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5:50 PM ET, January 16, 2009

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John Battelle / FM Blog:
Change and Opportunity  —  Challenging economic times force all of us to focus.  At FM, our focus, now more than ever, is on what we do best - create media experiences that are valuable to our publishers, their audiences, and our brand marketing partners.  —  Given our journalistic heritage …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is It Time To Switch Ad Partners?
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
The Little App Store That Could...  About six weeks ago, after reading the fine print on an Apple Inc. [AAPL Loading...  () ] ad for its online applications download store, the App Store, I noticed some pretty stunning numbers: that Apple customers had downloaded 200 million apps since …
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
iPhone App Store Hits 500 Million Downloads, We Break Down the Numbers
Discussion: iPhone Savior
Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs Said to Be Considering Liver Transplant  —  Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs is considering a liver transplant as a result of complications after treatment for pancreatic cancer in 2004, according to people who are monitoring his illness.
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
First U.S. CTO May Be Indian  —  President-elect Obama has narrowed his choices for the top technology job to two people, both born in India  —  Two Indian-born technology executives are the leading candidates for the incoming Obama Administration's newly created position …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Watch The Obama Inauguration From Your iPhone With Ustream  —  John Ham, the cofounder and CEO of live video streaming site Ustream, stopped by this afternoon to show me their newest stuff - a yet-to-be-released application that lets users watch live streams from the service on their iPhone.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement on European Commission Statement of Objections  —  Statement of Objections expresses Commission's preliminary view on the inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows.  —  “Yesterday Microsoft received a Statement of Objections from the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission.
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Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
EU leans towards Opera in Microsoft antitrust probe  —  Microsoft said this morning that the European Commission had issued a statement saying that its “preliminary view” was that the inclusion of Internet Explorer in its operating systems violated European aw.
The Kogan Technologies News Blog:
Kogan Agora to be delayed  —  I'm disappointed to have to tell you that the Kogan Agora has to be delayed indefinitely.  —  This delay comes due to potential future interoperability issues.  —  The Agora did reach a very late stage of development.  Manufacturing had commenced and it was a matter of days from being shipped to you.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Circuit City To Close All Stores; More Than 35,000 Jobs Lost  —  So long, Circuit City (CC).  —  In a bankruptcy court filing, the electronics retailer disclosed that it has reached a deal with liquidators to sell the remaining merchandise in all 567 of its U.S. stores after failing to find …
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Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Rotten Reporting  —  The media's coverage of Apple bites.  Here's why.  —  For the past six months Steve Jobs has been looking terribly ill. But only this week did Apple finally acknowledge that Jobs isn't doing well, when the company announced that Jobs would take a leave for six months.
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Seagate customers swamped by Barracuda drive failures  —  Seagate firmware to blame  —  Seagate 1TB Barracuda drives are failing at an alarming rate, with users complaining of a plague of such failures spreading across the globe.  —  Barracuda 7200.11 drives made in Thailand (ref …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AMD to trim 1,100 jobs, initiate temporary pay cuts  —  Updated at 10:12 a.m. PST, with more information about AMD's financial performance.  —  Advanced Micro Devices announced Friday it would slash its workforce by 9 percent and institute temporary salary cuts, from its executive chairman on down to hourly workers.
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Associated Press:   AMD to cut 1,100 workers, 9 pct of staff
Toni / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Calculating the Size of the Downadup Outbreak  —  The number of Downadup infections are skyrocketing based on our calculations.  From an estimated 2.4 million infected machines to over 8.9 million during the last four days.  That's just amazing.  —  We've received a number of queries …
Discussion: The Register, eWeek and Computerworld
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Why Obama's cell phone calls will always go through  —  After Barack Obama is sworn in next week, he'll be able to enjoy one of the lesser-known benefits of the presidency: phone calls that always go through.  —  That means no more “all circuits are busy” messages.
Discussion: Redmond Pie
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft moves Live Mesh under Windows chief Sinofsky  —  Microsoft still hasn't gone public with rumored layoffs that many are expecting to happen in the next week or so.  But it is doing what many expected: Rejiggering groups within various organizations as a way to tighten up the company.
Discussion: LiveSide and Microsoft Pri0
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Don't Google & Yahoo Offer Twitter Search?  —  Yesterday, we got a new news search engine which taps into Twitter that Yahoo's excited about, as it uses their BOSS system.  That kind of annoyed me.  Why didn't Yahoo just build the service themselves?  Or a regular Twitter search service, for that matter?
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Is ad-supported journalism viable in a pay-for-performance age?  —  While a great deal of what I write here is underinformed speculation, this piece is unusually speculative and underinformed.  It's possible that I'm flat out wrong about the idea I'm developing here.
Lessig Blog:
Really great news from YouTube  —  Notice an important new feature in the world of YouTube — a “Click to download” link.  YouTube is rolling this out slowly, initially with content that aspires to be consistent with principles of open government.  I'm told it will be offered more generally.
Discussion: VentureBeat, rc3.org and Obsessable
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
IBM Could Feel The Pinch  —  The computing giant is expected to report its first dip in revenues since the beginning of the recession.  —  While most tech companies started seeing declining sales last year, IBM bravely turned in quarter after quarter of revenue growth.
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Microsoft CEO, Yahoo Chairman Meet in New York  —  So much for a new boss ending Yahoo's drama.  Why did the company's chairman meet Microsoft's Steve Ballmer at the Time Warner Center Thursday, two days after Yahoo named Carol Bartz its new CEO?  —  A tipster reports spotting the two:
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
An Online Farmers Market  —  The local food movement has been all about buying seasonal food from nearby farmers.  Now, thanks to the Web, it is expanding to include far-away farmers too.  —  A new start-up, Foodzie, is an online farmers market where small, artisan food producers and growers can sell their products.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Supports Postponing DTV  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration would support a proposal in Congress to delay the nation's scheduled transition to digital-only television to June, transition co-chairman John Podesta said in a letter to Congress Friday.
Discussion: DailyTech, Gizmodo and Engadget
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sony's Sinking Ship Takes On More Water: Xbox Outsells PS3 2-To-1 Over Christmas  —  No one doubted Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox 360 would outsell Sony's (SNE) PS3 over Christmas.  The question was how bad the drubbing would be.  —  Today, via stats from the NPD Group, we know: In the US …
 
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Profits from iShoot iPhone game cause developer to quit job
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
Poor eyesight ‘makes HDTV a waste of money’
Discussion: Techdirt, Obsessable and Neowin.net
Economist:
One tough Yahoo!  —  Life has tested Carol Bartz far more than even running Yahoo! will
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Another Facebook Hole?
Discussion: All Facebook