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10:10 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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Electronista:
Apple upgrades plastic MacBook with 9400M
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
The Official Google Blog:
Search findings from the U.S. presidential inauguration  —  Today, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America.  As we observed throughout the presidential campaign, many people in the U.S. turned to Google Search to find information.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Pictures: President Obama's inauguration, as seen from space  —  The other day I wrote about how the GeoEye-1 satellite would be taking images of President Obama's inauguration from 423 miles up — in space.  This could only have worked on a clear day so clouds didn't block the view.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Despite Inauguration, Google & Others Still Think It's President Bush …
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 …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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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, open and Slashdot
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows 7 install roundup  —  After resting up and settling into our post-CES golden desk chairs, team Engadget got busy at installing Windows 7 on pretty much anything they could find.  Most installs went off without a hitch, and BSoDs were fairly few and far between.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
New OS X research warns of stealthier Mac attacks  —  In-memory code injection covers tracks  —  A computer security researcher has discovered a new way to inject hostile code directly into the memory of machines running Apple's OS X operating system, a technique that makes it significantly harder …
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:   Windows 7 vs. Mac OS X Snow Leopard: competitive origins
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
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
How Blu-Ray Can Avoid Failure  —  Just read David Carnoy's piece on “9 reasons why Blu-ray will succeed”.  I like David, but I couldn't disagree more with his post (though not the individual points, as you'll see below).  And since (as of yesterday) it's feeling like we're in a free country …
Discussion: CrunchGear and TechCrunch
Matt Pace / Compete Blog:
Amazon Prime Squeezes Already Struggling Rivals  —  While the 2008 holiday shopping season brought considerable anguish to the retailing industry, Amazon.com was the standout exception.  As rivals lick their wounds and look ahead to a challenging 2009, the retailing giant offered them a measure …
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 …
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 …
Poynter Online:
New York Times' Policy on Facebook and Other Social Networking Sites  —  This unedited policy was provided by Craig Whitney, The New York Times' assistant managing editor who oversees journalistic standards.  —  Using “Facebook” in Reporting  —  Facebook and other social networking sites …
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Intel, Citrix Collaborating on Desktop Virtualization  —  Resource Library:  —  Intel and Citrix are planning to bring desktop virtualization technologies to a wider enterprise audience by combining their respective capabilities to make running and managing virtual machines within corporate desktops and notebooks easier.
Discussion: Virtualization.com
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
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 …
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter catches up to Digg  —  Twitter has become a popular pastime for many who like to update their daily thoughts and activates, as well as for the voyeurs who just enjoy reading the tweets.  Last week, the market share of visits to Twitter surpassed Digg for the first time since launch and was ranked #84 …
 
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Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Director Hackborn to Step Down
Associated Press:
Ericsson reports profit drop, to cut 5,000 jobs
Gavin Steacy / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Seagate's Update Bricking Working HDDs
Discussion: DailyTech and ZDNET.com.au
 Earlier Items: 
Aza Raskin / Mozilla Labs:
Test Pilot: Vision
Discussion: Epicenter and Download Squad
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Microsoft's money backs an IBM adversary - again
Discussion: Ars Technica
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Real-Time News: PubSub Gets Ready for a Comeback
Discussion: broadstuff
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft considers moving 30 percent of vendors off-site
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Raises Possibility of a Loss in First Quarter, Ending 21-Year Streak
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily