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11:15 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.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Belkin replies to Mechanical Turk shilling  —  Belkin responded to the Mechanical Turk Shilling Incident (as it's now called around the office.)  Their response?  “We're sorry, we didn't know it was going on, and we're doing something about it.”  Read the full note from Belkin's President Mark Reynoso below.
Financial Times:
‘Extraordinary’ attack on Microsoft  —  By Richard Waters in San Francisco and Nikki Tait in Brussels  —  By reopening an old battle over Microsoft's dominance of the internet browser market, European regulators late last week took a controversial step that some legal and technology observers argued …
Discussion: Ars Technica
BBC:
New phone features ‘baffle users’  —  The complexity of modern mobile phones is leaving users frustrated and angry, research suggests.  —  Setting up a new handset is as challenging as changing bank accounts, said 61% of those interviewed.  —  Compiled by consultants Mformation …
Discussion: All About Symbian
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain Vivid New Lives  —  IN barely 100 years, photography has gone from a magical, even mystical process, to an afterthought.  Nothing better captures how much of an afterthought photography is today than the banal miracle that is Flickr …
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 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows 7 Beta takes another crown, besting Vista in SSD performance  —  It's no huge surprise, since Microsoft was planning on improving performance on this front, but now we've got some of our first solid numbers on Windows 7 Beta SSD performance.  Nothing crazy spectacular …
Discussion: TweakTown
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.
Discussion: Webware.com and The Noisy Channel
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Text Ads in Google Image Search  —  After months of experimentation, Google choose to show text ads above image search results.  It's not clear if the ads are actually useful for those who visit Google Image Search to find images, but Google mentioned last year that the volume of commercial queries has increased significantly.
Discussion: Webmetricsguru
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
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Will “Google Web Drive” Launch in 2009?  —  When asked to make a wish list for Google in 2009, many of you said you wanted the legendary “GDrive” product to be released.  Being the most eagerly anticipated Google product ever, with rumors literally going back years, could new evidence suggest …
Discussion: Download Squad and Googling Google
 
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