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1:05 PM ET, January 8, 2009

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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Information on Downloading and Installing Windows 7 Beta  —  As of today, I am running the Windows 7 Beta on several different PCs including my laptop, my work PC, and my PC at home, which I upgraded recently to Windows 7 from Windows Vista SP1.  (I'll be outlining the PCs I'm using to test Windows 7 shortly.)
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Microsoft:
Microsoft's Ballmer Announces Availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live  —  Company previews simpler, better Windows operating system and highlights connected entertainment offerings at CES.  —  In a keynote address at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) …
BBC:
Hard drive destruction ‘crucial’  —  The only way to stop fraudsters stealing information from old computer hard drives is by destroying them completely, a study has found.  —  Which?  Computing magazine recovered 22,000 “deleted” files from eight computers purchased on eBay.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Live blogging CES: Sony CEO Howard Stringer pals with Tom Hanks  —  8:37 am: Sony chief executive Howard Stringer will be out shortly.  Meanwhile, Consumer Electronics Association chief executive Gary Shapiro began with a Yoostar video where he used the service to insert himself into classic movies …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Sony Vaio P Super Don't-Call-It-a-Netbook Hands On  —  The keyboard?  It rocks.  The screen?  Beautiful.  The trackball is just the right amount of gritty, so your finger sticks to it and doesn't slide off onto the keyboard.  The instant-on OS?  Classy.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Consumer Electronics Sales Seen Off 0.6% In '09  —  Before the keynote from Sony's Howard Stringer, Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro provided a state of the industry address.  His talk was basically an attempt to cheer on the industry in a time when everyone …
Discussion: Gizmodo and paidContent.org
Business Wire:
Lenovo Announces Resource Redeployment Plan  —  RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. & SINGAPORE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Lenovo today announced a resource redeployment plan that will help the company increase its efficiencies and become more competitive in the face of the continuing global economic downturn.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
GiiNii's Movit Mini WiFi Android tablet hands-on  —  We just spent some quality time playing with GiiNii's Movit Mini WiFi Android tablet, which might be one of the best things we've seen at CES so far — think of it as the Android version of the iPod touch and you'll get why we're so stoked.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Google quietly ices contractors  —  Keeps hush-hush SEC filing off the interwebs  —  Internet giant Google quietly got rid of an unspecified number of contract workers late last year.  —  Mountain View's spending plans were outlined in a 15 December Securities and Exchange Commission filing …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft Tag: Microsoft's own 2D barcode  —  It just wouldn't be right if Microsoft didn't have its own barcode technology too, which is why today Microsoft Tag (Beta) was announced at CES 2009.  Much like other 2D barcode technologies including the popular but underwhelming QR Code …
Discussion: Neowin.net, Redmond Pie and Channel 10
Xavier / Notebooks.com:
New Generation of Netbooks: $199 and $299, Eight Hour Battery & Sexy Design  —  Freescale and Pegatron are ushering a new generation of netbooks that will combine excellent battery life, good looks and low cost.  The two partners are hoping to bring the ARM-based netbook to market within …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
New Prospect for Yahoo CEO: Carol Bartz  —  How did BoomTown forget former Autodesk exec Carol Bartz for Yahoo CEO?  —  Yahoo certainly hasn't.  According to several sources familiar with the Yahoo (YHOO) search for a new leader to replace Co-founder Jerry Yang, the company is looking hard …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Corkd Gets Hackd  —  If you try to visit the URL for wine review website Corkd, you'll automatically get rerouted to porn site Adult Friend Finder (obviously NSFW).  We're not sure how long this has been the case, but we're not the only ones noticing.  —  What's weird about the redirect …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dutch Startup eFresh.com Raises $5.4 Million From Rabobank  —  The Netherlands-based internet startup eFresh.com has secured €4.25 million (or roughly $5.4 million) in funding from one of the largest banks in the country, Rabobank.  The company, which operates a B2B portal for the perishable industry …
Discussion: paidContent and TheNextWeb.com
Jessica Dolcourt / Download.com editors:
Googlepedia for Firefox brings Wikipedia to you  —  If you're one whose search results lead you to a Wikipedia page nine times out of ten, you would do well to install the Googlepedia extension for Firefox.  —  This free, terrifically easy add-on pulls the Wikipedia article most closely associated …
Harrison Hoffman / Webware.com:
Boxee plugs into Joost, MTV Music, Apple TV  —  Boxee, one of the more promising media applications out there today, is announcing the launch of a few new content sources today at the Consumer Electronics Show.  —  Boxee now has added support for content from Joost and MTV Music.
