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Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon's Kindle 2 Will 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 out e-mail messages …
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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 …
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 its first quarterly loss in nearly seven years.  —  After the market closed, Yahoo said it had lost $303 million, or 22 cents a share, during the fourth quarter.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Q4 Shows Operating Loss; CEO Bartz: 'This Is Not A Company …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
IBM Discovers Noncompetes Really Are Unenforceable in California [UPDATED]
Discussion: Apple Watch
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   IBM settles; Papermaster to join Apple in April
Andy Palay / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Offline Gmail  —  Web-based email is great because you can check it from any computer, but there's one little catch: it's inherently limited by your internet connection.  From public WiFi to smartphones equipped with 3G, from mobile broadband cards to fledgling in-flight wireless on airplanes …
Discussion: PC World and Mashable!
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Gmail grows up with offline e-mail access  —  Significantly increasing the utility and competitiveness of its Web-based e-mail service, Google is enabling an experimental ability to read, write, and search Gmail messages even while not connected to the network.
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Bits
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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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 …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   AOL might sell Bebo? “Absolutely ridiculous”
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.”
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.
Adam Hartley / TechRadar.com:
Rumour: Google to buy Skype  —  Is eBay looking to offload its VoIP cash-cow?  —  Tell us what you think [ 2 comments ]  —  Leading VoIP service Skype goes from strength to strength, with revenues rising by 26 per cent last quarter.  Yet despite this success, parent company eBay is rumoured …
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
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
MySpace on the money in social networking  —  Chris DeWolfe is dashing around his Beverly Hills office.  The co-founder of MySpace is preparing to go to Davos, where he will rub shoulders with leaders of the world economy, including his boss, Rupert Murdoch.
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 …
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.
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.
BBC:
Alarm sounded over wi-fi networks  —  Wireless access points could be used by hi-tech criminals to spread viruses and worms, warn US researchers.  —  Security holes and the popularity of the devices in cities makes them ideal for spreading malware, they found.
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Top 10 Newspaper Sites See 16% Growth in December 2008 Web Traffic  —  Newspapers may be struggling these days but it's not for lack of web traffic, at least for the top ten newspaper sites.  According to Nielsen Online, web traffic to the top 10 sites grew by an average of 16% in December 2008.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and CNET News
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.
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.
Sun Microsystems:
Sun Microsystems Reports Results for the Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2009  —  Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) reported results today for its second quarter of fiscal 2009, which ended December 28, 2008.  —  Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 were $3.220 billion …
Discussion: Digital Daily
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.
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 …
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: Gadget Lab, Liliputing and Gizmodo
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
 
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PC World:
Fujitsu to End Hard-disk Head Production
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Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
What the Web knows about you  —  How much private information …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Sun beats Wall Street's revenue, earnings forecast
Discussion: Computerworld
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Jambool Focused on Payments Platform for Virtual Goods, Launches …
Discussion: TechFlash and VentureBeat
Reuters:
EU court dismisses Intel delay request
Discussion: CNET News and InfoWorld
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oracle's Plan To Beat Salesforce: Give Customers Their Own Server (ORCL, CRM)
Discussion: InformationWeek and Computerworld
Hugh D'Andrade / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF to White House Counsel: What Will You Do to Protect the Privacy …
Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
Looking to acquire.  —  I'm letting hundreds of millions …
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Christopher Stern / Bloomberg:
Obama Broadband Plan Is Too Small, Has Too Many Conditions, Companies Say
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AdMob circles around Android applications
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Spammers Ramp Up Short-Lived Web Sites
Discussion: The Toybox
Arundhati Parmar / Finance-Commerce:
Best Buy seeks to expand its reach online