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5:20 AM ET, January 29, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Measurement Lab  —  When an Internet application doesn't work as expected or your connection seems flaky, how can you tell whether there is a problem caused by your broadband ISP, the application, your PC, or something else?  It can be difficult for experts, let alone average Internet users …
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Kim Dixon / Reuters:
Google begins effort to find Internet blockers  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google Inc on Wednesday unveiled a plan aimed at eventually letting computer users determine whether providers like Comcast Corp are inappropriately blocking or slowing their work online.
Cox Communications:
Congestion Management FAQs
Arn / MacRumors:
Next Generation iPhone Model Revealed in Firmware  —  MacRumors has discovered that Apple's iPhone 2.x Firmware has evidence of the next generation iPhone which has been designated “iPhone2,1”.  —  Apple uses these models numbers to distinguish between different hardware models.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
iDVD hung out to dry as Apple pushes movies online  —  One of the original pillars of Apple's iLife suite, iDVD, has increasingly been given the cold shoulder to the point where it is not even depicted on the retail package anymore.  How much longer will the app stick around now that the company …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
iLife Gets Better; Just Don't Ask It to Find a Face
Thanks:pinkblob
Jordan Satok / Appletell:
Apple forgets to mention iDVD on the iLife '09 Box
Discussion: CrunchGear and MacBlogz
Peter Gumbel / Fortune:
Putin-Dell slapdown at Davos  —  The Russian prime minister tells the Dell CEO: 'We don't need help.  We are not invalids.'  —  DAVOS, Switzerland (Fortune) — Ever since Vladimir Putin rose to power in 2000, his political opponents and entire countries have learned to their cost that he has a tough, demeaning streak.
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.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: AOL to Lay Off 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 falloff in advertising revenue, but also because of recent structural changes made to refocus the once-mighty service.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
Blogger Infighting Played a Role, Says TechCrunch Founder  —  TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington blamed fellow technology bloggers for the recent attacks on him, saying that his competitors' criticisms made him a target. … Mr. Arrington announced Wednesday he was taking a break …
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Digital TV Beckons, but Many Miss the Call  —  HOUSTON — Vesta Clemmons, who is 77 and lives alone, relies on the battered Zenith television in her tiny apartment here as more than just a lifeline to the outside world.  —  “It's like a friend,” she said in her living room, which is also her dining room and bedroom.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Obama Gets a Google Vet-But Not for CTO  —  Barack Obama has yet to announce who his chief technology officer will be.  But he has hired a Silicon Valley exec for another role: Google (GOOG) product manager Katie Jacobs Stanton will be the new President's “director of citizen participation” starting in March, sources tell me.
Nokia:
New arrivals in the world's most successful mobile phone range  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced the Nokia 6700 classic, the Nokia 6303 classic and the Nokia 2700 classic, three devices that build on the formula that made Nokia the world leader in mobile phones.
Discussion: SlashGear, Unwired View and Engadget
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Updates Privacy Policy  —  This may slightly concern privacy advocates who continue to worry about Google storing too much data about their users.  —  Google today updated their privacy policy document and it now says that, in addition to retaining server logs, Google …
Discussion: The Official Google Blog and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ComScore Report: Fastest-Growing Sites And Top-Ten Advertising Magnets  —  Of the top 100 sites on the Web, which ones grew the fastest in 2008?  In a report it is preparing to release tomorrow, The comScore 2008 Digital Year In Review (which you can sign up for here), comScore ranks the 20 fastest-growing Web properties.
Matt Cutler / Visible Measures:
Evolution of Dance 2: Evidence of Viral Video Evolution?  —  While the concept of a sequel is well-established in traditional media, from books and music to TV and film, the Evolution of Dance sequel has now crossed-over into the realm of viral video.  Is this evidence of an emerging trend …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:brianshin
discuss.joelonsoftware.com:
Don't ever use Google Apps for anything important  —  Here's why you should never use Google Apps for your domain paid or unpaid.  —  I started using the free version Google Apps a little over a year ago for one of our intranets.  Luckily it was an intranet and not the main site!
Discussion: Industry Standard
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Glam buys AdaptiveAds to improve targeting for display ads  —  Glam Media, a fast-growing advertising and publishing network for women, has acquired a Silicon Valley start-ups AdaptiveAds for an undisclosed price to help it better target ads.  —  Glam is one of the more controversial companies in Silicon Valley right now.
Katherine Conrad / bizjournals:
Yahoo vacating 400,000 square feet in Santa Clara towers  —  Yahoo Inc. is vacating almost 400,000 square feet in two shiny eight-story towers visible from U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Clara.  —  The troubled search engine company is offering the prime Class A space on Mission College Boulevard …
Thanks:wesmax27
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony sinks into Q3 loss, Nintendo cuts outlook  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp fell into the red in the latest quarter and reiterated its forecast for a record annual loss due to sliding demand and a stronger yen, while rival Nintendo Co cut its full-year outlook for the second time in three months.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Why AT&T loves the iPhone (again)  —  For much of last year, AT&T (T) Mobility's websites seemed to be promoting every cell phone in their arsenal except for the iPhone — as if the company wasn't sure the revenue coming in from iPhone users was worth the steep bounty it was paying Apple (AAPL) for each sale.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
YouTube Close to Video Deal for Pro Talent  —  YouTube and the William Morris Agency, the Hollywood talent agency, are close to signing a deal that would place the company's clients in made-for-the-Web productions.  —  The deal would underscore the ways that distribution models are evolving on the Internet.
Hiptop3.com:
Sidekick LX 2009  —  We got the above image in our inbox. danielle says she was taking a survey about smart phones on QuizPoints and was presented with this one.  Here are the specs it lists in the photo:  —  Social Networking Suite of Apps  — Facebook  — MySpace w/ video upload
 
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft to act on IE8 ‘show stoppers’
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Share MP3s as tweets with Songly
Discussion: /Message
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Intel releases Linux-based Moblin 2 Alpha for Netbooks
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
OLPC XO-2 Mock Up Shows Up at Davos
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Great Entrepreneurs are PASSIONATE about Customers & Products …
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Testers get RC-Escrow build of SP2 for Vista and Server 2008
Dan Goodin / The Register:
DDoS attack boots Kyrgyzstan from net
Discussion: Danger Room
Times of London:
Danger online: Perils of revealing every intimate moment
Thanks:noahkagan
Ted Rheingold / Dogster Inc. Company Blog:
Yahoo Quietly Shutters Yahoo Pets [grin]
Andrew Ellson / Times of London:
The Sony Bravia ZX1: prepare for the world's thinnest television yet
Discussion: SlashGear
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Apple Moves To Dual CDN Vendor Strategy: Now Using Limelight With Akamai