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9:55 AM ET, January 14, 2009

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Allows 3rd Party Web Browsers into App Store  —  Over the past 24 hours, Apple has begun to approve 3rd party web browsing applications for the iPhone.  A number of new web browsing apps have suddenly appeared with original submission dates ranging as far back as October.
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Royal Pingdom:
Got an iPhone? Now you can use it with Pingdom!
Discussion: Mashable! and CenterNetworks
Yahoo!:
Carol Bartz Joins Yahoo! as Chief Executive Officer  —  Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), a leading global brand and one of the world's most trafficked Internet destinations, announced today that Carol Bartz, a veteran technology executive who was most recently Executive Chairman of Autodesk (NASDAQ …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Confirms Bartz Pick as CEO; No. 2 Exec Decker Out
Charles Cooper / CNET News:
Carol Bartz is no Jerry Yang. Thankfully
Mercury News:
Experience at Autodesk prepared Bartz for Yahoo's challenges
Discussion: BoomTown
Globe and Mail:
Nortel to file for bankruptcy protection  —  Facing $107-million interest on debts, former telecom giant will likely be broken up and sold to foreign rivals  —  Former technology titan Nortel Networks Corp. is expected to file for bankruptcy protection as early as today, sources say …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Brit porn filter censors 13 years of net history  —  Demon blacklist muzzles Wayback Machine  —  Four weeks after birthing a nationwide Wikipedia edit ban, Britain's child porn blacklist has led at least one ISP to muzzle the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine - an 85-billion-page web history dating back to 1996.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
YouTube Now Mutes Videos With Unauthorized Copyrighted Music  —  Perhaps this has been going on for a while, but I've never noticed it before.  YouTube users often create an original video using their favorite popular song as the audio.  I'm afraid that they won't be able to do that much longer …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   YouTube Full Of Creepy, Soundless Music Videos
Patrick Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal:
Nortel Files for Chapter 11  —  Telecommunications-equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp. filed for Chapter 11 in Delaware bankruptcy court Wednesday.  —  Toronto-based Nortel is reeling from the sudden drop in demand for its voice-only telecom-network equipment and has been trying to cut costs and sell assets to survive the downturn.
Discussion: Telecompetitor
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Sell Google Apps through Google's reseller program  —  Ever wanted to be a salesperson for Google?  Well, now you may get your chance through the Google Apps Reseller program, which allows companies to sell their own versions of Google Apps, the business offering that bundles products like Gmail, Google Docs, and more.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Dell Plans Its Own Smartphone, Analysts Say  —  The new Palm Pre may be the most-anticipated new phone since the iPhone 3G, but there's yet another new player on the way: PC maker Dell may be readying its own smartphone, to arrive as early as next month.  —  Dell could make an announcement …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Text Arrives.  Oh, It's Just an ‘Idol’ Ad.  —  Some AT&T Wireless customers have voted an emphatic no on a promotion for “American Idol” that popped up on their phones this week.  —  AT&T, a sponsor of the show, said it sent text messages to a “significant number” of its 75 million customers …
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
8 Predictions for Enterprise Web 2.0 in 2009  —  We are starting 2009 off in a particularly inauspicious economic climate, though as we'll see, important opportunities also exist.  2008 was a very tough year for many businesses and industries and it's almost as hard to see how things …
Tim Ferguson / ZDNet:
Gartner CIO advice: The good, the bad and the plain odd  —  It seems CIOs are being told what to do in the New Year by every analyst, industry watcher and publication (ours included).  Gartner recently joined the throng with its annual recommendations - with mixed results.
Flora Graham / BBC:
Gaza crisis spills onto the web  —  A propaganda war between supporters of Israel and Palestine is being waged on the internet.  —  Activists have turned to defacing websites, taking over computers, and shutting down Facebook groups.  —  US Military sites, Nato, and an Israeli Bank have all been targeted in recent days.
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Rumor: EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios Down Under  —  Electronics Arts has shuffled off Pandemic Studios' Brisbane office, a reliable source tells Kotaku.  The Australian developer was best known for Destroy All Humans! and its rumored development of an ill-fated Batman game.
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Ousted Seagate CEO provocative to the end  —  In a surprise move, the disc drive maker replaces Bill Watkins with chairman Steven Luczo, the CEO whom Watkins replaced in 2004.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Over a wine-soaked dinner two years ago, Bill Watkins told Fortune that hard-drive manufacturer Seagate …
Discussion: The Tech Report
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Blockbuster to offer video downloads  —  In an effort to keep pace with rival Netflix, Blockbuster announced a partnership Wednesday to offer instant access to its video library through various home and portable devices.  —  The movie rental company has partnered with Sonic Solutions to offer …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Engadget HD
Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
Thomson Reuters bets on Content remaining King with Calais 4.0  —  Global information behemoth Thomson Reuters today announces the latest version of its Calais web service, delivering on earlier promises with respect to ‘Linked Data’ and firmly staking out the company's intention …
Discussion: HeyJude
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
A new Google Sitemap Generator for your website  —  It's been well over three years since we initially announced the Python Sitemap generator in June 2005.  In this time, we've seen lots of people create great third-party Sitemap generators to help webmasters create better Sitemap files.
Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
New Features for your Local Business Ads  —  Since 2006, AdWords local business ads have been connecting your business with local customers.  Today, we're excited to announce some upcoming new features for local business ads, making it faster and easier for potential customers to find your business.
Benjamin Edelman / Ben Edelman:
False and Deceptive Display Ads at Yahoo's Right Media … Given limited enforcement of restrictions on deceptive online advertising, numerous banner advertisers are willing to resort to trickery to draw attention to their offerings.  And plenty of web site publishers stand ready to run deceptive ads.
Discussion: eWeek
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
PubMatic: Remnant Ad Prices Are Half What They Were A Year Ago  —  Fourth quarter data is starting to trickle in on how bad the online advertising downturn is turning out to be.  The latest data comes from Pubmatic, an online ad optimization service used by more than 5,000 sites large and small.
Discussion: broadstuff, HipMojo.com and TechWag
Rebecca Reisner / Business Week:
Comcast's Twitter Man  —  For Frank Eliason, managing the cable giant's customer service department means tweeting strategically  —  I think it's safe to call Comcast's Frank Eliason the most famous customer service manager in the U.S., possibly in the world.
Discussion: DSLreports and Twitterrati
 
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PR Newswire:
Gameloft Inks License Agreement for the Official Mobile Game …
Discussion: IntoMobile
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Ex-Yahoo executive Rosensweig joins Adobe board
Michael Wei / Reuters:
China Internet users soar to 298 million
Discussion: TechCrunch
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
MobileMe Free Trials Could Lose Your Precious Files
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and SlashGear
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Piracy prompts iPhone developer to put ads in game
Discussion: Elliott C. Back
 Earlier Items: 
Linus / Linus' blog:
Odd hardware  —  I'm totally not very sentimental about technology …
Discussion: open
Light Reading:
Verizon Plants FiOS in AT&T's Backyard
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
Tony Smith / The Register:
DisplayPort revision to get mini connector, stereo 3D
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacRumors
Mike Elgan / Computerworld Blogs:
Why Sony is the new Apple
Discussion: Imaging Insider