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12:10 PM ET, January 16, 2009

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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 …
www.kogan.com.au:
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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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”.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another Twitter App Funded: TweetDeck Raises an Angel Round.  Next Up: A Business Plan  —  Yes, you can still get someone to invest in a Web startup with zero revenue.  It helps if you can insert the word “Twitter” into your pitch, though.  —  TweetDeck, a one-man company which makes …
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How Microsoft blew the keyword business; And how you still can't count Redmond out  —  Microsoft had its Google killer in 2000, but killed the project before it got rolling.  Why?  Worries about cannibalization.  —  The Wall Street Journal has an interesting tale of Microsoft's miscues on the search front.
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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 …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
German Government Wants to Start ISP-Based Censoring  —  Germany will start to hand out blacklists to internet providers, several German news sources, like Spiegel, report.  This move is proclaimed to only filter child porn.  In about 6-8 weeks the dealings with the ISPs should be finalized …
Discussion: Mashable! and MediaShift
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John Leyden / The Register:   Germany pushes IWF-style child abuse blocklist
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 …
Discussion: MacRumors and Engadget
Mobile Today:
Sony refuses to allow Sony Ericsson the use of its PlayStation brand  —  Sony Ericsson was planning a PSP phone but has been refused the brand  —  Sony is understood to have refused to allow Sony Ericsson the use of its PlayStation brand, after the handset manufacturer presented a pitch to the board late last year.
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 …
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Profits from iShoot iPhone game cause developer to quit job  —  Software developers have been releasing applications on the App Store for a while now, but there's still a good bit of tinkering and learning going on when it comes to things like application pricing.
BBC:
Legal downloads swamped by piracy  —  Ninety-five per cent of music downloaded online is illegal, a report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has said.  —  The global music trade body said this is its biggest challenge as artists and record companies miss out on payments.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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IFPI:
IFPI publishes Digital Music Report 2009
Discussion: MediaMemo
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 …
Discussion: Storage Soup
DigiTimes:
HP to add more members to its Mini-note family  —  Hewlett-Packard (HP) plans to launch new members in its Mini-note family including the Mini-note 2150 with built-in a 3G module at the beginning of June this year, according to sources at notebook makers  —  Before the Mini-note 2150 …
Economist:
One tough Yahoo!  —  Life has tested Carol Bartz far more than even running Yahoo! will  —  WHO is Carol Bartz?  This week Yahoo!, a huge but floundering internet company, appointed her as its new boss.  Ms Bartz is one of only a few women at the top in Silicon Valley …
Chris Williams / The Register:
UK.gov ‘to create anti-net piracy agency’  —  ‘Rights Agency’ and new regulations to hit P2P infringement  —  Following its failure to foster voluntary solution between ISPs and rights holders, the government will create a new agency and regulations to clamp down on copyright infringement via peer …
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Financial Times:   Internet piracy regulations planned for UK
Daily Mail:
Poor eyesight ‘makes HDTV a waste of money’ … It's a revolutionary technology that enhances television images so effectively viewers can pick up the tiniest detail in stunning clarity.  —  But many consumers are wasting hundreds of pounds on high-definition equipment because their eyes …
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Want Proof OpenID Can Succeed?  Just Scroll Down  —  Whatever hurdles OpenID has to clear to become a widely-adopted de facto standard, its blueprint for success lies at the bottom of millions of blog posts.  —  OpenID and its companion technologies — along with similar systems like Facebook Connect …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Gigantic G1 extended battery more than doubles battery life  —  Is that a phone in your pocket or are you just happy to [see me] not have to recharge your G1 every two hours?  —  Devin was just squawking about the lackluster battery life on his G1 when I reminded him of this extended battery I'd purchased for mine.
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Pre Battery Details: 1150 mAh, Same as Centro
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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Securing the Windows 7 beta  —  Windows 7's “Action Center” alerts users if they don't have antivirus software installed, pointing them to a Microsoft Web site with links to download various antivirus software products.  —  (Credit: CNET News)  —  Despite the fact that security programs …
Roger A. Grimes / Security Adviser:
Conficker malware ups the ante  —  Roger A. Grimes explains why keeping up to date with patches can mean the difference between a functional system and a playground for hackers  —  I'm finding many Windows servers without the MS08-067 patch and no specific mitigations applied.
Discussion: Telegraph and McAfee Avert Labs
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Why Obama's cell phone calls will always go through
Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews.net:
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Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Betting On Telepresence  —  Polycom, HP and Cisco hope video …
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Intel Looks to Invest Despite a Drop-Off
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Market Wire:
Panasonic Introduces Two New FS-Series Cameras to Popular LUMIX …
Discussion: Gadgetell and SlashGear
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Another Facebook Hole?
David Phelps / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Star Tribune files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Chris Gaither / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Strapped for cash? Report your company's software piracy
Daniel A. Begun / HotHardware.com News:
GPUs Used to Successfully Crack Wi-Fi Passwords
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Hey, What About Pixar?  —  Steve Jobs' other job can tell us …
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