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11:35 PM ET, January 27, 2009

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Andy Palay / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Offline Gmail  —  Web-based email is great because you can check it from any computer, but there's one little catch: it's inherently limited by your internet connection.  From public WiFi to smartphones equipped with 3G, from mobile broadband cards to fledgling in-flight wireless on airplanes …
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Gmail grows up with offline e-mail access  —  Significantly increasing the utility and competitiveness of its Web-based e-mail service, Google is enabling an experimental ability to read, write, and search Gmail messages even while not connected to the network.
Discussion: Bits
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google (finally) brings Gmail and Calendar offline  —  In a huge move, Google is rolling out offline support for Gmail users, which means you'll finally be able to read and write emails even when you're not connected to the web.  —  Jeez, I've been waiting a while for this one.  And so have many others.
Discussion: Download Squad, TechCrunch and AppScout
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon's Kindle 2 Will Debut Feb. 9  —  UPDATED 3:08 p.m.: Clarified description of Broadsheet technology.  —  Mark your calendars, e-book fans: Amazon.com will introduce the next generation of its popular Kindle reader in New York City on Feb. 9.  —  The company sent out e-mail messages …
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Steve Dowling / Apple:
Mark Papermaster to Begin at Apple as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering on April 24  —  Apple® today announced that Mark Papermaster will be coming to Apple as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, on April 24.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
IBM Discovers Noncompetes Really Are Unenforceable in California [UPDATED]
Discussion: Apple Watch
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   IBM settles; Papermaster to join Apple in April
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Financial Results  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2008.  —  “Despite the challenging economic environment, Yahoo! …
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Bartz era at Yahoo begins with quarterly loss, revenue decline  —  Yahoo finished 2008 the way it started the year: struggling.  But this time, it sunk even lower by posting its first quarterly loss in nearly seven years.  —  After the market closed, Yahoo said it had lost $303 million, or 22 cents a share, during the fourth quarter.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Q4 Shows Operating Loss; CEO Bartz: 'This Is Not A Company …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
New iPhone software improves Safari stability  —  The latest iPhone firmware update should be available Tuesday in iTunes.  —  (Credit: Tom Krazit/CNET News)  —  Apple has released a minor iPhone firmware update that is supposed to help improve the stability of its Safari browser.
Discussion: The Register
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Updated: A Year Later, AOL Is Contemplating A Bebo Sale  —  I didn't quite believe it when one of my most trusted sources told me that AOL was seriously considering selling Bebo, the social network it acquired for $850 million only a year ago.  But I have now confirmed the rumor with three …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Streaming video cannibalizing DVD rentals, says Netflix  —  Netflix says that DVD rentals are down for subscribers who make use of the company's online streaming service.  Though it doesn't hurt Netflix's bottom line, the trend certainly spells bad news for physical media, including Blu-ray.
Nick Summers / Newsweek:
What Would Google Do?  —  According to author Jeff Jarvis, taking a page out of the company's playbook could put the economy back on track. … “Google is an avalanche and it has only just begun to tumble down the mountain,” Jeff Jarvis writes in a new book called “What Would Google Do?” …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google ‘GDrive’ revisits tech-pundit G-spot  —  Googasms all around  —  The GDrive rumors have resurfaced.  Yet again.  And true to form, at least one tech pundit is predicting that Google's alleged online storage extravaganza will murder the personal computer.
Discussion: Google Watch and Fox News
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Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
Why a ‘Google Web Drive’ Won't Kill Windows, the PC or Anything Else
Discussion: Beyond Search
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS Thinks Now's a Great Time to Launch a Finance Site: Meet Moneywatch.com  —  Many moons ago, CBS owned a piece of a finance Web site.  But in 2004, it sold MarketWatch.com to Dow Jones (the owner of The Wall Street Journal and of this Web site) for some $500 million.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Fred / A VC:
Twenty-Two Years Of Job Creation Wiped Out In One Day  —  I have worked in three venture capital firms over the past twenty-two years.  First at Euclid Partners from 1986 to 1996, then Flatiron Partners from 1996 to now, and Union Square Ventures from 2004 until now.
