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5:05 AM ET, January 18, 2009

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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Can CNN, the Go-to Site, Get You to Stay?  —  K. C. ESTENSON, the new general manager of CNN.com, has a thought or two about most news sites on the Web: they're predictable and homogeneous.  Seen one, seen 'em all.  —  Even his own site, he says, could use more of a “unique signature.”
Arlen Parsa / The Daily Background:
Exclusive: Belkin's Development Rep is Hiring People to Write Fake Positive Amazon Reviews  —  (Update: Welcome to Slashdot, Digg, Engadget, Gizmodo readers!  The latest is, I've heard from Belkin's public relations department and I am expecting a formal comment to come out from them relatively soon …
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Belkin paying 65 cents for good reviews on NewEgg and Amazon?
Asa Dotzler:
competition is good  —  There are a number of folks around the Internets that seem to fundamentally misunderstand the competitive landscape in desktop Web browsers today.  The thinking goes like this: Firefox has more than 20% share of global browser usage so how can you say that Microsoft still has an unfair advantage.
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Q&A: Opera CEO on antitrust battle against Internet Explorer  —  Internet browser maker Opera Software of Norway won an early round in its antitrust battle against Microsoft on Friday when the European Commission issued its preliminary finding that Microsoft's inclusion of Internet Explorer …
Samuel Axon / Obsessable:
Seagate offers solution to 7200.11 hard drive failure epidemic  —  A simple firmware update will prevent the failure, but if it's already happened then things get a little more complicated.  —  If you own one of those Seagate hard drives we found out were dropping like flies yesterday, it's possible that you can now relax.
Michelle Meyers / CNET News:
At Sundance, Web pioneers see ‘on-demand revolution’  —  PARK CITY, Utah—As Hollywood stars drew crowds to the screening rooms here at the Sundance Film Festival, several Web media pioneers—celebrities in their own right— also got the spotlight Saturday at a panel focused on the future of entertainment in the Digital Age.
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.
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 …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Bloodbath in the Clouds Continues as RSS Email Service Shutters  —  Every day it feels like I am hearing about another cloud computing service that is shutting down.  This time it's RSS FWD, a neat tool that let you read RSS feeds in your email account.  The site just rolled out an upgraded offering in September.
Discussion: rizzn's socnets and Mashable!
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.
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Mexico's Slim may invest in New York Times: source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim may invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the New York Times Co (NYSE:NYT - News), giving the ailing U.S. newspaper publisher critical financial help, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Saturday.
Discussion: MediaMemo and paidContent.org
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
IT venture investing posts worst Q4 in a decade
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