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1:45 PM ET, January 10, 2009

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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
In a Nutshell: Palm Pre vs. iPhone vs. G1  —  CES 2009 brought us a new player in the smartphone upper-echelon.  Let's drill down and see how the Palm Pre compares with the iPhone and Android's G1.  —  1. Multitouch touchscreen/gesture control: All three are capacitive, only the Pre and iPhone have multitouch.
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Palm Pre: The Top 15 Questions, Answered  —  We asked top executives at Palm and Sprint the most important questions about Palm's radical new Pre phone, questions that they previously haven't answered—such as the Pre's price.  Here's what they told us.  —  LAS VEGAS—The Palm Pre is the hottest product at this year's CES.
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Palm Pre hands-on video - Live from the Palm Lounge @ CES Las Vegas 2009!  —  The just-launched Palm Pre promises to bring ailing Palm (NSDQ: PALM) back from the depths of financial ruin.  With its innovative design, high-end feature-set, and intuitive UI (courtesy of Palm's other new product …
DealBook:
Palm's Pre Bounce Gives Elevation a Boost
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
In 2009, Microsoft Still Underestimates the Web  —  You'd think that getting soundly beaten by Google and Yahoo over and over in the online space would mean that Microsoft would take the web a little more seriously.  You'd be wrong.  —  Case in point: Today's epic failure around the distribution of the Windows 7 public beta download.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Windows 7 Beta Rollout Fails Without BitTorrent  —  With an official Windows 7 torrent, Microsoft would not have had problems at all.  In fact, BitTorrent would have helped to get the Beta out faster than Microsoft servers are technically capable of.  —  The larger the demand and the greater numbers …
Discussion: digg.com
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Update on Windows 7 Beta Availability  —  Due to very heavy traffic we're seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta.  We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience …
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's servers overloaded by interest in Windows 7
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Obsessable
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Winners of the 2008 Crunchies  —  Here are the winners of this year's Crunchies, which honor the best tech companies from 2008.  More than 170,000 people voted to select the nominees, and more than 350,000 people voted to select the winners.  The awards were sponsored by TechCrunch, GigaOm, Silicon Alley Insider, and this very blog.
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Web Life and VatorNews
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How to: Build a Social Media Cheat Sheet for Any Topic  —  Let's say you're a butcher, a baker or a candlestick maker.  You want to get up to speed on the social media activity in your market, as fast as you can.  Or perhaps you want to sell things to candlestick makers online …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Source: Apple plans to attend CES in 2010  —  On the heels of announcing its plans to bail on Macworld Expo next year, Apple will be instead attending the more generic Consumer Electronics Show in 2010, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  The blogosphere has been passionately arguing …
Miguel Salcido / E-Commerce Times:
What Search Needs Is Healthy Competition  —  As Google continues to overwhelmingly dominate the search space, and with the Department of Justice just looking for a reason to file antitrust lawsuits, it is safe to say that any serious competition to Google would be widely accepted.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Linux 2.6.28's five best features  —  While you were likely to be opening up Christmas presents, Linus Torvalds was giving Linux users around the world a special present: the release of the next major Linux kernel: Linux 2.6.28.  —  e had some time to tinker with this latest and greatest Linux …
Discussion: digg.com
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitter Squatters Take Over Where Domain Squatters Left Off: Resolution Policy Needed?  —  from the conflict-resolution-in-140-characters dept  —  In 1994, reporter Joshua Quittner famously registered the domain name mcdonalds.com, and wrote a whole article about how so many top brand names …
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How To Twittersquat The Top 100 Brands
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Jon / p2pnet:
RIAA drops Atlantic Recording v Brennan
Discussion: Ars Technica and Slashdot
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Report: Safari has almost half of US mobile browser share
Discussion: Apple 2.0
BBC:
Games will ‘eclipse’ other media
Schneier on Security:
Impersonation isn't new.  In 1556, a Frenchman was executed …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Interview with Mark Cuban and Bud Mayo
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
RAMBUS suffers major legal setback, stock drops 39 percent
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Lawsuit over Yelp review settled
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
RealNetworks confident of winning DVD copying suit
Discussion: TechFlash
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
CES: Flying high with Wi-Fi — surfing the Web at 4,000 feet
Discussion: Bits
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Mio's MID: Sony P Look Outside, Windows Mobile 6.1 Inside
internetnews.com:
Another DNS flaw?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
CES: Intel's Craig Barrett touts help for developing nations
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Don't Blame the Geeks!  —  Photo by Thomas Hawk.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo's Share Of All Search Advertisers Drops 36% in Q4 (YHOO)