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7:00 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.
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
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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Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
Hulu CEO: “We screwed up royally”  —  Great apology note from Hulu's CEO [via DF]: … Mistakes happen.  It's how you handle them that really matters.
Discussion: Thought Clusters
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Tricky Windows Worm Wallops Millions  —  A sneaky computer worm that uses a virtual Swiss army knife of attack techniques has infected millions of Microsoft Windows PCs, and appears to be spreading at a fairly rapid pace, security experts warn.  —  Also, while infected PCs could be used …
Discussion: PC World and The Blog Herald
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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 …
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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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 and paidContent.org
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?
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 …
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Scared of Court Case Webcast  —  RIAA court cases are few and far between.  The cost of attorneys usually makes hiring one a costly alternative in comparison to the settlement money that they ask from alleged infringers.  Thus far, only one case has actually gone to trial …
Discussion: digg.com
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
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
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 …
comScore:
comScore Releases December 2008 U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace.  In December 2008, Americans conducted 12.7 billion core searches, a 3-percent increase versus November.
 
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Gareth Powell / TECH.BLORGE.com:
China makes arrests to stop ‘vulgar’ content
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ustream May Be First To Broadcast Video From Unhacked iPhone
Discussion: Obsessable and Webware.com
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
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Is ad-supported journalism viable in a pay-for-performance age?
 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
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
An Online Farmers Market
Discussion: SitePoint and broadstuff