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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  —  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
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 …
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Evan Ratliff / Wired News:
The Wired Presidency: Can Obama Really Reboot the 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Suzanne Herel / The Technology Chronicles:
Pope's gone wired — the pontiff's on YouTube  —  First, the Vatican went online, the late Pope John Paul II became the first pope to send an e-mail and the Holy See approved an iPhone application that delivers daily prayers to your handset.  —  Now, Pope Benedict XVI …
Discussion: CBS News
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 …
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
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) …
Discussion: AppleInsider
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
 
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Matt Peckham / PC World:
Amazon Drops Xbox Live Price to $30
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Consequences of social-network parental controls
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
TechRestore offering matte conversion for 15" MacBook Pro
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
USAT Discontinuing International Edition, But Willing To Hand It Off To Partners
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
GoFish Rebrands As Betawave
Discussion: Virtual Worlds News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iGoogle Gadgets Are Getting Social Smarts
Dave Copeland / Boston Globe:
Keep it clean, kids, software's watching
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Fliqz Raises Another $6 Million For Turnkey Video Platform Solutions
Tim Arango / New York Times:
After Steve Jobs Acknowledges Ill Health, Doubts for Reporters
Discussion: Gawker
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's App Store: Has it peaked? No!
Discussion: TUAW and MacDailyNews
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
eBay Q4: “Letting Go of a Very Successful Past”