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12:35 PM 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 …
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
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 and The Noisy Channel
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.
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 …
Bonnie Cha / CNET News:
First impressions: Palm Pre  —  Phew!  Thursday was a long, action-packed day thanks to Palm.  I'm just now getting to sit down and gather my thoughts on the Palm Pre and Palm Web OS announcements, and I have to confess that I went into the press conference with some skepticism.
Discussion: CES 2009 and Beet.TV
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.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Slashdot
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to bring out chip for lower-cost thin laptops  —  Later this year, Intel will bring out a new Core-architecture processor for lower-cost ultrathin laptops, according to Intel sources at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  —  The processors will distinguish themselves by targeting …
Dave Copeland / Boston Globe:
Foreign news website hopes readers will pay for quality  —  GlobalPost.com, the international news website founded by two veteran Boston journalists, is scheduled to launch Monday after months of planning.  —  The site - which bills itself as the first international news site based in the United States …
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
 
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Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Warner Music adding social networking to websites
Discussion: Profy and digg.com
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
CEA confirms Apple-related exhibits at CES 2010
Discussion: Edible Apple and INHABITAT
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
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