Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Dell's Phone Called The MePhone? (DELL) — We've received a few tips from someone who claims to be close to Dell (DELL) about the company's entry into the smartphone market. We don't know if they're true, but they're not unreasonable, so we decided to share them for discussion.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Reuters, 9 to 5 Mac, wmpoweruser.com, Computerworld Blogs and Reuters
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac: Dell readying the iPhone competitor : ‘MePhone’
Mike Elgan / Computerworld Blogs: Dell to sell build-to-order cell phones?
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Dell Builds Prototype Android and Windows Mobile Phones, May Finally Sell Them — Stop me if you've heard this one: Dell might go into the smartphone business. OOOLLLDDD? But today the WSJ reports Dell's closer than ever, with prototypes built in two different styles and two competing platforms.
Discussion: Electronic Pulp
David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp: Dell supposedly prepping MePhone smartphone for launch soon
Wall Street Journal:
Dell Readies Smartphone Offering
Dell Readies Smartphone Offering
Om Malik / GigaOM: Dell's Smart Phone Seems Real This Time!
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman: Dell Goes Handheld, Again
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Re-Rumor: Dell dippin' their toes in the smartphone game
Edward J. R. / msmobiles.com: Windows Mobile phone from Dell coming next month
Brad Molen / Unwired View: Confirmed: Dell Working on Smartphone
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog: More details on Dell's supposed smartphone
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines: WSJ: Dell eyeing smartphone biz
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts: Dell (again) rumored to have a smartphone
Nurhisham Hussein / Pocket PC Thoughts.com: A Dell smartphone? Pinch Me!
Rich Brome / Phone Scoop: Dell Developing Smartphones
Jonathan Greene / atmaspheric: Dell Prepping a Smartphone?
Mark Larson / Google Chrome Releases:
Stable, Beta update: Yahoo! Mail and Security Fixes — Google Chrome's Beta and Stable channels have been updated to 22.214.171.124. (Note, we won't have a different release for the Beta channel until we have something Beta-worthy come out of the Dev channel in February.)
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped, Zero Day, Google Operating System and Lifehacker
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped: Google Chrome Spoofing User Agent at Hotmail
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day: Google plugs ‘high-risk’ holes in Chrome browser
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System: Chrome Ad from Google Japan
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google fakes out Hotmail for Chrome support — Google has added a patch to its latest beta and stable versions of Chrome to make the browser work better with Microsoft's Hotmail site. — With the patch, Chrome tells Microsoft's site it's actually Apple's Safari browser …
Discussion: Obsessable, Thanks:indiatweets
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Chrome, Firefox found vulnerable to clickjacking attacks
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Retail stinks, but Amazon doesn't; E-tailer delivers strong fourth quarter — Amazon managed to get stronger even as retailers across the U.S. struggled amid weak holiday sales. — The company reported fourth quarter earnings of $225 million, or 52 cents a share, on revenue of $6.7 billion, up 18 percent from a year ago.
Discussion: Business Week, TechFlash, The Register, tinyComb, paidContent.org, VentureBeat, Tech Beat, Tech Trader Daily, Andrea on Amazon & … and WebProNews
Heather Green / Business Week: Amazon's Amazing Fourth Quarter
Eric Engleman / TechFlash: Amazon surprises with Q4 results, beating estimates
Cade Metz / The Register: Amazon expands as etail shrinks
Jason Wilk / tinyComb: How Amazon Will Fare Today...
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: Amazon defies retail downturn
Peter Burrows / Tech Beat: Amazon Blows Away Fourth Quarter Earnings Expectations
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Amazon Q4 Tops Estimates; Stock Rallies
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews: Amazon Q4 Sales Up 18 Percent
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 18% to $6.70 Billion …
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 18% to $6.70 Billion …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google apologizes for killing Bambi's mom — Google recently reported strong earnings despite a weak economy, it continues to gain search market share and its Android platform is set to take the mobile world by storm this year. It doesn't seem so unreasonable to wonder if anything can stop Google.
