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8:05 AM ET, January 13, 2009

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Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
iTunes Plus: Everything you need to know  —  Apple's iTunes Store is almost completely DRM-free, and will be entirely DRM-free from spring.  This means files downloaded from iTunes work on heaps of devices that aren't from Apple.  What better way to celebrate the final bullet to the living corpse …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Slashdot
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David Rothman / TeleRead:
iTunes already using a form of social DRM  —  Social DRM, an approach repeatedly talked up here for publishers who don't want to release e-book files without anti-copying measures, is already in use in iTunes.  —  Check out a Slashdot item and CNET article for more on iTune's use of social DRM.
Fred / A VC:
This News Made Me Smile A Mile Wide  —  Like I do every morning, I logged into Techmeme to find this news:  —  That's an image, sorry about that, here's the link to the WSJ story, but I wanted you all to see how I heard the news.  —  This is so great on so many levels.  Let's start with the first reason.
Discussion: Marc's Voice
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Wall Street Journal:
Genachowski Picked to Head FCC  —  WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama intends to nominate his technology adviser Julius Genachowski to head the Federal Communications Commission, a source close to the Obama transition team said.  —  Mr. Genachowksi, 46, is a former Harvard Law School classmate of Mr. Obama.
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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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Newsgator Secures $10 Million Sixth Round Funding  —  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 and VentureBeat
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
R.I.P. Enterprise RSS
Discussion: Basement.org and broadstuff
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:   Enterprise RSS at NewsGator is Alive and Well
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Delicious Founder Joshua Schachter Joins Google  —  We've confirmed that Joshua Schachter, the founder of Delicious and a Yahoo exec until June 2008, joins a number of ex-Yahoo'ers at cross-town rival Google.  In a phone call Schachter says he hasn't been assigned to a specific project yet …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Jobwire:
Delicious Founder Joins Google
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Revealed: The Times Made Up That Stuff About Google And The Tea Kettles  —  Yesterday an article in The Times of London set the web abuzz over new findings that every Google search contributed 7 grams of CO2 to the atmosphere - half the amount produced when heating a tea kettle (heaven forbid!).
Brian Mastenbrook:
Disclosure of information vulnerability in Safari  —  I have discovered that Apple's Safari browser is vulnerable to an attack that allows a malicious web site to read files on a user's hard drive without user intervention.  This can be used to gain access to sensitive information stored …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, TUAW and Insanely Great Mac
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Networking: Will Facebook Overtake MySpace In The U.S. In 2009?  —  Year end Comscore numbers for the U.S. audience are out.  The first thing we checked?  How the major social networks are doing.  —  Facebook, which became the largest worldwide social network in mid 2008 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Photo Marketplace That Never Launched: Flickr Stock  —  In late 2007 Flickr was strongly considering creating a marketplace where users could buy and sell photographs hosted on the service.  It was to be called Flickr Stock.  —  Then-employee Sarah Cooper worked on the project and describes …
Discussion: SitePoint
Google Mac Blog:
Search Without Effort: The Quick Search Box  —  One of our goals at Google is to make your search experience as fluid as possible.  While much of our work is focused on Google.com, we're trying to make it just as easy to search outside your browser.  —  For the last year, we have been working on a new, open-source quick search box.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Why You Have To Jailbreak the iPhone  —  If you own an iPhone and you're fairly technical, then you've no doubt gone through the steps necessary to “jailbreak” your iPhone - the process that opens up the phone to allow for the installation of unapproved third-party applications.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Tech giants team on education push  —  Microsoft, Intel, and Cisco plan to announce Tuesday that they are working together to help ensure that proper standards are created for measuring digital literacy.  —  The three companies aren't coming up with the assessment criteria themselves …
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
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
Gerrymoth / nokiAAddict.com:
Nokia E71 firmware updated to v200.21.118  —  Nokia E71 Euro firmware updated to v200.21.118  —  UPDATE: Thanks MMAS for the changelog  —  New functionalities in MCU SW version 200.21.118:  — Internet Radio application  — My Nokia application  — 3G power reduction for applications using keep-alive style messaging
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Hardware Hacker Charged With Selling Cable Modems That Get Free Broadband — Update  —  In the first case of its kind, a Pennsylvania man faces federal criminal charges for allegedly selling hacked cable modems capable of stealing free, anonymous internet service from broadband providers.
Discussion: digg.com
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Nope, Sony's Not “Recession-proof”: Set for $1 Billion Loss?  —  No wonder Howard Stringer couldn't promise he was “recession-proof” when the Sony CEO spoke at CES last week: The company is set to record a $1.1 billion loss, according to the Japanese newspaper Nikkei.
Discussion: Reuters
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Just Buy Your Twitter Followers: Here is How.... Google Adsense  —  Mailplane for loic@seesmic.com.jpg  —  I wonder what to think about that.  Want a high number of Twitter followers?  Just buy them in Google ads like this company or individual is doing, probably to sell how to “be good” on Twitter.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Intel's Dilemma  —  The chip giant is too big to hide from the economy's woes, and this could crimp innovation for years to come.  —  Let's face it.  The folks at Intel are smarter than the rest of us.  The problem: The smarter you are—and you've got to be smart to dominate …
David / TmoNews:
HTC 2009 lineup leaked, G2 included  —  A few moments ago a story leaked through engadget to the gadget freaks of the world and inside that information is something you guys have ALL been clamoring for...possible sighting of the G2.  Not this G2.  I'm talking about code-name Sapphire …
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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Smartphone competition: It's too late for Nokia and Microsoft, but not too late for Palm in USA  —  Everyone is still talking cell phones.  Just visit TechMeme today and you'll see lots of news from HTC, I've already seen some claims that it has a “Palm killer.”
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Obama's big idea: Digital health records  —  President-elect wants to computerize the nation's health care records in five years.  But the plan comes with a hefty price tag, and specialized labor is scarce.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — President-elect Barack Obama, as part of the effort …
Discussion: Slashdot and Industry Standard
 
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Ben Worthen / Digits:
Tech Spending to Decline in '09
Discussion: Reuters
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Boonty Casual Game Platform Sold To Nexway
Discussion: TechCrunch and Inside Social Games
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Is the whole Indian outsourcing market under a cloud?
Chromatic / O'Reilly Media:
The Evolution of Python 3
Discussion: Slashdot
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AOL “MediaGlow” Sites Still Dependent On AOL.com Traffic (TWX)
 Earlier Items: 
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Paris Hilton's Web Site Being Used in Web Attack
Discussion: Pulse2
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Debugging the Zune Blackout
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
New Media Venture Turns Bloggers Into Print Journalists
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Boxee: WebTV That Makes Sense. Is That Good or Bad for Big Cable?
Steve Grove / YouTube Blog:
Congress Comes to YouTube