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6:00 PM ET, January 27, 2009

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Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon's Kindle 2 Will Make Debut Feb. 9  —  UPDATED 3:08 p.m.: Clarified description of Broadsheet technology.  —  Mark your calendars, e-book fans: Amazon.com will introduce the next generation of its popular Kindle reader in New York City on Feb. 9.  —  The company sent …
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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 Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time to Crank Up the Kindle Rumor Mill: Amazon Press Conference Set for Feb. 9
Discussion: Engadget and Gearlog
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Mark Papermaster to Begin at Apple as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering on April 24  —  Apple® today announced that Mark Papermaster will be coming to Apple as senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, on April 24.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   IBM settles; Papermaster to join Apple in April
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Financial Results  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2008.  —  “Despite the challenging economic environment, Yahoo! …
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Bartz era at Yahoo begins with quarterly loss, revenue decline  —  Yahoo finished 2008 the way it started the year: Struggling.  But this time, it sunk even lower by posting a fourth-quarter loss.  —  After the market closed, Yahoo said it had lost $303 million, or 22 cents a share …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Updated: 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 …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
New iPhone software improves Safari stability  —  The latest iPhone firmware update should be available Tuesday in iTunes.  —  (Credit: Tom Krazit/CNET News)  —  Apple has released a minor iPhone firmware update that is supposed to help improve the stability of its Safari browser.
Discussion: The Register and TUAW
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhone and iPod Touch 2.2.1 Firmware  —  Apple has released a 2.2.1 update for the iPhone today.  Available from iTunes, the update relays the following improvements:
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Streaming video cannibalizing DVD rentals, says Netflix  —  Netflix says that DVD rentals are down for subscribers who make use of the company's online streaming service.  Though it doesn't hurt Netflix's bottom line, the trend certainly spells bad news for physical media, including Blu-ray.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google promotes Chrome with YouTube ads  —  Well, now we know one customer who's excited by Google's new ad possibilities at YouTube: Google.  —  The company is showing ads for its open-source Web browser.  I saw Chrome overlay and display ads on a classically viral video, “No Pants Subway Ride 2009.”
Michael Oryl / Android Authority:
General Mobile showing dual-SIM DSTL1 Android phone at Mobile World Congress  —  We just received a note from cell phone manufacturer General Mobile telling us that it plans on showing off the world's first dual-SIM capable Android powered phone at the 2009 Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona next month.
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.
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.
PR Newswire:
Verizon Reports Sustained Revenue Growth and Continued Strong Cash Flows for 4Q and Full-Year 2008  —  4Q Results Fueled by Record Growth in FiOS Internet and TV Customers, Continued Strong Sales of Verizon Wireless and Strategic Business Services  —  4Q 2008 HIGHLIGHTS  —  Consolidated Results
Fred / A VC:
Twenty-Two Years Of Job Creation Wiped Out In One Day  —  I have worked in three venture capital firms over the past twenty-two years.  First at Euclid Partners from 1986 to 1996, then Flatiron Partners from 1996 to now, and Union Square Ventures from 2004 until now.
Discussion: New York Times
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Muxtape Returns as a White-Label MySpace  —  Following its shutdown by the RIAA last August, the Muxtape music streaming site has resurfaced online with a new purpose.  —  No longer is it a place for fans to upload mix-tape-style MP3 playlists to share with each other with a simple URL.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, SitePoint and Obsessable
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.
Dave Altavilla / HotHardware.com News:
Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green 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 …
Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
Looking to acquire.  —  I'm letting hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues slip through my fingers every year by sending people to competitors sites.  Given what everyone else in the market is doing now the only real choice we have is to acquire a mass market paid dating site or build one myself.
Discussion: Mashable!
Rob Galbraith:
A look at the evolving laptop display  —  In July 2007, we wrote an assessment of the matte display in the MacBook Pro 15 inch.  At the time, Apple was beginning the transition to LED backlights in its laptop line, and what we found was the display was incrementally better …
Discussion: Liliputing, Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Gil / fring:
friends & music together with fring & Last.fm  —  Love music?  Love friends?  Love fring?  Then you're gonna love Last.fm on fring!  —  Whether you're hot for Britney or prefer chillin' to Cold Play, you can now listen to Last.fm music radio channels, including your own Last.fm library, direct from fring on your mobile.
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 …
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: Freedom to Tinker and The Toybox
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.
Discussion: The Toybox
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon: The World's Most Expensive Internet Stock?  —  With Amazon.com (AMZN) due to report Q4 results on Thursday, the Street has begun to take notice of the stock's remarkably high P/E multiple compared with other Internet stocks, other high growth tech stocks, or for that matter, any other stocks.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Announcing the AllFacebook Pages Tracker  —  Want to know what the most popular Facebook pages are on any given day?  Now you can!  If you haven't read it on Techcrunch, over the past month we have been tracking over 620,000 Facebook fan pages daily to determine how many fans they have and what type of growth they are experiencing.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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: Mashable!
 
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Jambool Focused on Payments Platform for Virtual Goods, Launches …
Discussion: TechFlash and VentureBeat
Reuters:
Court Rejects Intel's Request for Delay in Antitrust Case
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Top 10 Newspaper Sites See 16% Growth in December 2008 Web Traffic
Discussion: CNET News
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oracle's Plan To Beat Salesforce: Give Customers Their Own Server (ORCL, CRM)
Hugh D'Andrade / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF to White House Counsel: What Will You Do to Protect the Privacy …
Business Wire:
Digitalsmiths Raises Additional Equity
Christopher Stern / Bloomberg:
Obama Broadband Plan Is Too Small, Has Too Many Conditions, Companies Say
Discussion: DSLreports
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AdMob circles around Android applications
 Earlier Items: 
Nokia:
Nokia to acquire bit-side GmbH
Discussion: Unwired View and IntoMobile
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Panasonic announces the Lumix ZS3, ZS1, TS1, FX580, FX48 and FS25
Discussion: Gizmodo and Panasonic
Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes:
McNealy: Hire Great People And Delegate
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
E-Mail Outage Forces White House to Operate the Oldfangled Way
Discussion: CNET News
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Microsoft: H-1B workers among those losing jobs
Discussion: Slashdot
Scott Lowe / IGN:
Rumor: PSP 2 Coming Soon