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9:45 AM 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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
No iPhone?  No Worries: Verizon Wireless Still Growing  —  Boomtown aside, not every consumer is swayed by the iPhone: Just ask Verizon (VZ), whose wireless operations added another 1.4 million customers in the last quarter — despite the fact that the company can't offer Apple's (AAPL) wonderphone.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon's quarter holds up; Metrics mixed; Mum on Storm units  —  Updated: Verizon on Tuesday delivered a mixed bag for the quarter.  FiOS TV additions were stronger-than-expected and wireless subscriber additions were on the light side.  Meanwhile, the company didn't break out how many BlackBerry Storms it moved in the quarter.
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.
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Microsoft steps up browser battle
Discussion: TweakTown News and PalmAddicts
Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
Apple Awarded Multi-Touch Patent  —  According to the US Patent Office Apple was awarded patent number 7,479,949 on January 20, 2009.  The patent which was filed on April 11, 2008 covers multi-touch and all associated gestures such as pinch, swipe and rotation.  —  The patent is titled:
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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. ]  —  Everyone agrees that the open web is becoming more important in our shared human experience.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Mozilla Gives $100,000 Grant Towards An Open Video Format For The Web
Michael Calore / Epicenter:   Mozilla Goes to Bat for Open-Source Video on the Web
PR Newswire:
EMC Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2008 Financial Results  —  Highlights  — First-ever $4 billion-plus quarter - Revenue up 8% sequentially; 5% year over year  — Fourth-quarter operating cash flow of $1.1 billion - Up 9% year over year  — Record full-year revenue of $14.88 billion - Up 12% year over year
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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. says 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” …
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
Discussion: Gawker, Neowin.net and GPS Obsessed
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 …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Kanye West blames Gmail hijack for bisexual porn hoax  —  Hey, world: Let him be great  —  Kanye West says someone has taken control of his Twitter.  Not to mention his Gmail and MySpace accounts.  —  The rap star says that someone is using all three services to spread false reports …
Discussion: Music Ally and The Blog Herald
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
New Bill Asks For Cameraphones To Go Clickety Clack  —  Smile, say cheese and hold that pose till you hear the ‘click’.  A new bill introduced in the Congress by New York Republican Rep. Peter King requires mobile phones with digital cameras “to make a sound” when a photograph is taken.
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: Collaboration 2.0 and Slashdot
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
These Speakers Sound Great.  And They're...Invisible!  —  I had two hands-down favorites at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.  One of them was the one that was everybody's favorite: Palm's upcoming Pre phone.  The other was a little-known technology which I saw demoed in a private preview.
Discussion: Engadget
Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes:
McNealy: Hire Great People And Delegate  —  Sun Microsystems' chairman talks about what it takes to turn managers into CEOs.  —  Only a few companies know how to manufacture new CEOs.  Scott McNealy has done it again and again.  —  More than 75 people—including a number of women …
Tech-On! : tech news:
E-paper Tested as Disaster Prevention Measures in Japan  —  Toppan Printing Co Ltd offered electronic papers for a field test of providing disaster prevention information using displays installed along streets.  —  The test was conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Kanto Bureau …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Cheney's Veil Lifted on Vice President's Residence  —  Hope and change has come to Google Maps.  The official residence of the vice president, obscured until Dick Cheney's last days in office and residence, now shines in satellite sunlight.  —  A reader tipped us off that Google Maps …
LAW.com:
Wilson Sonsini Cuts 45 Lawyers, 68 Staff  —  Blaming a down economy, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati axed 45 lawyers and 68 staff Monday.  —  The 660-lawyer firm laid off associates and of counsel accounting for 6.5 percent of its attorney work force.  About 9 percent of the firm's staff …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Daniel Lyons / Washington Post:
Silicon Valley Wants to Stay On the Road to Prosperity  —  Could Silicon Valley become another Detroit?  —  It's hard to imagine as you crawl along the traffic-choked lanes of Routes 101 and 280 between San Francisco and San Jose, past office parks and gleaming campuses still buzzing …
Discussion: Profy, Voices, Furrier.org and The Baglady
Gamasutra:
ESA Spent Record $4.2 Million Lobbying In 2008  —  The Entertainment Software Association spent a record $4,244,364.50 on federal lobbying in 2008, according to calculations based on quarterly lobbyist disclosure filings with the House Clerk's office obtained by Gamasutra.
 
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PC World:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Notebooks now make up over 70 percent of Mac sales
Discussion: TeleRead
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
WebbAlert Stops Filming; Impact For Federated Media?
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Slashes 2,800 Jobs
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Paul Boutin / Industry Standard:
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Discussion: broadstuff and Twitterrati
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Social networks overtake adult websites
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Dopplr's moment of long wow
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
IBM Beefs Up Tivoli for the Cloud
Discussion: The Register and eWeek
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Web Series Still Struggle to Hold on to Audiences
Discussion: NewTeeVee