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10:20 PM ET, January 12, 2009

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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
How to Get, Install and Play With Windows 7, Pain Free  —  You've been thinking about installing Windows 7 Beta 1 now that it's totally available to anyone.  Well, here's our complete guide to grabbing, installing and playing with Windows 7—it's (mostly) painless, so no excuses!  —  Are You Ready?
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Deep inside the Windows 7 Public Beta: an in-depth tour  —  The next step  —  Last week's CES saw the announcement of the much anticipated public beta of Windows 7, with 2.5 million license keys promised to beta testers on Friday.  Friday arrived, and as is now well-known, Microsoft's servers melted under the load.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
If You Don't Change the UI, Nobody Notices  —  I saw a screenshot a few days ago that made me think Windows 7 Beta might actually be worth checking out.  —  That's right, Microsoft finally improved the calculator app!  We've been complaining for years that Microsoft ships new operating systems …
Discussion: Tynan on Tech
Scott Nichols / PC World:
Windows 7 Beta Fights with Antivirus Programs
Discussion: ChannelWeb
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
R.I.P. Enterprise RSS  —  It's with a heavy heart and a sense of bewilderment that we conclude that the market for enterprise-specific RSS readers appears to be dead.  Two years ago there were three major players offering software that delivered information to the computers of business users via RSS.
Discussion: Basement.org
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Newsgator Secures $10M Sixth Round Funding; $39M Raised To Date  —  RSS feed aggregator Newsgator has raised a $10 million sixth round funding.  The company has lined up past investors, including Masthead Venture Partners, Mobius Venture Capital and Vista Ventures, for this latest funding.
Discussion: PR Newswire
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   Newsgator's focus on RSS for business is paying off
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Major Shake-up At Sling Media: Krikorian Brothers, Hirschhorn, White, Wilkes Leaving  —  Little more than a year after Sling Media's sale to EchoStar (NSDQ: SATS), the co-founders and the top team at Sling Entertainment are leaving the company, paidContent.org has learned.
Steve Grove / YouTube Blog:
Congress Comes to YouTube  —  Have you ever wondered what your elected representatives actually do in Washington, D.C.?  Ever pondered what day-to-day life on Capitol Hill consists of?  Do you want to connect with your Senator or Congressman, but don't feel like sitting down to write a letter?
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wmpoweruser.com:
HTC's full 2009 line-up leaked  —  It seems, as used to happen frequently but less so now, HTC's full 2009 line-up has ended up flying around on the internet.  —  Here is a small selection:  —  This one appears to be an HTC Diamond follow-up  —  The new HTC Excalibur/ T-Mobile Dash 3G?
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
CES attendance figures are grim at 110,000, down 22 percent  —  The International Consumer Electronics Show drew only 110,000 visitors — down 22 percent from last year — over its five-day run in Las Vegas, the lowest turnout in a long time.  —  The Consumer Electronics Association …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Are trade shows dead? My answer might surprise you
Discussion: Oatmeal Stout
David Carr / New York Times:
Let's Invent an iTunes for News  —  Last Tuesday, iTunes, Apple's ubiquitous online music store that sold more than 2.4 billion tracks last year alone, changed its own tune, announcing that songs would no longer be sold with copying restrictions and that they would be available at various prices.
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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:   Carr's “iTunes for news” already exists
Pascal Meunier / SANS Institute:
CWE/SANS TOP 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors  —  Experts Announce Agreement on the 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors - And How to Fix Them  —  Agreement Will Change How Organizations Buy Software.  —  Project Manager: Bob Martin, MITRE  —  Questions: top25@sans.org
Foundry Group:
What We Learned at CES  —  Foundry Group attended the latest incarnation of CES this past week and thought we'd give some of our thoughts on the show.  In no particular order, here is “What We Learned at CES.”  — Don't buy a television for the next 6 months.
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Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Five things I learned at CES 2009
Discussion: Kit
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Again Gains U.S. Search Share  —  Google's (GOOG) share of the U.S. search market increased to 72.07% in December, from 71.97% in November and 65.98% a year ago, according to research firm Hitwise.com.  —  Yahoo's (YHOO) share was 17.79%, up a tad from 17.70% in November, but down from 20.88% a year ago.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Boxee: WebTV That Makes Sense.  Is That Good or Bad for Big Cable?  —  This year's Consumer Electronic Show, like every year's CES, was peppered with big talk about merging your PC and your TV, led by a new widget initiative from Yahoo (YHOO).  And my reaction was the same one I have every year: Why?
