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9:25 AM ET, January 22, 2009

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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Staff Arrives to White House Stuck in Dark Ages of Technology  —  If the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past.  —  Two years after launching the most technologically savvy presidential campaign …
Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Best Quarterly Revenue and Earnings in Apple History  —  iPod Sales Set New Record  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 first quarter ended December 27, 2008.  The Company posted record revenue of $10.17 billion …
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple Still Oblivious to Netbook Opportunity  —  During its quarterly earnings call Wednesday, Apple reinforced its skepticism in netbooks, saying their low-powered CPUs, cramped keyboards and small displays are not enough to satisfy customers.  —  “We've got some ideas …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Apple on its cash, netbooks, Apple TV, iPhone nano and the Palm Pre
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Rocks Christmas, Guidance Strong, iPhone Weak (AAPL)
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Will Get His Blackberry  —  President Barack Obama is going to get his blackberry.  —  On Monday, a government agency that the Obama administration — but that is probably the National Security Agency — added to a standard blackberry a super-encryption package. …
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Watch out Wikipedia, here comes Britannica 2.0  —  Encyclopedia Britannica president Jorge Cauz.  Inset: Wikipedia's cofounder Jimmy Wales.  —  In a move to take on Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica is inviting the hoi polloi to edit, enhance and contribute to its online version.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: YouTube Will Soon Let Big Content Partners Bring Their Own Ads  —  Big media companies have always had a love-hate relationship with YouTube.  They don't know whether to sue YouTube for abetting copyright infringement or get in bed with it because it is the biggest Web video game in town.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Beet.TV
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Violet Blue / San Francisco Chronicle:
A Twitter Sex Guide  —  Violet Blue: A Twitter Sex Guide  —  Do you Tweet during sex?  You might moan or squeal, but even if you've never heard of the free, minimalist social networking service that allows users to write, send and post to the Internet short messages via devices ranging from phones to laptops via SMS (text).
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype's Growth Starts to Slow  —  eBay today turned in a lukewarm performance for the fourth quarter of 2008, posting sales of $2.04 billion vs. an average forecast of $2.12 billion.  Earnings per share were a penny better than expected, at 40 cents a share.
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Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
2008q3: Skype activity spikes, revenue growth slows
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Giz Explains: Why the Windows 7 Taskbar Beats Mac OS X's Dock  —  Yeah, I said it.  The Windows 7 taskbar is the most important Windows UI change since Windows 95, and it will dramatically change the way you use Windows.  And it's better than the Mac's Dock.
Smashing Magazine:
More Web Design Trends For 2009  —  Last week we presented 10 Web Design Trends For 2009, our review of the most promising developments and techniques in web design that may become big in 2009.  In the first part we covered embossing letters ("letterpress"), rich user interfaces, PNG transparency …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
YAHOO=Yet Another Hiring Over and Out (Hadley Heads Back to Microsoft)  —  One of Yahoo's top marketing execs, Eric Hadley, who came to the company with a lot of acclaim in only November, is set to leave for a new job in working in branding and global marketing for Microsoft's MSN online service, several sources said.
David Jolly / New York Times:
Sony Expects $3 Billion Loss for the Year  —  Sony, the Japanese electronics company, said Thursday that it expected to post a record annual operating loss of nearly $3 billion because of the rapid deterioration of the global economy.  It also announced a major restructuring that will include layoffs and factory closings.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Publisher Rethinks the Daily: It's Free and Printed and Has Blogs All Over  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Amid the din of naysayers who insist that newspapers are on the verge of death, a new company wants to start dozens of new ones — with a twist.  —  The Printed Blog, a Chicago start-up …
Discussion: Romenesko
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Tries Squeezing More Money Out of YouTube  —  Google's two-pronged “get serious” strategy-cut costs while finding new places to earn pennies here and there-continues.  The latest effort: an extension of the affiliate sales program it introduced to YouTube last fall.
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Jesse Stay / The SocialToo Blog:
Twitter Limits Potential App Growth - How This Hurts Our Users  —  Today I received some disturbing news on the Twitter Developers mailing list.  In a post on the list, Alex Payne, the API Lead for Twitter, informed developers they would be placing new limits on the API which will take place at the end of this week.
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Oprah slow to Kindle - fans left out in cold  —  What, no O?  —  Oprah fans who bought into the electronic book revolution for Christmas have been disappointed to find that less than half of Winfrey's recommended books have gone electronic, and the chat show goddess hasn't even put her own magazine O onto an e-ink screen.
Discussion: TeleRead
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Polaroid Fans Try Making New Film for Old Cameras  —  Before the advent of the digital camera, Polaroid reigned supreme when it came to photographs you could view in an instant.  When the company announced last year that it would cease film production and abandon the technology that made it famous …
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Why Apple might be better off without Steve  —  I know there are probably already nasty emails on their way to my inbox based solely on the headline of this post.  Apple better off without Steve?  How is that possible?  It's difficult to even think about the iconic consumer electronics company …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Best Yet: OS 4.7.0.90 Leaked for the Storm 9530 & 9500!  —  So long .86!  Another week, another leaked OS for the BlackBerry Storm.  Can I hear a w00t?!  A helpful friend put OS 4.7..90 into the wild for the both the BlackBerry Storm 9530 and 9500 and the initial impressions …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Phone Arena
Kaspersky.com:
Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management systems, has detected a new malicious program capable of controlling a user's mobile phone account.  —  Last week, Kaspersky Lab experts detected a new malicious program for Symbian that targets customers of an Indonesian mobile phone operator.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Washington Post launches database of political who's whos  —  The Washington Post today is launching Who Runs Gov, a site primarily made up of a database of personalities in the United States government.  If you're looking for info on your state's senator or representative …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Collaboration 2.0
 
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Palm Pre Android port already in progress
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt Talks Google, Apple, Energy, Obama With Jim Cramer
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Is the iPod Touch cannibalizing iPhone sales?
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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Corporate America, Swing Your Ax Wisely
Discussion: MSNBC
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Is Microsoft working on a software center for Windows?
Discussion: Neowin.net
Rick Aristotle Munarriz / Motley Fool:
5 Reasons to Worry About Google
Discussion: PC World, Network World and Forbes
Pat Azzarello / Windows System Deployment:
Windows 7 Deployment Changes