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: Google Watch, Search Engine Land, Beyond Search, ParisLemon and Slashdot
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Killing Google: PR and Legal Eagles Shoot Puff Balls
MG Siegler / ParisLemon: Google, Microsoft, AT&T, Politics and Bulls**t
Timothy / Slashdot: The In-Progress Plot To Kill Google
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft cuts back on campus expansion plans — Microsoft is embarking on a set of cost cutting measures, which include postponing most of its plans to further expand its facilities across the Puget Sound region. Much more from my story in tomorrow's paper, which you can read here.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Electronista
Joseph Tartakoff / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft expansion to take a hit to cut costs
Microsoft expansion to take a hit to cut costs
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Silicon Alley Insider and The Microsoft Blog
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: Microsoft Puts New Office Construction On Hold, Not Hiring Anyone …
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog: Why Microsoft is renewing some leases but not others
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Logitech to cut up to 600 jobs — Clarification at 7:40 a.m. PST: The percentage figure for net income has been fixed. — Logitech International announced late Monday plans to cut 550 to 600 jobs, as it posted a steep drop in its financial performance and predicted continued weakness in the months ahead.
Discussion: Digital Daily and SlashGear
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: New from Logitech: Cordless Optical Recession Mouse
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Logitech to axe up to 600 jobs after net income plunges 63%
Logitech Profit Tumbles 70%; Computer-Mouse Maker May Eliminate 600 Jobs
Logitech Profit Tumbles 70%; Computer-Mouse Maker May Eliminate 600 Jobs
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CrunchGear
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.
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop: UStream on App Store just in time for the inauguration
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: AOL Updates Truveo iPhone Video Search App
Cory Bohon / TUAW: iPhone Dev 101: Introduction
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Ustream Player now on iPhone to watch Obama Inauguration
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews: iPhone Gets Updated Video Search App From Truveo
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog: Ustream Now Available for iPhone
Amy Vernon / HotHardware.com News: Watch the inauguration from your iPhone
Jennifer Leggio / Feeds: Ustream iPhone app makes App Store in time for inaugural address
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee: Ustream Makes It to the iPhone
John Ham / The Ustream.TV Blog:
Ustream Viewing Application is in the Apple App Store — The Ustream iPhone Viewing Application is now available in the Apple App Store. — The Ustream iPhone Viewing Application was pending approval from Apple and was approved in time for the inauguration. Now any iPhone owner can watch the inauguration from their iPhone.
Discussion: MediaMemo, The iPhone Blog, TidBITS, TUAW, Phone Arena, IntoMobile, Mashable!, Lifehacker, Local Mobile Search and Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: The Inauguration on Your iPhone
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: Ustream Viewer for the iPhone Now Available - Inauguration Streams Today!
Tonya Engst / TidBITS: View the U.S. Inauguration on an iPhone or iPod touch
Mel Martin / TUAW: Ustream viewer makes it to app store just in time
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Shiba Inu Puppies Live on Your iPhone Too
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker: Ustream iPhone App Available in App Store
Greg Sterling / Local Mobile Search: Streaming the Obama Inauguration
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: GigaOM, TECH.BLORGE.com, SmoothSpan Blog, The Register and Virtualization.com
Om Malik / GigaOM: With Servers, Now Cisco Fights Partners
Rik Myslewski / The Register: Cisco virtualization-server challenge to HP and IBM?
Quentin Hardy / Forbes: Metadata: Cisco Serves Up A Big One
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, WebProNews, IntoMobile, AndroidGuys and Local Mobile Search
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Top Android Developer Quits Google (GOOG)
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Android Engineering Director Joins Coupons, Inc.
James Falconer / IntoMobile: Steven Horowitz Leaves Google's Android Team for Coupons Inc.
Corporate Blogs: It's The PageRank, Stupid — If you're running an online business and have hired a consultant who tells you that you should have a corporate blog to “better connect with the community”, fire that consultant. — If you have a corporate blog that is only marginally …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Real Problem: Netbooks — Forget Steve Jobs' health problems. Cheap “netbooks” could steal the sizzle from Apple's hot notebook business. — BURLINGAME, Calif.—Forget Steve Jobs' health problems. Apple has other troubles. For starters, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Chaos Reigns in the PC Industry — The popularity of netbooks, Acer's rise, Lenovo's fall, the struggles of component makers to sell virtually anything — it all makes for a crazy time in the personal computer market these days. — The major PC component suppliers — companies like Intel …
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 …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Do You Trust User Reviews on the Web?
