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4:00 AM ET, January 19, 2009

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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
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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: AdAge
Zephoria / apophenia:
Taken Out of Context — my PhD dissertation  —  Without further ado... my PhD dissertation:  —  Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics … Knowing that I would share my dissertation publicly, I desperately wanted to create a perfect dissertation.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and hubbub
Paul Foy / Associated Press:
Technology to block phones in cars isn't foolproof  —  SALT LAKE CITY - Many parents would love to be able to give their teenagers a cell phone that couldn't be used while driving.  Now some inventors say they have come up with ways to make that possible, but they appear to be relying on wishful thinking.
Discussion: Identity Woman
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
L.M.Orchard / 0xDECAFBAD:
Tags do work (for me, at least)  —  For the “too long; didn't read” crowd:  — I've been using a lot of tags on Delicious over a relatively long time, so they seem very useful to me.  — Delicious encourages the use of tags through UI convention and tool usage patterns …
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
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 …
 
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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
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Preferred Sites
Discussion: Webware.com and The Noisy Channel
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The seven hottest startups of MidemNet 2009
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and GottaBeMobile.com
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