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12:30 PM ET, January 27, 2009

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Verizon:
Verizon Reports Sustained Revenue Growth and Continued Strong Cash Flows for 4Q and Full-Year 2008  —  Consolidated Results  — 43 cents in diluted EPS and 61 cents in adjusted EPS (non-GAAP), compared with 4Q 2007 diluted EPS of 37 cents reported and 62 cents adjusted.
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Kent German / Crave: The gadget blog:
Congressman wants to ban silent camera phones  —  If you think the biggest problem with a camera phone is the poor quality of the photos, a member of Congress might make you think again.  Earlier this month, Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) introduced a bill in the House of Representatives …
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Apple Gets Their Multi-Touch Patent; Is Palm Screwed?  —  The US Patent Office has signed, sealed, and delivered a late Christmas present to Apple.  On January 20th, the powers that be awarded patent #7,479,949, titled Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics, to Apple.
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Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
Apple Awarded Multi-Touch Patent
InfoWorld:
Microsoft repeats IE8 lock-in warning for XP users with SP3  —  Microsoft again warned users of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) that they may not be able to uninstall either the service pack or Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).  —  The warning, made by Jane Maliouta, a Microsoft program manager …
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IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate Now Available
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Panasonic announces the Lumix ZS3, ZS1, TS1, FX580, FX48 and FS25  —  You may recall the three Lumix point and shoots that Panasonic announced on the 16th and thought that'd be the end of that.  Well, those were just a warm up and today Panasonic revealed the rest of their 2009 lineup.
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Panasonic:
PANASONIC'S NEW LUMIX ZS-SERIES, THE ULTIMATE COMPACT DIGITAL …
Discussion: Engadget, Crave and Gizmodo
Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Activists call for a mashup-friendly Recovery.gov  —  As President Obama's $825+ billion financial stimulus package works its way through Congress, a number of groups have started to call for increased transparency in the way that data on the proposed spending will be shared with citizens.
Discussion: The Toybox
Scott Lowe / IGN:
Rumor: PSP 2 Coming Soon  —  Sources suggest that the PSP 2 is real, touch screen-enabled, and coming soon.  —  The evolution of the PSP has been one of small incremental updates rather than drastic aesthetic and hardware reconfigurations.  Since its debut in 2005 the PSP has undergone …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
EMC Q4 In Line; Won't Give Forward Financial Guidance  —  EMC (EMC) this morning posted Q4 revenue of $4.02 billion, up 8% sequentially, up 5% year-over-year and right in line with the company's previous guidance for revenue of about $4 billion.  Profits were 14 cents a share GAAP and 32 cents …
Discussion: eWeek
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Amazon press conference on 2/9: I can haz kindle too?  —  Last time Amazon had a press conference they released a little something I like to call the best ebook reader in the whole wide world.  Well, we've got a seat at another conference on Monday, February 9 and unless they're announcing …
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Microsoft: H-1B workers among those losing jobs  —  No legal obligation to keep U.S. workers over visa holders in layoff, says attorney  —  Microsoft Corp. said it is cutting a “significant number” of foreign workers as part of the layoff of 1,400 employees last week, a number that is due to reach 5,000 over the next 18 months.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
E-Mail Outage Forces White House to Operate the Oldfangled Way  —  The guy on the computer help line at the White House seemed a bit harried yesterday afternoon.  —  Shortly after the workweek began, the tech-savvy Obama administration was hit with a mysterious “server outage” …
Discussion: CNET News
Arundhati Parmar / Finance-Commerce:
Best Buy seeks to expand its reach online  —  Electronics retailer hopes ‘API’ technology will boost sales and branding  —  The walls are coming down at bestbuy.com.  —  Convinced that customers' online-shopping behavior is now deeply colored by social-media experiences …
Discussion: WebProNews and Collaboration 2.0
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
IT jobs outlook for 2009: The good and the bad  —  A depressing string of layoff announcements across the corporate world has gotten 2009 off to an inauspicious start.  So what do the trends mean for IT employment in 2009?  Here's a sober look at both the good signs and the bad.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Western Digital's 2TB Caviar Green hard drive launches, gets previewed  —  There's no veil of secrecy covering this one, but Western Digital has finally come clean with the industry's first 2TB internal hard drive.  Launched today in the USA, the planet's highest capacity single HDD …
Christopher Blizzard:
why open video?  —  [ Note: Mike Shaver gives the short version of this post.  I have done a great job of burying the lead here.  There's a post from the Wikimedia Foundation on the topic and a post in the Mozilla Blog as well. ]  —  [ Update: There's a good note on ajaxian, the most important of which is the last paragraph.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Gives $100,000 Grant Towards An Open Video Format For The Web
Discussion: Obsessable
Nokia:
Nokia to acquire bit-side GmbH  —  Espoo, Finland/Berlin, Germany - Nokia and bit-side GmbH today announced that an agreement has been signed for Nokia to acquire substantially all assets of bit-side.  Bit-side is a privately owned Berlin-based professional services and software company with 39 employees.
internetnews.com:
Spammers Ramp Up Short-Lived Web Sites  —  Sites that are here today, gone tomorrow are difficult to track and block.  —  In their never-ending war with antivirus vendors and other malware fighters, cybercriminals have come up with a new twist to evade detection - putting up malicious sites for one day or less on average.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Another iPhone App Sold: MindMaker Goes To MindMeister  —  German mind mapping application builder MeisterLabs, the startup behind brainstorm & planning tool MindMeister, has acquired MindMaker, to our knowledge the third iPhone application to get sold after the sale of Where To and Tapulous buying Tweetsville.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Is Skype for sale?  —  Comments from eBay's CEO have sparked speculation that the online marketplace may be looking to unload Skype.  But any suitor that comes knocking on eBay's door will likely have to pay a hefty price tag for the Internet phone service.
 
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