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4:25 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
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  —  These screenshots has just popped up in a forum Darkforcesteam.com of Windows Mobile 6.5 in action.  —  It shows the new today screen and new lock screen.  The build number at 5.2.21140 is a few thousand builds beyond that of the HTC Touch HD which has 5.2.20757.
Discussion: Engadget
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.
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Erin Biba / Wired News:
Inside the GPS Revolution: 10 Applications That Make the Most of Location
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
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.
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
James Vicini / Reuters:
Online pornography law appeal denied  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court let stand on Wednesday a ruling that a federal law designed to keep Internet pornography away from children violated constitutional free-speech rights.  —  The high court rejected a Justice Department appeal defending …
Discussion: Electronista
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Reuters:
Microsoft expected to cut jobs as profit weakens  —  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.
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 HipMojo.com
Apple:
About the security content of QuickTime 7.6  —  This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.6, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple QuickTime bitten by code execution flaws
Discussion: AppleInsider, TUAW and Macsimum News
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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: Technologizer, CrunchGear 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 …
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
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
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple updates iTunes SD rentals with nearly 400 titles  —  Apple may have killed off music DRM with its final Macworld Expo announcement this year, but that's not all that has been going on behind the iTunes Store curtain: elves have apparently been working diligently on the store's movie section as well.
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” …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
OneSeason Raises $3.5 Million For Its Sports Stock Market  —  OneSeason, the stock market for sports that lets users invest real money into their favorite athletes, has closed a $3.5 million Series A funding round led by Charles River Ventures.  To coincide with the funding …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Contentinople
Evelyn Nussenbaum / Fortune Small Business:
Making millions from YouTube ads  —  Web media startup TurnHere churns out 1,000 corporate videos every month.  That might just be the future of Web advertising.  —  EMERYVILLE, CALIF. (Fortune Small Business) — Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans had never been the subject of a TV commercial, let alone an Internet ad.
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Seagate to Fix Hard Drive Problems Soon  —  The hard drive company, which has seen its share of troubles due to the weakening economy, has another issue to worry about: failing hard drives.  Users of its Barracuda 7200.11 desktop hard drive, as well as several other models including …
Discussion: Crave
 
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Ben Worthen / Digits:
Tech Workers Get a Raise
Michael / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
U.S. Patent Office Rejects All Twenty Claims of Subdomain Patent
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
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Dave Linthicum / Real World SOA:
Will SOAs morph into private clouds?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Canadian ISPs throttle the Internet
Discussion: DSLreports, TorrentFreak and Techdirt
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Wireless Is Q4's Big Winner, Sprint The Big Loser (VZ, S)
Discussion: AppleInsider
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Fido to offer BlackBerry as of February 4
Discussion: IntoMobile and BerryReview.com
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Verizon does 180, says it now supports a DTV delay
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Twitter's risk of ubiquity
Matt Pace / Compete Blog:
Amazon Prime Squeezes Already Struggling Rivals
Discussion: Screenwerk