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3:50 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 …
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” …
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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 …
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
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: TechCrunch, Webware.com and CNET News
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Steve Jobs a music visionary?  Judge for yourself  —  Steve Jobs is a Bob Dylan fan because the folk singer is, in the words of Apple's CEO, a “clear thinker.”  —  Jobs' own lucid and careful contemplation of the music industry is apparent in a 2003 interview he gave to Rolling Stone magazine's Jeff Goodell.
Discussion: MediaMemo and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Electronista, Thanks:pinkblob
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” …
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
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, AppScout and PolicyBlog
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Response Point 1.0 SP2 adds a slew of features  —  Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for Response Point 1.0, adding a slew of features in the process.  —  The Quanta Syspine Digital Operator with Microsoft Response Point is designed for small businesses.
Discussion: Official Kirbtech Blog, Thanks:remtiwk
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 …
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.
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).
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Losing Hope With Yahoo, After Watching The Paid Search Division Stumble  —  Come and get us, Microsoft.  That might as well be what Yahoo's search ad division — Yahoo Search Marketing — is doing with its action of changing advertiser accounts without asking first.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch, Thanks:dannysullivan
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.
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) …
John Boudreau / SiliconValley.com:
Some Silicon Valley companies having second thoughts on outsourcing  —  The global recession — combined with the Satyam Computer Services scandal and the terror attacks in Mumbai — is changing the once rosy portrayal of endless good days for the growing outsourcing industry.
Thanks:atul
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 …
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
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.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Top Secret Speech-to-Text Phone No Longer a Secret  —  Frank, one of our readers, noticed that lately I've been thinking about replacing my first-generation iPhone.  He shot me a link to the BBC site, where they've uncovered a top-secret phone project.  My curiosity got the better of me …
 
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon's 2009: BlackBerrys, HTCs, netbooks, and loads of data
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Finally Beefing Up Sales Force
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:
Exclusive: Linden Lab executives plot Second Life growth …
Thanks:ilamont
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
LimeWire Creator Brings Open-Source Approach to Urban Planning
Discussion: All Points Blog
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
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
11 Business Plans For Twitter