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5:45 AM ET, January 23, 2009

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Google Investor Relations:
Google Announces Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2008 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008.  —  “Google performed well in the fourth quarter, despite an increasingly difficult economic environment.
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Kenneth Musante / CNNMoney.com:
Google sales jump 18%  —  Internet giant earns $5.10 a share, topping estimates, despite a dreary economy.  Net income drops 68% on charges.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Internet advertising behemoth Google continued to show strong sales and profit against a thorny economic backdrop.
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Q4 Beats The Street
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo: Obama Is A “Miserable Failure”  —  I told you so.  Or I told anyone who cared.  I even tried to reach the Obama administration in four or five different ways.  Do a search on Yahoo right now for miserable failure, and you'll find President Barack Obama's page ranking either in the top spot or the second spot.
Laszlo Bock / The Official Google Blog:
Announcing Google's Employee Option Exchange Program  —  Today we announced our plans to do something more for the people who are responsible for Google's success — our employees.  Recognizing that about 85% of our employees have at least some stock options that are underwater (i.e. …
Intego:
Mac Trojan Horse OSX.Trojan.iServices.A Found in Pirated Apple iWork 09  —  Exploit: OSX.Trojan.iServices.A Trojan Horse  —  Description: Intego has discovered a new Trojan horse, OSX.Trojan.iServices.A, which is currently circulating in copies of Apple's iWork 09 found on BitTorrent trackers …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
The spreadsheet of sunshine: Who's hiring (updated)  —  The story I kicked off in late October, Tech layoffs: The scorecard, is a real bummer.  On it, we're tracking the current layoffs in the tech economy.  I hate the story, since each line on the sheet stands for real people who have lost jobs.
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
Screenshots of Android's Cupcake Update in Action, Still Not Ready for Public  —  So after shoveling through T-Mobile (NYSE: DT)'s thread on what the deal is with the Android Cupcake update, I finally got a straight answer. … The short version?  The Cupcake development branch …
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why I can't get enough of Windows 7  —  Anyone who reads The Digital Home knows that I have issues with Windows Vista.  I think it's a sub-par operating system with too many quirks and far too many flaws to make it worth using.  I only use Vista when I have to.  —  So I entered into the world of Windows 7 with some trepidation.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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David Pogue / New York Times:
Hate Vista? You May Like the Fix
James Urquhart / CNET News:
Is Google App Engine successful?  —  The original title of this post was going to be “Why isn't Google App Engine successful?”  You see, I've been frustrated of late at the lack of followup press about the PaaS offering since Google's announcement about it last April.
Discussion: InformationWeek and ongoing
John Markoff / New York Times:
Worm Infects Millions of Computers Worldwide  —  A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack.  The world's leading computer security experts do not yet know who programmed the infection, or what the next stage will be.
PC Pro:
Q&A: Microsoft defends return to DRM  —  Microsoft yesterday unveiled its MSN Mobile Music service - and a surprise return to digital rights management (DRM).  —  While companies such as Apple and Amazon have finally moved to music download services free of copy protection …
Forbes:
Europe's Innovation Lag  —  R&D investment isn't what it should be on the continent.  —  The European Union still lags behind the U.S. in innovation and is further away from its goal of becoming the world's leading knowledge-based economy, said a new report released Thursday.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedburner Needs To Get It Together  —  Complaints about Feedburner, a service that helps websites manage their RSS feeds, have been around as long as the company itself.  But you'd think that when Google spent $100 million to buy the company, they'd get it together.  —  But things haven't gotten better.
dailymobile.se:
Nokia E75 QWERTY - High Quality Pictures  —  Here are some new pictures of the Nokia E75.  The Nokia E75 has a back cover with a metallic mirror feel along with a 2.4 inch screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, QWERTY Keyboard, Dual keypads, HDSPA, and WiFi.  Enjoy  —  [ Thx Cre_Rec ]
Jay Adelson / Digg the Blog:
Brief update on Digg  —  Wanted to reach out to folks with an update on Digg and our priorities for 2009 as well as address some of the recent speculation about our business.  —  As we've often stated over the past couple of months, given the current economic climate, we've made the decision …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Digg to cut workforce 10%, hire new sales team
Discussion: paidContent.org and VentureBeat
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
iPhone developer: App Store rewards “crap” apps  —  A software engineer who wrote what he calls a “terrible” and “crap” app in less time than it typically takes to eat lunch has since watched it shoot to the top of Apple's App Store, where it's now generating over $200 an hour despite being a free download.
