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11:50 AM ET, January 20, 2009

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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 / 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.
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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 …
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
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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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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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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 …
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 …
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.
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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.
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 …
Mike Pegg / Google LatLong:
Inaugural mashups  —  The day has finally arrived!  In a few hours, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.  Although massive crowds are expected to gather in Washington, most people won't be able to experience the event in person and instead will rely …
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Chuck SalterMon / Fast Company:
An Historical Twofer: President Obama and the Internet Inaugural
Discussion: Bleeding Edge
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 …
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 …
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.
DigiTimes:
LGE ships 100 million handsets in 2008, ranking third worldwide, says South Korea paper  —  LG Electronics (LGE) shipped over 100 million handsets in 2008, surpassing the amounts shipped by Motorola and Sony Ericsson, respectively, to capture, for the first time, third place in the global handset market …
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.
Discussion: Techdirt and p2pnet
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 …
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.
 
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Refurbished iPods cheaper in China
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Number of computer users affected by Windows worm is ‘skyrocketing’