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.
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?
Ron Schenone / Lockergnome Blog Network: Search Advertising Revenue Falls 8% ?
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, dailywireless.org, SitePoint and ZDNet Government
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines: Internet Inauguration: The Interactive Introduction of the Obama Presidency
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Carriers Prep for DC Inaugural
Josh Catone / SitePoint: Barack Obama's Web Wasteland
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government: The many impediments to digital White House
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.
Discussion: The Technology Chronicles and The Register
Rik Myslewski / The Register: Cisco virtualization-server challenge to HP and IBM?
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: Lockergnome Blog Network, The Daily Background and Computerworld
Ron Schenone / Lockergnome Blog Network: Belkin Employee Confirms Paying For Comments
Arlen Parsa / The Daily Background: Belkin Whistleblower Alleges Systemic Wrongdoing: “This Only Scratches the Surface”
Yardena Arar / Computerworld: Belkin exec disavows fake user review offers
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, Electronista, TechCrunch, TechCrunch UK, Silicon Alley Insider, Gizmodo, Boy Genius Report, Engadget Mobile, One Microsoft Way, Phone Arena, Mobilewhack.com, SlashGear, IntoMobile, GPS Obsessed, Mobile Tech Addicts, Obsessable, wmpoweruser.com, Technologizer, TechSpot, MobileCrunch and Boing Boing Gadgets
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Microsoft to take to the “sky” with App Store, MobileMe competitors next month?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Microsoft Rumored To Add Mobile Devices to Live Mesh With SkyBox
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: SkyBox: Microsoft's MobileMe, But for All Phones?
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget Mobile: Microsoft's SkyBox sync service set for a February unveiling …
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way: Windows Mobile 6.5 to be unveiled next month
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 …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: A MobileMe Rival From Microsoft?
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: Microsoft to unveil MobileMe competitor next month?
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Microsoft to challenge MobileMe and App Store next month?
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets: The Day That Was — Soundclip, a tiny plastic scoop …
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: Engadget, Obsessable, Gizmodo, TECH.BLORGE.com, NEWSFACTOR, The Mobile Gadgeteer, jkOnTheRun, Guardian, VoIP & Gadgets Blog, Liliputing, SlashGear, GPS Obsessed, CloudAve, last100, Boy Genius Report, TomsTechBlog.com, Ewan Spence's All New Musings, Boing Boing Gadgets, dailywireless.org, Gadgetreview, Scobleizer, Elliott C. Back, Electronista, Zoli's Blog, Silicon Alley Insider, atmaspheric, eHomeUpgrade, Scripting News, GottaBeMobile.com and Slashdot
Laura June / Engadget: TechCrunch's internet tablet gets a new prototype
C.K. Sample III / Obsessable: TechCrunch CrunchPad internet tablet prototype B on video
John Herrman / Gizmodo: Michael Arrington's Minimalist Web Tablet Prototyped, Fulfills (Most) Promises
Dave Parrack / TECH.BLORGE.com: TechCrunch Web tablet - a waste of time and money?
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer: Is the Crunchpad Linux tablet a viable web surfing device at $299?
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun: CrunchPad meet the Via reference design Web Pad
Chris Davies / SlashGear: CrunchPad $200 Web Tablet gets second prototype [Video]
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)
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: Manufacturing is changing with us
Elliott Back / Elliott C. Back: Why the TechCrunch Tablet is Doomed
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog: CrunchPad: a Keyboard-less Netbook
Jonathan Greene / atmaspheric: TechCrunch Crunchpad looks great but ...
Alexander Grundner / eHomeUpgrade: TechCruch Shows Off Working (Internally Designed) Web Tablet Prototype
Dave Winer / Scripting News: The interactive living room of 2009
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: There's an Update on the TechCrunch Tablet
Soulskill / Slashdot: Second Prototype of the $200 Open Source Tablet
Matt Peckham / PC World:
Amazon Drops Xbox Live Price to $30 — Make what you will of Sony's embryonic PlayStation Home, the PS3's online matchmaking service ultimately costs nothing, while Microsoft's Xbox Live equivalent reaches into your wallet and extracts $50 annually. It's all a bit strange, really …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear: CrunchDeals: Xbox Live Gold for $29.97
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
New Features to the Pre: Oops I'm late and Automatic Calendar Context — We've already posted on this video, but it warrants another look. In the recent history of Palm, nothing has been more important to the survival of the company than the gigantic infusion of cash and brain-power …
Discussion: The Technology Chronicles, Gizmodo, GPS Obsessed, Engadget Mobile, Pre Community, Electronista, mobilesyrup.com and Phone Scoop
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Palm Pre “Oops I'm Late” Feature Sounds Kind of Horrible
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Palm's webOS Can Tell If You're Going to Be Late for Meetings
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
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica: The Internet writes an inaugural address for Obama
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 …
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 …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
iGoogle Redirects iPhone Users to the Standard Mobile Interface — iGoogle continues to make mistakes. After testing the new version of iGoogle without providing an option to end the experiment, after ignoring most of the complains regarding the new interface, Google decided to redirect iPhone users …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Search Engine Roundtable
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable: Google Drops iPhone Optimized iGoogle: Users Revolt
Paul Taylor / Inquirer:
EFI-X boots US partner — ART STUDIOS ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA (ASEM), the company behind the EFI-X UEFI dongle, has severed its relationship with EFI-X USA LLC, its North American distributor. — The whole situation was triggered when EFI-X USA LLC (unrelated to ASEM as a company) …
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, ReadWriteWeb and Pulse2
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: GoodGuide And Geni Land New Funding
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Geni Gets Another $5 Million for Social Networking and Genealogy Site …
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Family Tree Social Network, Geni.com Raises $5 Million
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: broadstuff, Podcasting News and BlogStorm
James Lewin / Podcasting News: Beer, Blogs and Money
Patrick Altoft / BlogStorm: Brewdog: Blogging your way into the big time
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: TechCrunch UK, 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?
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 Technology Chronicles, The Register and CyberCrime & Doing Time
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, CrackBerry.com blogs, Mobilewhack.com, Mobile Roar, tinyComb, GPS Obsessed, 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
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, SuperSite Blog and Windows Connected
Chakkaradeep Chandran / Neowin.net: Windows 7 beta testers find critical Windows Installer Bug
Matt Freestone / Windows Connected: Windows Installer Crashing on Win7? Chris has the answer!
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: Mashable!, Skydeck, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, IntoMobile and mocoNews.net
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Backup Your Cell Phone Online with SkyDeck
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Skydeck Now Puts All Your Calls, Contacts, and Voicemails On The Web
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
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
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.
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Verizon to Offer $250 Home Femtocell
Troy D. Brown / BlackBerryNews.com: Verizon Launching Wireless Network Extender Femtocell on January 25
Om Malik / GigaOM: Is Verizon Wireless Network Extender a Ripoff?
Tim Conneally / BetaNews: Report: Verizon to launch femtocell extender this month
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
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica: Verizon getting on femtocell bandwagon with Sprint, AT&T
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Consequences of social-network parental controls — Last week I wrote about the final report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force that dispelled some myths about predator danger, pointing out that—while predators remain a threat—teens are far more likely to be bullied, harassed …
Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:
U.S. Venture Fund-Raising Plunges — VC fund-raising fell 71% in the fourth quarter due to the recession and aversion to risky investments. — BURLINGAME, Calif.—Fund-raising by U.S. venture capitalists plunged 71% in the fourth quarter, squeezed by the global economic recession …