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12:10 PM 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  —  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 and Webomatica
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.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
SEC to probe Apple on Steve Jobs' health issues?
Discussion: paidContent.org and Reuters
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   How to Slow Google: Get Barack Obama to Speak
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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Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony to announce restructuring details soon: FT  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp is preparing to announce on Wednesday or Thursday details of its December restructuring plan, including where job cuts will fall, the Financial Times reported.  —  The newspaper said Chief Executive Howard Stringer …
Discussion: Joystiq and videogaming247
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RIVERBED TO EXTEND WAN OPTIMIZATION PRODUCT LEADERSHIP WITH ACQUISITION OF MAZU NETWORKS  —  Powerful and Flexible Software Delivers Visibility, Reporting and Analytics for Enterprise and Service Provider Customers  —  Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD) today announced it has agreed …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Fido to offer BlackBerry as of February 4  —  Good news for all of the Fido BlackBerry wannabes out there.  As expected and just like we told you last week, Fido did indeed begin training its employees for the arrival of BlackBerry with a targeted launch date of February 4.
Discussion: IntoMobile and BerryReview.com
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, Engadget and SlashGear
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 …
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. Global:
Please Click Here for Large Photo  —  SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased to introduce its new line-up of Xacti Dual Cameras, a line-up that redefines digital imaging by allowing greater flexibility for camera lovers and users all over the world with an amazing line-up of cameras …
 
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