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2:00 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  —  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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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Jordan Satok / Appletell:
Apple forgets to mention iDVD on the iLife '09 Box
Discussion: CrunchGear and MacBlogz
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Uh Oh. Now You Can Suggest Stories To Techmeme Via Twitter
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 …
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
House fails to pass digital TV delay bill  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An effort to delay the February 17 deadline for a nationwide switch to digital television failed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after Republicans blocked the move.  —  The legislation is backed …
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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.
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.
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
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
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
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 …
Jon Fortt / Fortune:
Netbooks could be the next hit cell phones  —  AT&T looks to sell mini-laptops, bundled with wireless data contracts, for prices like $99 or less.  Is the gambit brilliant or foolhardy?  —  (Fortune) — Glenn Lurie knows Silicon Valley better than most telecom industry types.
Discussion: MacRumors, AppleInsider and MacNN
Times of London:
Danger online: Perils of revealing every intimate moment  —  Anything goes on the web.  We find out why we share personal details online and explain our obsession with social networking  —  So Chelsy Davy announced the end of her five-year relationship with Prince Harry via Facebook alongside a cutesy icon of a broken red heart.
Thanks:noahkagan
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.
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 …
Alexis Madrigal / Wired Science:
Autonomous Robots Invade Retail Warehouses  —  Next time you order a new pair of skinny jeans from Gap.com, you should know that you are helping welcome in the hive-mind robot overlords of retail.  —  Warehouses run by Gap, as well as Zappos and Staples now use autonomous robots to pluck products …
Discussion: Brad Ideas and lab:kloud9
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
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft to act on IE8 ‘show stoppers’  —  Standards committed - to a point  —  Microsoft's still taking feedback on Internet Explorer 8 but will only act on “show stoppers” according to browser chief Dean Hachamovitch.  —  Hachamovitch, IE general manager, told Microsoft's Channel 9 …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Share MP3s as tweets with Songly  —  If you're looking to share an MP3 with a friend, or with a bunch of other folks on Twitter, worth checking out is Songly.  The service takes the URL of any MP3 that's hosted on the Web and will both shorten it for micropublishing tools like Twitter …
Discussion: /Message
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 …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
OLPC XO-2 Mock Up Shows Up at Davos  —  This week Davos, Switzerland is home to the World Economic Forum.  Gathering with the leading political, economic and intellectual leaders of the world seems to be an early One Laptop per Child (OLPC) XO -2 prototype or mockup.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Find Images that Have a Certain Size  —  Most image search engines offers an option to filter the results by size, but you can only choose between small, medium and large images.  Google Image Search has an undocumented parameter that lets you specify the exact dimension of the results:
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ComScore Report: Fastest-Growing Sites And Top-Ten Advertising Magnets
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Coming soon: Full-disk encryption for all computer drives
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Intel releases Linux-based Moblin 2 Alpha for Netbooks
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Great Entrepreneurs are PASSIONATE about Customers & Products …
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
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Andrew Ellson / Times of London:
The Sony Bravia ZX1: prepare for the world's thinnest television yet
Discussion: SlashGear
Bloomberg:
Google's Schmidt, 12 Other Executives Meet With Obama
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Ctrl-Z: a return to the Supreme Court's software patent ban?