Michael Santo / Alice Hill's Real Tech News: Belkin's Review Scams Run Deep: Employee
Ron Schenone / Lockergnome Blog Network: Belkin Employee Confirms Paying For Comments
Arlen Parsa / The Daily Background: Belkin Whistleblower Alleges Systemic Wrongdoing: “This Only Scratches the Surface”
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets: The Day That Was — Soundclip, a tiny plastic scoop …
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 …
Discussion: Twitterrati, The Blog Herald, VentureBeat, Data Mining, TheNextWeb.com, the Econsultancy blog and TechCrunch
Buckpost / Twitterrati: Twingly Tackles Microblog Search
Thord Daniel Hedengren / The Blog Herald: Twingly Launches Microblog Search, CEO Tells Us Why
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Twingly launches microblog search …
Matthew Hurst / Data Mining: Social Media Search is Different
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / TheNextWeb.com: Twingly offers search for 6 microblogging services
Patricio Robles / the Econsultancy blog: Twingly's new microblogging search engine rocks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Twingly Launches Microblogging Search Engine
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Web Sites Scale Up for Inauguration Traffic — Popular web sites and social networks are scaling up for huge web traffic for today's inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president. But there's debate over whether today's traffic will challenge election night 2008 as the record peak for Internet traffic.
Discussion: TechCrunch, dot.life blog, Digits, USA Today and Slashdot
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Can You Spell “Barack Obama”?
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog: A New Media inauguration? — Will Barack Obama's inauguration …
Mhtaylor Mhtaylor / Digits: Digital Overload at Inauguration?
Timothy / Slashdot: The Web Braces For Inauguration Traffic
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple iPod, Mac Sales Looking Good Ahead Of Earnings (AAPL) — Good news for Apple (AAPL) investors ahead of Wednesday's earnings report: December quarter iPod sales could surprise, and Mac sales look in-line with expectations, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. In a report today, Munster estimates:
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider: Apple's Mac, iPod sales see slight rebound in December
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Online TV Sites Battle for Viewers — Sites like TV.com, Hulu, and Joost that feature much of the same content are hoping that social-networking features will put them ahead of the crowd — On TV, content is king. But on the Web, community may reign supreme.
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Marketers Look Beyond Search Engines — Facebook, MySpace, iPhone Figure in Efforts by Pizza Hut, Others to Boost Online Exposure While Controlling Costs — Marketers, seeking to boost their online exposure while keeping a lid on costs, are looking beyond Internet search engines such as Google …
Discussion: Screenwerk, BloggingStocks and MediaFile
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Search Beyond Search Engines
Douglas McIntyre / BloggingStocks: More trouble for Google as marketers move on
Paul Thomasch / MediaFile: Media is dizzy for inauguration
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Dutch government study: net effect of P2P use is positive — The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs commissioned a study by research company TNO about how much Dutch Internet users download music, movies, and games, and what the social and economic effects of this downloading are.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt: Respected Dutch Researchers Note That Piracy Has A Positive Impact On The Economy
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon, Netflix, Priceline: Are they really recession resistant? — With Google and eBay kicking off a round of Internet earnings this week analysts seem to be on a hunt to find the most recession resistant Web companies. The early line: Amazon, Netflix and Priceline appear to be able to weather the economic storm.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Track Hot Topics On Niche Blogs With FeedVis — Want to put your ear to the ground and find out what any group of bloggers are talking about? Some types of bloggers link out to each other a lot, making it easy to see what the hot topics are (see Techmeme, or Technorati).
Michael Wei / Reuters:
Refurbished iPods cheaper in China — BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple 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. — These are products that were previously sold …
Discussion: Neowin.net and CNET News
Chakkaradeep Chandran / Neowin.net: Apple sells used products for less in China
Anne Dujmovic / CNET News: Apple now selling used products online in China
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: The Register and Hardware 2.0
John Leyden / The Register: Conficker Autoplay ruse gets teeth into Windows 7
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0: AutoPlay - Fun and social engineering
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: broadstuff, VentureBeat, VatorNews and ReadWriteWeb
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: YAMMERING ON ABOUT TWITTER AS A CORPORATE TOOL
Bambi Francisco / VatorNews: Yammer and Geni raise $5 million
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Geni Gets Another $5 Million for Social Networking and Genealogy Site …