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5:20 PM ET, January 18, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Google Employees Quit  —  In 2008 Google HR set up a private Google Group to ask former employees why they left the company.  We've been forwarded what appears to be authentic posts to the thread by a number of ex-Googlers, which we reprint below minus identifying information other than their first names.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Bedlam breaks out at Circuit City  —  On Friday, Circuit City said it was liquidating all of its stores.  Then, on Saturday there was a big liquidation sale at my local Circuit City—up to 30 percent off.  The checkout line was almost as long as the lines you encounter on a typical Saturday at Fry's …
Aviv / MacBlogz:
Steve Wozniak Sheds Some Light On Steve Jobs' Health Issues (Video)  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been making rounds in the media weighing in on Steve Jobs' medical leave of absence with his own analysis.  The latest is a video interview on NBC where he mentions …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Lycos Europe To Shutter Lycos Mail, Tripod On February 15  —  Troubled Internet company Lycos Europe, which is owned by Telefónica, is shutting down its email service and website creation and hosting service Tripod, the company is saying via emails to users that begin with …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Preferred Sites  —  Preferred Sites is a new experimental feature for Google Search that lets you personalize the results by adding a list of sites you want to appear more often when you search.  Based on your search history, Google suggests some frequently-visited sites, but you can add any other site.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The TechCrunch Guide To The Inauguration  —  Whether you are headed to Washington for the Obama Inauguration or simply want to follow along online, there is no shortage of sites and applications dedicated to the national party on Tuesday, January 20.  Of course, every major news site (ABC.com …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and GottaBeMobile.com
Richard Wilner / New York Post:
ANALYST IS APPLE LITE  —  One tech analyst, saying he is concerned about the strength of the executive team leading Apple, downgraded the company to “underperform” last Friday and cut his price target on the company's shares by more than 40 percent.  —  Mike Abramsky, who follows the Cupertino …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
At First, Funny Videos.  Now, a Reference Tool.  —  FACED with writing a school report on an Australian animal, Tyler Kennedy began where many students begin these days: by searching the Internet.  But Tyler didn't use Google or Yahoo.  He searched for information about the platypus on YouTube.
Discussion: Beet.TV and WatchingTV Online
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama staff will say cu l8r 2 im  —  Barack Obama may get to keep his Blackberry, but David Axelrod is losing his IM.  —  The lawyers broke the bad news to Obama aides at a briefing Friday morning convened by incoming Deputy White House Counsel Cassandra Butts: Not only are they leaving …
Stuart / Music Ally:
The seven hottest startups of MidemNet 2009  —  It's the highlight of MidemNet Day Two!  I'm contractually obliged to say this.  It's the Music Ally / MidemNet New Business Showcase, which spotlights seven of the hottest new music startups, and gets the audience to vote on which is most exciting.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Three Caballeros?  -Bostock, Ballmer and...Bewkes?  —  It wasn't just Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer meeting in New York last week.  —  According to several sources close to the situation, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes also rounded out a trio of chit-chatting execs …
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Android Market: Now In Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Netherlands & Poland  —  In an Email from Google's Eric Chu, Developer's learned that they can now target new countries with their applications in the Android Market: … That's not to say that people in these areas necessarily …
 
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Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Will “Google Web Drive” Launch in 2009?
Discussion: Download Squad and Googling Google
Stuart / Music Ally:
MidemNet 2009 Liveblog: Google's David Eun talks music
Discussion: paidContent.org
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Does Wired's drastic weight loss point to ill health?
Tim Johnston / Washington Post:
Vietnamese Authorities Rein In the Country's Vigorous Blogosphere
Asa Dotzler:
competition is good  —  There are a number of folks around …
Discussion: Computerworld
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Seagate offers solution to 7200.11 hard drive failure epidemic
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Mexico's Slim may invest in New York Times: source
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Michelle Meyers / CNET News:
At Sundance, Web pioneers see ‘on-demand revolution’