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1:15 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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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
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Amazon press conference on 2/9: I can haz kindle too?  —  Last time Amazon had a press conference they released a little something I like to call the best ebook reader in the whole wide world.  Well, we've got a seat at another conference on Monday, February 9 and unless they're announcing …
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.
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Panasonic:
PANASONIC'S NEW LUMIX ZS-SERIES, THE ULTIMATE COMPACT DIGITAL …
Discussion: Engadget, Imaging Insider, Crave and Gizmodo
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
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 …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Man buys used iPod, gets 60 pages of sensitive military data  —  After purchasing a used iPod, a New Zealand resident found that it wasn't much use for rocking out.  Instead of playing MP3s, the gadget contained 60 pages of data on US military personnel, mission briefings, and equipment deployment.
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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
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
Why a ‘Google Web Drive’ Won't Kill Windows, the PC or Anything Else  —  Rumors of the GDrive, Google's supposed answer to online file storage, are bubbling up again.  The fabled GDrive is by far the most clamored-for Google service that, so far anyway, has yet to see the light of day.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
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 other sources intimately acquainted with the company.
Discussion: Open Gardens
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.
Discussion: Slashdot, Coop's Corner and eWeek
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.
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: WebProNews
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
Nokia:
Nokia to acquire bit-side GmbH  —  Espoo, Finland/Berlin, Germany - Nokia and bit-side GmbH today announced that an agreement has been signed for Nokia to acquire substantially all assets of bit-side.  Bit-side is a privately owned Berlin-based professional services and software company with 39 employees.
Simon Thiel / Bloomberg:
Monster Says Hacker Raid That Snared Personal Data May Extend Beyond U.K.  —  Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — Monster Worldwide Inc., the operator of the most-used job-search Web site, said hackers stole personal details from some of its 75 million users, including names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
Discussion: InformationWeek and Telegraph
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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Dave Altavilla / HotHardware.com News:
WD 2TB Caviar Green Monster 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 …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Nexus Gaining Traction in Managed Hosting  —  One year into its push into the data center, Cisco Systems (CSCO) says its Data Center 3.0 products are gaining traction with managed hosting providers and even Wall Street trading firms, a vertical Cisco is working to cultivate with technology to support low-latency trading.
Discussion: Bits
 
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Microsoft steps up browser battle
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