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8:45 PM ET, January 17, 2009

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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Belkin paying 65 cents for good reviews on NewEgg and Amazon?  —  I just contacted Belkin to confirm but this doesn't look good.  A site called The Daily Background found evidence that Belkin Bizdev guy, Michael Bayard, is paying folks 65 cents to write good things about Belkin routers.  Why?
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Arlen Parsa / The Daily Background:
Exclusive: Belkin's Development Rep is Hiring People to Write Fake Positive Amazon Reviews  —  I know I usually don't write about consumer advocacy stuff, but I came across this just recently and it's pretty beyond the pale and I couldn't let it go without blogging about it.  Here's the scoop.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Jaiku Founder: “We're Not Dying, We're Morphing”  —  Last week, Google announced that the company was unceremoniously discontinuing or at least ceasing development of a number of services it had launched or acquired in the past, including Google Video, Notebook, Catalog Search, Dodgeball and The Mashup Editor.
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Jyri / zengestrom.com:
Signal (and noise) about Jaiku this week  —  On Wednesday we posted on the Google Code Blog that:  —  “As we mentioned last April, we are in the process of porting Jaiku over to Google App Engine.  After the migration is complete, we will release the new open source Jaiku Engine project on Google Code under the Apache License.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Why No Twitter Search from the Big Guys?  —  Danny asks a very good question here: … Well, my answer is simple: Competition.  —  The reason there is not a “Twitter search” from Yahoo or Google is because both companies want to own Twitter, or at least, they want to own the phenomenon of real time search Twitter represents.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
IT venture investing posts worst Q4 in a decade  —  Venture capital investments in IT companies plunged 40 percent to $2.18 billion in the fourth quarter, their worst level in a decade, according to figures released late Friday by VentureSource.  —  The data further confirms concerns entrepreneurs …
Discussion: PR Newswire, TechFlash and VatorNews
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
iPod Touch 2G Jailbroken by the iPhone Dev Team  —  The 2nd generation iPod touch proved a tricky customer to break, but the Dev Team has made the first big step toward a full-on jailbreak.  —  The Dev Team stumbled upon the break when making yellowsn0w, the iPhone jailbreaker …
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google may still be working on GDrive  —  It's been a very long time since rumors of GDrive have surfaced, and I all but gave up on the idea.  Reports today make it sound like Google is still interested in working on it, but gave no indication if it's actually currently being worked on, or when it would be launched.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zumodrive Takes Cloud Storage And Syncing Up A Notch  —  Cloud storage and file synchronization is becoming increasingly important as users access the Internet and their data via a plethora of devices - desktop computers with large hard drives, laptops with smaller drives …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Napster Warns Subscribers That Best Buy Will Have Access To All Data Unless They Cancel By Feb. 17  —  Napster (NSDQ: NAPS) subscribers using the service after Feb. 17 will be giving the gift of data to Best Buy.  In an “important announcement” sent to subscribers this morning …
Reuters:
Vatican to get own YouTube channel  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican will soon have its own channel on the video sharing site YouTube where the Catholic faithful or the curious will be able to see Pope Benedict or Church events, a Vatican source said on Saturday.
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