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Author Solutions Buys Xlibris  —  Author Solutions Inc., one of the country's biggest print-on-demand publishers, has agreed to acquire rival Xlibris, making it one of the largest book publishers in the world by annual titles.  —  The purchase price wasn't disclosed.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Canesta teams up with Hitachi to create a Wii-like next-generation TV control  —  Canesta is announcing today it has teamed up with Hitachi to create a next-generation user interface for a TV that is similar to the way arm-waving controls the Nintendo Wii video game console.
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:   Show of Hands: Gestures Control Hitachi TV
Financial Times:
Dell to shed 1,900 jobs in Ireland  —  Dell Inc, the world's number two PC maker, will cut about 1,900 of 3,000 jobs at its manufacturing plant in Limerick in the west of Ireland, Dell said on Thursday.  —  Dell, which ranks itself as Ireland's largest exporter, largest technology company …
Discussion: Digital Daily
Electronista:
Creative Zii outed as flexible system-on-chip  —  Creative today finally confirmed the nature of the Zii.  The one-time mystery device is now known to be a processor platform based on the notion of very generalized, software-based cores known as Processing Elements: the “stemcell” …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Boy Genius Report
Nokia:
Messaging made simple - the Nokia E63 heads to the United States  —  This affordable QWERTY smartphone to be made available with US 3G optimization  —  Las Vegas, NV, USA - At the Consumer Electronics Show today, Nokia announced it will bring a US optimized version of the Nokia E63 to the North American market.
Marco Chiappetta / HotHardware.com News:
Enter The Dragon: AMD Phenom II X4 940  —  AMD has been fighting an uphill battle on two fronts for the last few years.  For a time, fierce competition from NVIDIA, coupled with some of their own problems executing, put the ATI graphics division in a deep hole.
Rob_sheridan / forum.nin.com:
Lights In The Sky HD Footage Downloads!  —  page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11...last >  —  This is my custom title. Location: Los Angeles  —  Posts: 160 … There is about 405gb of HD footage available.  It was recorded with multiple consumer HDV cameras during three shows: Victoria 12.05.08 …
Discussion: Techdirt and TECH.BLORGE.com
One Laptop per Child:
Refocusing on our mission  —  It pains me to post this, and we have striven to avoid this over the past few months, but it is unavoidable.  We are streamlining our operations this month, cutting staff and contractors by roughly 50% (from every team) and laying out broad targets for the coming year.
Erik Sherman / BNET Technology:
Is Google Developing a Router?  —  There's an intriguing rumor floating about.  SDTimes.com is reporting that according to multiple sources, “including one at Cisco,” Google is working on developing its own router.  When I contacted Google, the answer was the now-standard …
Dave Moyer / Ars Technica:
New Freescale processors target Linux netbooks  —  Despite the fact that their keyboards are hand-cripplingly small, the “netbook” sector of computer sales continues to grow and expand.  Whether it's the small form factor or the significantly lower price tag, these computers are appearing …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
JibJab Closes $7.5 Million Series C Round To Keep The Laughs Rolling  —  JibJab, a site popular for its parody videos and irreverent eGreetings, has closed a $7.5 million Series C funding round with participation from new investors Overbrook Entertainment (a production company co-founded by Will Smith) …
Kris Graft / Edge Online:
Sony: Competitors “Continue Peddling Add-Ons”  —  Who really cares about BLURAY?  I play my 360 on an HD tv with a 20 quid hdmi cable and it looks amazing, I think LIVE is well worth the money, the game demos, arcade game have some decent choices and now the Movie catalogue is getting decent there is always a decent film to download.
 
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Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Nokia: No More WiMax Device For Us
David Pogue / New York Times:
Many Ways to Plug in to Tech Savings
Discussion: Internet Evolution and Lifehacker
Nokia:
Stylish Nokia 7510 to launch with T-Mobile USA
Discussion: Gadgetell and Unwired View
David Gelles / Financial Times:
Yelping in London  —  Yelp, the directory website that has emerged …
Discussion: GigaOM
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Hands-on with the T-Mobile Shadow @ CES Las Vegas 2009!
Reuters:
Japan may promote lower mobile phone fees
Discussion: mocoNews.net
CNET News:
Verizon intros on-the-go DVR programming
Discussion: Digits and Tech stories
 Earlier Items: 
Panasonic:
PANASONIC INTRODUCES WORLD'S FIRST PORTABLE BLU-RAY PLAYER
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Mr. Microphone 2.0: Microsoft Songsmith Puts Even the Worst Lyrics to Music
Discussion: PC World and Gear Live
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Students, law prof want RIAA trial live and online
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
An extensive look at Apple's new iWork.com service