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12:15 PM ET, January 24, 2009

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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.
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 …
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Slow It Down
Discussion: TechFlash and VentureBeat
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.
Discussion: Twitterrati
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Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Twitter can has OAuth?  —  Twitter API lead Alex Payne announced today …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
John Resig:
OCR and Neural Nets in JavaScript  —  A pretty amazing piece of JavaScript dropped yesterday and it's going to take a little bit to digest it all.  It's a GreaseMonkey script, written by ‘Shaun Friedle’, that automatically solves captchas provided by the site Megaupload.
Discussion: Ajaxian
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 …
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 …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Others could follow Google's move to reset options  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc. is showing its love for its employees by giving them a second chance to profit from their wilting stock options.  But the move irked shareholders still stuck with agonizing losses on their investments.
Noam Cohen / Bits:
Wikipedia May Restrict Public's Ability to Change Entries  —  Stung by criticism after vandals changed Wikipedia entries to erroneously report that Senators Edward Kennedy and Robert Byrd had died, Wikipedia appears ready to introduce a system that prevents new and anonymous users …
BBC:
Britannica reaches out to the web  —  The Encyclopaedia Britannica has unveiled a plan to let readers help keep the reference work up to date.  —  Under the plan, readers and contributing experts will help expand and maintain entries online.  —  Experts will also be enrolled in a reward scheme …
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?
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Obama's Black-Ops BlackBerry
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Exclusive: Microsoft to get Resident Evil 5 bundle, red 360s  —  “Do you really have to go?” my wife asked.  It was late, and the night was still.  I put on my press hat, grabbed my notebook and, after a moment's hesitation, my revolver.  —  “Yes.  He always gives me good information, and the Mole-signal is lit.”
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
YouTube officially enables HQ in embedded videos  —  YouTube has officially enabled High Quality in embedded videos.  The new embedded player sports a little HQ button in the expanded menu, which is strangely absent from YouTube's on-site player.  Hacking the code is no longer necessary …
Randi Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Just the Beginning  —  The inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama was a historic and monumental occasion.  As people gathered in Washington, D.C. to watch the inaugural festivities, the energy on Facebook was palpable, too.  Millions of people logged into Facebook to share the experience with their friends and family.
CircleID:
Network Solutions Under Large Scale DDoS Attack, Millions of Websites Potentially Unreachable  —  “DNS queries for web sites should be responding normally.  Thank you all for your understanding.  As always, we will continue to work to take measures to prevent these and other types …
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Why We're Desperately Awaiting Feedsqueezer
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Palm Pre: The Definitive FAQ
Discussion: IntoMobile and John Tokash
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Building a better spam-blocking CAPTCHA
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The First Ever Apple Computer Running Windows
Discussion: digg.com
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Senator wants Microsoft to preserve American jobs over those of …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Conn. AG to MySpace: Turn over sex offender data
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
10-inch Acer Aspire One officially launches
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Sees a Bright Future; Will It Be Spun Off?
Discussion: Pat Phelan
Laurent Pirot / Associated Press:
Sarkozy offers new help for French print media
Discussion: Technically Incorrect and Gawker
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Streaming live reality shows: Is the technology ready?
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley region unemployment jumps to 7.8 percent …
Discussion: Reuters
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Radically Reinventing Venture Capital
Neil Rubenking / AppScout:
Security Vendors Offer Windows 7 Protection
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Building a Better Mousetrap a.k.a. Optimizing for Maximum Efficiency …