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3:20 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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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:   White MacBook gets a spec bump, adds NVIDIA 9400M graphics
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.
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 …
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wmpoweruser.com:
More Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots
Discussion: Engadget
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: broadstuff and Search Engine Watch
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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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Akamai: Inauguration sets video-streaming record
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Webware.com and VatorNews
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Zimbra Founder Satish Dharmaraj to Depart Yahoo  —  Satish Dharmaraj-the founder of open-source email start-up Zimbra, which has been at the heart of significant new changes to Yahoo's key communications services-will be leaving the company.  —  The move, to be announced internally later today …
Michael Bloomberg / The Official Google Blog:
Explore New York City with Google — from your home, phone, and in person  —  [From time to time we invite guests to blog about initiatives of interest, and are very pleased to have Mayor Bloomberg join us here.  - Ed.]  —  This is New York City: the ultimate destination and home to world-class hotels …
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
New York City and Google Team Up for New Information Center
Discussion: TechCrunch
Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
PANDORA ADS INVASIVE COMMERCIALS  —  Change has come to Pandora.com, the popular free music site that lets listeners craft radio stations to fit their tastes.  —  The site added 15-second commercial breaks to its streaming music service Tuesday as it continues to experiment with new ways to generate revenue.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Canadian ISPs throttle the Internet  —  Canada's Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) famously decided last year to allow Bell Canada to single out P2P traffic for bandwidth throttling between the hours of 4:30pm to 2am.  But even as it allowed a practice …
Discussion: DSLreports
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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.
Michael / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
U.S. Patent Office Rejects All Twenty Claims of Subdomain Patent  —  More good news for EFF's Patent Busting Project!  Last week, the United States Patent Office (PTO) rejected all twenty claims of the Internet subdomain patent [PDF] on the Project's Ten Most Wanted list.
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 bellwether for a change in the way politics works.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Mathew Honan / Wired News:
I Am Here: One Man's Experiment With the Location-Aware Lifestyle  —  I'm baffled by WhosHere.  And I'm no newbie.  I built my first Web page in 1994, wrote my first blog entry in 1999, and sent my first tweet in October 2006.  My user number on Yahoo's event site, Upcoming.org: 14.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows PC users face dwindling retail options  —  I'm not shedding a whole lot of tears for Circuit City — except for one rather important service with which my local provided me.  Once Circuit City liquidates in March, I'll have nowhere to go to kick Windows-PC tires before I buy them.
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Bullish Cross
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 …
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 …
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple QuickTime bitten by code execution flaws  —  Apple today released QuickTime 7.6 to fix at least seven serious security flaws that expose Mac OS X and Windows users to remote code execution attacks.  —  The latest upgrade, available for Mac OS X v10.4.9 - v10.4.11, Mac OS X v10.5 or later …
Discussion: TUAW, O'Grady's PowerPage and Macworld
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 …
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Innovation Doesn't Take a Vacation in an Economic Downturn  —  By the end of 2008, Venture Capital had been officially declared dead.  Startups were laying people off so fast that even TechCrunch couldn't manage to keep up.  University Endowments and Foundations, the source of the “capital” …
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.
 
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple updates iTunes SD rentals with nearly 400 titles
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Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Seagate to Fix Hard Drive Problems Soon
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Red Hat set to surpass Sun in market capitalization
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
MSNBC Now Porting Video To XBOX Live: Inauguration Videos Playing In Dashboard
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Wireless Is Q4's Big Winner, Sprint The Big Loser (VZ, S)
Discussion: AppleInsider
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Fido to offer BlackBerry as of February 4
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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: Technologizer and CrunchGear
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
HP's Mark Hurd made $42.5 million in fiscal 2008
Discussion: Between the Lines