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9:10 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 …
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IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate Now Available  —  We're excited to make the IE8 Release Candidate available today for public download today in 25 languages for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server customers.  You can find it at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8.  Please download it now and try it out.
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Steve Jobs Reportedly Under the Knife at Stanford Hospital Today  —  Ailing Apple CEO Steve Jobs checked into Stanford Hospital over the weekend and was scheduled for surgery this morning, we hear.  —  At a party in Silicon Valley last night, a Stanford staffer who had just come …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Report: Steve Jobs Is In The Office Today  —  Perhaps it's because I'm stuck in a Munich hotel with the flu, but this most recent round of rumors about Steve Jobs undergoing surgery today is annoying me more than normal.  The entire report is based on something someone heard someone else say at a party.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: All Facebook
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Paul Boutin / Industry Standard:   Just how much is Twitter's burn rate?
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 …
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 …
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.
Brandon Schauer / Adaptive Path:
Dopplr's moment of long wow  —  This month Dopplr delightfully surprised me, supplying me with something I didn't know I needed.  The result: I'm now a more loyal Dopplr user.  It's a great example of a long wow moment.  —  Dopplr is “an online service for smarter travel.”
Discussion: Pat Phelan
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'.”
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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
IBM Beefs Up Tivoli for the Cloud  —  Today IBM announced that six universities are using its cloud computing expertise to set up and manage clouds located in Qatar, Africa and in Japan.  It is using Hadoop for allocating resources in the cloud — something it first began doing in 2007 …
Discussion: The Register and eWeek
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Awarded iPhone and Multi-Touch Patent  —  Perhaps adding teeth to Apple's recent comments that they would vigorously defend their intellectual property behind the iPhone, World of Apple notes that the U.S. Patent Office has awarded Apple the patent on their application titled Touch screen device …
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
Emily Steel / Digits:
Layoffs at Fox Interactive Media  —  News Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media digital division is laying off about 5% of its work force, or about 100 people, amid continued cost-cutting efforts, according to a person familiar with the situation.  —  The cuts, which started in the last month …
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
Dawn Kawamoto / Webware.com:
The Knot marries WedSnap  —  Weddingbook is the highest-ranking wedding-planning application on social network Facebook, which recently awarded developer WedSnap $25,000.  —  (Credit: WedSnap)  —  The Knot on Monday announced that it has acquired WedSnap, the developer of the popular online wedding-planning application Weddingbook.
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Facebook
Amanda Kleha / Google Enterprise Blog:
2008: The year in spam  —  [Ed. Note: The spam data cited in this post is drawn from the Postini Message Security network, which processes and culls spam from more than 2 billion enterprise email connections per day, giving Google strong insight into the state of the spam industry overall.
PC Pro:
EU could force Microsoft to bundle Firefox with Windows  —  The European Commission could force Microsoft to bundle Firefox with future versions of Windows.  —  The revelation came as part of Microsoft's quarterly filing with the Security and Exchange Commission.
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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple releases NVIDIA Graphics Update 2009  —  Apple on Monday released a software update that addresses issues with its Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter and also boosts HD video performance on some current Mac notebooks and previous-generation Mac desktops.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, PC World, Gizmodo and MacRumors
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Netflix profit up 45% in Q4, nears 10 million total subscribers  —  Analysts were already anticipating a killer Q4 for Netflix, and unlike practically every other company on the face of the planet, it delivered.  The movie rental firm somehow managed to see net income rise to $22.7 million in the quarter …
Discussion: CNET News and Associated Press
 
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Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Social networks overtake adult websites
Jon Oltsik / CNET News:
Point (Cisco), counterpoint (HP)
Discussion: Digits and Computerworld
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Are Online Ads Doing Better Than Expected?  Or Just as Bad as We Thought?
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Web Series Still Struggle to Hold on to Audiences
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple vs. Palm: Geeks with grudges
Discussion: PC World and Phone Arena
Moshe Basanchig / Finjan:
Evasive URL techniques
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA seeks sanctions against Harvard Law School prof
Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Announces Actions to Reduce Labor Costs by about $1.2 Billion