Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
The New Twhirl (preview release) for Team Seesmic-Twhirl — We are as excited as you are about Twhirl and are happy to announce a new version today which we will be circulating as a preview to get your help and feedback. We are gathering a “circle of friends” for Twhirl and Seesmic …
Discussion: Mashable!, Ben Metcalfe Blog, AccMan Pro, Scobleizer, gapingvoid, Live Crunch and MYBLOG by Ouriel
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!: Twhirl Updates: Will You Dump TweetDeck?
Dennis Howlett / AccMan Pro: Give us a Twhirl
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: New Twhirl Twitter Client adds real-time-web integration
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid: TWIHRL GETS AN UPGRADE
Ouriel Ohayon / MYBLOG by Ouriel: Love Twitter? try the new Twhirl
Chris DannenFri / Fast Company:
Does the White House Have Wi-Fi? — Is the White House more of a museum than a working office? Does it even have WiFi? — MSNBC has reported that on their first day on the job, Obama's White House staffers suffered from downgrades on every front. During the campaign and the transition …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Nina Shen Rastogi / Slate:
Will President Obama have a personal computer? — Barack Obama completed his first full day as president on Wednesday. Pictures of the historic occasion showed Obama sitting at a gleaming Oval Office desk. Will all that empty space eventually be filled by a personal computer?
Discussion: The Technology Liberation …, Edible Apple, Fox News, The Toybox, Thought Clusters, Gadget Lab and Security and Risk …
Paul Wagenseil / Fox News: White House Already Well Wired, Bush Staffers Say
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: Will Obama have a laptop? (Answer: No. Here's why.)
Krishna Kumar / Thought Clusters: Government Websites Around the World
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: White House Tech More Tired Than Wired
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Twitter's New Security Solution Could Pave the Way to a Future Web of Mashups — Microblogging service Twitter's habit of playing fast and loose with user passwords may be coming to an end, if a technical trial started today can be successfully implemented by its development team.
Mark Evans / Twitterrati: Coming Soon: No More Passwords Giveaways!
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Twitter can has OAuth? — Twitter API lead Alex Payne announced today that Twitter is now accepting applications to its OAuth private beta, making good on the promises he made on the Twitter API mailing list and had repeated on the January 8 Citizen Garden podcast (transcript by stilist).
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks: Twitter Seeking OAuth Beta Participants
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
General availability for the Windows 7 Beta to end — First off: thank you for your interest in beta testing Windows 7! As we near January 24th, we wanted to update everyone again on the next steps for the Windows 7 Beta. The amount of feedback we have received has been amazing and continues to pour in.
Discussion: Technologizer, Computerworld, blogs.chron.com, Neowin.net, Lifehacker, Download Squad, Boy Genius Report, Obsessable, Gizmodo, TechSpot and Beyond Binary
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Want the Windows 7 Beta? Act Fast!
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld: Microsoft extends Windows 7 beta download deadline
Sean Bradford / Neowin.net: Availability for Windows 7 beta extended
Brad Linder / Download Squad: Last day to download Windows 7 Beta
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report: Windows 7 beta, get it while you still can
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Windows 7 Beta Downloads Available Through Feb. 10
Julio Franco / TechSpot: Weekend tech reading: Google's semantic search & Windows 7 Beta ending soon
Jeff Jedras / PC World:
IBM Confirms Layoffs — Despite releasing stronger than expected earnings on Tuesday and at the time expressing optimism for 2009, a round of job cuts is underway at IBM Corp. — The week has already seen heavy layoffs in the IT sector, including 5,000 at Microsoft and another 5,000 to 6,000 at Intel.
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld: Union: IBM layoff count nearing 3,000 this week
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley entrepreneurs still thinking big — Over the course of the past 40 years, Silicon Valley has experienced regular cycles of economic ups and downs that come with being one of the world's leading centers of innovation. And during those down cycles, it's become routine for folks …
Digital Music News:
ASCAP Targets “Copy Left / Free Culture” Enemy... Performance rights organization (PRO) ASCAP is now pondering ways to defuse the influence of non-traditional copyright thinkers, according to correspondence shared Thursday with Digital Music News. According to an invitation mailed …
Nokia Beta Labs blog:
Farewell Nokia Chat - long live Contacts on Ovi! — If you're a regular Beta Labs blog reader, you've probably noticed that our monthly updates of Nokia Chat (see here, here, and here) have stopped for a few months. This has been simply because we've had to focus on getting a bit more of your requests made.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile, mobilesyrup.com, Symbian-Guru.com, All About Symbian, Phone Scoop and atmaspheric
Darren Murph / Engadget Mobile: Nokia Chat bows out as Contacts on Ovi steps in
Kate O'Brien / mobilesyrup.com: Goodbye Nokia Chat... Hello Contacts on Ovi
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian: Contacts on Ovi debuts
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Nokia Rebrands, Improves Chat Software
Jonathan Greene / atmaspheric: Nokia Chat becomes Contacts on Ovi
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Surprise! VC Funding Fell Off a Cliff in Q4 — As expected, the venture industry is seeing the fallout from the economic crisis, with fourth-quarter investments dropping to a total of $5.4 billion invested in 818 companies, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers …
Discussion: TechFlash, Silicon Alley Insider, Mark Evans, Scobleizer, TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: A Tale of Four Venture Backed Companies
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: VC Dollars Dropped 33 Percent In The Fourth Quarter, Down 8 Percent For All 2008
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog: Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Slow It Down