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6:10 PM ET, January 9, 2009

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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft holding off on Windows 7 public beta  —  Microsoft has postponed, at least for a short time, making the beta of Windows 7 publicly available.  —  The move comes as Microsoft has struggled to keep its Windows 7 Web site up on Friday.  —  “Due to very heavy traffic we're seeing …
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Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Windows 7 Public Beta Delayed, Due Later Friday Afternoon  —  According to the Microsoft Partner Program website, the Windows 7 beta was to be officially released at noon Friday: “Partners with a MSDN or TechNet subscription can download Windows 7 Beta now.  All other partners …
Microsoft TechNet:
Welcome to the Windows 7 Beta Customer Preview Program  — Test Windows 7 Beta in your lab environment  — Stay informed on updates and resources  —  Windows 7 is...  the next release of the Windows client operating system, built on the secure foundation of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Web site problems as Windows 7 beta hits  —  Microsoft's Windows Web site will be the place to go to get the Windows 7 beta later on Friday.  At the moment though, many users are encountering just error messages when they try to reach the site.  —  This was the message I got—"HTTP Error 503.
Discussion: TG Daily and Full of I.T.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Update on Windows 7 Beta Availability
Discussion: Obsessable
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell Adamo hands-on!  (Update: now with video!)  —  Looks like our puppy-dog eyes have served us well yet again — we just got to spend some time with Dell's ultra-hot Adamo.  It's really small, less than an inch thick, we'd say — and although we didn't measure, we'd say that 13-inch screen rumor was spot on.
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Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell officially unveils Adamo, Mini 10  —  A model shows off Dell's new luxury notebook called Adamo.  —  (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET Networks)  —  LAS VEGAS—Dell trotted out a fashion model to show off the newest addition to its notebook lineup, but beyond explaining the name of Adamo, gave no further details.
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
Chrome 2.0 Preview Means Mac, Linux Versions Coming Soon  —  Google has rolled out an alpha preview of the next major revision for its Chrome web browser.  Those undaunted by the current alpha status of 2.0 can get an early taste of what's to come in Chrome.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Google leaps forward with Chrome 2.0 dev. preview
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's New Favicon (Again)  —  Google changed their favicon once more (the last change happened in May 2008).  Above you can see the recent history of this icon showing in the address bar and elsewhere.  The new design consists of four color areas - blue, red, green and yellow - overlaid by a lowercase white “g”.
Clint Ecker / Ars Technica:
The pre's got Mojo: a developer speaks about Palm's new SDK  —  Thursday Palm announced its next-generation foray into mobile computing with a one-two hardware/software punch at CES 2009.  The company talked about its new mobile phone platform called pr that combines impressive hardware …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Microsoft's quest to beat Google  —  The consumer electronics and technology world is used to starting the year with a landmark presentation from one of the industry's leading figures.  —  That role has traditionally fallen to Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, whose annual appearances …
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Manage Amazon EC2 With New Web-Based AWS Management Console  —  Today we're announcing the availability of the Web-based AWS Management Console, which in this first release provides management of your Amazon EC2 environment via a point-and-click interface.  A number of management tools already exist …
Electronista:
Palm Pre to go GSM, cost $399 at Sprint?  —  The Palm Pre is already poised to run on more widespread GSM networks but may be more costly regardless of network, according to separate reports.  Company European sales VP Paul Ghent tells site Pocket-lint that while the initial version of the Pre …
Ed Sutherland / Cult of Mac:
Apple Ditching MacWorld in Favor of CES?  —  Apple is ditching MacWorld to instead exhibit at CES next year instead, according to one source.  —  The source, citing “friends who work at Apple,” insisted the company is ditching MacWorld because it will “go large” at CES, which typically runs concurrently with MacWorld in early January.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple at CES? Unlikely
Discussion: Electronista
John Cook / TechFlash:
Business wiki AboutUs lands $2.5 million from Voyager Capital  —  Portland-based AboutUs, which today is announcing a $2.5 million venture round from Voyager Capital, has something going for it that many Internet startups can only dream of.  Last year, the 3-year-old business wiki turned a profit …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Yahoo CEO Candidate Carol Bartz Any Good?  * (YHOO)  —  We haven't followed Autodesk too closely of late.  So we'd be grateful for candid feedback about the latest, greatest Yahoo CEO candidate, Carol Bartz.  —  Strengths?  Weaknesses?  Track record?  —  Autodesk is a business-to-business technology company.
