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7:40 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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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Telstra exec: new Android-based HTC phone ‘better’ than Pre  —  With Mobile World Congress a little over month away — and Android essentially a no-show at CES — suspense is building over what sort of action we'll see out of the Google camp at the show.  Australia's Smarthouse cites …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
CBS Tries to Out-Hulu Hulu with TV.com  —  As was expected, CBS is revamping TV.com to be a video-viewing destination.  The well-URLed site, which six months ago started featuring Hulu content, has added CBS shows, and Monday is announcing deals for shows from MGM, Sony, PBS, Endemol USA and Showtime, according to reports tonight.
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.
InfoWorld:
Adobe LiveCycle takes to the cloud  —  Adobe is putting its LiveCycle package for building PDF applications into the cloud.  —  With Adobe LiveCycle ES (Enterprise Suite) Developer Express software, members of the Adobe Enterprise Developer Program can access LiveCycle capabilities …
Discussion: eWeek
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Nortel's Shadow Games  —  Concerns over Chinese cyber-spying may have stalled a deal with Huawei that Nortel needs.  —  Since the beginning of this decade, worries about Chinese cyber-spying have reverberated through the media, rocked the security industry and added billions to the U.S. government's cybersecurity budget.
Discussion: All About Nortel
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
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Seagate to slash up to 10 per cent of its staff  —  Heads on platters  —  Seagate's December sales were much worse than feared and the company is expected to respond to revenues falling off a cliff by sending up to ten per cent of its staff after them.  —  In early December Seagate …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
To Connect to the Internet, Just Turn on Your TV  —  LAS VEGAS — If there was one overarching theme from the Consumer Electronics Show here last week, it was that absolutely every device in our lives is becoming a computer connected to the Internet.  —  The sleek little Palm Pre phone promises …
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: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Betting Big on ‘Touch’  —  Software Giant Invests in Touch-Screen Technology for Personal Computers  —  While Apple Inc.'s iPhone kicked off the craze for touch-sensing screens on mobile phones, Microsoft Corp. is pushing a similar technology for personal-computer screens that could eventually replace the computer mouse.
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.
 
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Martin Arnold / Financial Times:
Balderton raises £282m for tech and media investments
Discussion: Guardian and paidContent
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
For Inauguration, Google Plans a Party to Cross Party Lines
Web 2.0 Asia:
Yahoo Korea CEO jumps ship to Microsoft Korea
Discussion: TechFlash
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
The Nyko Wand May Be Just as Good as the Wiimote, Or Even Better
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Nielsen to Track Online Video Consumption with Audio Signature Files
Discussion: rizzn's socnets
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
TV makers seek depth, adding a third dimension
 Earlier Items: 
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Karl Rove Is on Twitter
Discussion: Telegraph, Gawker and Guardian
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
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Work on Stuff that Matters: First Principles
Discussion: A VC and Jeremy Zawodny's blog