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12:45 AM ET, January 20, 2009

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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.
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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
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 …
DSLreports:
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
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.
Financial Times:
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
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Suzanne Herel / The Technology Chronicles:
Pope's gone wired — the pontiff's on YouTube
Discussion: CBS News
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Consequences of social-network parental controls
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
Dave Copeland / Boston Globe:
Keep it clean, kids, software's watching
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Fliqz Raises Another $6 Million For Turnkey Video Platform Solutions
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple among PC makers sued over OS permissions tech
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Arango / New York Times:
After Steve Jobs Acknowledges Ill Health, Doubts for Reporters
Discussion: Gawker
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Music Industry Imitates Digital Pirates to Turn a Profit
Discussion: p2pnet and Michael Geist Blog
Andrew Stone / Times of London:
Blogging your way into the big time  —  Using internet contacts …