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11:25 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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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 …
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.
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
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 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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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Firefox in Russia dumps Google for Yandex
Discussion: Neowin.net, hja's blog, 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
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How to: Build a Social Media Cheat Sheet for Any Topic
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Report: Safari has almost half of US mobile browser share