick's tinier and takes SD cards, and the Station's an iPod dock station.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gearlog
Dailyfile:
Introducing the Bernie Madoff Ringtone!  —  Bernie Madoff might not be able to leave his apartment, but now you can take him with you wherever you go!  We're very happy to present you with the very first Bernie Madoff ringtone, which in a violation of everything Bernie holds dear, we're giving away for free.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and textually.org
 
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Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.Ars: GarageBand '09 first impressions
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Gizmodo
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
F-A-I-L: Official Scrabble Facebook apps still smaller than Scrabulous was
Christopher MacManus / Sony Insider:
Sony Set To Offer Innovative Wearable Walkman
Discussion: Engadget
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
OS 4.7.0.85 Leaked for the BlackBerry Storm 9500!
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
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