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12:45 AM ET, January 16, 2009

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YouTube Blog:
Coming Up Next... YouTube on Your TV  —  Have you ever wanted to just sit on your couch and watch YouTube on your TV?  Well, now that's possible via YouTube for Television, initially available through the Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii game consoles at www.youtube.com/tv.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Comes To The Wii And PS3, But Not Xbox  —  YouTube wants to be on your TV set bad.  It's squeezing its way in through Apple TV, TiVo, and now videogame consoles: the Nintendo Wii and the Sony PS3.  Just point those videogame browsers to www.youtube.com/tv and you can now watch a customized version of YouTube from your couch.
Bloomberg:
Steve Jobs May Have Pancreas Removed After Cancer  —  Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs could be facing surgery to remove his pancreas, doctors say.  —  Jobs said yesterday he's taking a five-month leave of absence after discovering that his health problems are …
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Chadwick Matlin / The Big Money:
Hey, What About Pixar?  —  Steve Jobs' other job can tell us a lot about the future of Apple.  —  Since nobody else seems to feel like telling you, I'll let you in on a secret: Steve Jobs is not just the co-founder of Apple, but also of Pixar.  And he sits not just on the board of Apple …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Investors Are Wusses
Discussion: Mark Sigal's Blog and Techmamas
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Steve Jobs Probably Won't Come Back to Apple
Discussion: InformationWeek, MediaVidea and Reuters
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
U.S. Airways Crash Rescue Picture: Citizen Journalism, Twitter At Work  —  Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida posts the first photo of U.S. Airways flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone.  Thirty-four minutes after Janis posted his photo, MSNBC interviewed him live on TV as a witness (see video below).
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Tuan Nguyen / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Confirmed: Apple Mac Mini Based on Nvidia Ion  —  A large portion of the Apple Mac community is waiting for Apple to refresh the Mac Mini line.  We learned today that the next generation of Mac Mini computers will be based on Nvidia's Ion platform.  —  An Nvidia partner confirmed to us …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Intel Atom-Based Mac Mini Due in March?
Discussion: Electronista
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's Bartz to earn $1M plus bonuses, options  —  Carol Bartz, Yahoo's new CEO, will earn a base salary of $1 million, not counting bonuses, as well as stock options of 5 million shares, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Leaked: First Office 14 screenshots  —  It didn't take long this time, either.  Earlier this week, testers received alpha builds of Office 14, the codename for the successor to Office 2007.  One tester from Russian site wzor.net has now leaked the screenshots of the applications included in the productivity suite.
Joe Nocera / Executive Suite:
It's Time for Apple to Come Clean  —  Last week, when Steve Jobs announced that his recent weight loss was due to “a hormone imbalance,” I got calls from reporters and others (which, I must admit, I ducked) asking me if that was the medical problem he had confessed to when he and I had had …
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Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Missed Chances to Beat Google  —  Now that Yahoo Inc. has named a new chief executive, Microsoft Corp.'s Chief Executive Steve Ballmer may finally be in a position to gain ground on Internet juggernaut Google Inc. — and to reverse one of his biggest mistakes.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter May Have Found Its Business Model  —  Twitter...what is it good for?  It turns out this little service is good for a whole lot of things, despite the loud objections of people who've never really tried it.  Even among true believers, though, it's been hard to figure …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Twitter Launches Suggestions Tool
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel: The industry is ‘resetting;’ Quarter weak; Inventory swells  —  Updated: How bad is business in the PC industry?  Intel reported a dreadful fourth quarter and CEO Paul Otellini told analysts on a conference call that it was “only the second time in 20 years where revenues declined in the fourth quarter from third quarter.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mark Cuban's Start-Up Investing Tips: Buy Now!  Bonus Advice: How to Manage 5,000 Emails a Day  —  I spend a lot of time talking to start-up companies and start-up investors, and I hear two distinctly different schools of thought:  — Things are brutal!
