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1:15 PM ET, January 21, 2009

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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  —  Despite all the fanfare about the new, upgraded unibody MacBooks, the old (polybody?)  MacBooks are still on sale for $999.  Thankfully, Apple has updated the base specs on our sad, white friend.  —  The upgrades aren't trivial either …
Discussion: TUAW, Webomatica and digg.com
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Quietly Updates Entry-Level White MacBook
Discussion: MacBlogz and DailyTech
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.
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 …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Day Live Web Video Streaming Failed Us  —  Yesterday was supposed to be the day that live Web video streaming took on TV broadcasting.  CNN.com alone served a record 21.3 million streams, with a peak of 1.3 million simultaneous streams.  And Akamai reported a peak of 5.4 million …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   How to Slow Google: Get Barack Obama to Speak
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft expected to deliver Windows Mobile 6.5 OS to handset makers in mid-2009, say sources  —  Microsoft is expected to start delivering its Windows Mobile 6.5 OS (operating system) to handset makers in mid-2009 following the expected debut of the new mobile OS in the upcoming Mobile World Congress …
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt and Communications …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Canadian ISPs throttle the Internet
Financial Times:
Stringer battles Sony ‘old guard’ over sweeping restructuring plan  —  By Robin Harding in Tokyo, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in,New York and Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles  —  Tensions are rising within Sony over a restructuring aimed at cutting billions of yen from costs, with Sir Howard Stringer …
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Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony to announce restructuring details soon: FT
Discussion: Joystiq and videogaming247
Erin Biba / Wired News:
Inside the GPS Revolution: 10 Applications That Make the Most of Location  —  Inside the GPS revolution it's more than maps and driving directions: location-aware phones and apps now deliver the hidden information that lets users make connections and interact with the world in ways they never imagined.
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
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.
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.
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
New York City and Google Team Up for New Information Center  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg guest blogged on the Official Google Blog today to announce a new website and Information Center.  The effort is a partnership between NYC and Google.  The new site is nycgo.com.
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
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 …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Red Hat set to surpass Sun in market capitalization  —  In what may come to be seen as a deeply symbolic moment in the history of operating systems, Red Hat is on the verge of surpassing Sun Microsystems' market capitalization for the first time.  —  Sun, perhaps unfairly, represents a fading Unix market.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Wireless Is Q4's Big Winner, Sprint The Big Loser (VZ, S)  —  Wireless companies will begin posting Q4 results next week when Verizon (VZ) reports Tuesday and AT&T (T) reports Wednesday.  How'd they do?  —  Based on a survey, Morgan Stanley says Verizon Wireless did best …
Discussion: AppleInsider
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 …
Charles / SiriusBuzz.com:
Sirius XM Rate Increase For March 11th CONFIRMED  —  For those of you who may have heard the news about the “potential” Sirius XM rate increase this afternoon, I can unequivocally confirm that this is in fact true.  Customer support representatives are now confirming to the general public …
Discussion: CrunchGear, SlashGear and Engadget
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Announcing The Create A Twitter Revenue Model Contest  —  First the good news:  — Twitter's traffic is surging — yesterday, Hitwise announced it passed Digg.  — The micro-blogging company finally hired a revenue boss, Kevin Thau, in December.  — Twitter cofounder Evan Williams …
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 …
 
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Mozilla solicits user feedback with Test Pilot
Discussion: CNET News and Mozilla Labs
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
MSNBC Now Porting Video To XBOX Live: Inauguration Videos Playing In Dashboard
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SlideShare Now Lets You Fuse YouTube Into Your Presentations
Dave Linthicum / Real World SOA:
Will SOAs morph into private clouds?
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Fido to offer BlackBerry as of February 4
Discussion: BerryReview.com and IntoMobile
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Julia Moskin / New York Times:
Top Kitchen Toy? The Cellphone
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Verizon does 180, says it now supports a DTV delay
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Twitter's risk of ubiquity
Discussion: Hitwise Intelligence
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
How Blu-Ray Can Avoid Failure
Discussion: CrunchGear and TechCrunch
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
HP's Mark Hurd made $42.5 million in fiscal 2008
Discussion: Between the Lines