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2:40 PM 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 intellectual property, it was clear to whom he was referring: Palm.  —  Palm, whose new Pre handset, though built around …
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.
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: and BUZZ NEWSROOM
Report: Microsoft Makes Big Cuts At Flight Sim Studio  —  Redmond, Washington-based ACES Studio, the Microsoft-owned internal group behind the venerable Microsoft Flight Simulator series, has been heavily affected by Microsoft's ongoing job cuts.  —  Development sources have told Gamasutra …
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook now twice as big as MySpace? Oh boy
VeriSign to buy Certicom; RIM backs out  —  TORONTO (Reuters) - Internet security provider VeriSign Inc agreed to acquire Certicom Corp, just days after Blackberry maker Research in Motion withdrew its hostile offer for the software company.  —  VeriSign will either pay about C$92 million …
Discussion: eWeek
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's home base, is now the country's most wired city.  —  While these marquee names have long lent the Emerald City tech-y cachet …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
FeedBurner is too broken for its biggest fan  —  Update: See this comment from Feedburner co-founder Dick Costolo for more on the progress the service is making.  —  Before Jason Shellen left Google and started Plinky (which launched earlier today), he helped develop products like Blogger and Reader …
Discussion: Chris Pirillo and CenterNetworks
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
AT&T dropping unlimited data and messaging to $30  —  Info's flowing fast and furious on this whole MEdia Net thing now, and it turns out that there's more than just a name change involved.  MEdia Basic, MEdia Works, MEdia Max 200, and MEdia Net 1MB are all going away (one megabyte, seriously? …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Intel Chairman Craig Barrett to retire in May  —  Intel announced Friday that Chairman and former CEO Craig Barrett will retire from the board in May at the chip giant's annual shareholders meeting.  —  Barrett, who joined Intel 35 years ago and rose up the ranks to eventually become …
Discussion: GigaOM Daily and Tech Trader Daily
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Takes On Imeem On Android  —  Music recommendation engine / social network has launched an official, feature-rich application for the Android platform that enables users to stream radio stations (including personalized streaming radio), consult up-to-date concert information …
February 1: Verizon Wireless Reimagines The Home Phone  —  Innovative Verizon Hub Helps Manage Busy Lives and Helps Users Stay Connected to Family and Community  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — In a dynamic move sure to rattle devotees of plain old home phones, Verizon Wireless will introduce the new Verizon Hub on Feb. 1.
Elisabeth Lewin / Podcasting News:
Zune Death Watch: Microsoft Zune Revenues Plummet  —  Microsoft has revealed in a Security and Exchange Commission filing that the company's Zune revenue in the 4th quarter of 2008 was less than half of what it was the previous year.  —  According to the filing, “Zune platform revenue decreased $100 million …
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 …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ComScore: Internet Population Passes One Billion; Top 15 Countries  —  The number of people on the Internet surpassed one billion in December, according to comScore.  The actual number is probably higher than that (Internet World Stats counted nearly 1.5 billion Web surfers worldwide as of June 30, 2008).
Discussion: SitePoint and
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 ]
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 …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple nano Owners Gettin' A Little Extra ‘Scratch’  —  Four years in the making, it looks like those early adopters of the Apple [AAPL Loading...  () ] iPod nano will be getting a little relief, in the form of a $22 million class-action suit filed against the company because the devices scratched too easily.
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Documentary features peek into Jonny Ive's playground  —  Industrial design and mass production—two great tastes that taste great together (unless, perhaps, you are a long-time Adbusters subscriber).  They go so well together, in fact, that the folks behind the Helvetica documentary …
Discussion: PC World and Cult of Mac
Microsoft leaves many sleepless in Seattle  —  SEATTLE/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For affluent Seattle, Microsoft is just the tip of the iceberg.  —  Microsoft's announcement it will lay off 5,000 in its biggest-ever job-cut rippled through the Seattle area on Thursday, further unnerving residents …
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.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple pushing 17-inch MacBook Pro deliveries near March  —  Initially promised for the end of January, the unibody version of Apple's largest notebook is moving gradually towards a late February ship date or later for more recent buyers.  —  Readers tell AppleInsider that their orders …
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