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5:45 AM ET, January 16, 2009

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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 …
Discussion: Gawker and Apple 2.0
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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 …
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
The genius behind Steve Jobs
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
When Steve Jobs Met Tim Cook
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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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.
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 …
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
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: Gawker and Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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
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.
Chris Gaither / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Strapped for cash?  Report your company's software piracy  —  Looking to make some extra cash during the recession?  Turn in your bosses and co-workers for using pirated software!  —  The Business Software Alliance said today that it paid out $136,100 last year through its “Know It …
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
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!
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.
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.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple approves e-book after dirty words removed  —  Apple has approved a version of Knife Music as an e-book application after the author removed words Apple considered objectionable.  —  (Credit: Amazon)  — Home - News - Apple  —  Apple  —  January 15, 2009 4:46 PM PST
Discussion: Gizmodo
Reuters:
Cloaking device may make cell phone static vanish  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - A new light-bending material has brought scientists one step closer to creating a cloaking device that could hide objects from sight.  —  Beyond possible military applications, it also might have a very practical use …
David Phelps / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Star Tribune files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy  —  Facing sharp revenue declines, the newspaper seeks bankruptcy protection, hoping to cut costs and restructure debt.  —  The Star Tribune, saddled with high debt and a sharp decline in print advertising, filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition Thursday night.
The Age:
Aussie Google phone launch aborted  —  Ruslan Kogan. Asher Moses  —  The Melbourne consumer electronics maker who promised to release the first Google phone in Australia by the end of this month has delayed the launch indefinitely, citing “potential future interoperability issues”.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Worst Microsoft Video Promo Ever, Take 2.  Just Cover Up The Mac With Stickers.  —  Earlier this month, Microsoft Research released Songsmith, a song-making app that works only on Windows.  To promote the app it released what might very well be the worst promo video ever …
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Another Facebook Hole?  —  The complexity of Facebook makes it likely there are holes in its privacy.  But this one, if I'm right, seems to suggest that it's possible to access someone's private data by a social engineering trick outside Facebook.  —  Today I received an email invite to join Facebook from someone I've never heard of.
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
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.
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Electronista:
Eizo intros two color-accurate 22-inch LCDs
Discussion: Engadget and DisplayBlog
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
U.S. plots major upgrade to Internet router security
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Lawyer Who Sues Yelp Admits He Had No Idea About Section 230 Safe Harbors
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
 Earlier Items: 
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Obama poised to be first ‘wired’ president
Daniel Lee / Indianapolis Star:
Angie's List claims data theft
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Firefox 3.1 beta 3 now due Feb 2
Discussion: Obsessable and The Register
Kathleen Ko / The Official Google Blog:
Making your personalized homepage even more personal
Discussion: VentureBeat, InformationWeek and Pulse2
City Room:
State Pulls Plug on Wireless Network
Economist:
Here we go again  —  It cannot defy gravity, but the technology …
Discussion: The Open Road