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7:50 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: Search Engine Land and 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.
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Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Metadata: Cisco Serves Up A Big One  —  Reports of Cisco's move into servers only tell part of the story.  —  Reports that Cisco is moving into the server business indicate that, economic hard times and all, the networking giant is still pursuing its plan to dominate the entire data center, as Forbes described in detail in September.
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 …
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: Engadget and techeblog.com
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
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: Neowin.net and CNET News
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: Reuters and New York Times
Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:
Intalio plans VC funds to finance buying spree  —  Open source BPM vendor Intalio turns 10 this year and is looking to celebrate by raising the funds necessary to finance a spending spree to acquire 8-10 open source vendors.  —  Intalio's CEO Ismael Ghalimi has sent an email to partners and users outlining the plan.
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
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 …
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.
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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Bloomberg:
Logitech Profit Tumbles 70%; Computer-Mouse Maker May Eliminate 600 Jobs  —  Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — Logitech International SA, the world's biggest maker of computer mice, said third-quarter profit slumped 70 percent as consumers bought fewer accessories amid a global economic slump.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Reuters
Anton / Twingly Blog:
Twingly inaugurating world's first federated microblog search  —  This is it!  Today we're launching Twingly Microblog Search.  —  We've been microblogging for a couple of years now at Twingly.  Mostly at Jaiku because it's been the service of choice for new-media-people here in Sweden …
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 …
Discussion: Bleeding Edge
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
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
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 …
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 …
 
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Financial Times:
IBM accused of abusing position in European mainframe market
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
Plantronics laying off 18 percent, writing down goodwil
Suzanne Herel / The Technology Chronicles:
Pope's gone wired — the pontiff's on YouTube
Discussion: CBS News
Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:
U.S. Venture Fund-Raising Plunges
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Paul Taylor / Inquirer:
EFI-X boots US partner
Discussion: AppleInsider
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Consequences of social-network parental controls
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Number of computer users affected by Windows worm is ‘skyrocketing’
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The VAR Guy:
Zimbra Email: Thriving Under Yahoo's Ownership?
Discussion: The Open Road and Neowin.net
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