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2:25 PM ET, January 12, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Leads $24 Million Round In N-Trig To Bring Multitouch To PCs  —  We're going to be seeing a lot more touchscreen computers.  One of the features of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system is that it supports a multitouch user-interface (much like on the iPhone or a Tablet PC).
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?
Microsoft:
Q&A: New Ads Explain, “It's Everybody's Business”  —  Advertising General Manager Gayle Troberman talks about Microsoft's latest campaign, where leading executives explain how enterprise software empowers people to make an impact.  —  A new wave of advertising from Microsoft launched this week …
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Stresses Savings
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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Lilly Peel / Times of London:   Far from Silicon Valley comes challenge to Google and Microsoft
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple spending $500 Million on LG Displays for the next 5 years  —  The AP today revealed that Apple and LG have come to a big agreement over the next five years for display technology.  The agreement spells out that the displays won't just be for monitors but also for iPhones and iPods.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacBlogz
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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Microsoft in no hurry to upgrade Xbox  —  Microsoft will rely on its Xbox 360 game console for longer than the previous version because it's getting harder to persuade consumers to upgrade, the head of the company's entertainment unit said.  —  The world's largest software maker will focus …
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 …
Discussion: Spiersblr
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube.gov: U.S. Congress Comes to YouTube  —  Just in time for the the opening of the 111th U.S Congress, YouTube today announced that is is now hosting two new channels that will make it easier to find video updates from U.S. Senators and Representatives.
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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Police Blotter: Handheld search during arrest legal?  —  Police Blotter is a regular CNET News report on the intersection of technology and the law.  —  What: Police claim they can legally copy data from the handheld devices of anyone who's arrested.  —  When: Two judges wrestle …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Your first look at Palm's webOS SDK, Mojo  —  Thanks to one of our ninjas, we've got some shots of the inner-workings of the webOS SDK.  For starters, everything is tested and previewed in the web browser (our shots are of the Mac version, so Safari), which bodes well for Palm's …
Discussion: Engadget, TreoCentral and Ajaxian
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Local Advertising Booster Yodle Growing Like A Weed, Raises $10 Million  —  Yodle, the New York-based startup that helps local businesses advertise more efficiently on the web, has secured $10 million in Series C financing in a round led by JAFCO Ventures and joined by Draper Fisher Jurvetson Growth, DFJ and Bessemer venture Partners.
InfoWorld:
NSA helps name most dangerous programming mistakes  —  A group of more than 30 computer organizations has taken what some are calling a big step toward making software more secure.  —  Led by experts from the U.S. National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft and Symantec …
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.
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.
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Memex 1.1
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel's 2G Classmate PC meant to be more than a mere machine  —  Intel launched its second-generation Classmate PC at CES, and will now offer OEMs a pair of designs to choose from, rather than a single unit.  The new system is attractive and well built, and sports an improved set of features …
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
Seagate replaces Watkins as CEO  —  Disk-drive maker Seagate Technology announced Monday that Chairman Stephen Luczo is now also serving as CEO and president of the company.  —  That spells the end of the tenure of Bill Watkins, who has been with the company for 12 years and has served as CEO since 2004.
 
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