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10:25 AM ET, January 28, 2009

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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 …
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Gmail goes offline to avoid flatline online  —  Google goes back to the future with PC-based Office  —  Google has finally added offline support to Gmail, allowing US and Blighty-based users to read and write email while unconnected to the interwebs.  —  The firm said it was rolling out an …
Discussion: Network World and Gizmodo
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google (finally) brings Gmail and Calendar offline
Discussion: Download Squad, TechCrunch and AppScout
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T: 1.9 million iPhones activated  —  AT&T said Wednesday that it activated 1.9 million iPhone 3Gs in the fourth quarter with 40 percent of those activations representing new customers.  —  In the back half of 2008, AT&T activated more than 4.3 million iPhones (statement).
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Business Wire:
AT&T Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results Highlighted by Robust Wireless Data Growth, Accelerated U-verse TV Ramp, Continued Double-Digit Growth in IP Data Services  —  Full-year reported EPS of $2.16, up from $1.94 for 2007; full-year adjusted EPS of $2.81, compared with $2.76 …
Discussion: GigaOM and Local Mobile Search
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
AT&T earnings dip 23.6 percent
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Some Things Need To Change  —  Yesterday as I was leaving the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany someone walked up to me and quite deliberately spat in my face.  Before I even understood what was happening, he veered off into the crowd, just another dark head in a dark suit.
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Acer smartphone launch confirmed … “Are you ready to join Acer's launch into the world of mobile communications?”  —  So asks an invite that's just dropped into Pocket-lint's inbox this morning, confirming rumours the company are to launch a smartphone.  —  Due to be unveiled on February 16 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Fennec (aka Firefox Mobile) To Debut Next Week  —  Fennec, the mobile browser developed by Mozilla, makers of Firefox, will soon be making its way to Windows Mobile handsets.  According to notes from this week's meeting posted on the Mozilla wiki, the new version is expected the first week of February and will target the HTC Touch Pro.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Firefox Mobile Headed for Windows Mobile as Early as Next Week
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Roberto Baldwin / Mac|Life all:
iPhoto's Faces Recognizes Cats  —  A huge disappointment for pet owners, was word that iPhoto's newest feature, Faces, wouldn't recognize animals according to Apple employees on the show floor.  We even did a few tests at Macworld Expo with images they had of the dog Luce.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
The Great Internet Video Lie  —  Internet Video.  Its the salvation for content creators everywhere.  Its the end to dependence on the big bad meanies, the cable and satellite companies.  Right ?  Hell no. The concept that “over the top” video creates a valid business alternative …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Which HD video Web service is the best?  —  Around this time last year we put together a comparison of various video sites to determine which ones had the best overall quality and user experience.  Since then, high-definition-capable digital cameras and camcorders have taken off …
Discussion: Mac|Life all and WebProNews
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Android app uproar sparks debate over open app store model  —  An Android Marketplace application has been accused of attacking files.  Ars looks at the matter and concludes that there may be more smoke than fire in this case.  —  An Android Market application has become the center …
Discussion: The Register and InformationWeek
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Will Intel let Jen-Hsun Huang spread graphics beyond PCs?  —  Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang is on a missoni to get graphics chips into everything from handheld computers to smart phones.  In a dinner with reporters on Monday night, the head of the Santa Clara, Calif.-based graphics chip maker …
Discussion: Digits and Geek News Central
Dan Moren / Macworld:
iPhone push notifications: dead and buried, or waiting in the wings?  —  Apple's no stranger to missing a deadline or two, nor is the company averse to pushing back products a few weeks or months when they need more time.  But less common are products that disappear entirely into the world-devouring maw …
Discussion: Macworld
Nick Summers / Newsweek:
What Would Google Do?  —  According to author Jeff Jarvis, taking a page out of the company's playbook could put the economy back on track. … “Google is an avalanche and it has only just begun to tumble down the mountain,” Jeff Jarvis writes in a new book called “What Would Google Do?” …
Discussion: The Toybox and broadstuff
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Maybe We Should Call Them Venture Pessimists  —  Venture capitalists need a healthy dose of optimism to do their jobs — betting millions of dollars on young ideas and hoping they turn in to the next big thing.  —  These days, though, that optimism is in short supply.
Discussion: Industry Standard
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Search Ad Firm WordStream Gets $4 Million First Round; New CEO  —  WordStream has picked up $4 million in a first round of financing led by Sigma Partners; the investment also comes with a new President and CEO, Rob Adler.  Adler previously served as co-founder and president of CCBN …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Boobs And Booty Banned From The App Store  —  Breasts and the iPhone have had a tumultuous relationship.  Last month, an application that allowed users to shake a pair (possibly NSFW) of 3D breasts was banned from the App Store for being apparently too risque for its audience.
PR Newswire:
Revenues  — Full-year 2008 U.S. GAAP software and software-related service revenues were euro 8.46 billion (2007: euro 7.43 billion), representing an increase of 14% compared to 2007.  Non-GAAP software and software-related service revenues, which exclude a non-recurring deferred support revenue write …
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Amazon's Kindle 2.0 could have color screen, longer battery life, sleeker design  —  Is a Kindle 2.0 on the way?  Amazon.com today set the stage for fingers to start tapping out online rumors about a new version of its e-book reader.  The Seattle company sent out invitations for a Feb. 9 press event …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon's Kindle 2 Will Debut Feb. 9
BBC:
UK will not legislate on piracy  —  The UK's Intellectual Property minister David Lammy has said the government will not force internet service providers to pursue file sharers.  —  There had been mounting speculation about government legislation on the issue as the music industry steps up its fight against the pirates.
Discussion: bit-tech.net and AppScout
John Dowdell / jd/adobe:
A Video Tale  —  Once upon a time there was a sad little digital video file.  She had no dress to attend the Web Browser Ball!  —  Sir Rob of Seattle said “I'll save you!  My dress will give you innovative capability, where anyone can publish, and anyone can see.  And, best of all, it's Progressive!”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Report: Click Fraud At Record High  —  17.1% of all clickthroughs on web advertising are the result of click fraud - the act of clicking on a web ad to artificially increase its click-through rate - according to the latest report from Click Forensics, a company that specializes in monitoring and preventing internet crime.
Discussion: Business 2.0 Press
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 First Impressions  —  After the BlackBerry Bold's epically delayed launch on AT&T and the Storm's epically borked launch everywhere, RIM needs 2009 to be better than 2008.  The T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a good way to start.
Discussion: Crave
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Florida firm stakes out Microsoft, offering jobs to worried workers  —  At the Automated HealthCare Solutions offices in Florida last Thursday morning, chief operating officer Donnie Reynolds was talking with fellow executive Veer Hossain about their hiring needs.
 
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David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp:
Sony developing Microsoft Surface-like inkjet printer for digital cameras
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and Engadget
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
2006 AOL search data snafu spawns “I Love Alaska” short films
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Cox to test new way to handle Internet congestion
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
i465 to be first Motorola iDEN phone with QWERTY
Discussion: IntoMobile and Newlaunches.com
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Unborn baby uses Twitter
Discussion: The Sun and Newlaunches.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Online Health Consolidation Continues: HealthCentral Buys Wellsphere
Discussion: paidContent.org and Pulse2
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Movie channel to go live on Web before TV debut
Peter Galli / Port 25:
Web Sandbox Source Now Available Under Apache License 2.0
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS Thinks Now's a Great Time to Launch a Finance Site: Meet Moneywatch.com
Discussion: MediaFile and paidContent.org
BBC:
Alarm sounded over wi-fi networks
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Financial Results