Discussion: p2pnet
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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Nears End of CEO Search
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Dell acquires Allin for $12 million  —  Dell has acquired Microsoft IT consulting company Allin in a $12 million stock deal.  —  The acquisition, announced Friday, aims to bolster Dell's consulting work in the areas of designing and implementing scalable networks and application architectures …
Discussion: Bits
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
CES: Netflix on the Hunt  —  Reed Hastings is prowling CES for deals.  Already, in the past year, the CEO of DVD rental service Netflix Inc. has cut at least a half-dozen partnerships with consumer electronics makers to make a Netflix service that streams movies and television shows …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google, Facebook, MySpace and More Meet to Talk Activity Streams  —  Last night at the offices of blogging software company Six Apart, engineers and social media specialists from a number of companies large and small met to discuss proposed standards for the future of “activity streams” …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Fatal police shooting posted on YouTube  —  The footage is shaky and low quality, with chaotic shouts and protests from onlookers at a subway station in San Francisco's east bay.  But it clearly shows three policeman roughly handling a group of young men - including one who is pinned to the ground by two officers and shot in the back.
Discussion: CNET News and Times of London
John Gittelsohn / OC Business News:
Broadcom billionaire loses fight to keep e-mail on drug use secret  —  A 2002 e-mail in which billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III says he has been on a drug binge that left him “not fully functioning” to run his company, Broadcom Corp., can be admitted as evidence in the criminal case against the Newport Coast tech mogul.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
For BlackBerry, Obama's Devotion Is Priceless  —  This week, Michael Phelps signed a deal worth more than $1 million to advertise Mazda in China.  Jerry Seinfeld earned a reported $10 million to appear in Microsoft's recent television campaign.  —  But the person who may be the biggest celebrity pitchman …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Skype For Android No Threat To Wireless Carriers — Yet (GOOG, EBAY)  —  Our first thought when we heard that eBay's (EBAY) Internet phone company Skype was making an app for Google's (GOOG) Android cellphones: Yikes, wonder what Android carrier T-Mobile (DT) thinks of that.
Reuters:
China Mobile to launch 3G phone on android platform-source  —  China Mobile (0941.HK), the world's largest wireless carrier, plans to launch a 3G handset built on the Android platform in the first quarter, a source with direct knowledge of the issue said on Friday.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Report: Community Platforms Market Led by Jive Software and Telligent  —  Forrester released a report today about the ‘community platforms’ market.  They evaluated nine vendors, concluding that Jive Software and Telligent Systems “lead the pack because of their strong administrative and platform features.”
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Wireless USB devices in spotlight at CES  —  LAS VEGAS—At the Consumer Electronics Show, Wireless USB devices made an appearance en masse.  —  What does that mean exactly?  Wireless USB notebooks, docking stations, hard drives.  And more consumer-centric devices like Wireless USB speakers, displays, and USB phones.
Discussion: SlashGear
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Discussion: Digital Daily and OStatic blogs
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Dell follows Apple with LED flat panel monitors of its own
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
The UK government's plans to retain email data and rate online content …
Discussion: BBC, TheNextWeb.com and The Register
Dianne See Morrison / paidContent.org:
Is The Rising Popularity Of The iPod Touch Cutting Into iPhone Sales?
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple files patent for camera hidden behind display
Discussion: Digital Daily
Datamation:
How China's ‘50 Cent Army’ Could Wreck Web 2.0
Discussion: broadstuff and Beyond Search