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3:00 PM ET, January 8, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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.”
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Gizmodo
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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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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft's Ballmer Announces Availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live
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 …
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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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Live blogging CES: Sony CEO Howard Stringer pals with Tom Hanks  —  Summary: 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.  Thanks to Sony's movie studio, he's got an unfair advantage over Microsoft's Steve Ballmer in that department.
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
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: MacBlogz and paidContent
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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 …
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.”
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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.
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.Ars: Town Hall Meeting says community is the future  —  Paul Kent, IDG World Expo's VP and General Manager, took a stage for his own keynote discussion Wednesday evening to talk about the future of Macworld Expo.  Apple's announcement that 2009 would be its last at the Expo sent shockwaves through …
Discussion: MacRumors
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Burger King: 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
 
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Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and paidContent
Dave Moyer / Ars Technica:
New Freescale processors target Linux netbooks
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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David Pogue / New York Times:
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Gelles / Financial Times:
Yelping in London  —  Yelp, the directory website that has emerged …
Discussion: GigaOM
Marco Chiappetta / HotHardware.com News:
Enter The Dragon: AMD Phenom II X4 940
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Mr. Microphone 2.0: Microsoft Songsmith Puts Even the Worst Lyrics to Music
Discussion: PC World and Scobleizer
Xavier / Notebooks.com:
New Generation of Netbooks: $199 and $299, Eight Hour Battery & Sexy Design