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10:50 AM ET, January 12, 2009

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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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear and iMAndroid
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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 …
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
CES Wrap up- where oh where was Android?
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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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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 …
Discussion: PC World and The Microsoft Blog
The Drama 2.0 Show:
Web 2.0, Revenue Models and Profitability  —  Not only are most of the hottest Web 2.0 startups unprofitable, quite a few lack viable revenue models altogether.  This has led cynics like me to criticize these startups quite harshly over the past several years.
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 …
Discussion: MarketingVOX, CinemaTech and digg.com
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 …
Discussion: PC World and GamesIndustry.biz
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: Memex 1.1
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: TomTom Sees Halt To Eroding GPS Device Pricing  —  TomTom (TOM2.AS) President Jocelyn Vigreux expects pricing for personal navigation devices to stabilize in 2009 after falling about 30% in 2008.  —  In an interview on Friday with Tech Trader Daily, Vigreux said last year's price declines came …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and All Points Blog
 
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Emily Nussbaum / New York Magazine:
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Kris Keilhack / PalmInfocenter:
Centro 2 Running WebOS in the Works?
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Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld San Francisco 2009 Rumor Wrapup: Winners and Losers
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Nortel's Shadow Games
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InfoWorld:
Adobe LiveCycle takes to the cloud
Discussion: Between the Lines and eWeek
Martin Arnold / Financial Times:
Balderton raises £282m for tech and media investments
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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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