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1:10 PM ET, January 20, 2009

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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.
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Miguel de Icaza:
Watching the Obama Official Inauguration on Linux with Moonlight.  —  I just wanted to confirm that you can watch today's Barack Obama Official Inauguration video stream using Moonlight on Linux/x86 and Linux/x86-64 systems.  —  All you need to do is to go to the Moonlight Download page, install Moonlight and restart your browser.
Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:
The inauguration looms large on Google and Twitter  —  Searches and tweets relating to Barack Obama's inauguration are spiking today, as the nation tunes into the transfer of presidential power.  —  Twitter's top ten “trending topics” included nine terms related directly or indirectly to the inauguration (see screenshot, below).
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Feeds
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.
Joseph Tartakoff / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft expansion to take a hit to cut costs  —  Still unclear whether layoffs part of plan  —  When Microsoft Corp. reports its second-quarter earnings Thursday, the company is expected to outline a series of cost-cutting measures, which will include postponing most of its plans …
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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.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac, iPod sales see slight rebound in December  —  Sales of Apple's Mac and iPod products bounced back last month following a disappointing November, helping the company's performance in those segments pull slightly ahead of Wall Street's consensus estimates for the December quarter.
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and GPS Obsessed
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Apple iPod, Mac Sales Looking Good Ahead Of Earnings (AAPL)
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.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Just in time for the Obama inauguration, Ustream's iPhone app launches
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Watching The Inauguration With All My Facebook Friends  —  There are plenty of places to watch the inauguration today online (see our guide).  I've been clicking around, and many of the streams are jittery, as you would expect, but I find myself coming back to CNN's live stream.
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
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Bloomberg:   Logitech Profit Tumbles 70%; Computer-Mouse Maker May Eliminate 600 Jobs
Ted Dziuba:
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 …
iSpazio - The iPhone Blog:
Clippy - iSpazio Exclusive: Finally the real Copy & Paste for iPhone and iPod Touch is here!  —  Everyone was missing it!  Finally we got the real Copy and Paste application for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch!  It's Clippy, avaiable from the iSpazio Repository in Cydia:  —  It's very easy to use this app.
Oliver Kay / Times of London:
As Obama becomes President, get ready for Change.gov  —  As Barack Obama is sworn in as President today, Change.gov will come to the White House.  —  As he takes the oath of office, the White House website - occupied by President George.  W. Bush for the past 8 years - will also pass over to the young, tech-savvy Obama team.
Discussion: p2pnet
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Andy M. Zaky / Bullish Cross:
How the iPhone and Poor Apple Management have contributed to the Downfall of Apple  —  In April of 2007, Peter Oppenheimer (Apple's CFO) announced that Apple will be using what is commonly referred to as the “subscription method of accounting” for sales of the iPhone where the sales revenue …
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Business Wire:
Qualcomm Acquires Handheld Graphics and Multimedia Assets from AMD  —  Technology and Resource Assets to Strengthen Qualcomms Leadership Position in Mobile Multimedia  —  SAN DIEGO & SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM - News) and AMD (NYSE: AMD - News) …
Discussion: eWeek, GigaOM and Between the Lines
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why Microsoft should forget about Yahoo and buy Palm.  —  Why Microsoft would be foolish to get into the Web ad business.  —  Nearly a year ago, Microsoft made an unsolicited $44 billion bid to buy Yahoo.  No good came of it: Yahoo's executives, who appeared chronically allergic to any move …
 
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Chuck SalterMon / Fast Company:
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