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: Silicon Alley Insider, Tech Confidential, Marc's Voice and Howard Lindzon
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Ten Reasons To Love Obama's FCC Chair
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Tech Confidential: Obama FCC pick Genachowski ‘one of us,’ says USV's Fred Wilson
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice: Oh Goodey - a VC is going to run the FCC
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.
Erin Barker / Contentinople: News Bits: Obama Adviser to Head FCC
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source: Will Genachowski fight the phone monopoly?
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government: New FCC chair: tech advisor Genachowski
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Obama to Nominate Former IAC Executive as FCC Chairman
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Obama to tap Genachowski as FCC chief
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Obama's FCC Chairman Pick Revealed: Net Neutrality Lovin' Techie
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post: Obama Picks Julius Genachowski to Head FCC
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: Obama chooses Genachowski to head FCC
John Letzing / MarketWatch: Obama to pick Genachowski to head FCC: WSJ
Jason Ankeny / FierceMobileContent: Obama to nominate Genachowski for FCC chair
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org: Obama Picks Genachowski To Head FCC
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner: Obama said to settle on FCC chief
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: GigaOM, eWeek, DSLreports and Technologizer
Roy Mark / eWeek: Genachowski Headed to FCC Chairmanship
Karl Bode / DSLreports: Obama Picks Genachowski To Run FCC …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer: Julius Genachowski to Chair FCC
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica: Obama's FCC chairman pick hailed by reform groups
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.
Discussion: Infinite Loop, IntoMobile, MacRumors, Crave, Electronista, Tech Trader Daily, iLounge, GPS Obsessed, iPhone Buzz, International Business Times, CrunchGear, iPhone-Hacks.com, The Tech Report, The iPhone Blog, Edible Apple, Macsimum News, The Toybox, MobileCrunch, Unwired View, Insanely Great Mac, Pocket-lint.co.uk and Slashdot
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop: iPhone nano now supposedly on target for June(ish)
James Falconer / IntoMobile: New iPhone Nano Rumors Surface
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: iPhone Nano Coming in June, But Not to United States?
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog: iPhone Nano on the way to China first?
Charles Starrett / iLounge: News: Mix: iPhone chips, Appy Entertainment, HAVA, Conchords
Shawn Brown / iPhone Buzz: More rumors of the iPhone Nano surface as the rumor mill gets a bit stale, spare me
Cyril Kowaliski / The Tech Report: iPhone nano to launch in June?
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: An ‘iPhone nano’ coming this summer?
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: China taking orders for iPhone nano?
David Gonzales / Unwired View: Chip orders for low-cost entry-level iPhone Nano to be made in March …
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk: iPhone nano rumours won't go away
ScuttleMonkey / Slashdot: Here Comes iPhone Nano, But Not In the US
iPhone nano still enroute, but not for US?
iPhone nano still enroute, but not for US?
Discussion: AppleInsider, Tech Trader Daily and SlashGear
Shawn Farner / SlashGear: iPhone Nano rumored to drop this Spring
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: The Apple Core, CrunchGear, Slashdot, blogs.chron.com, Lifehacker, TECH.BLORGE.com and AppScout
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: iTunes Plus: a primer
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Personal information in iTunes files should prevent mass piracy
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker: DRM-Free iTunes Tracks Still Have User IDs Embedded
Dave Jeyes / TECH.BLORGE.com: iTunes Plus replaces DRM with paranoia
Brian Heater / AppScout: iTunes Plus: Now With Social DRM
David Rothman / TeleRead: iTunes already using a form of social DRM
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Electronista, Joystiq, Boy Genius Report, CrunchGear, Engadget, MediaMemo, Gearlog and GamesIndustry.biz
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq: Reuters: Sony may post $1.1 billion loss
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report: Sony poised to post $1.1 to $2 billion loss for 2008
Brian Heater / Gearlog: Sony On Track for First Loss in 14 Years
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: Infinite Loop, MacRumors, AppleInsider, MacBlogz, The Mac Observer, jkOnTheRun, Insanely Great Mac and TUAW
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop: Safari RSS vulnerability discovered; gives up personal data
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Security Vulnerability Found in Safari RSS
Zach Spear / AppleInsider: Security flaw in Safari's RSS feeds reported
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun: Vulnerability in Safari discovered, RSS handling to blame
Michael Rose / TUAW: Safari RSS vulnerability might reveal your personal data
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo to Name Bartz as CEO — Yahoo Inc. is expected to announce that Carol Bartz, former chief executive of software company Autodesk Inc., has accepted an offer to become the Internet company's next CEO, according to people familiar with the situation. — A spokesman for Yahoo, Sunnyvale, Calif., declined to comment.
Discussion: BoomTown, Between the Lines, Silicon Alley Insider and John Battelle's Searchblog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown: Bartz to Be Yahoo CEO: Now What Next?
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Carol Bartz To Become Yahoo CEO (YHOO)
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog: Yahoo's New CEO is Carol Bartz
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.
