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3:40 PM ET, January 17, 2009

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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 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?
CNN:
Obama thinks he can keep his BlackBerry  —  (CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama told CNN Friday he thinks he may be able to “hang onto” his BlackBerry after all.  —  In an interview with CNN's John King, he talked about the privacy issues that threaten his ability to maintain normal communications …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and PC World
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Obama plans to keep his BlackBerry
Discussion: Gizmodo and Agence France Presse
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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 …
InfoWorld:
Firm seeks to bar Nokia, RIM, Palm from importing devices into U.S.  —  A patent-holding company from Texas is seeking to bar six companies — including BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, Palm, and Nokia — from importing handheld devices into the U.S. for allegedly violating its patents.
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Obama in 3D: Photosynth to Crowdsource Synth of the 44th Presidential Inauguration  —  Next Tuesday, the eyes of the United States - and likely the world - will be on Washington, DC, as Barack Obama takes the oath of office to become the 44th President of the United States.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Developer considers charges after iPhone app is pirated  —  The developer of an iPhone app that has been cracked and distributed for free said he is considering pursuing criminal charges against whoever is responsible for the piracy.  —  On the Apple App Store, Annoy-A-Teen sells for 99 cents.
BBC:
Microsoft is accused by EU again  —  The European Commission has accused Microsoft of harming competition by bundling its Explorer web browser with its Windows operating system.  —  The commission said it had reached the preliminary view that the US software giant had undermined consumer choice and infringed EU rules.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Intel's Barrett on Paranoia, the Core Craze and the End of Gigahertz
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Boxee, Used to View Web on TV, Generates Buzz
Discussion: Technologizer, A VC and Beet.TV
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Road to Mac OS X Snow Leopard: 64-bit security
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Tricky Windows Worm Wallops Millions
Discussion: Neowin.net and The Register
 Earlier Items: 
Gareth Powell / TECH.BLORGE.com:
China makes arrests to stop ‘vulgar’ content
Discussion: Slashdot
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Scared of Court Case Webcast
Discussion: digg.com
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
Hulu CEO: “We screwed up royally”
Discussion: Thought Clusters
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish