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12:00 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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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.
Discussion: Local Mobile Search
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  —  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:
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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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
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 …
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
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.
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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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.
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
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
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 and MYBLOG by Ouriel
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Portable Monkey:
HP Mini 1000 6-Cell Battery Now Available, Unofficially  —  While the HP Mini 1000 6-Cell battery hasn't gone official over at HP.com's website, someone from the MyHPMini forums has found, through searching the HP Parts Store, a 6-Cell battery that is compatible with the HP Mini 1000.
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 …
 
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Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
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LAW.com:
Wilson Sonsini Cuts 45 Lawyers, 68 Staff
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Microsoft steps up browser battle
Discussion: TweakTown News and PalmAddicts
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Kanye West blames Gmail hijack for bisexual porn hoax
Discussion: Music Ally and The Blog Herald
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?