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8:10 AM ET, January 18, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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.
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.”
Discussion: Lost Remote and Facebook Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Lycos To Shutter Lycos Mail, Tripod On February 15  —  Troubled Internet company Lycos is shutting down its email service and website creation and hosting service Tripod, the company is saying via emails to users that begin with “We regret to inform you that our parent company has decided to discontinue all unprofitable activities.”
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: WatchingTV Online
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.
Austin Modine / The Register:
Internet to Obama: ‘Pass the joint’  —  Online suggestion box goes to pot  —  President-elect Barack Obama has promised change.  And there's one change that internet-happy Americans want more than another other.  In an age of crippling recession, skyrocketing unemployment …
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?
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 …
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.
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
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.
 
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Bloodbath in the Clouds Continues as RSS Email Service Shutters
Discussion: rizzn's socnets and Mashable!
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
@ MidemNet: UK ISPs, Music Biz Warn Against Looming Govt Regulation
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Sapient's touchscreen Coke machine brings pop into the 21st century
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google may still be working on GDrive
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
iPod Touch 2G Jailbroken by the iPhone Dev Team
Discussion: Mashable!
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
IT venture investing posts worst Q4 in a decade
Discussion: PR Newswire and VatorNews
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Vatican to get own YouTube channel
Live Search:
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Discussion: LiveSide and Search Engine Journal
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Developer considers charges after iPhone app is pirated
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zumodrive Takes Cloud Storage And Syncing Up A Notch