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12:15 PM 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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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 …
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Acer to launch smartphone on February 16
Discussion: PC World, GPS Obsessed and MobileCrunch
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.
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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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.
Cox Communications:
Congestion Management FAQs  —  In February, Cox will begin testing a new method of managing traffic on our high-speed Internet network in our Kansas and Arkansas markets.  During the occasional times the network is congested, this new technology automatically ensures that all time-sensitive Internet traffic …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Cox to test new way to handle Internet congestion
Discussion: BetaNews
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 …
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: /Message and Industry Standard
Adam Stevenson / Ars Technica:
Logic circuits that program themselves: memristors in action  —  Integrated circuits incorporating memristors are able to successfully perform logic operations and dynamically reprogram themselves, opening the door for learning devices.  —  Scanning electron image of an integrated circuit  —  NASA
Discussion: pnas.org
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
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: ChannelWeb, Electronista and Crave
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: The iPhone Blog and Macworld
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
i465 to be first Motorola iDEN phone with QWERTY  —  A year ago, “innovation” and “iDEN” were two words we wouldn't dare use in the same sentence — but in the age of i9s and 8350is, the landscape has changed just a bit.  That's not to say we'd dare consider switching from CDMA or GSM …
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sources: AT&T, Comcast may help RIAA foil piracy  —  CNET staff writer Marguerite Reardon co-authored this report.  —  AT&T and Comcast, two of the nation's largest Internet service providers, are expected to be among a group of ISPs that will cooperate with the music industry …
Discussion: Electronista and Coolfer
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 …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Movie channel to go live on Web before TV debut  —  A premium movie channel backed by a trio of studios is expected to debut as an on-demand Web site months before its traditional TV launch.  —  The consortium of MGM, Paramount Pictures, and Lions Gate announced Tuesday at the NATPE television conference …
InfoWorld:
Cloud computing shapes up as big trend for 2009  —  It is still early in the year, but cloud computing already is shaping up as a key trend for 2009.  —  At SoftwareAG's Cloud Computing Innovation Day in Santa Clara, Calif., on Tuesday,? executives from companies including Software AG …
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
The Truth about Account Optimizations  —  This program helps small advertisers improve performance issues in their accounts  —  When we emailed notification about our updated Terms and Conditions to Sponsored Search advertisers on January 5, it caused some of our blogger friends to notice …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Netbooks hit right spot for schoolchildren  —  Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 netbook.  —  Asher Moses  —  Sales of netbooks in Australia have exploded, with the mini low-cost computers now accounting for more than one in 10 laptop and desktop PCs sold - no mean feat considering they've been around for just over a year.
Discussion: Liliputing and Gadget Lab
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Is the Unique User an Endangered Species?  —  The games Silicon Valley people play to gain more social networking pals are threatening this vital Internet metric  —  If I've learned anything in 10 years of covering entrepreneurs, it's that they love to cheat.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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BBC:
UK will not legislate on piracy
Discussion: bit-tech.net and AppScout
Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
Sony launches world's thinnest OLED TV
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Online Health Consolidation Continues: HealthCentral Buys Wellsphere
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