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4:05 PM ET, January 20, 2009

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The White House:
Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov  —  Welcome to the new WhiteHouse.gov. I'm Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House and one of the people who will be contributing to the blog.  —  A short time ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Obama Renovates WhiteHouse.gov  —  To the keys to the nuclear arsenal, we now add one more technological weapon that is handed over to the incoming president at exactly noon every Inauguration Day: the root password to WhiteHouse.gov.  —  Before Barack Obama even finished taking the oath of office …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Whitehouse.gov Has A New Face, And a Blog  —  As President Barack Obama was giving his inauguration speech, another transfer of power was happening online.  At exactly 12 PM ET, Whitehouse.gov, the official Website of the President switched over to a new design.
Adam O'Donnell / Zero Day:
It's a good day to disclose the largest credit card data breach ever  —  While the majority of American media is glued to the quadrennial spectacle that is the Presidential inauguration, Heartland Payment Systems has uncovered a piece of malware hidden in their payment processing system.
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Payment Processor Breach May Be Largest Ever  —  A data breach last year at Princeton, N.J., payment processor Heartland Payment Systems may have led to the theft of more than 100 million credit and debit card accounts, the company said today.  —  If accurate, such figures may make the Heartland incident …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Inauguration Day, by the numbers  —  From what early numbers are indicating, the historic swearing-in of President Barack Obama was not the biggest traffic day for the Internet.  But for many social networks and digital-media sites, Inauguration Day shattered traffic and usage records regardless.
Discussion: dot.life blog and AppScout
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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.
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
Spencer Spinnell / Traditional Media:
Turning the page on Print Ads  —  Labels: Announcements, Google Print Ads  —  In the last few months, we've been taking a long, hard look at all the things we are doing to ensure we are investing our resources in the projects that will have the biggest impact for our users and partners.
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
AMD Sells Handset Division to Qualcomm for $65 Million  —  Resource Library:  —  Advanced Micro Devices has agreed to sell its struggling handset division to Qualcomm for $65 million, according to the chip makers.  AMD plans to sell the handset division that includes graphics, multimedia and other technology.
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Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
Upcoming PS3 Firmware (v2.60) Update  —  Hi, everyone, we have a system software updates for PS3 coming soon, and I wanted to provide you with a sneak peak at the details.  —  The PS3 firmware update (v2.60) is designed primarily to enhance the system's media capabilities.
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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple sales data: Half empty, half full
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
Associated Press:
Can you hear me now?  Maybe ... during inauguration  —  WASHINGTON - Can you hear me now?  The most appropriate answer in the nation's capital on Tuesday appears to be “sometimes.”  —  “I had to stand in the same place for 20 minutes just to have a conversation with my mother,” …
Discussion: IntoMobile
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Suzanne Choney / MSNBC:
Wireless networks crushed with traffic
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and Gear Live
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.
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
Linux-Watch.com:
Virtualization gets a boost in RHEL 5.3  —  Red Hat announced the availability of a new version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) that improves virtualization scalability.  RHEL 5.3 also adds an implementation of the open-source OpenJDK Java technology, as well as support for Intel's Nehalem processor architecture, says Red Hat.
Discussion: The Register
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Word Cloud Analysis of Obama's Inaugural Speech Compared to Bush, Clinton and Reagan's  —  Barack Obama was just sworn in as President of the US and though he stumbled in repeating his oath, the speech that followed was delivered flawlessly and was widely praised around the web.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft Sells Entire Comcast Stake  —  Microsoft (MSFT) disclosed in an SEC filing on Friday that it has sold its entire 7.3% stake in Comcast (CMCSA) Class A common stock.  Microsoft had owned 150,935,575 shares.  —  In a research note this morning, Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffett notes …
Discussion: CNET News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Did You Just Click on a Fake Hyundai Ad?  —  The Web is the future of advertising, but we're not there yet.  And getting there will be an interesting journey.  For instance, I find it hard to believe that traditional media buyers have ever had to worry about impostors buying ad space using their client's name before.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
mediadonis.net:
The Hyves Hype!  —  It really sounds strange, but mysteriously it just works...  At the moment, it's possible to check if a domain got penalized for selling links (or lost pagerank due any other kind of malicious activity).  —  The only thing you gotta do is put “hyves” as a subdomain in front of the domain to be checked.
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Cutting 20 Percent Of French Staff, Developers Bear The Brunt  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is cutting about 52 staff from its 251-strong French operation under the group-wide reductions announced from the company's Sunnyvale HQ in October.  Engineering staff are taking a big hit from the restructuring …
Discussion: CNET News and WebProNews
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 …
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mobile Firefox demonstrated on Linux-powered E-Ink display
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PR Newswire:
Friendster Expands Its Team, Offices and Partners in Asia
Discussion: paidContent.org and Jobwire
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why Microsoft should forget about Yahoo and buy Palm.
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Dutch government study: net effect of P2P use is positive
Discussion: Techdirt, CrunchGear and p2pnet
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Logitech to cut up to 600 jobs
Discussion: Gadgetell, Digital Daily and SlashGear
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Chaos Reigns in the PC Industry
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
Ted Dziuba:
Corporate Blogs: It's The PageRank, Stupid
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Online TV Sites Battle for Viewers
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Real Problem: Netbooks