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8:15 AM ET, January 28, 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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google (finally) brings Gmail and Calendar offline
Discussion: TechCrunch, Download Squad and AppScout
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Some Things Need To Change  —  Yesterday as I was leaving the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany someone walked up to me and quite deliberately spat in my face.  Before I even understood what was happening, he veered off into the crowd, just another dark head in a dark suit.
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
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:   Yahoo Q4 Shows Operating Loss; CEO Bartz: 'This Is Not A Company …
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
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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Roberto Baldwin / Mac|Life all:
iPhoto's Faces Recognizes Cats  —  A huge disappointment for pet owners, was word that iPhoto's newest feature, Faces, wouldn't recognize animals according to Apple employees on the show floor.  We even did a few tests at Macworld Expo with images they had of the dog Luce.
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Acer smartphone launch confirmed … “Are you ready to join Acer's launch into the world of mobile communications?”  —  So asks an invite that's just dropped into Pocket-lint's inbox this morning, confirming rumours the company are to launch a smartphone.  —  Due to be unveiled on February 16 …
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?” …
Discussion: broadstuff
BBC:
UK will not legislate on piracy  —  The UK's Intellectual Property minister David Lammy has said the government will not force internet service providers to pursue file sharers.  —  There had been mounting speculation about government legislation on the issue as the music industry steps up its fight against the pirates.
Discussion: bit-tech.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Online Health Consolidation Continues: HealthCentral Buys Wellsphere  —  Three months ago Steve Case's Revolution Health sold for $100 million or so to Waterfront Media (after raising $200 million in venture capital).  Consolidation continues today with the HealthCentral acquisition of Wellsphere, which we first covered in early 2007.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Pulse2
Peter Galli / Port 25:
Web Sandbox Source Now Available Under Apache License 2.0  —  Microsoft has released more source code under an OSI-approved license: this time it has made the source code for the Web Sandbox runtime available under the Apache 2.0 open source license.  —  The Web Sandbox project explores …
Markcuban / blog maverick:
The Great Internet Video Lie  —  Internet Video.  Its the salvation for content creators everywhere.  Its the end to dependence on the big bad meanies, the cable and satellite companies.  Right ?  Hell no. The concept that “over the top” video creates a valid business alternative …
Discussion: Epeus' epigone
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Maybe We Should Call Them Venture Pessimists  —  Venture capitalists need a healthy dose of optimism to do their jobs — betting millions of dollars on young ideas and hoping they turn in to the next big thing.  —  These days, though, that optimism is in short supply.
Discussion: Industry Standard
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Cox to test new way to handle Internet congestion  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Cox Communications, the third-largest cable company in the U.S., stepped on to battleground of the “Net Neutrality” issue Tuesday, saying it will be trying out a new way to keep its subscribers' Internet traffic from jamming up.
Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
Sony launches world's thinnest OLED TV  —  The Sony Bravia XEL features an OLED screen, measure 3mm thick, and will cost £3,489.  —  The world's thinnest television goes on sale today in Britain, measuring a mere 3mm, no thicker than a pound coin but costing 3,489 of them.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Florida firm stakes out Microsoft, offering jobs to worried workers  —  At the Automated HealthCare Solutions offices in Florida last Thursday morning, chief operating officer Donnie Reynolds was talking with fellow executive Veer Hossain about their hiring needs.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
2006 AOL search data snafu spawns “I Love Alaska” short films  —  Who knew that AOL search logs would prove such a muse to artists?  Two Dutch filmmakers follow the odd search engine entries of user 711391 as she tries to find love, escape from Houston, and kill those annoying birds in her yard.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Radar on iPhone: Sleek Microblogging for Photos  —  Radar has been serving up real-time mobile photo and videos for some time now, but tonight marks the release of their new iPhone app which brings easy uploading and Radar's fantastic content-centric social features to your phone.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Movie channel to go live on Web before TV debut  —  A premium movie channel backed by a trio of studios is expected to debut as an on-demand Web site months before its traditional TV launch.  —  The consortium of MGM, Paramount Pictures, and Lions Gate announced Tuesday at the NATPE television conference …
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, Gizmodo and SlashGear
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Unborn baby uses Twitter  —  How many times can you say “ga ga goo goo” in 140 or fewer characters?  I don't have the time to work it out.  —  But I can tell you that the child who was, until recently, in Ellen Menscher's womb may well have been the world's youngest Twitter user.
Discussion: The Sun and Newlaunches.com
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
i465 to be first Motorola iDEN phone with QWERTY
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Film Council launches the UK's ‘Google for film’ search site
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook begins testing ad-driven polls
Reuters:
Thompson top choice for US commerce sec'y -sources
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS Thinks Now's a Great Time to Launch a Finance Site: Meet Moneywatch.com
Discussion: paidContent.org and MediaFile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Digg Poaches New Head Of Sales From Yahoo
Discussion: Jobwire
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Sun Microsystems Wrestles with Restructuring, Economy
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 Earlier Items: 
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MySpace on the money in social networking
BBC:
Alarm sounded over wi-fi networks
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon: The World's Most Expensive Internet Stock?
Discussion: Beyond Search