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1:50 AM ET, January 13, 2009

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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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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.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
If You Don't Change the UI, Nobody Notices
Discussion: Tynan on Tech
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
R.I.P. Enterprise RSS  —  It's with a heavy heart and a sense of bewilderment that we conclude that the market for enterprise-specific RSS readers appears to be dead.  Two years ago there were three major players offering software that delivered information to the computers of business users via RSS.
Discussion: TUAW and Basement.org
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Newsgator Secures $10M 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
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:   Enterprise RSS at NewsGator is Alive and Well
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!).
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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
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Steve Grove / YouTube Blog:
Congress Comes to YouTube  —  Have you ever wondered what your elected representatives actually do in Washington, D.C.?  Ever pondered what day-to-day life on Capitol Hill consists of?  Do you want to connect with your Senator or Congressman, but don't feel like sitting down to write a letter?
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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.
Pascal Meunier / SANS Institute:
CWE/SANS TOP 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors  —  Experts Announce Agreement on the 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors - And How to Fix Them  —  Agreement Will Change How Organizations Buy Software.  —  Project Manager: Bob Martin, MITRE  —  Questions: top25@sans.org
Foundry Group:
What We Learned at CES  —  Foundry Group attended the latest incarnation of CES this past week and thought we'd give some of our thoughts on the show.  In no particular order, here is “What We Learned at CES.”  — Don't buy a television for the next 6 months.
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Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Five things I learned at CES 2009
Discussion: Kit
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.
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Again Gains U.S. Search Share  —  Google's (GOOG) share of the U.S. search market increased to 72.07% in December, from 71.97% in November and 65.98% a year ago, according to research firm Hitwise.com.  —  Yahoo's (YHOO) share was 17.79%, up a tad from 17.70% in November, but down from 20.88% a year ago.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Boxee: WebTV That Makes Sense.  Is That Good or Bad for Big Cable?  —  This year's Consumer Electronic Show, like every year's CES, was peppered with big talk about merging your PC and your TV, led by a new widget initiative from Yahoo (YHOO).  And my reaction was the same one I have every year: Why?
Discussion: Leigh's Blitherings
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.
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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:   Carr's “iTunes for news” already exists
WildCowboy / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Chipotle Mobile Ordering Comes to iPhone  —  Burrito restaurant chain Chipotle has launched a new free iPhone application, Chipotle Mobile Ordering [App Store], which builds upon their online ordering system launched in December 2005 and revamped this past October.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Jobwire:
Delicious Founder Joins Google  —  Joshua Schachter, the creator of one of the most important consumer web applications in recent time, has joined Google, according to venture capitalist Josh Koppleman.  Schachter's social bookmarking service Delicious was acquired by Yahoo! three years ago last month.
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Tech Spending to Decline in '09  —  Finally, the prognosticators are proclaiming the bad news is official: The recession will extend to the tech sector in 2009.  —  Tracy O via Flickr  —  Spending on information-technology goods and services this year will contract 3% compared with 2008 to $1.66 trillion …
Discussion: Reuters
John Cook / TechFlash:
Dude, you may be getting a settlement check from Dell  —  You gotta love the lead of this press release from Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna this morning.  —  “Dude, you might have a Dell settlement check coming!”  As part of an agreement with 34 states …
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
New chip aims HD video at iPhone  —  Imagination Tech punts a scorcher  —  England's Imagination Technology, designers of the PowerVR MBX hardware that powers the iPhone and iPod touch, has announced its latest and greatest graphics processor IP core, the PowerVR SGX543.
deal architect:
Is the whole Indian outsourcing market under a cloud?  —  Over the last week I have been asked a few times - are the problems at Satyam an exception or are they representative of the whole Indian outsourcing vendor sector?  —  My answer - a periodic review of vendors is always healthy …
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
IBM microscope 100 million times stronger than MRI  —  IBM Research on Monday announced that it has built a new nanoscale microscope (link to YouTube video) capable of creating images with 100 million times finer resolution than existing MRI technology.  —  The project was made possible through …
Discussion: Computerworld, VentureBeat and digg.com
 
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Boonty Casual Game Platform Sold To Nexway
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Chromatic / O'Reilly Media:
The Evolution of Python 3
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL “MediaGlow” Sites Still Dependent On AOL.com Traffic (TWX)
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Paris Hilton's Web Site Being Used in Web Attack
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Debugging the Zune Blackout
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Wireless HDTV set for 2009
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
New Media Venture Turns Bloggers Into Print Journalists
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Cablevision and the Supreme Court
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows bit-rot - fact or fiction?
Discussion: ExtremeTech and Permit/Deny
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Sony Vaio P doesn't quite fit, gets ridiculed by Japanese geeks
Discussion: Gizmodo and SlashGear
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Another $100 Million for Rural WiMAX Operator
Discussion: dailywireless.org and mocoNews.net
Lloyd Chapman / The Huffington Post:
Pelosi-Backed Loophole For Venture Capitalists Will Damage Middle Class Economy
Gregory T. Huang / Xconomy:
MIT MBA Student: Amazon and Microsoft Are Hiring, Google and Yahoo Aren't Yet
Discussion: WebProNews
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zuckerberg: Facebook Revenue Growth ‘Really Strong’, Still Hiring
N-Trig:
N-trig Secures $24 Million of New Funding to Fuel Hands-on …