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8:20 AM ET, January 27, 2009

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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.
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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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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
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
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Profit Rises 15% After Customers Spend More on Data-Service Plans  —  Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Communications Inc., the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, reported a 15 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit after owners of the BlackBerry Storm and other Web-surfing phones spent more on data-service plans.
Discussion: Reuters
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
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.
Discussion: Guardian
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
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.
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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Notebooks now make up over 70 percent of Mac sales  —  Four years ago, sales of desktop machines made up 60 percent of Apple's computer sales, while notebooks made up 40 percent.  Not only have those numbers now reversed, they've skyrocketed in the direction of the notebook for Apple.
Discussion: TeleRead
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
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 …
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 …
John Murrell / GMSV:
Aggregation, confrontation, negotiation, placation  —  Additional review of the legal questions surrounding headline aggregation on the Web will have to come another day.  GateHouse Media has reached a pre-trial settlement with the New York Times Co., owner of the Boston Globe …
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
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.
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
Paul Boutin / Industry Standard:
Just how much is Twitter's burn rate?  —  Relentless biz-blogger Kara Swisher is pushing again for Facebook to acquire Twitter.  Twitter will never IPO on its own, she says, and Facebook is Twitter's most natural fit as a parent company.  —  But there's an important number missing …
Discussion: broadstuff and Twitterrati
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Web Series Still Struggle to Hold on to Audiences  —  Survey of 50 Top Web Series Finds Loss Of 64% From First Episode To Second  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — MyDamnChannel's “You Suck at Photoshop” is a near-perfect series for the web: short, funny and low-budget, it both doesn't require viewers …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts:
Firefox Mobile may be on Touch Pro next week  —  Despite a previous update from the Mozilla team, it now looks like the Firefox Mobile browser, codenamed Fennec, could be ready for a Windows Mobile beta as soon as next week, and they've chosen a phone to do the honors.  —  From this week's meeting:
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Pogue: Google's GrandCentral Not Dead, Just Resting (GOOG)
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
WebbAlert Stops Filming; Impact For Federated Media?
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Slashes 2,800 Jobs
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Netflix profit up 45% in Q4, nears 10 million total subscribers
Discussion: Associated Press and CNET News
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Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Despite Layoffs, Moto to Support Windows Mobile
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
Brandon Schauer / Adaptive Path:
Dopplr's moment of long wow
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
IBM Beefs Up Tivoli for the Cloud
Discussion: The Register and eWeek
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Are Online Ads Doing Better Than Expected?  Or Just as Bad as We Thought?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Should Yahoo Buy The New York Times?