Discussion: New York Times
Sean Captain / Popular Science:
Hands-On with Samsung's Projector-Phone  —  An exclusive look at its two great displays and wealth of widgets  —  0.7 inches thick: the Show still makes room for a 10-lumen DLP projector that displays 480-by-320-pixel video and stills Sean Captain  —  The Samsung W7900, aka the Show, certainly lives up to its name.
BBC:
Alarm sounded over wi-fi networks  —  Wireless access points could be used by hi-tech criminals to spread viruses and worms, warn US researchers.  —  Security holes and the popularity of the devices in cities makes them ideal for spreading malware, they found.
BUG Community:
Quake on the BUG!  —  A pretty significant milestone has passed here at Bug Labs - might we say, the “killer” app has finally arrived.  That's right - Quake has been ported to the BUG!  Using QuakeSDL, BUGcommunity member cmw hacked together a binary which is guaranteed to replace the Bug team's nightly COD2 deathmatches.
Discussion: Hack a Day and Engadget
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Muxtape Returns as a White-Label MySpace  —  Following its shutdown by the RIAA last August, the Muxtape music streaming site has resurfaced online with a new purpose.  —  No longer is it a place for fans to upload mix-tape-style MP3 playlists to share with each other with a simple URL.
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Top 10 Newspaper Sites See 16% Growth in December 2008 Web Traffic  —  Newspapers may be struggling these days but it's not for lack of web traffic, at least for the top ten newspaper sites.  According to Nielsen Online, web traffic to the top 10 sites grew by an average of 16% in December 2008.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and CNET News
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon: The World's Most Expensive Internet Stock?  —  With Amazon.com (AMZN) due to report Q4 results on Thursday, the Street has begun to take notice of the stock's remarkably high P/E multiple compared with other Internet stocks, other high growth tech stocks, or for that matter, any other stocks.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Announcing the AllFacebook Pages Tracker  —  Want to know what the most popular Facebook pages are on any given day?  Now you can!  If you haven't read it on Techcrunch, over the past month we have been tracking over 620,000 Facebook fan pages daily to determine how many fans they have and what type of growth they are experiencing.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Digg Poaches New Head Of Sales From Yahoo  —  After not being acquired by Google last year and announcing some cutbacks last week, Digg is rolling up its sleeves and getting to work.  The company has hired Tom Shin as its new head of sales from Yahoo, where he was one of the top sales people and head of the Northwest sales region.
Discussion: Jobwire
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Boobs And Booty Banned From The App Store  —  Breasts and the iPhone have had a tumultuous relationship.  Last month, an application that allowed users to shake a pair (possibly NSFW) of 3D breasts was banned from the App Store for being apparently too risque for its audience.
Dave Altavilla / HotHardware.com News:
Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green Drive Preview  —  Late last week Western Digital briefed us on their forthcoming release of a new addition to their Caviar Green family of hard drives.  No we're not talking some sort of exotic sushi or cracker-bound fish egg here either but rather a new …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google promotes Chrome with YouTube ads  —  Well, now we know one customer who's excited by Google's new ad possibilities at YouTube: Google.  —  The company is showing ads for its open-source Web browser.  I saw Chrome overlay and display ads on a classically viral video, “No Pants Subway Ride 2009.”
Reuters:
Thompson top choice for US commerce sec'y -sources  —  Software company president John Thompson is President Barack Obama's top choice for commerce secretary, senior Democratic sources said on Tuesday.  —  “He (Thompson) is the leading candidate,” one Democratic source said.  “He is still being vetted.”
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
What Works in Online Video Advertising?
Discussion: Podcasting News
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Sun Microsystems Wrestles with Restructuring, Economy
Discussion: The Register and Sun Microsystems
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
MySpace on the money in social networking
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
What the Web knows about you  —  How much private information …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Sun beats Wall Street's revenue, earnings forecast
Adam Hartley / TechRadar.com:
Rumour: Google to buy Skype
Discussion: InformationWeek and Maximum PC all
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oracle's Plan To Beat Salesforce: Give Customers Their Own Server (ORCL, CRM)
Discussion: Computerworld and InformationWeek
Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
Looking to acquire.  —  I'm letting hundreds of millions …
Discussion: Mashable!
internetnews.com:
Spammers Ramp Up Short-Lived Web Sites
Discussion: The Toybox