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7:55 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  —  Microsoft has stepped up the battle to win back users with the latest release of its Internet Explorer browser.  —  The US software giant says IE 8 is faster, easier to use and more secure than its competitors.  —  “We have made IE 8 the best browser …
Discussion: TweakTown News and PalmAddicts
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
New Internet Explorer 8 accelerates browsing  —  Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8, the latest version of the most commonly used web browser in the world, has left beta testing and is now available as “Release Candidate 1.”  This isn't the final release version per se, but it's close enough …
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
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  —  Perhaps it's because I'm stuck in a Munich hotel with the flu, but this most recent round of rumors about Steve Jobs undergoing surgery today is annoying me more than normal.  The entire report is based on something someone heard someone else say at a party.
Discussion: Gawker, Neowin.net and GPS Obsessed
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
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.
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.
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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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Coop's Corner and eWeek
Dan / UNEASYsilence:
RSS Player: Podcaster Reborn and ACCEPTED Into The App Store - UPDATED  —  Remember all the drama over Apple's rejection of Podcaster?  Instead of getting frustrated Alex, the developer of Podcaster, decided if he couldn't beat the system (by distributing his application via AdHoc distribution) he would join it.
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)
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
These Speakers Sound Great. And They're...Invisible!
Discussion: Engadget
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
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Social networks overtake adult websites
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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?
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
U.S. Defense Department Mimics Google, Microsoft in Cloud Computing Effort
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Should Yahoo Buy The New York Times?