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4:15 AM ET, January 12, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Powering a Google search  —  Not long ago, answering a query meant traveling to the reference desk of your local library.  Today, search engines enable us to access immense quantities of useful information in an instant, without leaving home.  Tools like email, online books and photos …
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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
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: Engadget, Mobility Site and AndroidGuys
Lynda Hurst / Toronto Star:
Is a cellphone a basic human right?  —  As the United States provides mobile phones to the poor, experts argue they are not a luxury  —  All compassionate governments should provide which of the following to their people:  —  a) food  —  b) shelter  —  c) medical care  —  d) a cellphone
Discussion: SheGeeks and Mark Evans
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Quietly, AOL Becomes an Overseer of Niche Sites  —  Point a Web browser to Engadget.com, TheBoot.com, or TMZ.com, and elaborate sites about technology, country music and celebrity gossip will appear on the screen.  They could easily be mistaken for stand-alone brands.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
For Inauguration, Google Plans a Party to Cross Party Lines  —  Google, whose chief executive endorsed Barack Obama during the campaign, is having a party when Mr. Obama takes office.  —  “We're calling it an alternative to traditional inaugural balls,” said a Google spokesman, Adam Kovacevich.
Web 2.0 Asia:
Yahoo Korea CEO jumps ship to Microsoft Korea  —  (Via Futurize Korea) Kim James Woo, CEO of Yahoo Korea and Overture Korea, will take the leadership role at Microsoft Korea starting from February.  I first met James when he did panel for Open Web Asia '08.
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.
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.
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: Webware.com, VentureBeat and Mashable!
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, Gawker and Guardian
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
TV makers seek depth, adding a third dimension  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — This year, superficial was out at the nation's largest electronics gala.  Every exhibitor at the International Consumer Electronics Show, it seemed, wanted to show some depth.  Depth as in 3-D, that is.
 
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Nielsen to Track Online Video Consumption with Audio Signature Files
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Shows 57% More Ads Per Keyword In Q4 (GOOG)
Google Open Source Blog:
Google Blog Converters 1.0 Released
Discussion: Matt Cutts and ReadWriteWeb
 Earlier Items: 
Randall Stross / New York Times:
You've Been Talking (or Pressing 'Send') in Your Sleep
Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
CES 2009: World's first dishwasher safe keyboard to help beat superbugs
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Work on Stuff that Matters: First Principles
Discussion: A VC and Jeremy Zawodny's blog