Channel Insider:
Dire Predictions: Tech Vendors That May Not Survive 2009  —  In the Channel Insider 2009 Market Pulse Survey, e asked solution providers which vendors they thought would go out of business or be acquired in 2009.  The results may shock you.  Based on their perceptions and predictions …
Discussion: OStatic blogs and Jeremy's Blog
WildCowboy / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Chipotle Mobile Ordering Comes to iPhone  —  Burrito restaurant chain Chipotle has launched a new free iPhone application, Chipotle Mobile Ordering [App Store], which builds upon their online ordering system launched in December 2005 and revamped this past October.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Jobwire:
Delicious Founder Joins Google  —  Joshua Schachter, the creator of one of the most important consumer web applications in recent time, has joined Google, according to venture capitalist Josh Koppleman.  Schachter's social bookmarking service Delicious was acquired by Yahoo! three years ago last month.
David Richards / Smarthouse:
EXCLUSIVE: HTC To Launch New Touch Phone Says Telstra  —  Mobile phone Company HTC is set to launch a brand new phone touch phone that will take on the Apple iPhone and the new Pre offering from Palm claims a senior executive of Telstra.  —  The new touch phone has been developed using …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Dude, you may be getting a settlement check from Dell  —  You gotta love the lead of this press release from Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna this morning.  —  “Dude, you might have a Dell settlement check coming!”  As part of an agreement with 34 states …
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Nokia's North America problem  —  To stay No. 1 in high-end cellphones, the Finnish phonemaker has to take on Apple and RIM on their home turf.  So far it hasn't got a foothold.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — A few hours before the global launch of Nokia's latest high-end phone …
N-Trig:
N-trig Secures $24 Million of New Funding to Fuel Hands-on computing™ Growth in Global PC Market  —  Company to Utilize Funds to Further Develop Multi-Touch Technology Following Investment Procurement  —  N-trig, providers of DuoSense™ technology, combining pen and capacitive touch …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zuckerberg: Facebook Revenue Growth ‘Really Strong’, Still Hiring  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says the company did “really well” against its revenue expectations for 2008, and that the company is still hiring, especially engineers and salespeople.  —  We had a chance to catch …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
IBM microscope 100 million times stronger than MRI  —  IBM Research on Monday announced that it has built a new nanoscale microscope (link to YouTube video) capable of creating images with 100 million times finer resolution than existing MRI technology.  —  The project was made possible through …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Computerworld
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
New chip aims HD video at iPhone  —  Imagination Tech punts a scorcher  —  England's Imagination Technology, designers of the PowerVR MBX hardware that powers the iPhone and iPod touch, has announced its latest and greatest graphics processor IP core, the PowerVR SGX543.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
The High Security Risk Attached to Obama's Belt  —  Why can't the most powerful person in the world keep his BlackBerry?  —  President-elect Barack Obama, who will take the oath of office next week, has repeatedly acknowledged a strong attachment to his Verizon BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone, a k a the BarackBerry.
Emily Nussbaum / New York Magazine:
The New Journalism: Goosing the Gray Lady  —  What are these renegade cybergeeks doing at the New York Times?  Maybe saving it.  —  On the day Barack Obama was elected, a strange new feature appeared on the website of the New York Times.  Called the Word Train, it asked a simple question …
 
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows bit-rot - fact or fiction?
Discussion: ExtremeTech and Permit/Deny
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Sony Vaio P doesn't quite fit, gets ridiculed by Japanese geeks
Discussion: Gizmodo and SlashGear
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Oracle Reportedly Cuts Some Sales, Marketing Staff
Discussion: The Register and Digital Daily
Lloyd Chapman / The Huffington Post:
Pelosi-Backed Loophole For Venture Capitalists Will Damage Middle Class Economy
Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy:
MIT MBA Student: Amazon and Microsoft Are Hiring, Google and Yahoo Aren't Yet
Discussion: WebProNews
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
A Post-Macworld Apple Event? History Would Seem to Suggest So
Discussion: MacRumors
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Your first look at Palm's webOS SDK, Mojo
Discussion: IntoMobile, TreoCentral and Engadget