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11:20 AM ET, January 23, 2009

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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm to Apple: Bring It … Though Apple COO Tim Cook didn't mention any companies by name in his recent warning to those who would take liberties with Apple's (AAPL) intellectual property, it was clear to whom he was referring: Palm (PALM).  —  Palm, whose new Pre handset …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Puts The Squeeze On Free Apps  —  Google says the vast majority of the 1 million businesses that use Google Apps opt for the free advertising supported version.  To make the free option less attractive they've been quietly lowering the number of user accounts that can be associated with a free account.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
FeedBurner is too broken for its biggest fan  —  Before Jason Shellen left Google and started Plinky (which launched earlier today), he helped develop products like Blogger and Reader — and he was the one who did the due diligence for Google before it bought FeedBurner for $100 million back in 2007.
Discussion: Chris Pirillo and CenterNetworks
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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.
Steve Lacey / Random Thoughts:
the end of an era - flight sim is no more  —  It really does appear that Microsoft has shutdown the ACES game studio and axed the entire staff.  A lot of my friends are now looking for something else to do...  Microsoft Flight Simulator is dead. … It started unfolding earlier today …
Discussion: Basement.org and BUZZ NEWSROOM
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook now twice as big as MySpace?  Oh boy  —  The blogosphere's love affair with Facebook-MySpace traffic wars just won't stop.  —  On Thursday, TechCrunch posted new statistics from ComScore that show Facebook now pulling in nearly twice as many unique visitors worldwide as its News Corp.-owned competitor.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Now Nearly Twice The Size Of MySpace Worldwide  —  In November 2008 Facebook drew 200 million unique worldwide visitors; more than 1 in 5 people who accessed the Internet that month visited the site.  When sites are that big growth generally stagnates, but in Facebook's case it's still skyrocketing.
Discussion: All Facebook
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
America's Most Wired Cities  —  Seattle takes the lead in our annual list of the most broadband-connected U.S. cities.  —  Move over, Atlanta.  Seattle, Microsoft and Amazon.com's home base, is now the country's most wired city.  —  While these marquee names have long lent the Emerald City tech-y cachet …
Discussion: DSLreports, CNET News and The Toybox
BBC:
Apple's first Macintosh turns 25  —  The Macintosh - the first Apple computer to bear the name - turns 25 on 24 January.  —  The machine debuted in 1984 and kicked off a product line that were Apple's flagship computers for many years.  —  The Macintosh helped popularise the combination …
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 ]
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's search juggernaut: Recession resistant after all  —  Numbers don't lie.  And Google's numbers are indicating that the company's search business is holding up much better than expected amid a recession.  —  Google reported fourth quarter pro forma earnings of $5.10 a share …
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Google Announces Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2008 Results
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2008: Rearden Commerce Has A Heck Of A Year  —  One of my favorite startups in Silicon Valley is Rearden Commerce.  Few people have heard of it despite the fact that the company has been around since before the first Internet bust in 2000 and has raised $200 million in capital, most of it recently.
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Senate nears deal to delay digital TV transition  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate appeared close to agreement late Thursday on a bill to delay next month's planned transition from analog to digital television broadcasting to June 12 — setting the stage for a vote early next week.
Discussion: DSLreports and TECH.BLORGE.com
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Obama Is “Failure” At Google, “Miserable Failure” At Yahoo  —  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 …
Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
5800 sells 500,000 in 30 days, UK launch today  —  During a conference call discussing of Q4 results Nokia's CEO, Olli Pekka Kallasvuo mentioned that in the last 30 days of the quarter Nokia had shipped slightly more than half a million Nokia 5800 handsets.  During this period the 5800 was only available in limited markets.
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Lawsuit over website links in spotlight  —  Copyright violation or fair use to be decided  —  A copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit filed last month against The New York Times Co., owner of The Boston Globe and its Boston.com website, is being watched closely by news organizations …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Superstar Team To Launch Flash MMOG Called Ohai  —  New startup Ohai has been getting big 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).
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.
eMarketer:
Remember Online Dating?  —  Usage is down, but revenues are up.  Some consumers are still in love with Internet matchmaking.  —  Online dating seems like one of those things everyone did when the Web was new, then dropped after a while.  In fact, the percentage of Internet users in the US …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How Much Worse Can the Ad Market Get?  Just Wait.  —  Glad to see that Google (GOOG) had a decent quarter.  But things look grim for everyone else who makes a living selling ads, and there's plenty of lousy news to come.  —  We've already heard worrisome predictions about online ad sales at Yahoo (YHOO) and Time Warner's (TWX) AOL.
internetnews.com:
Spammers Are Gaming Google's Adwords  —  Researchers are warning of some bad actors in paid results on Google.  —  The next time you run a search on Google, pay attention to which results you click on from the paid results area.  Security experts say spammers are gaming Google's (NASDAQ …
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.
Tina Wang / Forbes:
China Waves Red Flag Over Telecoms  —  Nationalism plays a part in China's move to support a homegrown 3G mobile technology, in addition to more widely accepted standards.  —  For the sake of having its own, Chinese-made third-generation mobile communications network, Beijing is willing to spend billions …
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 …
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.
 
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