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.
Discussion: GMSV, A VC, The Technology Liberation …, Silicon Alley Insider and Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim
John Murrell / GMSV: Eat, drink, be merry, for tomorrow the earnings come out
Berin Szoka / The Technology Liberation Front: Search Advertising Dropped 8% in 2008: Why Users Should Care
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Holy Crap, Search Advertising Actually Shrank In Q4 (GOOG)
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Search Spending Down 8% in Q4; Will Google's Earnings Report Reflect the Same?
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Report: Search Spending Off 8 Percent In Q4 — While search engine marketing has been somewhat more durable during the recession (to date), than other media, that may not save SEM from negative growth. The Wall Street Journal is reporting on the latest Efficient Frontier search marketing report, set to be released tomorrow.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Search Spending Disambiguation
Agence France Presse:
Change.gov coming to the White House — WASHINGTON (AFP) — At exactly one minute after noon on Tuesday change.gov is coming to the White House. — That's the moment when whitehouse.gov — the website for the past eight years of President George W. Bush — changes hands and the savvy young …
Discussion: Investor Relations Blog and fcw.com
Dominic Jones / Investor Relations Blog: Obama gives corporations one less excuse to avoid web engagement
Matthew Weigelt / fcw.com: In the News: Change.gov becomes Whitehouse.gov at noon Tuesday
Evan Ratliff / Wired News:
The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the White House?
The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the White House?
Discussion: Between the Lines, SitePoint and ZDNet Government
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines: Internet Inauguration: The Interactive Introduction of the Obama Presidency
Josh Catone / SitePoint: Barack Obama's Web Wasteland
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government: The many impediments to digital White House
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Bush leaves behind a mixed technology legacy
Bush leaves behind a mixed technology legacy
Discussion: Copyrights & Campaigns
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, NEWSFACTOR, Obsessable, Engadget, jkOnTheRun, The Mobile Gadgeteer, Guardian, Liliputing, Scobleizer, SlashGear, VoIP & Gadgets Blog, GPS Obsessed, Silicon Alley Insider, Elliott C. Back, CloudAve, last100, Boy Genius Report, TomsTechBlog.com, Ewan Spence's All New Musings, Electronista, Boing Boing Gadgets, dailywireless.org, Gadgetreview, atmaspheric, Zoli's Blog, Scripting News, eHomeUpgrade, GottaBeMobile.com and Slashdot
John Herrman / Gizmodo: Michael Arrington's Minimalist Web Tablet Prototyped, Fulfills (Most) Promises
C.K. Sample III / Obsessable: TechCrunch CrunchPad internet tablet prototype B on video
Laura June / Engadget: TechCrunch's internet tablet gets a new protoype
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: A $300 Choice: Netbook or CrunchPad?
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer: Is the Crunchpad Linux tablet a viable web surfing device at $299?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: Manufacturing is changing with us
Chris Davies / SlashGear: CrunchPad $200 Web Tablet gets second prototype [Video]
Elliott Back / Elliott C. Back: Why the TechCrunch Tablet is Doomed
Zoli Erdos / CloudAve: CrunchPad: a Netbook Sans Keyboard
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report: Crunchpad begins to take shape
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets: Is Michael Arrington the next Steve Jobs?
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Open Source Internet Tablet
Christen da Costa / Gadgetreview: Crunchpad: Michael Arrington's $200 Internet Tablet Device (video)
Jonathan Greene / atmaspheric: TechCrunch Crunchpad looks great but ...
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog: CrunchPad: a Keyboard-less Netbook
Dave Winer / Scripting News: The interactive living room of 2009
Alexander Grundner / eHomeUpgrade: TechCruch Shows Off Working (Internally Designed) Web Tablet Prototype
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: There's an Update on the TechCrunch Tablet
Soulskill / Slashdot: Second Prototype of the $200 Open Source Tablet
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch UK, Electronista, One Microsoft Way, Silicon Alley Insider, GPS Obsessed, Technologizer, Mobile Tech Addicts, Boy Genius Report, Mobilewhack.com, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Engadget Mobile, Phone Arena, wmpoweruser.com, SlashGear, IntoMobile, Obsessable, MobileCrunch and TechSpot
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Microsoft to take to the “sky” with App Store, MobileMe competitors next month?
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way: Windows Mobile 6.5 to be unveiled next month
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: A MobileMe Rival From Microsoft?
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: SkyBox: Microsoft's MobileMe, But for All Phones?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Microsoft Rumored To Add Mobile Devices to Live Mesh With SkyBox
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget Mobile: Microsoft's SkyBox sync service set for a February unveiling …
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Microsoft cloud-backup & download store launch at MWC? GUI leaks claimed authentic
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Microsoft set to unveil SkyBox, SkyLine sync services, SkyMarket …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Microsoft to challenge MobileMe and App Store next month?
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: Microsoft to unveil MobileMe competitor next month?
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Belkin Employee Sheds Light On Belkin's Supposedly Dirty Practices — Belkin's alleged, and now confirmed, payola scheme may have been one of the first times we've heard about their shady practices, but an employee of Belkin says it's actually very common. — To summarize the note …
Discussion: Computerworld and The Daily Background
Yardena Arar / Computerworld: Belkin exec disavows fake user review offers
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Cisco Plans Big Push Into Server Market — SAN JOSE, Calif. — Within the next few months, Cisco Systems, the largest maker of networking equipment, plans to release a product that threatens to shake up the technology industry and put the company on a collision course with traditional partners like Hewlett-Packard and I.B.M.
