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3:50 PM ET, January 28, 2009

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple vs. Palm: the in-depth analysis  —  Apple and Palm kicked a lot of dirt at each other last week — acting Apple CEO Tim Cook flatly told analysts that “We will not stand for people ripping off our IP” when asked specifically about competition like the Palm Pre, and Palm responded …
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  —  It's long been rumored that Acer was going to be launching a smartphone sometime this year and not too long ago Acer indeed confirmed that it's all set to show off the fruit of its labor sometime in Q1 2009.  We might not know anything solid …
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.
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Reports 2008 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The New York Times Company announced today fourth-quarter 2008 earnings per share from continuing operations (EPS) of $.19, including $.10 per share for severance costs …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Canary At The New York Times Grows Larger As Internet Advertising Keeps Dropping
Discussion: MediaMemo, PR 2.0 and New York Times
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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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Exploring Cox's New Network Management System …
Discussion: p2pnet and Electronista
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: AOL to Layoff 10 Percent of Staff, Cutting 700, Due to Ad Meltdown and a Refocusing on New Structure  —  Time Warner online unit AOL is cutting 700 employees, due to the weak economy and the ensuing fall-off in advertising revenue, but also because of recent structural changes made to refocus the once-mighty service.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL CEO Randy Falco's Entire Memo to the Troops on Layoffs  —  Here is the letter AOL CEO Randy Falco (pictured here) has penned to the entire staff about layoffs of 10 percent of its workforce-or 700 people-and other cost cuts, which the online service is announcing today.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Reuters:
House fails to pass DTV delay bill  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An effort to delay the nationwide switch to digital television signals by about four months failed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.  —  The legislation, which has the backing of President Barack Obama and already passed the Senate …
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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.
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Ted Rheingold / Dogster Inc. Company Blog:
Yahoo Quietly Shutters Yahoo Pets [grin]  —  With no notice Yahoo quietly started directing pets.yahoo.com users to a subsection of their women's vertical Shine.  —  [Excuse me while I have a David vs. Goliath moment.]  —  The demise of pets.yahoo.com comes as no surprise …
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: Beet.TV
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Apple Moves To Dual CDN Vendor Strategy: Now Using Limelight With Akamai  —  For many years, Apple has relied on Akamai to deliver the vast majority, if not all, of Apple's content.  But in the fourth quarter of 2008, it appears that Apple moved to a dual-vendor strategy and started using Limelight Networks …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Brian Kissel / OpenID:
PayPal joins OpenID Foundation Board as we enter 2009  —  Building on the momentum from last year, the OpenID Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of PayPal as a sustaining corporate member of the Board.  PayPal selected Andrew Nash, Sr. Director of Information Risk Management …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Music Licensing Rights Hindering Hulu As Well  —  from the live-by-copyright,-die-by-copyright dept  —  The main backers of the online video site Hulu, NBC Universal and News Corp., are two of the stronger supporters of our copyright system, and have, at times, been known to push …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Opera Mini / Opera Community:
Opera Mini 4.2 for Android - final version!  —  Opera Mini 4.2 final for Android is now available in Android Market.  —  We are happy to announce that Opera Mini 4.2 for Android has reached its final version.  Thanks for your feedback, both in our forum, and through our bug wizard.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Ctrl-Z: a return to the Supreme Court's software patent ban?  —  Few topics have roiled the normally staid field of patent law more than the expansion of patents into the software industry.  As we've documented in some depth here at Ars, the last decade has seen the Patent Office grant …
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: DailyTech and insideHPC
Andrew Ellson / Times of London:
The Sony Bravia ZX1: prepare for the world's thinnest television yet  —  Less than a centimetre wide, the Sony Bravia ZX1 hits shelves this week.  But other manufacturers are set to be thinner still  —  The world's thinnest television, with a screen no thicker than a piece of toast …
Discussion: SlashGear
 
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Net Neutrality Faces House Vote
Discussion: Public Knowledge
Bloomberg:
Google's Schmidt, 12 Other Executives Meet With Obama
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
IBM to keep tabs on Papermaster's new position at Apple
Discussion: Technologizer and TECH.BLORGE.com
David / TmoNews:
New sidekick rumors heating up
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Phone Arena
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A More Somber World Economic Forum At Davos
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SAP Cutting 3,000 Jobs; Cautious On 2009; Shrs Rally
Discussion: PR Newswire and Between the Lines
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Is the Unique User an Endangered Species?
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Christopher Rhoads / Wall Street Journal:
Kyrgyzstan Knocked Offline
Adam Stevenson / Ars Technica:
Logic circuits that program themselves: memristors in action
Discussion: pnas.org
Sydney Morning Herald:
Netbooks hit right spot for schoolchildren
Discussion: Liliputing and Gadget Lab
John Dowdell / jd/adobe:
A Video Tale  —  Once upon a time there was a sad little digital video file.
Discussion: atmaspheric
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Will Intel let Jen-Hsun Huang spread graphics beyond PCs?
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets