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6:25 AM ET, January 20, 2009

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Wired News:
The Plot to Kill Google  —  When Google's lawyers entered the smooth marble hallways of the Department of Justice on the morning of October 17, they had reason to feel confident.  Sure, they were about to face the antitrust division—an experience most companies dread—to defend a proposed deal with Yahoo.
Discussion: ParisLemon
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 …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
After Twitter Authority Here Comes Facebook Authority  —  I know... But I had to post this just as a follow up.  After Twitter Authority I had to post about the first Facebook authority tool I bumped into.  It seems to have a huge “lese-majeste” bug actually as I am positive I have 5000 friends …
Discussion: TechCrunch and RotorBlog.com
Steve / The Firearm Blog:
iPod Touch mounted on M110 Sniper Rifle  —  We have seen some cool iPhone applications come out for shooting sports.  But nothing comes close to the sheer awesomeness of the Knights Armaments M110 iPod Touch mount and accompanying ballistics software.  —  The M110 is the 7.62×51mm …
Discussion: techeblog.com and Engadget
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.
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 …
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Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
It's Official: NYTCo Gets $250 Million Cash Infusion From Carlos …
Discussion: New York Times and Reuters
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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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.
Michael Wei / Reuters:
Apple sells used products for less in China  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Tuesday it had launched an online shop selling second-hand Apple products in China, offering discounts of up to 22 percent, as it looks to beef up its business in the country.
Discussion: CNET News
Jessica Vascellaro / Digits:
Coupons Clips Google Engineering Director  —  By Jessica E. Vascellaro  —  The down economy has dramatically slowed hiring at Google.  But it hasn't stopped startups from poaching the company's stars.  —  Coupons Inc., which makes software to help marketers create, distribute and track coupons …
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, VatorNews and ReadWriteWeb
Chuck SalterMon / Fast Company:
An Historical Twofer: President Obama and the Internet Inaugural  —  At the Consumer Electronics Show the other day, KC Estenson, the president of CNN.com estimated that the inauguration will be the most watched event in Internet history.  No wonder.  Although millions of people are expected …
Sean / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Social Engineering Autoplay and Windows 7  —  The Downadup worm utilizes autorun.inf files to spread via removable devices such as USB drives.  —  Our January 7th post, When is AUTORUN.INF really an AUTORUN.INF?, provided analysis.  The autorun.inf uses some tricks, such as variable size, to help avoid detection.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Building desktop Linux applications with JavaScript  —  A lingua franca for application extension  —  During his keynote presentation at OSCON last year, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth described application extensibility as an important enabler of innovation and user empowerment.
Discussion: Ajaxian, Slashdot and digg.com
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
 
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IBM accused of abusing position in European mainframe market
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
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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
The VAR Guy:
Zimbra Email: Thriving Under Yahoo's Ownership?
Discussion: The Open Road
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USAT Discontinuing International Edition, But Willing To Hand It Off To Partners
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iGoogle Gadgets Are Getting Social Smarts
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple among PC makers sued over OS permissions tech
Melissa Bounoua / Forbes:
Twitter Not Loved In Europe
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
What the duck? Train your iPhone to (truly) learn new words
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and Lifehacker
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft set to unveil MobileMe competitor next month
Andrew Stone / Times of London:
Blogging your way into the big time  —  Using internet contacts …