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
What the duck? Train your iPhone to (truly) learn new words — I was chatting with some colleagues today who complained that their iPhones never seemed to learn new words properly and permanently, no matter how often they typed them. In the case of the Ars staff, I won't lie …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Lifehacker
The VAR Guy:
Zimbra Email: Thriving Under Yahoo's Ownership? — At first glance, Yahoo is struggling on multiple fronts. But take a closer look and you may discover that Zimbra — the open source email system Yahoo acquired in September 2007 — is thriving under Yahoo's ownership. Skeptical?
Discussion: The Open Road
Matt Asay / The Open Road: Zimbra hits 20 million paid mailboxes
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple among PC makers sued over OS permissions tech — Apple is among a dozen systems builders being sued this month for infringing on a pair of patents that cover system-wide software permissions for defining the range of operations that computer applications may or may not perform.
Discussion: Technologizer, Infinite Loop and Macsimum News
David Worthington / Technologizer: Patent Holding Company Sues Computer and Software Makers
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop: Apple, other PC makers sued over software privileges
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: Apple, other computer makers sued for 'system-wide software …
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
VC Deal Scoop: Potbelly, Geni & More... What follows are six VC deals culled from recent Regulation D filings with the SEC. They have not been otherwise disclosed: — * Ardian Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based developer of a medical device to treat congestive heart failure …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: GoodGuide And Geni Land New Funding
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Geni Gets Another $5 Million for Social Networking and Genealogy Site …
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 …
Discussion: Software as Services, The Register, eWeek, Computerworld, WebProNews, Virtual Worlds News, Webware.com, Todd Watson and Bloomberg
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services: Back to the future with Lotus Live
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register: IBM reaches out to SAP, RIM with Notes
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld: IBM intros Lotus cloud suite, partners with Skype, SF.com
Chris Crum / WebProNews: LinkedIn Gets Integrated with IBM Lotus
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Blackberry Storefront Accepting App Applications — Following in the footsteps of Apple and its iTunes App store, several mobile companies have announced plans to launch their own storefronts. Research In Motion is looking to launch its store relatively soon, and it took a major step forward …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mobile Roar, GPS Obsessed, Mobilewhack.com, tinyComb, CrackBerry.com blogs, Gizmodo and mocoNews.net
Jason Wilk / tinyComb: Screenshots And Analysis Of Blackberry's Storefront
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo: BlackBerry Storefront App Store Now Accepting Submissions
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net: RIM And Microsoft Closer To Apple-Like Application Stores
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.
Discussion: BlackBerryNews.com, GPS Obsessed, Electronista, dailywireless.org, BetaNews, GigaOM, Ars Technica, Obsessable, Telecompetitor, DSLreports and Boy Genius Report
Troy D. Brown / BlackBerryNews.com: Verizon Launching Wireless Network Extender Femtocell on January 25
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Verizon to Offer $250 Home Femtocell
Tim Conneally / BetaNews: Report: Verizon to launch femtocell extender this month
Om Malik / GigaOM: Is Verizon Wireless Network Extender a Ripoff?
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica: Verizon getting on femtocell bandwagon with Sprint, AT&T
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Verizon Wireless Network Extender enhances cell reception at home
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report: VZW Network Extender femtocell to launch 25 January
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: Skydeck, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, IntoMobile and mocoNews.net
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Skydeck Now Puts All Your Calls, Contacts, and Voicemails On The Web
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Guest Blogger: Googling the Inauguration — Guest Blogger Bill Tancer is the general manager of global research at Hitwise, an online data and research unit of Experian PLC. He is also the author of “Click: What Millions of People do Online and Why it Matters.”
Discussion: Ars Technica and Industry Standard
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Number of computer users affected by Windows worm is ‘skyrocketing’ — The number of computers infected by a virus that attacks unsecured networks and can be spread via memory sticks has “skyrocketed” in recent days, according to anti-virus experts. — Security analysts at F-Secure believe …
Discussion: The Register, CyberCrime & Doing Time and CrunchGear
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Don't become a victim to the Conflicer worm
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: Loic Le Meur Blog and Mashable!
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog: Do European Companies Really Dislike Twitter?
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: European Companies Don't Like Twitter. Should They?
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.
Discussion: Podcasting News
James Lewin / Podcasting News: Beer, Blogs and Money
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” …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Win 7 testers find (and fix themselves) troublesome installer bug — A number of Windows 7 testers have succumbed to a bug that is causing them to crash randomly whenever they try to start Windows Update or install anything using Microsoft's MSI installer. But a couple of testers …
Discussion: AeroXperience, Chris123NT's Blog, Neowin.net and SuperSite Blog
Chakkaradeep Chandran / Neowin.net: Windows 7 beta testers find critical Windows Installer Bug
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, Homotron.net and Signal to Noise
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, ReadWriteWeb, Search Engine Land and WebProNews
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Roll Your Own Google: Customize Your Search Results With ‘Preferred Sites’
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Google Experiment Could Spark SEO Sea Change
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
GoodGuide raises $3.73M for ethical shopping — GoodGuide, a site that helps shoppers find healthy, sustainable, and ethical products, has raised $3.73 million in a first round of venture funding. — The concept behind GoodGuide is rather obvious, but it was also tough to pull all the necessary data together.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
NokiaPressServices / Nokia Press Bulletin Board:
Nokia and Securitas to cooperate in bringing security services into mobile devices — Nokia and Securitas today announced a new cooperation regarding mobile services for personal security and every day safety. Mobile devices already today give increased feeling of security with friends …
Discussion: Phone Arena, Unwired View, Engadget and Phone Scoop
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Nokia and Securitas team up on GPS-based security service
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Nokia to Offer Consumers Safety Suite
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
TechRestore offering matte conversion for 15" MacBook Pro — If you're one of those people who would have gotten one of the slick new 15" MacBook Pros but just can't bear the thought of using a glossy LCD screen, then you need to know about TechRestore. The electronics repair service …
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Mac Observer and Macsimum News