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5:05 PM ET, January 26, 2009

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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
New Internet Explorer 8 accelerates browsing  —  Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8, the latest version of the most commonly used web browser in the world, has left beta testing and is now available as “Release Candidate 1.”  This isn't the final release version per se, but it's close enough …
Discussion: TechFlash, Microsoft Pri0 and AppScout
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Sean Bradford / Neowin.net:
Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 8 RC1
Discussion: Beyond Binary
Apple:
iLife '09 Shipping January 27  —  Major Upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie & GarageBand  —  Apple® today announced that iLife® '09 will be available tomorrow, January 27, and features major upgrades to iPhoto®, iMovie® and GarageBand®, with breakthrough new ways to organize and manage photos …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple equipping all Macs with iLife '09 for Tuesday launch
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
More Signs of a Google Webdrive  —  The long-awaited and much-delayed GDrive is likely to be released in the near future as more pieces of its integration are revealed.  Cédric Vergé noticed a change in one of the CSS files for Google Apps: there's a class named “webdrive” and an icon for the new service.
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Chip complex delaying Apple's new iMac line, says analyst  —  Apple's next-generation iMacs are being held up for business reasons and a minor technical obstacle, according to one Wall Street analyst.  —  Kaufman Brothers' Shaw Wu, citing supply chain checks, says the new iMac appears …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RIM CEO: Buggy smartphone software is the “new reality”  —  While our experience says otherwise, we really hope that the practice of launching buggy smartphones hasn't been institutionalized.  The Wall Street Journal just published a report about the “bumpy launch” of the BlackBerry Storm …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Should Yahoo Buy The New York Times?  —  Carol Bartz, the new Yahoo (YHOO) CEO, is getting ready for her coming out party tomorrow: she hosts her first earnings call for the company following the release of Q1 results.  The numbers are likely to be ugly, but that won't be all that surprising.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
PR Newswire:
Netflix Announces Q4 2008 Financial Results  —  Subscribers - 9.4 million Revenue - $359.6 million GAAP Net Income - $22.7 million GAAP EPS - $0.38 per diluted share  —  Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX - News) today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Netflix Shrs Rally Ahead Of Earnings This Afternoon
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Judi Sohn / WebWorkerDaily:
Will the Last One to Leave GrandCentral Please Turn Out the Lights?  —  We've been worried about GrandCentral for a while now.  The free service that promised “one number for life” started with such promise.  And then Google bought the company and the technology way back in July 2007...and they left it to rot.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Should Facebook-or Someone Else-Take Another Run at Twitter?  —  Twitter-the non-money-making start-up that lets a user update status in a pithy manner-had a banner day last week with the inauguration of President Barack Obama, which followed all the tweets about the successful airline crash …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Coach Carol: Are They Crying?  There's No Crying!  There's No Crying at Yahoo!  —  One of the first things Carol Bartz said when she made her public debut as new Yahoo CEO was that everyone should give the company “some friggin' breathing room.”  —  Some heard “frickin',” while others heard “frackin'.”
Times of London:
Speculation grows over eBay plan to sell Skype internet telephone division  —  Chief executive's descrition of internet telephony group as great standalone business fires speculation  —  Speculation is mounting that eBay, the internet auction website, is preparing to sell Skype, its internet telephone company.
Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Announces Actions to Reduce Labor Costs by about $1.2 Billion  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today announced that the company will take actions in the first quarter of 2009 to reduce internal and external labor costs by approximately $1.2 billion on an annualized basis.
Adam Sage / Times of London:
Nintendo brain-trainer ‘no better than pencil and paper’  —  A 10p pencil is just as good as a £100 Nintendo at stimulating the memory, according to a study that dismisses the DS Lite's claims to boost the brain.  —  The survey of ten-year-old children found no evidence to support claims …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Isle of Man Plans Unlimited Music Downloads  —  PARIS — Two generations ago, the Isle of Man gave the world the Bee Gees.  Now it says it wants to help the wounded music industry stay alive.  —  The island, a rainy outpost in the Irish Sea, is promoting an offbeat remedy for digital piracy …
Business Wire:
VMware Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Results  —  Company Achieves Annual Revenue Growth of 42% to $1.9 Billion with Solid Fourth Quarter; Annual GAAP Operating Margin of 17%; Non-GAAP Operating Margin of 25%  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW - News) …
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
U.S. Defense Department Mimics Google, Microsoft in Cloud Computing Effort  —  Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) — When the Defense Department's John Garing met Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. to learn about cloud computing, he liked what he saw.  Enough to send him back to Washington ready to change how government technology works.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA seeks sanctions against Harvard Law School prof  —  Joel Tenenbaum's file-swapping case is being handled by a Harvard Law prof and his students, but the RIAA wants Professor Nesson censored and fined after he tries to depose a mysterious music industry lawyer.  —  Does the RIAA look at Charles Nesson and see Denny Crane?
YouTube Blog:
Delete Your Own Video Comments  —  We're happy to announce the launch of a feature many of you have been asking for.  Now you have the ability to delete comments you've made on videos.  We've all been there.  Whether you misspelled “pwned”, back in the day when you were just a n00b to the internets …
PE Hub Blog:
ChaCha Raising $30 Million  —  ChaCha Search Inc., a Carmel, Ind.-based search startup, has secured around $11 million of a $30 million Series C round, according to a regulatory filing.  No new shareholders are listed.  The company had previously raised around $14 million from Morton Meyerson …
Patrick Foster / Times of London:
Music pirates will not be disconnected from the internet  —  Internet service providers will not be forced to disconnect users who repeatedly flout the law by illegally sharing music and video files, The Times has learnt.  —  Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, said last year that the Government had …
securitylabs.websense.com:
Barack Obama's Site Leading to Trojan  —  Change has finally arrived in the United States of America, marking the dawn of a new era.  The US Presidential campaign has shown the world how governments can leverage Web 2.0 to better understand and garner support from their citizens.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
TurboTax face-off: Treasury Secretary Geithner vs. Intuit  —  Most likely to be Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner-the man entrusted with overseeing with the Internal Revenue Service and a remaining $350 billion in bailout funds-apparently isn't so smooth when it comes to Intuit's TurboTax.
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Dawn Kawamoto / Webware.com:
The Knot marries WedSnap
Discussion: VentureBeat
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Networkers Are on a Roll
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
GoEverywhere: Symantec's SAAS Workspace in the Cloud
Discussion: Between the Lines
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple vs. Palm: Geeks with grudges
Discussion: PC World and Fast Company
Moshe Basanchig / Finjan:
Evasive URL techniques
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Reveal Yourself: Versionista Exposes Edits for Any Site
 Earlier Items: 
PC Pro:
EU could force Microsoft to bundle Firefox with Windows
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
InfoWorld:
Wireless app development marching on
Abbey Klaasen / AdAge:
Online CPM Prices Take Tumble
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mobile VoIP Startups Looking Beyond Cheap Calls
Marcel van de Hoef / Bloomberg:
Philips Halts Buyback, Slashes 6,000 Jobs After Reporting Quarterly Loss
Discussion: MarketWatch and TG Daily