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9:15 PM ET, January 8, 2009

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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Palm Unveils iPhone Competitor, the Pre  —  LAS VEGAS — Seeking to revive its sharply fallen fortunes and produce a successor to its aging Treo device, Palm on Thursday unveiled a new smartphone, the Pre, and an exclusive partnership with Sprint to distribute it.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Palm announces webOS platform  —  Palm just got official with its new webOS platform, running on the new Palm Pre.  According to the company, anyone who knows CSS, HTML and XML will be able to develop for the OS without having to learn any new languages — sounds kind of like it's a jacked …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Palm Unveils Its iPhone Rival: The Pre.  Don't Expect to Buy One Cheap.  —  Palm used to own the smartphone market, but now it's barely hanging on amid competition from Research In Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry line and Apple's iPhone.  Today the company unveils its long-awaited comeback plan …
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Have we just witnessed the second coming of Palm?  —  Ex-Engadget editor Ryan Block put it best when he said that Palm's much anticipated CES announcement “will either mark the beginning of the company's second coming — or the beginning of the end.”  Thankfully, for those like me who were rooting for Palm …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Pre in-depth impressions, video, and huge hands-on gallery  —  We just sat down with Palm for a more in-depth look at the device, and here are our takeaways.  First off, the software and hardware they're showing right now aren't the final versions.  They're updating and tweaking as we speak …
Michael Gartenberg / MobileDevicesToday:
Palm Pre and WebOS, First Take
Discussion: Guardian and gdgt live
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   CES: Is Palm Saved?
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Reasons to skip Microsoft's Windows 7 Beta download  —  As many of you know, I'm a hardcore Mac guy - but I wasn't always this way.  My experiences with Windows Vista sent me over the edge, prompting me to add the “hardcore” next to my “Mac guy” title.  Still, I was excited to hear …
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Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Four core iPhones and firmware 3.0  —  One of the most interesting rumors I've been tracking here at Macworld Expo in San Francisco surrounds the mysterious four-core iPhone.  While the current iPhone has (roughly) the processing power of the Sony PSP, an upgraded four core iPhone …
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Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:   CES 2009: iPhone may get GPGPU acceleration
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Chrome 2.0 Pre-Beta  —  Google Chrome's development is high-paced and version numbers are not very significant, but it's weird to see a pre-beta release of Chrome 2.0, four months after Chrome 0.2.  There are many new things in Chrome 2.0:  —  * form autocomplete …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Lifehacker
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Releases Tag, Its Second iPhone Application  —  At CES, Microsoft has introduced its second iPhone app after dipping its toe with the release of Seadragon Mobile last month.  The name of the application is Microsoft Tag, and it enables users to instantly access mobile content …
Discussion: Obsessable and dailywireless.org
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Digs In for His BlackBerry  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama has yet to relent, but he conceded that he might be losing the battle to keep his independent lifeline to the outside world.  —  “I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday.  “They're going to pry it out of my hands.”
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Obama Team Asks Congress to Postpone Digital TV Switch  —  President-elect Barack Obama's transition team today asked key members of Congress to consider delaying the nation's switch to digital television scheduled for Feb. 17, saying there is “insufficient support” for the problems consumers …
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Obama Asks Congress to Delay DTV Transition
Discussion: Gizmodo
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Delete 10 Facebook friends, get a free Whopper  —  Facebook's developer platform has been used for a zillion marketing campaigns so far, but this one is actually dead-on hilarious.  —  Fast-food chain Burger King has created “Whopper Sacrifice,” a Facebook app that will give you a coupon …
Open:
Announcing the Congress API  —  On Tuesday, members of the 111th Congress convened in Washington.  Over the next two years, the 535 men and women of the House and Senate will introduce, consider and vote on a range of issues, from an economic stimulus package to confirmation of President-elect Barack Obama's cabinet nominees.
Discussion: CNET News, SitePoint and Marc's Voice
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Sony Cybershot G3: World's First Camera You Can Surf the Web On  —  The Cybershot G3 is a camera so special Sony Sir Howard Stringer himself did the honors: It's the world's first Wi-Fi camera with a built-in browser.  —  GALLERY  —  END Besides stealing your neighbor's Wi-Fi …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for January 2009  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: January 8, 2009  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: January 13, 2009  —  This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on January 13, 2009.
Discussion: CNET News and Computerworld
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
Microsoft Plans Small Patch Tuesday
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
Open, locks, Whoever knocks!  —  boxee's private alpha went well beyond our expectations.  over 200,000 people signed up.. today we're opening our alpha to all Mac, Ubuntu and Apple TV users.  Windows is also moving into private-alpha (which means you still need to get invited …
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade, GeekTonic and paidContent
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
NIMble: $300 Android Desktop Phone Designed by iPhone Engineer  —  We've all heard about the prospects of Android in the mobile-phone market, but the NIMble is an Android phone meant for actual desktops.  —  By Touch Revolution, the NIMble features a 7-inch multitouch screen (800x400) …
Google Watch:
Is Google Scaring Partners Into Microsoft's Arms?  —  Is Google's hunger for more Internet users biting it in the behind?  —  That's the question lurking in my mind today as I mull Microsoft's win of Verizon and Dell as new distributors for Live Search, deals Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Product Group ReOrg At AOL: The Memo  —  Following the departure of Kevin Conroy from AOL, the product group is being reorganized.  Ted Cahall is being named the new president of the product group.  Cahall will be in charge of Mail, Truveo, Mobile, Toolbar, Safety & Security, Parental Controls …
Discussion: Digits and Silicon Alley Insider
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Live Blogging Ford CEO Alan Mulally  —  Ford CEO Alan Mulally is not an obvious choice for a keynoter at the Consumer Electronics Show.  For one thing, you have to wonder if maybe he doesn't have something better to do, like lobbying Congress for a bailout, or something.
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft “actively” considering rebranding Live Search  —  LAS VEGAS — Microsoft is “actively” considering rebranding its Live search engine, a spokeswoman confirmed this morning.  —  The company has trademarked the Kumo brand name for search-related purposes and registered several Kumo domain names.
Joanna Glasner / PE Hub Blog:
Startup Valuations Dropped 24% in Q4  —  VCs commonly note that it takes longer for valuations to correct among private companies than among public ones.  But the lag-time might not be that long, judging by fourth quarter data from Angelsoft, a software company that tracks valuation trends.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
David Phillip Oster / Google LatLong:
Flying Through Google Earth at Macworld  —  This year for Macworld I decided to create a program that allows people to “surf” any region on the Earth's surface using a Nintendo Wii Balance Board and the Google Earth API.  To do this, I used the Google Earth Browser Plug-in with a Javascript API.
Chaim / About Skype:
Skype Launches on Android Platform and more than 100 Java-Enabled Mobile Phones  —  Updated Beta version of Skype offered for millions worldwide to load onto their mobile phones  —  LAS VEGAS (CES BOOTH: HILTON #5121), January 8, 2009 - Skype today announced the release of a lite version of Skype&trade …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and The Tech Report
 
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