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12:10 AM ET, January 12, 2009

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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 …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Are We Killing The Planet One Google Search At A Time?  —  Right now the top stories on Techmeme revolve around a new piece in The Times of London that focuses on The Environmental Impact of Google Searches.  In it, Physicist Alex Wissner-Gross (a star MIT graduate who is now at Harvard) …
Discussion: Googling Google
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Hold your breath while Googling to save the planet  —  The Times and Telegraph have picked on some rather dubious stats on Google energy use: … but … So client-side, a search costs 0.02g/s - to get to 7g you look at it for 350s, or nearly 6 minutes.  But hang on:
Alec Saunders SquawkBox:
Windows 7.  The Vista “dot” release  —  At 6:00 AM yesterday morning I started downloading the Windows 7 x64 release.  By 9:30 AM I was installing it.  Yes, I admit it, I'm a keener.  I've used every Windows beta since Windows 3.1 in 1992, and I still find it a thrill to be on the bleeding edge of new technologies.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, jkOnTheRun and Bink.nu
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Microsoft Extends Windows 7 Beta Availability Until January 24th
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Prepares To Launch FriendFeed “Like” Feature  —  Last week we published a video that Facebook had posted describing how to publish feed stories with Facebook Connect.  Today one of our readers, Amin Issa, posted an interesting observation from the video: the addition of the word “Like” which was hyperlinked.
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and Mashable!
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Motorola's Handset Arm Prepping for Massive Layoffs  —  Phone Scoop has learned that Motorola's handset division is expecting a large round of layoffs as soon as this week, according to someone familiar with Motorola's plans.  The layoffs are confirmed to be significant and may amount to 50% of the entire handset operation.
Discussion: AndroidGuys and Engadget
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Karl Rove Is on Twitter  —  Everyone's favorite White House adviser, Karl Rove, is now on Twitter: KarlRoveChannel  —  Naturally, when you hear something like this, you want proof.  You can see people wondering about this on this FriendFeed entry about this.  And here's a great write up from the #TCOT Report.
Discussion: Telegraph and Guardian
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
The Search For The Next Steve Jobs  —  From the magazine issue dated Jan 19, 2009  —  Who will run Apple after its visionary CEO and product guru Steve Jobs leaves?  The question has been hanging over the company since last summer when Jobs appeared onstage at a conference looking terribly ill. Jobs …
Discussion: Edible Apple, 9 to 5 Mac and Gawker
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Work on Stuff that Matters: First Principles  —  I spent a lot of last year urging people to work on stuff that matters.  This led to many questions about what that “stuff” might be.  I've been a bit reluctant to answer those questions, because the list is different for everyone.
Discussion: Jeremy Zawodny's blog and A VC
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to bring out chip for lower-cost thin laptops  —  Intel will bring out a new Core-architecture processor for lower-cost ultra-thin laptops later this year, according to Intel sources at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  —  The processors will distinguish themselves by targeting …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Engadget and WinBeta
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
The Nyko Wand May Be Just as Good as the Wiimote, Or Even Better  —  So far, no one has had the cojones to clone the Wiimote.  Then Nyko stepped up to the plate and announced the Wand.  Playing with it at CES, I was impressed.  —  Holding the Wand, I could perceive no tangible difference (size, shape or weight) from the Wiimote.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Nielsen to Track Online Video Consumption with Audio Signature Files  —  Accurate monitoring of online video consumption across multiple platforms is not an easy task.  But for publishers and advertisers hoping to make a business of this, complete metrics is essential.
Discussion: rizzn's socnets
 
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
TV makers seek depth, adding a third dimension
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Google Shows 57% More Ads Per Keyword In Q4 (GOOG)
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Storm Worm botnet cracked wide open
Tom Harvey / Salt Lake Tribune:
Technology company SCO Group proposes sale of assets
Discussion: Slashdot
Google Open Source Blog:
Google Blog Converters 1.0 Released
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Randall Stross / New York Times:
You've Been Talking (or Pressing 'Send') in Your Sleep
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Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
CES 2009: World's first dishwasher safe keyboard to help beat superbugs
Bonnie Cha / CNET News:
First impressions: Palm Pre
Discussion: CES 2009 and Beet.TV
Dave Copeland / Boston Globe:
Foreign news website hopes readers will pay for quality
Discussion: Reuters
BBC:
Texting a signal of wider trends
Discussion: Pat Phelan