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4:40 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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Paul Miller / Engadget:
The Palm pre  —  The new-ness is underway, and Palm just debuted its long(est) awaited all-new handset, the Palm pre.  The curvy touchscreen handset has a 3.1-inch 320 x 480 multitouch display, with a rollerball down below and touch sensitivity all down the face — the lower part is for “gestures.”
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Live: Palm Keynote  —  In a few moments, we will see the fruits of the Palm team's many months of labor, and the Palm fan's answer to what the Post-Treo revolution looks like.  Updates as they come.  —  It's a lot for them to live up to, but we're resetting our expectations and approaching …
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 …
Ryan Block / gdgt live:
Live Palm keynote coverage from CES 2009  —  This is it for Palm.  Today's launch will either mark the beginning of the company's second coming — or the beginning of the end.  So yeah, you might say expectations are high for Nova and their next-gen hardware — or whatever it is they're showing off today.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Palm Unveils Its iPhone Rival: The Pre.  Don't Expect to Buy One Cheap.
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 …
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Beyond Binary and Tech Beat
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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.)
Microsoft:
Microsoft's Ballmer Announces Availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live
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 …
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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 …
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Microsoft Plans Small Patch Tuesday  —  Resource Library:  —  Microsoft has just one security bulletin on the menu for Patch Tuesday.  The bulletin will address a remote code execution situation affecting Microsoft Windows.  The bulletin is rated critical for Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and Windows Server 2003.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for January 2009
Discussion: CNET News and Computerworld
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Live blogging CES: Sony CEO Howard Stringer pals with Tom Hanks  —  Sir Howard did a good job showing off a combination of cool technology and Sony's clout in rounding up celebrities to appear on stage with him for his keynote speech at the CES show in Las Vegas today.
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 …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Sources: Yahoo's Decker a strong contender for CEO  —  Despite Wall Street's wrath that ensued following the failed Microsoft buyout bid, people familiar with Yahoo's CEO search say don't count out the company's president, Sue Decker.  —  The executive has undergone two full rounds …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
New Prospect for Yahoo CEO: Carol Bartz
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.”
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.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Lenovo announces layoffs, cutbacks
Discussion: Reuters
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: Marc's Voice and rc3.org
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 …
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.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and MacBlogz
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Nick Wingfield / Digits:
CES: Ballmer's Pregame Jitters  —  Steve Ballmer admits he's a little nervous.  Not about Google or Apple or the economy, at least not at this very moment.  It was a few hours before the Microsoft CEO was to give his first keynote speech Wednesday night at CES, a chore traditionally handled by Bill Gates, and he's a little antsy.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
@ CES: Norwest's Chang: Things Could Get Scary For Facebook, Slide in '09  —  Despite all the predictions for slashed VC spending and stagnant growth in new media this year, clearly there is still money to be spent, as we've already seen a number of fundings in the past week.
Discussion: The Social Times
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Dangerous Trend Of Thinking That Ideas Can Be Owned, Sold Or Stolen  —  An anonymous reader called our attention to a comment reposting some fantastic thinking on the dangerous trend of believing we can own, sell or steal ideas.  The comment was in response to a post on Slashdot …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
C.E.S. Interview: A.M.D.'s Dirk Meyer on the $100 PC  —  Think about this: What would it mean if a PC cost $100?  —  One hot discussion at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is the impact of small $400 netbook portables.  When Dirk Meyer, the chief executive of Advanced Micro Devices …
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 …
 
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