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Opinion: 99-cent apps a steal, but who's really being robbed?  —  The App Store has been a battleground for much of the six months that it's been in existence, even as that battle has been fought on shifting terrain, covering the restrictive NDA and the mysterious approval process.
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blog:
Welcome You Fine Google Notebook Users  —  Recently, Google announced that they were stopping development on Google Notebook.  We're big fans of Google Notebook, in fact many of used it before Evernote came along.  When we heard the news, we immediately began work on a Google Notebook import tool.
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Bartz Gets Millions; Yahoo Bails on Pay Increases for Rank and File  —  For the first time in its history, Yahoo [YHOO Loading...  () ] has suspended scheduled pay increases for the company's rank and file, even as it signs up new CEO Carol Bartz with a pay package that some say could be worth …
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Beats Forecast Even as Its Profit Tapers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google's search advertising business continues to show resilience in the face of the deepening global recession.  —  Google said Thursday that its net income for the fourth quarter of 2008 fell 68 percent from a year earlier largely …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Advanced Micro Devices Q4 Even Worse Than Expected  —  Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) this afternoon posted even worse fourth quarter results that the Street had expected.  —  For the quarter, the company posted revenue of $1.162 billion, below the Street consensus of $1.23 billion, down 35% sequentially and off 33% from a year earlier.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD reports $1.4 billion loss as it follows Intel down
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Brad Garlinghouse's Next Act  —  When we last heard from Brad Garlinghouse, he was stepping down as Yahoo's senior VP in charge of such massive properties as Mail, Messenger, Groups and Flickr.  That was around six months ago - 20 months after his infamous memo - and it seems that he's finally working on a new project.
Discussion: Jobwire
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stanford Students Release A Cool Batch Of iPhone Apps  —  Students from Stanford's Fall 1008 iPhone class CS193P created a nice crop of apps that are now available or will be soon for the iPhone (see our Stanford Facebook apps posts here and here).  —  A list of them is here, and some of them I'm going to keep on my phone.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Superstar Team To Launch Flash MMOG Called Ohai  —  New startup Ohai has been getting abig cocktail party buzz over the last few months.  The company won't disclose much about what they're doing, except that they're building a Flash-based massively multiplayer online game (MMOG).
Discussion: VentureBeat
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Sony has lost what made it special  —  In the glory days of the 1970s and 1980s, Sony's Inazawa factory made cathode ray tubes and sent them down the road to Ichinomiya, where they were used in Trinitron televisions and exported.  —  After Sony announced an unexpectedly large operating loss …
InfoWorld:
Vista main culprit in Microsoft layoffs  —  Windows Vista has been trouble for Microsoft perhaps since the operating system's beginning.  And this last quarter was certainly no exception.  Despite a dip in client software revenue, however, one analyst says the workforce reduction Microsoft detailed …
Discussion: Negative Approach, Gizmodo and BoomTown
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Can Windows Mobile Get the Magic Back?  —  “Automagicly” is a word that Andrew Lees seems to use a great deal more than most people.  —  Mr. Lees, the senior vice president in charge of Microsoft's cellphone software, stopped by recently to drop hints about what will be in the next generation …
 
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Veoh: The Opposite of a Video Portal?
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Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Plinky launches microblogging community site to help you create content
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Boxee now lets you get “Lost” in ABC content
Discussion: Lifehacker, Download Squad and A VC
Ben Lisbakken / Google Code Blog:
Playing around with Google's AJAX APIs