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12:20 PM ET, January 13, 2009

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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.
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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.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
New FCC Chief Julius Genachowski A Google Net Neutrality Shill?  —  Former IAC (IACI) counsel and Obama insider Julius Genachowski will be tapped by Barack Obama to run the FCC.  Not a surprising pick: Julius had been working on Obama's transition team, and was once rumored to be in the running for federal CTO, only to be ruled out.
Discussion: eWeek, DSLreports and Technologizer
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Obama's FCC chairman pick hailed by reform groups  —  The media reform movement is celebrating reports that President-elect Barack Obama will nominate his tech counselor Julius Genachowski as Chair of the Federal Communications Commission.  The Wall Street Journal broke the news late last night …
Ian Paul / PC World:
Obama Names FCC Chair  —  President-elect Barack Obama intends to tap his technology adviser Julius Genachowski to head the Federal Communications Commission, according to reports.  You may not have heard of Genachowski, but you've certainly seen his handiwork.
Discussion: CircleID and The Caucus
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Obama Picks Julius Genachowski to Head FCC
Discussion: Gearlog
DigiTimes:
TSMC and UMC likely to receive orders for iPhone nano, says paper  —  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) will likely land chip orders for Apple's low-cost entry-level iPhone nano, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) reported today.
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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 …
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David Rothman / TeleRead:   iTunes already using a form of social DRM
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 …
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Julie Masis / Boston Globe:
Is this lawman your Facebook friend?
Discussion: Industry Standard
Reuters:
Sony may suffer first loss in 14 years  —  Slumping sales, strong yen expected to weigh on electronics giant's annual results.  Stock sinks 9%.  —  TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan's Sony Corp will likely suffer an annual operating loss of about $1.1 billion, its first such loss in 14 years …
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 …
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 …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Privacy Groups Target Android, Mobile Marketers  —  In a complaint to federal regulators, activists take on the nascent phone-based ad industry.  —  Amid the buzz surrounding the launch of Google's Android mobile platform last September, the search giant hasn't spelled out just how it will squeeze revenue from its new product.
Discussion: p2pnet, GPS Obsessed and mocoNews.net
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?
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Obama's new BlackBerry: The NSA's secure PDA?  —  President-elect Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry while riding on his campaign bus in Pennsylvania last March.  —  (Credit: Pete Souza/ Rapport Press )  —  Bill Clinton sent only two e-mail messages as president and has yet to pick up the habit.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
How Would You Like Your Own, Personal iPhone App?  —  From InfoMedia, the makers of iFart (an odd reference point, I know, but they obviously know something about creating a popular iPhone app) comes an interesting concept.  —  CEO of InfoMedia Joel Comm claims that the iPhone applications platform …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Profy
John Leyden / The Register:
Virus writer signs off in cordial Trojan message to MS  —  So long, and thanks for all the phish  —  An unidentified Russian virus writer has reached out to Microsoft with a message buried within a recent variant of the Zlob Trojan.  The greeting in the malicious code was friendly and cordial …
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mobile Payments Getting Traction On Social Networks, But Fees Are Sky High  —  Users are increasingly choosing dead simple SMS mobile payments for micro-transactions on social network applications and gaming sites (it fills the void while they wait for more direct options), but super-high transaction fees are limiting growth.
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
HTC Iolite leaks again; This time we have a bigger picture  —  Ladies and gents, we have a better picture of the upcoming HTC Iolite.  As you can see from the image above, the device looks pretty neat with that large touchscreen and only few buttons.  What we don't understand, however, are those two buttons located under the display.
Discussion: Mobility Site
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Look Out For Weak Apple Guidance, iPhone Sales — Citi (AAPL)  —  Apple (AAPL) reports December quarter earnings next Wednesday, so Wall Street's estimate revisions are rolling in.  We'll update our models this week, but for now, we'll share some of the reports we see.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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: DSLreports and digg.com
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Digital rights war looms ahead  —  The future of digital entertainment rights could turn into a battleground for control in the coming months.  —  In one corner is Apple, the largest music retailer in the United States.  —  And in the other is DECE, a US consortium of entertainment …
Stephen / Berry Reporter:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 Business Launch  —  We just received word from one of our trusted sources that the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 will launch on T-Mobile to Business Customers only on January 19th.  Earlier this month, we reported on the launch date to be February 11th and that still holds true …
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Cuts Q4 View; Sees 40%-50% Sequential Rev Drop
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Matt Peckham / PC World:
Could World of Warcraft be a College Class?
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
The taxman cometh? IRS urged to tax virtual worlds, economies
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Case Of The Missing Burrito
John Leyden / The Register:
AVG snaps up behaviour-based threat detection firm
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Toshiba shows alternatives to iPhone, Netbook
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Sun MySQLers barred from Oz
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Photo Marketplace That Never Launched: Flickr Stock
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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Obama's big idea: Digital health records
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Tech giants team on education push
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Why You Have To Jailbreak the iPhone
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and digg.com