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1:50 PM 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 …
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.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Report: Search Spending Off 8 Percent In Q4
Discussion: Beyond Search
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's App Store: Has it peaked?  No!  —  One of the results Apple's executive team is sure to trot out Wednesday when it releases the company's fiscal 2009 Q1 earnings report is the explosive growth of its iTunes App Store.  —  Six months after it opened for business …
Discussion: GigaOM and MacDailyNews
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft set to unveil MobileMe competitor next month  —  Microsoft is planning to unveil three new mobile services at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month.  The software giant is aiming to move your mobile data into the cloud and rival Apple's MobileMe service.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Skydeck Puts Your Cell Phone Online  —  Cell phone providers hold a wealth of information about your real-world social network in their records that you can theoretically access through their cumbersome web interfaces.  None of the cell phone companies we are aware of do a good job at presenting …
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Skydeck
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Google to Give “Preferred” Sites Prominence in Results  —  The Mountain View, Calif. search giant is rolling out an interesting new search feature in beta that allows users to set a list of preferred sites, from which the search algorithm will give prominence to those sites when results are returned.
Jansen Ng / DailyTech:
Intel Cuts Prices, Introduces New Models  —  New lower power models are pricey  —  Intel has announced price cuts for some of its Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual Core, Celeron, and Xeon products.  It has also announced several new Core 2 Quad CPUs with a 65W TDP.
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:   Intel cuts prices on some chips up to 48 percent
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Lotus Notes Soon To Become Even More LinkedIn  —  LinkedIn has partnered with IBM to create a new plugin that integrates its professional social network into Lotus Notes, a popular business desktop client that includes Email, calendar, and IM functionality.  The plugin is making its debut …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
After Steve Jobs Acknowledges Ill Health, Doubts for Reporters  —  For many months, the media munched on denials from Apple that its chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, was in poor health, despite visual evidence to the contrary.  —  Inevitably, the announcement from the company last week …
Discussion: Gawker
DSLreports:
FCC Doesn't Like Comcast's New Treatment of VoIP - Hints that Digital Voice service should be regulated...  While a lot was made of the FCC's investigation and Comcast's shift to a “protocol agnostic” network management system, the FCC order didn't actually punish Comcast, came with no fine …
Discussion: Electronista
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Music Industry Imitates Digital Pirates to Turn a Profit  —  CANNES, France — After years of futile efforts to stop digital pirates from copying its music, the music business has started to copy the pirates.  —  Online and mobile services offering listeners unlimited “free” …
Discussion: p2pnet and Michael Geist Blog
Andrew Stone / Times of London:
Blogging your way into the big time  —  Using internet contacts can lead to myriad opportunities for small firms  —  Soon after starting up, Scottish beer business Brewdog was struggling to sell its product until its co-founders hit on the idea of using the internet to market their distinctive beers.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
eBay Q4: “Letting Go of a Very Successful Past” … Good thing Wall Street's expectations for eBay's fourth-quarter earnings are low, because the online auctioneer is gearing up to post what many believe will be its first quarterly revenue decline in nearly 10 years.
Melissa Bounoua / Forbes:
Twitter Not Loved In Europe  —  European companies say the social-networking tool is a time waster.  —  “Just had a cup of our Guatemala Casi Cielo ... It means ‘almost heaven’ in Spanish,” a Starbucks manager wrote in a recent Twitter post.  —  The coffee giant is one of many U.S. companies using Twitter …
Discussion: Mashable!
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA pulls out of John Doe cases involving college students  —  Last month, the RIAA announced that it was putting an end to its reviled legal campaign against P2P users and would not be filing any new cases, moving instead towards a graduated response plan.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Navitell Raises €2 Million For Mobile StoryTeller Software  —  Belgium-based Navitell just announced it has secured €2 million (or about $2,635,000) in funding from FPIM, an investment holding company operated by the federal government.  Navitell develops the StoryTeller software suite …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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.
 
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Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
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Nicola Leske / Reuters:
T-Mobile to offer G1 in more European countries
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
IAA Finds Advertisers Wary of Google
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Rodney Gedda / Computerworld:
Active Directory comes to Linux with Samba 4
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Katie Hoffmann / Bloomberg:
IBM Will Release Online Version of Its Lotus Software for Cloud Computing
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Technology boosts M&A in UK
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Circuit City Under Siege
Discussion: Maximum PC all and Gizmodo
Zephoria / apophenia:
Taken Out of Context — my PhD dissertation
Google Watch:
Is Google Talking Trash to the European Commission Over Internet Explorer?
Discussion: The Register and AppleInsider
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows 7 Beta takes another crown, besting Vista in SSD performance