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5:15 PM ET, January 10, 2009

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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.
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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.
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 …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Winners and losers from the Crunchies awards  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Friday night's Crunchies awards were host to more than 80 different nominated start-ups and large Web services.  The winners, which had been chosen by once-a-day user voting since late November, were finally announced to an audience …
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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.
Dell:
Dell and AT&T Energize On-The-Go Lifestyles with Special Offer for Select $99 Inspiron Mini 9  — $99 Inspiron Mini 9 after $350 Dell Mail-in Rebate - Regularly a $449 System  — Available only with Purchase of a Qualifying Two-Year AT&T LaptopConnect Agreement
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 …
internetnews.com:
Spammers Leverage Battle in Gaza, CNN  —  The bad guys are becoming even more sophisticated in their attacks.  —  In a particularly cynical move, spammers are sending out e-mails purporting to be about the fighting in Gaza, which has drawn international attention because of the hundreds of civilian casualties.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 in action  —  We dropped by to get a look at Symwave's SuperSpeed promised USB 3.0 setup, and got a real earful on the technology and its potential.  Due to start shipping in devices near the end of the year, Symwave's chipset will hold up the device-end of the transaction …
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
McAfee: Google developer site being used to distribute malware  —  Google's free code-hosting Web site for developers is being used to distribute malware, a security researcher said on Friday.  —  Google Code is a place where programmers can host projects and code.
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Larry Dignan / Emerging Technology Trends:
Rest in peace Roland Piquepaille  —  It is with great sadness to tell you that our Emerging Technologies blogger Roland Piquepaille has passed away suddenly.  His wife Suzanne just confirmed his passing.  —  Roland, 62, was one of our most passionate bloggers and his ability to explain complex science well was something to behold.
 
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