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6:55 PM ET, January 15, 2009

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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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter and the iPhone on the scene of the US Airways Hudson River crash  —  A US Airways plane crashed into the Hudson River this afternoon shortly after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport.  As of right now a rescue mission is underway, but early reports indicate that everyone on the plane might be okay.
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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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Steve Jobs Probably Won't Come Back to Apple  —  Steve Jobs' medical leave from Apple is likely to be permanent, analysts say.  —  In a letter to Apple staff on Wednesday, Jobs said he was taking a five-month medical leave because his health issues are “more complex than I originally thought.”
Saul Hansell / Bits:
What If Steve Jobs Doesn't Come Back to Work?  —  We don't know what's wrong with Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive.  But it's got to be serious.  You don't take a six-month leave of absence, as he is, just because you've got a stomachache.  —  So that raises the question …
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple faces credibility crisis over Jobs' health
Discussion: GMSV, Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Lawsuits Could Fly Over Jobs' Exit
Discussion: Gawker and The Mac Observer
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.
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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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.
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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Wall Street Journal:
Departing Yahoo President Has History of Missteps  —  On Monday night, outgoing Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang delivered some tough news to Yahoo President Susan Decker: The Yahoo board had picked someone else as its new CEO.  On Tuesday, Ms. Decker announced her plans to resign …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Mozilla delays third Firefox 3.1 beta  —  Pesky bugs stall progress  —  Mozilla Corporation has pushed back the release of the third, and possibly final, beta for Firefox 3.1 by a week to allow the firm to fix some bugs in the upcoming version of its open source browser.
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com and Obsessable
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:   Firefox 3.1 beta 3 now due Feb 2
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
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Investors Are Wusses  —  Ironic, isn't that, that in this decade of CEO scandals and corporate duplicity, shareholders are punishing Apple-which in its last quarterly statement, reported earnings of $1.14 billion on sales of $7.9 billion, with nearly $25 billion in cash-for allowing CEO Steve Jobs a medical leave of absence?
Discussion: Mark Sigal's Blog, Techmamas and Gawker
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple seeks trademark on “OS X” without the “Mac”  —  Seemingly cementing a move first hinted at during the World Wide Developers Conference, Apple has filed for a trademark for its OS X operating system but without the “Mac” prefix that has accompanied the name since its inception.
Matt Jones / Dopplr Blog:
Dopplr presents the Personal Annual Report 2008: freshly generated for you, and Barack Obama...  We've generated what we call the Personal Annual Report for all our users.  It's a unique-to-you PDF of data, visualisations and factoids about your travel in 2008, that we're delivering …
Discussion: techPresident and Thomas Crampton
Economist:
Here we go again  —  It cannot defy gravity, but the technology industry is faring better than it did in the previous downturn  —  THE news may turn out to be no more than rumour, but it is telling nonetheless.  To cut costs, several blogs recently reported, Microsoft and IBM would soon …
Discussion: The Open Road
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge calls RIAA objections “specious,” will stream hearing  —  A federal judge has agreed to a novel request: streaming parts of an upcoming file-sharing trial over the Internet.  Judge Nancy Gertner has granted the request of Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson and students to put the gavel …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Is The Wireless Sector Headed For A Price War?  —  Sprint's (S) Boost Mobile unit this week unveiled a new plan on its iDEN network which includes unlimited voice, texting, Web access and push-to-talk services for a flat pre-paid rate of $50 a month.  Phones for the service, which all will be from Motorola (MOT), will start at $20.
WebOS Arena:
Best Buy to be Palm Pre's exclusive retailer  —  We received news from a credible source that BestBuy Mobile will be getting an exclusive deal with Sprint for the Palm Pre release.  For 60 days the number one consumer electronics retailer will be the only place where you can get your hands on the Palm Pre, besides Sprint of course.
Raz / MP4 Nation Blog:
Newman A1 - Best Looking 4th Gen IPod Nano Clone  —  Newman aren't strangers for making their own players resemble other branded players look, in the past they haven't even limited their cloning to Apple products, but even Creative and Meizu products, but now Newman is back with another iPod clone, this time a iPod Nano 4th gen clone.
Discussion: PMP Today, SlashGear and Engadget
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Q4 Meets Ests; Sees Q1 Revs Down 14.6% Sequentially  —  Intel (INTC) this afternoon posted Q4 revenue of $8.2 million and profit of 4 cents a share, in line with both Street estimates and the company's most recent guidance.  Profits in the quarter reflect a billion-dollar write off of the company's stake in Clearwire (CLWR).
Discussion: The Register and Business Wire
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: Pulse2
 
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Reuters:
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Microsoft Mediaroom coming to China
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Lewis Page / The Register:
Royal Navy warships lose email in virus infection
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Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
SB Nation Got $5 Million In Funding For Sports Blogs
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
PewResearch.org:
Social Networks Grow: Friending Mom and Dad
Discussion: PC World