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7:45 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 …
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.
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
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR and Between the Lines
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 Q4 Results Top Estimates; Q1 Outlook Solid
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.
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 …
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:
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.
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
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: Industry Standard and All Facebook
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports, Coolfer, Guardian and Obsessable
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
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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Texas Instruments Cutting Staff 12%; Sees Big Q1 Rev Drop  —  Texas Instruments (TXN) this afternoon said it will cut its staff by 12%, including 1,800 layoffs and 1,600 voluntary retirements and departures.  The company will take about $300 million in related charges.
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.
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless “Network Extender” Enhances In-Home Call Capabilities  —  “Like Getting A Million-Dollar Cell Site In Your Home For $249.99”  —  Customer Inquiries  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless customers …
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
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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Multiple Windows 7 versions coming?  Say it ain't so!  —  These pictures supposedly come from a new build of the Windows 7 beta, 7025.  It goes without saying that while we knew this was a possibility, we've been seriously wishing against it.  We hope these are fake (and they very well could be) …
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 …
 
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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
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
 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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
TurboTax face-off: Treasury Secretary Geithner vs. Intuit
Discussion: CNET News
PE Hub Blog:
ChaCha Raising $30 Million
Discussion: Webware.com, VentureBeat and VatorNews
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
Robin Harris / Storage Bits:
Windows kicks Linux to the curb