Discussion: Google LatLong and The Raw Feed
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Google Maps Car Hits a Deer, Records Entire Ordeal on Google Maps
Google Maps Car Hits a Deer, Records Entire Ordeal on Google Maps
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Maximum PC all, InformationWeek and Neowin.net
Andy Salisbury / Maximum PC all: Found on Street View: Google Maps Truck Hits a Baby Deer
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Microsoft: More Zunes coming in 2009 — Remember that teenage trick of sticking your fingers in your ears and saying, “I can't hear you”? That's how I felt on Thursday morning when I talked to Adam Sohn, the marketing director for Zune. — I don't mean that Microsoft is oblivious to reality …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and Anything But iPod
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com: Microsoft's Zune: “Only resting”
Yariv Adan / Google Data APIs Blog:
Bringing OpenID and OAuth Together — We are happy to announce an important enhancement to our recently launched OpenID endpoint. Google now supports the “Hybrid Protocol”, combining OpenID federated login together with OAuth access authorization. Websites can now ask Google to sign …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, ElasticVapor and TechCrunch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: OpenID + OAuth: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Days to 1 million: the smartphone wars — In a fit of editorial sobriety, reader Noel just sent us this handy “1 million devices sold” graphic above. The image demonstrates the speed (in terms of days) at which each competing handset achieved the magic milestone.
Discussion: InformationWeek, Big in Japan, Edible Apple, 9 to 5 Mac and ParisLemon
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: BlackBerry Storm Costs More To Make Than iPhone
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac: Engadget puts Blackberry Storm's first million sales into perspective
MG Siegler / ParisLemon: The smartphone race to 1 million (flawed)
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.
Discussion: Ars Technica, VentureBeat, MacRumors, TUAW, Download Squad, The Apple Core, The iPhone Blog, TechSpot, Insanely Great Mac, AppScout and TidBITS
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: iTunes Plus Upgrades Now Available on a Per-Track Basis
Nik Fletcher / Download Squad: Apple offers à la carte upgrades to iTunes Plus
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: iTunes Plus debuts a-la carté pricing (updated)
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: iTunes Plus Upgrades: Now Serving Singles
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: Apple enables per track iTunes Plus upgrades
Brian Heater / AppScout: Apple Intros Individual Track iTunes Plus Upgrades
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS: External Link: Choose Individual iTunes Track to Upgrade to Plus
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Rumor: Sony PS4 Plans Leaked, And It Targets Casual Gamers (SNE) — Take this one with a massive dose of skepticism, folks: A site we're not familiar with called gamingfront.net claims to have a leaked report from inside Sony (SNE) explaining the technical specs and thinking behind the so-called PS4, successor console to the PS3.
Dave Morin / Facebook Developers:
Facebook Connect and Apple's iPhoto '09 — At Facebook, we think that photos are one of the most powerful ways to connect and share with friends. Since 2005, Facebook Photos has given users a chance to share rich experiences with their friends who are on and off Facebook.
Discussion: The Social, Download.com editors and atmaspheric
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: Facebook Connect syncs up with iPhoto
Jasmine France / Download.com editors: Up close and personal with iLife '09—photos
Jonathan Greene / atmaspheric: Facebook Connects with iPhoto '09
Joe Hall / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Twitter is a Cash Cow in the Making — We have been talking a great deal lately about how Twitter should be monetizing their service. Most of this talk comes after news that Twitter secured $20 million in venture capital, to push its total valuation to $250 million.
Swiss police spy marijuana field with Google Earth — ZURICH, Switzerland - Swiss police said Thursday they stumbled across a large marijuana plantation while using Google Earth, the search engine company's satellite mapping software. — Police said the find was part of a bigger investigation …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed, Gizmodo and Ars Technica
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo: Swiss Police Uncover Hidden Marijuana Farm Using Google Earth
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Pipl.com: People Search Engine So Good, It Will Scare Your Pants Off — Google may be good at many things, but people search is not one of them. For that you'll have to use a more specialized search engine. Spock and Wink (merged with Reunion.com) are the people-search destinations …
Discussion: Interactive Marketing Blog and Business 2.0 Press
Hercules K / Business 2.0 Press: Pipl is a Great People Search Engine
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Pandora open-source handheld console inching closer to debut (updated) — The long-awaited Pandora open-source handheld has inched one step closer to completion, as the OpenPandora team has put on display the nearly finalized case design. We review what we know about Pandora to date, and what the project is hoping to accomplish.
