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1:05 PM ET, January 29, 2009

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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.
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
The Eye of the (BlackBerry) Storm  —  iSuppli took apart Research In Motion's BlackBerry Storm to determine the cost of its components.  Guess what?  The iPhone parts are cheaper  —  As the battle for the smartphone market heats up, comparisons abound between Research In Motion's BlackBerry Storm …
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
iTunes Plus upgrades go à la carte  —  If you've been skipping the daily double-wet-cappuccino in order to save enough money to upgrade your iTunes library to the DRM-free iTunes Plus format, you can put coffee back on the menu.  Apple has dispensed with the iTunes Store all-or-nothing upgrade policy.
Freeman Klopott / www.dcexaminer.com:
Ex-Fannie Mae worker charged with planting computer virus  —  A fired Fannie Mae contract employee allegedly placed a virus in the mortgage giant's software that could have shut the company down for at least a week and caused millions of dollars in damage, prosecutors say.
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News and Technology Live
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Boris Johnson / Sophos:   Fannie Mae worker accused of planting malware timebomb
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Flash and AIR: Record downloads, winning platform race  —  Adobe Flash, the company's platform for web applications and video, is already on virtually every computer everywhere, but the latest version is on an even faster track to world domination.  Flash Player 10 and AIR have been downloaded …
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Adrian Ludwig / Adobe Blogs:
AIR Passes 100 Million Installs
Discussion: jd/adobe
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Digital Britain: A tax, a quango and ISP snooping  —  All in a day's work for the modern bureaucrat  —  Digital Britain Did anyone expect more from Stephen Carter CBE?  The former Ofcom boss and No.10 strategy chief (sic) has spent his career moving between the world of advertising and public relations, quangos and party.
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Samsung Propel Pro in the concrete jungle  —  Hmm... so we've got an update to the Samsung Propel, have we?  More or less, yes, this is as we're told, the Samsung Propel Pro and it brings pro-level features with it.  Things like Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, an optical joystick …
Stuart Dredge / Mobile phone games industry …:
Rumour: Apple planning $19.99 games section on App Store  —  But only with a restricted number of publishers  —  Product:  —  Manufacturer:  —  Apple is planning to introduce a premium games section to its App Store where it will sell a range of iPhone games for $19.99, sources tell PocketGamer.biz.
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Windows 7: A Clarification on XP Upgrades  —  A number of commenters on my column on Windows 7 expressed dismay that Microsoft does not plan to provide an upgrade path from XP.  I want to clarify just what that means, since I seem to have caused a bit of confusion.
Discussion: Download Squad
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Why Microsoft Should Give Windows 7 Away
Discussion: Technologizer and The Toybox
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.
Discussion: Tech Confidential and Beet.TV
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.
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 …
Liam Tung / CNET News:
Chrome, Firefox face clickjacking  —  Security researchers have discovered a flaw affecting Google's Chrome browser that exposes it to “clickjacking”—in which an attacker hijacks a browser's functions by substituting a legitimate link with one of the attacker's choice.
Discussion: ZDNET.com.au, WebProNews and InfoWorld
Omar / The Life and Times of AdMob:
AdMob Raises $12.5 Million in Series C Extension Round  —  I'm happy to announce that we've secured an additional $12.5 million in a Series C extension round of funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson's (DFJ) Growth Fund and Northgate Capital.  This gives us a combined $28.2 million in Series C funding …
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Microsoft SongSmith: Flawed music software produces comedy gold  —  A lounge jazz version of Radiohead's Creep.  The Police's Roxanne reworked with a reggae beat.  Eye of the Tiger as a lo-fi love song.  These are just a few of the hilarious cover versions of famous songs created …
Discussion: Associated Press and digg.com
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Slows U-Verse Build Out - Will hit 30 million homes passed by 2011, a year later than previously planned  —  Buried in yesterday's AT&T earnings (kind of like their vanilla DSL subscriber numbers) was the fact that the telco will be slowing their deployment of U-Verse.
Discussion: CNET News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Gobbled Up 90 Percent Of All U.S. Search Growth In 2008  —  Google ended the year with 63.5 percent market share of all search queries performed in the U.S., estimates comScore.  And that market share has inched up steadily from 58.5 percent in January, 2008.
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!
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
Friends, Until I Delete You  —  “UNFRIENDER” Rachel Heavers, with her daughter, Ellen, removed a lifelong pal in “a hormonal moment.”  Now she says, “I really, really regret it.”  During the “Whopper Sacrifice,” 234,000 people were trumped by a free burger.  —  A PERSON could go mad trying to pinpoint the moment he lost a friend.
Discussion: Gawker
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
We Live in Public (and the end of empathy)  —  This was an email to my private list which you can signup for at  —  Listen To This While Reading: Love Theme from Blade Runner  —  I've been thinking about empathy and the Internet non-stop for the past week.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
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 product manager Katie Jacobs Stanton will be the new President's “director of citizen participation,” starting in March, sources tell me.
Leo Lewis / Times of London:
Nintendo cuts profit forecast by 33 per cent  —  Nintendo, the maker of the Wii games console and the favourite safe-haven share on the Tokyo stock exchange, has stunned the market with a 33 per cent cut to its full-year profit forecasts.  —  Analysts described Nintendo's guidance as a …
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Study: Cybercrime cost firms $1 trillion globally  —  Data theft and breaches from cybercrime may have cost businesses as much as $1 trillion globally in lost intellectual property and expenditures for repairing the damage last year, according to a new study from McAfee.
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Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Roger A. Grimes / InfoWorld:
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John Oates / The Register:
Capgemini tells contractors to bite 15 per cent cut
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Nicholas Negroponte: the Sugar daddy for future generations
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
FeedDemon and Google Reader: A Perfect Marriage
Discussion: Download Squad