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11:20 AM ET, January 21, 2009

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Android G2 Photos: Thinner and No Keyboard  —  Here they are: Alleged spy photos of the second generation Android cellphone, the thinner, shinier, and totally lickable T-Mobile G2 made by HTC.  It has no keyboard and its back looks oh-so-soap-bar-smooth:  —  As you can see, it has a 3.2 megapixel camera.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple quietly updates $999 white MacBook with unibody specs  —  Hmmm, what's this?  Did Apple just update its lowly, $999 white plastic polycarbonate MacBook to more closely align with its new unibody MacBooks?  Why yes, yes it has... sometime in the last 3 days according to Google's cache.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
White MacBooks Upgraded, Nearly Match Unibody Specs
Discussion: Webomatica
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   How to Slow Google: Get Barack Obama to Speak
Bloomberg:
Apple's Disclosures About Jobs's Health Said to Face SEC Review  —  Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) — U.S. regulators are examining Apple Inc.'s disclosures about Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs's health problems to ensure investors weren't misled, a person familiar with the matter said.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
SEC to probe Apple on Steve Jobs' health issues?  —  US regulator scrutinising disclosure  —  Apple reportedly faces a review by US regulators to ensure investors weren't misled by the firm's disclosure regarding boss Steve Jobs' health problems.  —  According to Bloomberg …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Reuters
Michael Pinto / Fanboy.com:
Social Media “Experts” are the Cancer of Twitter (and Must Be Stopped)  —  Nearly a day goes by on Twitter without yet another social media “expert” choosing to stalk me.  At first it started innocently — back in the day (about a year ago) various techie friends started …
Reuters:
Microsoft expected to cut jobs  —  NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is expected to post a quarterly profit that misses its own target and announce thousands of job cuts this week as the global economic slump hurts even the technology industry's biggest players.
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Hackers breach Heartland Payment credit card system  —  Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) on Tuesday disclosed that intruders hacked into the computers it uses to process 100 million payment card transactions per month for 175,000 merchants.  —  Robert Baldwin, Heartland's president and CFO …
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Verizon does 180, says it now supports a DTV delay  —  Reversing its earlier position on a postponement of the analog to digital TV transition, Verizon Wireless now says it will support pushing back the date.  Multichannel News reports that the wireless giant's CEO Ivan Seidenberg …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
The top 10 things we hate about the iPhone  —  Look, we love our iPhones as much as the person, but at this late point in the game, there are some things that are just inexcusable.  Here's our top 10 things we hate about the iPhone, and we'll post up our top 10 things we hate about the Bold later on.
Discussion: MobileDevicesToday and Mobile Roar
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Online Video of Inauguration Sets Records  —  Millions of cubicle dwellers across the country helped set records for Internet traffic on Tuesday as they watched online video of the inauguration ceremonies — or at least tried to.  The overwhelming demand meant that some Web sites and data networks …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Open government  —  The secret to a more secure and cost effective government is through open source technologies and products.  —  The claim comes from one of Silicon Valley's most respected business leaders Scott McNealy, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems.
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory and open
Tom Steinberg / mySociety:
Blimey.  It looks like the Internets won  —  The vote on concealing MPs' expenses has been cancelled by the government!  —  In other words - we won!  —  This is a huge victory not just for transparency, it's a bellweather for a change in the way politics works.
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
The country's new robots.txt file  —  Here's a small and nerdy measure of the huge change in the executive branch of the US government today.  Here's the robots.txt file from whitehouse.gov yesterday: … And it goes on like that for almost 2400 lines!  Here's the new Obamafied robots.txt file:
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Ericsson Cuts 5,000 Jobs After Strong Quarter  —  Today Ericsson reported a 31 percent drop in its fourth-quarter profits to 3.9 billion kronor ($465 million), announced 5,000 job cuts and said its core telecommunication equipment business was still unaffected by financial turmoil.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
All Major Canadian ISPs Slow Down P2P Traffic  —  Ignited by the Comcast fiasco in the US, the concept of net neutrality has certainly been brought into the mainstream.  ISPs are rarely transparent when it comes to their throttling, capping and otherwise interfering behavior …
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Linden Lab acquires Xtreet and OnRez, brokers of virtual goods for Second Life  —  Is the real economy dragging you down?  Hop into Second Life, where the virtual world's gross domestic product jumped 54% in the fourth quarter!  —  Residents of Second Life traded $100.8 million worth …
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.
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Twitter's risk of ubiquity  —  I continue to marvel at the huge amount of coverage that Twitter gets from mainstream and business press, as well as the huge amount of traffic that the service continues to enjoy.  But while Twitter is becoming omnipresent in every layer of the media, the business remains a mystery.
Discussion: Hitwise Intelligence
BBC:
Windows worm trickery for Vista  —  The Conficker virus has opened a new can of worms for security experts.  —  Drives such as USB sticks infected with the virus trick users into installing the worm, according to researchers.  —  The “Autoplay” function in Vista and early versions …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple Q1 2009 earnings smackdown  —  It's that time of year again.  —  After the markets close on Wednesday, Apple will report its earnings for fiscal 2009 Q1.  And once again blogger Andy Zaky has challenged the professional analysts — most of whom, in his opinion, are clueless …
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
HP's Mark Hurd made $42.5 million in fiscal 2008  —  Hewlett-Packard gave its boss, Mark Hurd, $25.4 million in cash last year, including a $1.45 million salary and $23.9 million in bonus money, according to compensation figures contained in the company's proxy which it filed late on Inauguration Day.
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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