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5:15 PM ET, January 11, 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 …
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: Engadget, TECH.BLORGE.com and WinBeta
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 and 9 to 5 Mac
Google Open Source Blog:
Google Blog Converters 1.0 Released  —  Blog authors around the world, Google would like to remind you that it's your blog, your data.  Now that Blogger allows users the ability to export all contents of their blog, the Data Liberation team would like to announce the Google Blog Converters project.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
How-to: Burn your Windows 7 .ISO to DVD disc
Discussion: Lifehacker
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
Tom Harvey / Salt Lake Tribune:
Technology company SCO Group proposes sale of assets  —  Litigation » Bankruptcy reorganization would allow it to continue Linux lawsuits  —  The embattled SCO Group Inc. is proposing to auction off its core products and use proceeds to continue its controversial lawsuits …
Discussion: Slashdot
John Markoff / New York Times:
In Venting, a Computer Visionary Educates  —  BEFORE the personal computer, and before the Web, there was Theodor Holm Nelson, who almost half a century ago understood how computers would transform the printed page.  —  Mr. Nelson anticipated and inspired the World Wide Web, and he coined the term …
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 …
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
Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
CES 2009: World's first dishwasher safe keyboard to help beat superbugs  —  The world's first dishwasher safe keyboard, specifically designed to help eradicate superbugs from hospital, will soon go on sale in the UK.  —  Seal shield, a US healthcare company, unveiled its new range of fully submersible …
heise online UK:
Storm Worm botnet cracked wide open  —  A team of researchers from Bonn University and RWTH Aachen University have analysed the notorious Storm Worm botnet, and concluded it certainly isn't as invulnerable as it once seemed.  Quite the reverse, for in theory it can be rapidly eliminated using …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
You've Been Talking (or Pressing 'Send') in Your Sleep  —  E-MAILING now comes so naturally to us that we can do it in our sleep — at least in the exceptional case.  —  An article that will soon appear in the journal Sleep Medicine, detailing the experience of a sleepwalker …
 
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Kumparak / CrunchGear:
Look out, Microsoft Surface - the iTable might just trump you in every way
Times of India:
Mumbai police to look out for unsecured Wi-Fi connections
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
RIP Good Times.. Hello GREAT Times! …
Discussion: Webware.com
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Yahoo's Web TV faces uphill battle