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9:30 AM ET, January 19, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Tablet Update: Prototype B  —  It's time for an update on the progress we've made on the low cost touch screen tablet that I first wrote about in July 2008 when I asked for a dead simple touch screen web tablet that boots right to the browser.  Here's our first post on the tablet …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon launching Wireless Network Extender femtocell on January 25  —  Sprint had the jump on this by a few months with its AIRAVE, but Verizon's not far behind in bringing femotcells to the masses with its less-elegantly-named Wireless Network Extender later this month on the 25th.
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 …
Jessica Vascellaro / Digits:
Search Advertising Runs into the Recession  —  By Jessica E. Vascellaro  —  On Thursday, the public will find out how online search advertising - the biggest chunk of the Internet ad market - weathered the rocky fourth quarter when Google reports its results for the period.
AdAge:
Four Ways Yahoo Can Right Itself Under New CEO Bartz  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Carol Bartz said she doesn't want any advice from armchair critics and industry pundits.  In fact, as she said in her introduction as Yahoo's new CEO, she'd like to have a little “friggin' breathing room.”
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Unwrapp Tracks Your Favorite Web Apps So You Don't Have To  —  Unwrapp is a brand new application that enables you to keep on top of all the web applications you use, by notifiying you when there are new versions, features or upgrades of the services in question.
Katie Hoffmann / Bloomberg:
IBM Will Release Online Version of Its Lotus Software for Cloud Computing  —  Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) — International Business Machines Corp., the world's third-biggest software maker, will release an online version of its Lotus programs, a bid to attract new customers by tapping into so-called cloud computing.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Circuit City Under Siege  —  The dying retailer's liquidation sale has long lines of curious shoppers and few bargains of note so far.  —  They're the grim reapers of failing retail chains, except they brandish going-out-of-business signs instead of scythes.
Discussion: Maximum PC all and Gizmodo
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Inauguration Crowd Will Test Cellphone Networks  —  The cellphone industry has a plea for the throngs descending on the nation's capital for the presidential inauguration: go easy on the mobile communications.  —  The largest cellphone carriers, fearful that a communicative citizenry …
Discussion: Bits
Rodney Gedda / Computerworld:
Active Directory comes to Linux with Samba 4  —  Features from Samba 3 need to be updated for new release.  —  Enterprise networks now have an alternative choice to Microsoft Active Directory (AD) servers, with the open source Samba project aiming for feature parity with the forthcoming release …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel cuts prices on some chips up to 48 percent  —  On Sunday, Intel instituted broad price cuts on processors, spanning the Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium dual-core, Celeron, and Xeon product lines.  —  Cuts were concentrated on quad-core chips like the Q9650 (3.00GHz), reduced 40 percent, to $316 from $530.
Google Watch:
Is Google Talking Trash to the European Commission Over Internet Explorer?  —  So Microsoft is again being called to the anticompetitive carpet by the European Commission (Wall Street Journal pay wall), this time over the bundling of its Internet Explorer Browser with its Windows operating system.
Discussion: Digital Daily and AdAge
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Financial Times:
‘Extraordinary’ attack on Microsoft
Discussion: Ars Technica and Engadget
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Technology boosts M&A in UK  —  Takeover activity in the UK technology sector bucked the trend in other companies and industries in 2008, with the value of transactions rising 10 per cent on 2007.  —  According to a report by PwC, UK companies were involved in a third of the world's technology mergers …
 
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