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11:15 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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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 …
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Acer to launch smartphone on February 16
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and MobileCrunch
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: Screenwerk and Tech Trader Daily
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
AT&T earnings dip 23.6 percent
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 …
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: Shiny Shiny and Electricpig.co.uk
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
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
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 …
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 …
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: 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: Macworld
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: CNET News and Business 2.0 Press
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 …
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: BuzzMachine, The Toybox and broadstuff
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
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.
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
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
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!”
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Layoffs to Continue at IBM, Sources Say  —  Resource Library:  —  IBM has laid off some 2,800 employees, with more to come, according to the Alliance@IBM organization.  Big Blue has had job cuts in both its Software Group and its sales and distribution group, with more to come …
Discussion: insideHPC and Digital Daily
 
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Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Search Ad Firm WordStream Gets $4 Million First Round; New CEO
Discussion: VentureBeat and Xconomy
David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp:
Sony developing Microsoft Surface-like inkjet printer for digital cameras
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and Engadget
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Florida firm stakes out Microsoft, offering jobs to worried workers
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
BBC:
UK will not legislate on piracy
Discussion: bit-tech.net and AppScout
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Online Health Consolidation Continues: HealthCentral Buys Wellsphere
Discussion: paidContent.org and Pulse2
Peter Galli / Port 25:
Web Sandbox Source Now Available Under Apache License 2.0
BBC:
Alarm sounded over wi-fi networks
Discussion: GPS Obsessed