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2:50 PM 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 …
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
Discussion: Beyond Search
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.
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's App Store: Has it peaked?  No!  —  One of the results Apple's executive team is sure to trot out Wednesday when it releases the company's fiscal 2009 Q1 earnings report is the explosive growth of its iTunes App Store.  —  Six months after it opened for business …
Discussion: TUAW and MacDailyNews
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!
Jansen Ng / DailyTech:
Intel Cuts Prices, Introduces New Models  —  New lower power models are pricey  —  Intel has announced price cuts for some of its Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual Core, Celeron, and Xeon products.  It has also announced several new Core 2 Quad CPUs with a 65W TDP.
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:   Intel cuts prices on some chips up to 48 percent
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
Tim Arango / New York Times:
After Steve Jobs Acknowledges Ill Health, Doubts for Reporters  —  For many months, the media munched on denials from Apple that its chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, was in poor health, despite visual evidence to the contrary.  —  Inevitably, the announcement from the company last week …
Discussion: Gawker
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 …
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: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Skydeck
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 and Michael Geist Blog
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Macsimum News
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Really Does Not Want Live Broadcast Of Hearing In Tenenbaum Case  —  from the what-are-you-afraid-of?  dept  —  It seems the RIAA is, once again, showing its true colors.  When Charlie Nesson asked the court in the Tenebaum case to allow a live internet broadcast of a hearing to dismiss the case, the RIAA protested.
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
eBay Q4: “Letting Go of a Very Successful Past” … Good thing Wall Street's expectations for eBay's fourth-quarter earnings are low, because the online auctioneer is gearing up to post what many believe will be its first quarterly revenue decline in nearly 10 years.
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: ReadWriteWeb and Pulse2
 
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