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3:45 AM ET, January 31, 2009

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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 …
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Next Windows 7 Milestone: Release Candidate  —  Can you say Windows is shipping sooner than later?  Steven Sinofsky, senior vice president for the Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group, broke the news in a blog post time-stamped Midnight EST that popped up in my RSS feeds at noon.  He writes:
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
OpenTable Files For IPO, And Reveals Its Finances  —  OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation site that was founded in 1998, is hoping to raise as much as $40 million in an IPO, according to a filing with the SEC (embedded below).  The prospectus offers a detailed look at the company's finances and operations.
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Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Ma.gnolia Suffers Major Data Loss, Site Taken Offline  —  There was a meltdown at bookmark sharing website Ma.gnolia Friday morning.  The service lost both its primary store of user data, as well as its backup.  The site has been taken offline while the team tries to reconstruct its databases …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Printing The NYT Costs Twice As Much As Sending Every Subscriber A Free Kindle  —  Not that it's anything we think the New York Times Company should do, but we thought it was worth pointing out that it costs the Times about twice as much money to print and deliver the newspaper over a year …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Obsessable, Thanks:nichcarlson
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Turning the Ads Off  —  By Marisa Taylor  —  Ever wonder what your Web-surfing experience would be like if online advertising simply disappeared?  So did Jack Herrick, founder of wikiHow, a user-contributed how-to site.  There, where visitors can learn how to do anything …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Best E-Mail Program Ever  —  How Gmail destroyed Outlook.  —  As of this week, Gmail has reached perfection: You no longer have to be online to read or write messages.  Desktop programs like Microsoft Outlook have always been able to access your old mail.
Discussion: Signal to Noise and MarketingVOX
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.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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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 …
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Even Wall Street Won't Pay for Content: Financial Times Sues Blackstone for Web “Fraud”  —  Earlier today I suggested that we were headed toward a two-tier information economy where wealthy people pay for good stuff and everyone else gets free crappy stuff.  But I may have miscalculated-maybe …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Amina Khan / Forbes:
Venture Rogues  —  How one Silicon Valley VC tried to get away with millions.  —  LOS ANGELES - William “Boots” Del Biaggio III was a wealthy and successful venture capitalist on the cusp of achieving his lifelong aspiration of owning a National Hockey League team.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace CEO DeWolfe Jabs Back At Yahoo's Bartz (Video)  —  We heard that some MySpace insiders weren't exactly pleased when new Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz made a subtle jab at MySpace during the Yahoo earnings call earlier this week.  —  When asked if Yahoo would start to focus on the younger demographic …
Rod Bauer / Technologizer:
The Loneliness of the Early Adopter  —  I'm an Early Adopter.  I like to be among the first to try out new products and services.  If you were looking for me on the Rogers Technology Adoption Lifecycle—the bell-shaped curve that's a favorite of product managers—you'd find me on left side of the curve …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
A look at Microsoft's hiring plans  —  Almost lost amid the recent news of Microsoft's unprecedented layoffs was a glimmer of hope for technology job seekers: The company is still hiring.  —  Even as Microsoft lays off up to 5,000 employees from some positions over the next 18 months …
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Facebook Gifts: No More Missed Birthdays!  —  Don't you hate being late for friends' birthdays?  Well, as of today (in a limited rollout fashion) facebook is helping to put an end to “belated” birthdays on Facebook.  Now, on your friend's profiles, you'll be able to schedule the delivery …
Discussion: Facebook Blog and All Facebook
BBC:
Gates predicts four-year downturn  —  Microsoft founder Bill Gates has told the BBC that it could take as much as four years for economies in trouble to return to positive growth.  —  He said the upturn would be driven by innovations in science and technology.
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Beet.TV
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
What will Nathan Myhrvold do with microprocessor patents?  —  Intellectual Ventures, the patent-licensing firm created by technologist Nathan Myhrvold, has purchased the patent portfolio of microprocessor maker Transmeta, according to an announcement yesterday.
Discussion: Techdirt and CNET News
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Source: Intel prepping for mass roll-out of Android netbooks  —  As netbook sales continue to pick up in a struggling world economy, Intel, which makes the Atom processor found in many of those netbooks, is looking towards the future of the market.  Specifically, it's stepping up its efforts …
Discussion: Electronista
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's layoffs included the guy with the Blue Monster tattoo  —  Microsoft solutions adviser Dan Woodman achieved minor celebrity status for getting a tattoo of the company's unofficial “Blue Monster” mascot — a character created by Hugh MacLeod imploring employees to “change the world or go home.”
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microhoo: What might have been  —  A year ago Sunday, on February 1, 2008, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer told the world his company wanted to buy Yahoo.  —  Despite months of discussions, the deal never materialized, distressing many Yahoo shareholders and hastening Yahoo's replacement of CEO Jerry Yang with Carol Bartz.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Former Yahoo Scott Moore Heads Back to Microsoft As U.S. Content Head  —  [UPDATED AND EXPANDED]  —  In an unusual homecoming and odd job switcheroo between two Internet execs, former Yahoo media head Scott Moore is returning to Microsoft to lead its U.S. content efforts …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Sexy Nerve.Com Kicks Parenting Site Out of the Nest  —  Rufus Griscom, founder of racy Web publication Nerve.com, is the first to admit it may defy logic that a Web site containing detailed essays about bondage and the effects of the recession on the sex industry spawned Babble, a parenting Web site aimed at urban hipsters.
Discussion: Gawker
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Red Herring R.I.P.?  —  We're not sure if Red Herring, the once-high-flying tech magazine is finally dead.  But that's the rumor on Twitter: “Heard my former employer Red Herring is closing.  Surprised it survived for so long,” says Falguni Bhuta.  —  What we do know: The Web site is down …
Discussion: Webware.com and Pulse2
Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Should Dell Smartphone Tackle BlackBerry or iPhone Fans?  —  Resource Library:  —  Rumors of a Dell smartphone are running rampant, but what features might the company include, and is it smart to go after Apple's iPhone or tackle the BlackBerry set?  One analyst weighs in.
 
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Judge's ruling that WoW bot violates DMCA is troubling
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
Maisie Ramsay / Wireless Week:
Kyocera to Consolidate U.S. Handset Groups
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Engadget
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Senate Passes Second Bill Changing DTV Transition Date
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Inc.'s Ann Moore Makes the Case for Magazines-And Is Glad She's …
Tim Weber / BBC:
How companies tackle the interweb thingy
Discussion: Collaboration 2.0
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Travelzoo Spends $1.8 Million On Fly.com Domain (TZOO)
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Intel files $50 million suit against insurance firm
Bloomberg:
Apple Scrutiny by SEC Pits Executive Privacy Against Incomplete Disclosure
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Losing Hope With Yahoo, After Watching The Paid Search Division Stumble
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Christopher Rhoads / Wall Street Journal:
GOP's Atwitter About the Net
Discussion: Industry Standard, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Engaged in Free Wi-Fi Trial …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Indian $10 laptop to get February 3rd unveil
Discussion: Obsessable and TeleRead
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Steve Jobs a music visionary? Judge for yourself