Royal Pingdom:
The blog platforms of choice among the top 100 blogs  —  We all know that Wordpress is popular among bloggers, and Movable Type as well.  But HOW popular?  And what other platforms are being used?  To find out, we went through the Technorati top 100 blogs and investigated what blog platforms they are using.
Discussion: WebProNews
Paul Miller / Engadget:
What Apple could learn from Palm's webOS  —  In case you missed the keynote, Palm took some special moments to let everyone know that they're not trying to compete with Apple — which is of course exactly what they're doing with the Pre and webOS.  Sure, there's plenty of room in the market …
Discussion: Download Squad and PalmAddicts
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
When Steve Jobs Met Tim Cook  —  For the next six months , Steve Jobs has asked Tim Cook run Apple while Jobs convalesces.  For Cook, that must feel a little like getting the keys to dad's Porsche.  For Jobs, it suggests he's confident Cook won't drive the company into a ditch.
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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:   The genius behind Steve Jobs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Building Stealth Webmail Product  —  MySpace is building a fully functional webmail product, we've learned from sources with knowledge of the product.  MySpace mail will compete with services like Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Gmail and AOL Mail, and will on launch be the third largest webmail provider in the world.
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Obama poised to be first ‘wired’ president  —  (CNN) — As the first president-elect with a Facebook page and a YouTube channel, Barack Obama is poised to use the Internet to communicate directly with Americans in a way unknown to previous presidents.  —  Judging by Obama's savvy use …
Kathleen Ko / The Official Google Blog:
Making your personalized homepage even more personal  —  The holidays have passed, but if you're anything like me, you've got a gold mine of bear hugs and embarrassing moments captured on film.  My holidays wouldn't be the same without Tabby, our family cat, who has been part of the winter festivities for 10 years.
Discussion: VentureBeat, InformationWeek and Pulse2
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
U.S. plots major upgrade to Internet router security  —  Millions to be spent adding cryptography to BGP  —  The U.S. federal government is accelerating its efforts to secure the Internet's routing system, with plans this year for the Department of Homeland Security to quadruple its investment …
Chris Oliver / MarketWatch:
Samsung to restructure into two operating divisions  —  HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — South Korea's Samsung Electronics (SSNGY: , , ) said Friday it will restructure into two operating divisions, according to a published report.  The units will focus, respectively, upon consumer products …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Reuters
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Lawyer Who Sues Yelp Admits He Had No Idea About Section 230 Safe Harbors  —  from the great-moments-in-lawyering dept  —  Last week, we wrote about a defamation lawsuit over a review on Yelp, which seemed to backfire — bringing a lot more attention to the negative review than if left alone.
Daniel A. Begun / HotHardware.com News:
GPUs Used to Successfully Crack Wi-Fi Passwords  —  Because of the computational power of today's GPUs, GPUs are starting to be harnessed more and more to help out CPUs with some hardcore number crunching.  That is the concept behind Nvidia's CUDA, ATI's Stream, and Apple's OpenCL frameworks.
 
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple approves e-book after dirty words removed
Discussion: Gizmodo
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Smart grid, broadband appear in $825 billion ‘stimulus’ plan
Discussion: VentureBeat and eWeek
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Cloud Computing, Customer Wins, Microsoft Bashing Will Be Key at IBM Lotusphere
Shane Mcglaun / Kit:
AMD and Intel will hold off on DDR3 move
Daniel Lee / Indianapolis Star:
Angie's List claims data theft
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Q4 Meets Ests; Sees Q1 Revs Down 14.6% Sequentially
Discussion: The Register
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City Room:
State Pulls Plug on Wireless Network
Economist:
Here we go again  —  It cannot defy gravity, but the technology …
Discussion: The Open Road
Matt Jones / Dopplr Blog:
Dopplr presents the Personal Annual Report 2008: freshly generated …
Discussion: Thomas Crampton and techPresident
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Mozilla delays third Firefox 3.1 beta
Discussion: Open Source and Obsessable
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple seeks trademark on “OS X” without the “Mac”