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3:45 AM ET, January 17, 2009

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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.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Feel Better, Steve  —  Publishing rumors about Steve Jobs' health is one of the most distasteful things I've done in a long time.  Let me just get this off my chest.  —  Do not read on if you have a problem with foul language.  —  Professionally, I think we did what we were supposed to do …
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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.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Download Obama from YouTube
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?  —  I don't make any advertising or revenue decisions around here, that's left to our CEO Heather Harde.  But I'm nervous about our ad partner Federated Media, which supplies about a third of our total revenue.  They're going through layoffs …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Federated Media Shifts Away From Display Ads; Restructuring Includes Some Job Cuts
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox:
Where to watch Obama's presidential inauguration online  —  Washington is about to throw President-elect Barack Obama a $160 million party on Tuesday, January 20 at 11:30 ET, so the least you should do is show up!  —  But for those of us who don't want to bear the incredibly low temperatures …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Watch The Obama Inauguration From Your iPhone With Ustream
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Cisco's unfortunate airplane commercial during coverage of flight 1549  —  Let's say you're a big-name advertiser, and one of your TV commercials mocks airplanes, flying and water landings.  You probably wouldn't want to run that ad during CNN's coverage of US Airways Flight 1549, which crash-landed Thursday in the Hudson River, right?
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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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish  —  Today is my last day as site lead at Lifehacker, so I'm taking off my distanced reporter hat to get all mushy, personal, and behind-the-scenes on you.  Come in and grab a seat.  —  (Note: This posts breaks two of our biggest editorial edicts …
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 …
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.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Developers:
Changes in Facebook Platform Leadership  —  This is going to be an intense year for Facebook, and it's also going to be a big year for what we do with Facebook Connect and Platform.  Our goal is to help people share information and connect with the people they know all over the Web.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Obama plans to keep his BlackBerry  —  President-elect did not explain how he would overcome legal and security concerns, however  —  Computerworld) President-elect Barack Obama told CNN today he planned to “hang onto” his beloved BlackBerry, but did not explain how he would overcome legal and security concerns.
Discussion: CNN and Agence France Presse
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
iPhone App Store Hits 500 Million Downloads, We Break Down the Numbers  —  So the App Store has hit half a billion downloads in a mere 6 months.  Impressive!  But how do these numbers break down by app?  We made a handy pie chart to show you.
Discussion: iPhone Savior
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft and Yahoo Executives Meet  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, met in New York earlier this week with Roy Bostock, Yahoo's chairman, according to a person briefed on the meeting.  —  It was the second high-level contact between Microsoft and Yahoo …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mainstream Media to Webheads: Thanks for the Free Content!  —  Yesterday, in the wake of the amazing U.S. Airways Flight 1549 story, I suggested that the chief benefit of Twitter and “citizen journalism” reports is that they're very, very fast.  That speed is why Twitterer Janis Krums …
Discussion: Wikinomics, Telegraph and City Room
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ustream May Be First To Broadcast Video From Unhacked iPhone  —  Ustream is anticipating Apple's approval of the first non-jailbroken iPhone application that will let users record and broadcast live video from the device.  Last month MobileCrunch obtained a picture of the application running on a test phone.
Discussion: The Ustream.TV Blog
 
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Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
Hulu CEO: “We screwed up royally”
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
The Cultural Gulf Between Lawyers And Technologists On Patent Law
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
VCs Feeling the Pain of Newly Poor LPs
Virtual Press Office:
Wii & Nintendo DS Set New Industry Records
Discussion: tinyComb, SlashGear and Engadget
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sony's Sinking Ship Takes On More Water: Xbox Outsells PS3 2-To-1 Over Christmas
 Earlier Items: 
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Don't Google & Yahoo Offer Twitter Search?
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Another GP Parting Ways with Sequoia
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
IBM Could Feel The Pinch
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
An Online Farmers Market
Discussion: SitePoint and broadstuff