Discussion: IntoMobile and techblog.dallasnews.com
James Falconer / IntoMobile: General Dynamics' Sectera Edge Product Shots and Specs
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 …
Discussion: Google Watch, Search Engine Watch, Webware.com, Network World, AppScout, PE Hub Blog, Silicon Alley Insider and Jobwire
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Delicious Founder Joshua Schachter Now Employed by Google
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com: Delicious founder joins former rival Google
Google Subnet / Network World: Google snags Delicious founder
Brian Heater / AppScout: Google Scores Delicious Founder/Ex-Yahoo! Exec
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog: Delicious Founder Tires of “Glorious Unemployment”
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Jobwire: Delicious Founder Joins Google
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 …
Discussion: Obsessable, WebProNews, AppScout and louisgray.com
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Facebook set to overtake MySpace in U.S. popularity this year
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Facebook Within One Year Of A Win Over MySpace?
Brian Heater / AppScout: In U.S., MySpace Still on Top, but Facebook Gaining Fast
Eric Berlin / louisgray.com: No, Tech Blogs Should Not Shut Up About Twitter
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia slashes revenue guidance up to 50 percent — Nvidia is slashing fourth-quarter revenue guidance 40 percent to 50 percent. This comes on the heels of Intel's revision last week. Both companies are citing collapsing demand from customers. — “Total revenue for the fourth quarter …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM: Nvidia Cuts Sales Estimates by Half
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Cuts Q4 View; Sees 40%-50% Sequential Rev Drop
Nvidia Cuts Q4 View; Sees 40%-50% Sequential Rev Drop
Discussion: Between the Lines
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: Obsessable, p2pnet, mocoNews.net and GPS Obsessed
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: FTC complaint over mobile privacy concerns names Android as threat
Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews.net: Consumer Groups Target Mobile Advertising; FTC Complaint Alleges …
Kaj / Observations Arnö @Sun:
On Open Source and Open Competition in a not-so-Open World — Open Source is global in nature. You can develop a database in, say, Finland or Sweden, and become known in, say, Ukraine or the United States. — This would imply that Open Source knows no borders. — In practice, borders hamper Open Source work a lot.
Discussion: CNET News
Matt Asay / CNET News: Does Australia hate MySQL?
Cade Metz / The Register: Sun MySQLers barred from Oz
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
James Falconer / IntoMobile: iPhone App Development: Tools and Resources That Will Help You Along the Way
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy: Fart Applications Must Be Profitable but Probably Not Rewarding Enough
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.
Discussion: Lifehacker, Macworld, VentureBeat, TheNextWeb.com and atmaspheric
Peter Cohen / Macworld: ‘Experimental’ Google Quick Search goes beyond the Web
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Google launches experimental search tool for Macs
Jonathan Greene / atmaspheric: Google takes Quicksilver Pro ... I hope it's coming to Windows!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
New York Court Dismisses Amazon's Objections To Paying State Taxes — Remember the Amazon Tax? Back in April, the New York State legislature passed a bill requiring Amazon to collect taxes from New York State residents even though it doesn't have a physical presence in the state (the normal requirement for retailers).
Discussion: Webware.com, Silicon Alley Insider, Channel Register and Gothamist
Don Reisinger / Webware.com: Daily Tidbits: Amazon, Overstock get knocked down by NY court
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: Court Upholds ‘Amazon Tax’, Sales Tax Coming To E-Commerce? (AMZN)
Timothy Prickett Morgan / Channel Register: Genius recognized — A New York Supreme Court judge has approved …
Jen Chung / Gothamist: NY JUDGE: AMAZON SHOULD PAY NY STATE SALES TAX
Dell said nearing smartphone launch — Dell is getting closer to releasing its long-rumored first smartphone, according to a research note by Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu. Investigations within Dell's supply chain point reportedly indicate that a Dell smartphone is “closer to reality” …
Discussion: SlashGear and wmpoweruser.com
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 …
Robert McMillan / Computerworld: Hacker leaves message for Microsoft in Trojan code
Mashups changing the face of copyright laws — User-generated mashups are changing the face of copyright laws, which have to evolve to catch up with the Internet generation, said Mary Wong, an expert on intellectual property (IP). — The professor of law at the U.S.-based Franklin Pierce Law Center …
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?
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary: Windows 7 beta gets a mascot
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: How to get Windows 7 Beta 1 scot-free
The Oracle / Lockergnome Blog Network: Give Them Your Opinion, I Gave Mine
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0: YOUR first thoughts on Windows 7 Beta 1
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog: What do you think of Microsoft's Windows 7 beta?
Adam Pash / Lifehacker: Make Your XP Desktop Look Like Windows 7
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Windows 7 Beta in-depth Review uncovers the Inconvenient Truth
Fatgadget / Geeky-Gadgets: Windows 7 Beta - Download Limit Removed
Peter Bright / Ars Technica: Deep inside the Windows 7 Public Beta: an in-depth tour
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 …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Did CNN Live Snub Twitter in Favor of Facebook? — CNN and Facebook are partnering to bring you live Inauguration coverage intermixed with Facebook status updates from your friends. It's a neat idea that we happen to love, but with Twitter becoming the standard source for live updates …
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