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11:00 PM ET, January 10, 2009

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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Here's where we stand  —  I know many of you have had issues with the Windows 7 Beta site over the last 24 hours.  As you may have noticed the download site has been up and running smoothly since this morning.  That said, we apologize for the inconvenience that it caused some of you.
Discussion: TechFlash and Lifehacker
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
How-to: Burn your Windows 7 .ISO to DVD disc  —  It seems that some of you who have downloaded the Windows 7 beta 1 .ISO file are a little uncertain as to what to do with that .ISO file.  Fear not, here's a quick rundown to get you going!  —  #1 - Download the Windows 7 Beta 1 .ISO file!
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and Lifehacker
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 …
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.
Discussion: MattMaroon.com
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Will Park / IntoMobile:
Palm Pre hands-on video - Live from the Palm Lounge @ CES Las Vegas 2009!
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
RIP Good Times.. Hello GREAT Times!  The Richter Scales Debut Another Instant Classic  —  Last night, The Richter Scales brought down the house at The Crunchies for the second year in a row with a brand new song.  The song depicts a hilariously overoptimistic startup and pokes fun …
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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 …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
A Software Populist Who Doesn't Do Windows  —  THEY'RE either hapless pests or the very people capable of overthrowing Windows.  Take your pick.  —  In December, hundreds of these controversial software developers gathered for one week at the Google headquarters in Mountain View …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Windows 7 in 2010?  Ha!  Try July 2009  —  CNET's Ina Fried raised a bit of a ruckus earlier this week when she interviewed Microsoft Executive Bill Veghte and published this cautionary note: … My ZDNet colleague Sam Diaz, a self-confessed “hardcore Mac guy,” says that's reason enough to skip the Windows 7 beta:
Discussion: VentureBeat
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Yahoo's Web TV faces uphill battle  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc wants viewers to “fall in love” with its effort to bring the Web to the TV, but questions remain about how the service will operate and how successful it will be in reaching consumers.  —  It's an ambitious undertaking …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPod touch use “exploded” Christmas day  —  Did Apple's (AAPL) unrelenting advertising campaign for the iPod touch as a game machine ("The funnest iPod ever") pay off this holiday season?  —  Indirect data from two Web-based sources suggest it did — big time.
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm's app store christened App Catalog, games not a priority  —  Following an apparent rejection of our suggestion of “Immaculate Collection,” Palm's Developer Network site suggests that the official name of its app store for webOS is simply going to be “App Catalog”.
Discussion: Mobile Roar, Gearlog and Gizmodo
Aviv / MacBlogz:
iPhone Tethering: AT&T May Shock Us All and Charge $10  —  AT&T may shock and surprise most of us as well as their competitors and charge much less than initially expected for an iPhone tethering plan.  Additionally, sources report that there is much buzz surrounding iPhone tethering internally at AT&T.
 
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Firefox in Russia dumps Google for Yandex
Discussion: hja's blog, Neowin.net, Pulse2 and digg.com
Paul Miller / Engadget:
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 in action
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
McAfee: Google developer site being used to distribute malware
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
5 Good Ways To Discover Twitter Applications
Discussion: The Crunchies 2008
Larry Dignan / Emerging Technology Trends:
Rest in peace Roland Piquepaille
Jon / p2pnet:
RIAA drops Atlantic Recording v Brennan
Discussion: Ars Technica and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Linux 2.6.28's five best features
Discussion: digg.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How to: Build a Social Media Cheat Sheet for Any Topic
Discussion: Social Media Explorer and digg.com
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Report: Safari has almost half of US mobile browser share
Miguel Salcido / E-Commerce Times:
What Search Needs Is Healthy Competition
BBC:
Games will ‘eclipse’ other media