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7:20 AM ET, January 11, 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.
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Microsoft Extends Windows 7 Beta Availability Until January 24th  —  Microsoftie Brandon LeBlanc admits that the Windows 7 beta release scramble “was not ideal” and says the company will extend its availability beyond the 2.5M cap until January 24th. … Though their initial underestimation …
Discussion: Beyond Binary and Bink.nu
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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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
What We Learned By Watching The Crunchies  —  Last night Techcrunch held their 2nd annual Crunchy awards.  The evening was a near mirror image of last year's event.  Sixteen awards were given and big congratulations go out to all of the winners.  CBS Interactive's Josh Lowensohn attended …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Loic Le Meur Blog
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 …
Greg Kumparak / CrunchGear:
Look out, Microsoft Surface - the iTable might just trump you in every way  —  Who would have thought that one of the coolest things we've seen at CES would be hidden in a 10×10 booth at the very back of the South Hall?  Like a diamond in the rough, there sat the PQ Labs iTablet.
Times of London:
Revealed: the environmental impact of Google searches  —  Physicist Alex Wissner-Gross says that performing two Google searches uses up as much energy as boiling the kettle for a cup of tea  —  Performing two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the same amount …
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
TrueMotion's Way-Better-Than-Wii Game Controller  —  I'm still mulling over everything I saw at the Consumer Electronics Show, but I know what my sleeper hit is: Sixense's TrueMotion game controller, which I saw demoed at the meeting room of chipmaker Analog Devices, which supplies some of the technology the controller uses.
BBC:
Texting a signal of wider trends  —  Ask anyone over 25 what digit they use to ring a doorbell and most people will pop up their index finger.  —  But ask a youngster and they are much more likely to extend a thumb.  —  “Where texting is happening they use the thumb,” Anand Chandrasekher …
Discussion: Pat Phelan
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
CEA confirms Apple-related exhibits at CES 2010 … The Consumer Electronics Association has confirmed plans to host a Mac-centric area at CES 2010, but Apple has still not commented on whether it plans to participate.  —  Jason Oxman of the CEA confirmed Saturday that the group …
Discussion: Edible Apple and INHABITAT
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
Times of India:
Mumbai police to look out for unsecured Wi-Fi connections  —  Text:  —  MUMBAI: City policemen will be soon seen roaming in the streets with laptops in their hands in search of unsecured Wi-Fi connections.  —  In an initiative taken by the Mumbai police, in the backdrop of terror mails sent …
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm's app store christened App Catalog, games not a priority
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPod touch use “exploded” Christmas day
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Yahoo's Web TV faces uphill battle
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SuperSpeed USB 3.0 in action
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
McAfee: Google developer site being used to distribute malware
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Linux 2.6.28's five best features
Discussion: digg.com
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
In a Nutshell: Palm Pre vs. iPhone vs. G1