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: Forbes, The Register, The Technology Chronicles and SmoothSpan Blog
Quentin Hardy / Forbes: Metadata: Cisco Serves Up A Big One
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: Alice Hill's Real Tech News, The Daily Background and Lockergnome Blog Network
Michael Santo / Alice Hill's Real Tech News: Belkin's Review Scams Run Deep: Employee
Arlen Parsa / The Daily Background: Belkin Whistleblower Alleges Systemic Wrongdoing: “This Only Scratches the Surface”
Ron Schenone / Lockergnome Blog Network: Belkin Employee Confirms Paying For Comments
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, fcw.com and Mashable!
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, ZDNet Government, GMSV and dailywireless.org
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
John Murrell / GMSV: Eat, drink, be merry, for tomorrow the earnings come out
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Carriers Prep for DC Inaugural
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: paidContent.org, CrunchGear and Engadget
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear: CrunchDeals: Xbox Live Gold for $29.97
Brent Frei / TechFlash:
Lifestyle business? Google or Microsoft could eat your lunch — How many times will the lessons of business history be relearned? When it comes to the importance of being a marketing and distribution focused company primarily, versus a product company, it seems the answer is... an endless number.
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: Electronista, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, TechCrunch UK, Phone Arena, Mobilewhack.com, IntoMobile, GPS Obsessed, One Microsoft Way, Mobile Tech Addicts, Obsessable, Gizmodo, Silicon Alley Insider, SlashGear, Boy Genius Report, Technologizer, wmpoweruser.com, MobileCrunch, TechSpot and Boing Boing Gadgets
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Microsoft Rumored To Add Mobile Devices to Live Mesh With SkyBox
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
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Microsoft set to unveil SkyBox, SkyLine sync services, SkyMarket …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: SkyBox: Microsoft's MobileMe, But for All Phones?
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Microsoft cloud-backup & download store launch at MWC? GUI leaks claimed authentic
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: A MobileMe Rival From Microsoft?
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Those Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots might be real. Maybe.
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: Microsoft to unveil MobileMe competitor next month?
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets: The Day That Was — Soundclip, a tiny plastic scoop …
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, Engadget Mobile, Pre Community, Gizmodo, Electronista, GPS Obsessed, 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
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Enters into Agreement with Banco Inbursa and Inmobiliaria Carso for $250 Million in Senior Unsecured Notes — The New York Times Company today announced that it had entered into a private financing agreement with Banco Inbursa, S. A., Institucion de Banca Multiple …
Discussion: MediaMemo, paidContent.org and Silicon Alley Insider
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
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
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
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, Lockergnome Blog Network, Neowin.net, Chris123NT's Blog, 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!
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
Plantronics laying off 18 percent, writing down goodwil — Plantronics, the Santa Cruz maker of headsets said last week that it plans to cut 18 percent of its workforce, or about 900 jobs, “effective immediately”, the same day that it warned that its sales for its fiscal 2009 third quarter …
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 …
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) …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yammer Raises $5 Million For Workgroup Micro-Messaging — Fifty thousand dollars will only go so far. As the winner of last year's TechCrunch50, that's how much workgroup micro-messaging service Yammer received in prize money. But Yammer has now raised a $5 million series A financing …
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: Ars Technica, GigaOM, Electronista, Homotron.net and Signal to Noise
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica: FCC wants to know if Comcast is interfering with VoIP
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM: FCC Asks if Comcast Slows Rivals' VoIP Traffic
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 …
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, CyberCrime & Doing Time and digg.com
Deborah Gage / The Technology Chronicles: Downadup worm spreads to 9 million PCs
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Just in time for the Obama inauguration, Ustream's iPhone app launches — True to its word, live streaming video site Ustream, has released its iPhone application into Apple's App Store in time for people to watch President Obama's inauguration on their iPhones live tomorrow.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee: Ustream Makes It to the iPhone
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Shiba Inu Puppies Live on Your iPhone Too
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.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: Why Search Advertising is Down — Oh, look: search advertising …
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)
Ron Schenone / Lockergnome Blog Network: Search Advertising Revenue Falls 8% ?
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Search Spending Disambiguation
IBM accused of abusing position in European mainframe market — By Nikki Tait in Brussels and Richard Waters in San,Francisco — IBM faces fresh scrutiny from European competition regulators as a new complaint is filed today formally accusing the US company of abusing its monopoly power in Europe's computer mainframe market.
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
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?
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: VatorNews, ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and Pulse2
Bambi Francisco / VatorNews: Yammer and Geni raise $5 million
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Geni Gets Another $5 Million for Social Networking and Genealogy Site …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: GoodGuide And Geni Land New Funding
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Family Tree Social Network, Geni.com Raises $5 Million
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iGoogle Gadgets Are Getting Social Smarts — New social features are popping up in iGoogle gadgets, those apps you can add to your personalized Google homepage. For instance, the My Google Book Search Library gadget, which lets you search books and create a personal digital library …