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9:50 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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
DigiTimes:
Intel to target ultra-portable notebook market with CULV platform  —  Intel plans to push a new consumer ultra-low voltage (CULV) platform into the market for ultra-portable notebooks priced between US$699-899 in the second quarter of 2009.  The move is believed to be targeting AMD's new Yukon platform …
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and I4U News
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.”
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
YouTube begins experimenting with downloadable videos  —  YouTube videos may soon become more accessible, thanks to a new feature Google began experimenting with late last week.  Launching in what appears to be a limited rollout, some YouTube videos can now be downloaded via a simple link at YouTube's site …
Discussion: digg.com
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 …
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.
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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‘Extraordinary’ attack on Microsoft
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Circuit City Under Siege
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel cuts prices on some chips up to 48 percent
Zephoria / apophenia:
Taken Out of Context — my PhD dissertation
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and hubbub
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Tags do work (for me, at least)
Paul Foy / Associated Press:
Technology to block phones in cars isn't foolproof
 Earlier Items: 
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain Vivid New Lives
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows 7 Beta takes another crown, besting Vista in SSD performance
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Will “Google Web Drive” Launch in 2009?
Discussion: Download Squad and Googling Google
Richard Wilner / New York Post:
ANALYST IS APPLE LITE
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider