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2:40 PM ET, January 30, 2009

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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
First Official Description of GDrive  —  Brian Ussery noticed an interesting reference to GDrive in a file used by Google Pack.  The file includes “localized information which is sent to translators”.  —  The product category for GDrive is “online file backup and storage” and there are two lines that describe the application:
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GDrive  — by Brian Ussery  —  “Online file backup and storage... GDrive provides reliable storage for all of your files, including photos, music and documents... GDrive allows you to access your files from anywhere, anytime, and from any device - be it from your desktop, web browser or cellular phone”.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
More Traces of GDrive in Script, Longer PDF File
Discussion: Googling Google and Mashable!, Thanks:pinkblob
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Sacrificing security for usability: UAC security flaw in Windows 7 beta (with proof of concept code)  —  This is dedicated to every ignorant “tech journalist” who cried wolf about UAC in Windows Vista.  A change to User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7 (beta) to make it “less annoying” …
Times of India:
Rs 500 laptop display on Feb 3  —  Text:  —  NEW DELHI: A $10 laptop (Rs 500) prototype, with 2 GB RAM capacity, would be on display in Tirupati on February 3 when the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Techology is launched.
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:   Indian $10 laptop to get February 3rd unveil
TechCrunch:
The Economy According To Mint  —  Aaron Patzer is the CEO and founder of Mint.com, a personal finance site that helps 900,000 consumers keep track of their spending.  Mint's data is a snapshot of the consumer economy.  In the guest post below, Aaron parses the data to tell us what the economy looks like from consumer's eyes.
Scobleizer:
Zuckerberg: Facebook's “intense” year  —  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, in a tie?  Oh my.  —  If you know Mark you know he's a pretty casual dresser.  Usually seen in T-shirt, jeans, and sandals.  —  But not here at the World Economic Forum where we walked around downtown Davos …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Mark Zuckerberg's sentiment engine?
Discussion: Webware.com, TechCrunch and CNET News
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Steve Jobs a music visionary?  Judge for yourself  —  After reading Steve Jobs' 2003 interview with Rolling Stone, it's easy to see why one label boss called him the smartest man in music.  —  (Credit: Rolling Stone)  — Home - News - Apple  —  Apple  —  January 30, 2009 4:00 AM PST
Discussion: MediaMemo and 9 to 5 Mac
Engineering Windows 7:
Our Next Engineering Milestone  —  Many posts start with a thank you and I want to start this post with an extra special thank you on behalf of the entire Windows team for all the installs and usage we are seeing of the Windows 7 Beta.  We've had millions of installations of Windows 7 …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
ABC Says Web Viewers Will Tolerate Twice the Ads  —  How Long Before an Online TiVo?  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The web is about to get a little more like TV — minus the ad-skipping.  ABC.com has started to peddle research that shows online viewers will tolerate shows such as “Grey's Anatomy” …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Tech espionage?  Microsoft claims former employee spied for startup  —  Microsoft says a startup founder took a job at the Redmond company under false pretenses, then used his inside access to download confidential documents for a patent complaint his company has since filed against major computer makers.
Mike Dolan / FierceWireless:
T-Mobile's Neville Ray: We will have more G series phones in 2009  —  As the newly elected chairperson of the 3G Americas' Board of Governors, Neville Ray, senior vice president of engineering and operations at T-Mobile USA, will play a pivotal role in promoting and driving 3G growth …
David Schlesinger / Full Disclosure:
Twittering away standards or tweeting the future of journalism?  —  I've been tweeting from the World Economic Forum, using the microblogging platform Twitter to discuss the mundane (describing crepuscular darkness of the Swiss Alps at 5 a.m.) or the interesting (live tweeting from presentations).
Sergey Ryazanov / The Official Google Blog:
Google Toolbar in Firefox: a personalized new tab page  —  Those of you who use Google Toolbar on Firefox are probably pretty familiar with the many features Toolbar 5 (beta) has to offer — from bookmarks to buttons and search box to “send to.”  We've added a couple more features to the Firefox Toolbar …
Discussion: InformationWeek, Thanks:atul
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Engaged in Free Wi-Fi Trial - Working with Cablevision on Wi-Fi trial in New Jersey  —  Broadband Reports has learned that Comcast is engaged in trials that may (or may not) result in the company offering Comcast customers free Wi-Fi.  According to sources within Comcast …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple warns of reduced iMac availability in near term  —  Apple this week is advising members of its reseller channels that supply of iMacs will be constrained in the immediate future, a move that may signal new models are nearing production.  —  In particular, people familiar with the matter …
Thanks:pinkblob
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Dell to Make Google and Microsoft Phones — Really?  —  Just when you thought there are enough not-so-good looking and overrated phones out there, Dell is expected to announce two iPhone and Blackberry competitors sometime next month.  Code-named MePhone (hopefully not the final name) …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Gears of War DRM screwup makes PC version unplayable  —  It seems that the DRM on Gears of War came with a built-in shut off date: the digital certificate for the game was only good until January 28, 2009.  Now that the game fails to work unless you adjust your system's clock, what's Epic's response?
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Could Get $1.6 Billion in Senate Stimulus Plan  —  Four words buried in a provision to help subsidize high-speed Internet service contained the latest Senate's version of the economic stimulus legislation could mean hundreds of millions of dollars a year in tax credits for Verizon Communications …
Discussion: Beet.TV and AppScout
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A News Corp. Bull Throws in the Towel; Wall Street Journal Layoffs Coming?  —  Pali Research analyst Rich Greenfield loves to tear into media companies-just ask the managers at Time Warner (TWX) or Warner Music Group (WMG).  But he's been a longtime advocate for News Corp. (NWS).  —  No more.
Christopher Rhoads / Wall Street Journal:
GOP's Atwitter About the Net  —  Republican Hopefuls Ponder a ‘Tech Gap’; Chuck DeVore's ‘Tweets’ Raise Campaign Cash  —  At a recent debate, the candidates to become chairman of the Republican National Committee were asked — after rattling off how many guns they own — whether they have any …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Who's Online and What Are They Doing There?  —  Generation Y, aka the “Net Generation,” does not dominate every aspect of online life.  That revealing statistic and many others like it come from Pew Internet and American Life's recent “Generations Online” report which takes a look …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Behind the OLPC layoffs: G1G1 failure and reduced sponsorship  —  OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte has revealed that the organization's recent layoffs were necessitated by poor results from the latest Give 1 Get 1 drive and by a steep decline in donations from corporate sponsors.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Sales Surge  —  Snapping the brutal retail slump, Amazon.com Inc. said profit rose 9% and sales surged 18% in the fourth quarter as the Internet giant used its pricing muscle to lure shoppers.  —  Chief Executive Jeff Bezos's goal of establishing Amazon as the Wal-Mart of the Internet …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
LimeWire Creator Brings Open-Source Approach to Urban Planning  —  Entrepreneur Mark Gorton wants to do for people what he already helped do for files: move them from here to there in the most efficient way possible using open-source tools.  —  Gorton, whose LimeWire file sharing software …
Discussion: All Points Blog
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Marchex Cuts Staff, Shuffles Exec Posts  —  Local online media and ad firm Marchex is shedding 15 jobs—about 4 percent of it workforce—as it completes a company-wide reorg.  The Seattle company said that it had been working to smooth out redundancies stemming from acquisitions over the past few years.
Discussion: TechFlash and Business Wire
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
11 Business Plans For Twitter  —  Start the slideshow  —  Deadline for entry into our Create Twitter's Revenue Model contest is up and we thought we'd share some of the best entries.  We haven't decided on a winner yet, so check them out and let us know what you think.
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon's 2009: BlackBerrys, HTCs, netbooks, and loads of data
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Top Secret Speech-to-Text Phone No Longer a Secret
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Finally Beefing Up Sales Force
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Alvarion Trims Outlook As Nortel Venture Collapses
Discussion: Computerworld and Reuters
Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:
Exclusive: Linden Lab executives plot Second Life growth …
Thanks:ilamont
Roger A. Grimes / Security Adviser:
Browser security wars
Discussion: InfoWorld and PC World
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Once Again, You Don't Get To Use DMCA Takedowns To Remove Any Content You Don't Like
 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Handset Market Is Getting Darwinian
Discussion: ABI Research, Computerworld and eWeek
Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
The case against Web apps
Discussion: Slashdot
MediaShift:
Warning: Dependence on Facebook, Twitter Could Be Hazardous to Your Business
Discussion: Beyond Search