Discussion: OSNews, SlashGear and The Unofficial OpenPandora …
Thom Holwerda / OSNews: OpenPandora Gets Release Date, New Video Published
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Pandora open-source console gets first video demo
Staska / Unwired View:
Microsoft patents the interface to transform your phone into a PC — The power of modern smartphones in many ways equals and even surpasses the power of a desktop PC of just few years ago. You know, things like CPUs faster then 800 Mhz, hundreds of megabytes of RAM, tens of gygabytes of storage, dedicated graphics accelerators, etc;.
Discussion: Technologizer, SlashGear, WMExperts, wmpoweruser.com, The Toybox and CrunchGear
David Worthington / Technologizer: Microsoft Patent Transforms Smartphones into PCs
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts: Microsoft considering turning your phone into a full-fledged PC
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: Microsoft patents interface to transform phone into PC
Warning: Dependence on Facebook, Twitter Could Be Hazardous to Your Business — You've probably heard how much the micro-blogging service Twitter can help your business, or that being on social networking site Facebook can boost your company's profile. But what you might not have considered …
Fred / A VC:
Goodbye Martin — I saw this tweet today and my heart sank — Terrible news from @HLMorgan @martin killed in plane crash at Santa Monica airport yesterday. — Martin Schaedel was someone I met on the internet and got to know a bit over the past few years. He was a funny and mysterious guy.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Search Engine Land, MediaMemo and L.A. Now
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: Martin Schaedel (Lazerzubb) Killed In Plane Crash
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: The Internet Says Goodbye To Martin Schaedel
Beatrice Oltean / MSDN Blogs:
Live Search autosuggestions come to Firefox — We're happy to report that we've officially integrated Live Search into Firefox by popular demand. — The Live Search add-on for Firefox gives you auto-suggestions from Live Search right in the browser while you're typing your query.
Discussion: LiveSide, CNET News, Port 25 and Search Engine Land
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide: Live Search Add-in for Firefox: adds Auto Suggest
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Microsoft adds fancy search option for Firefox
Alessandro Catorcini / Port 25: Live Search Add-in for Mozilla Firefox Released
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: Live Search “Auto Suggest” Add-On For Firefox Released
Stuart Dredge / Pocket Gamer.biz:
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.
Discussion: MacRumors, AppleInsider, TheAppleBlog, Macworld, Touch Arcade, PC World, Gizmodo, The iPhone Blog, CNET News, Edible Apple, GMSV, ChannelWeb, MacBlogz and iLounge
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider: Rumor: Apple planning premium game section of App Store
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog: Higher-priced Premium Game Section Coming to App Store?
The Macalope / Macworld: The Macalope Weekly: What goes down must come up
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Rumor: $19.99 Premium Games Section Coming to iTunes Store
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: $19.99 “Premium Gaming” Section to Hit App Store?
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: New App Store section for premium games?
John Murrell / GMSV: Newshounds sniff out traces of next-gen iPhone
Brian Kraemer / ChannelWeb: Fair Game? Apple May Open Premium App Store Section
Charles Starrett / iLounge: News: Apple planning premium games section for App Store?
Jailbreak Firmware 2.2.1 (Windows QuickPWN) — I just QuickPWN'd my iPod Touch 1st Generation with the firmware 2.2.1 update thanks to Vortex, a Russian hacker for creating the bundles for the firmware 2.2.1 update and the iPhone Dev Team, poorlad, and planetbeing for creating the QuickPWN software.
Discussion: Electronic Pulp, Gizmodo, Lifehacker and Ubergizmo
David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp: iPhone firmware 2.2.1 jailbreak now available via QuickPwn
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo: iPhone 2.2.1 QuickPwn Jailbreak For Windows Now Available
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adding YouTube Annotations Just Got Easy. I've Got A Bad Feeling About This... For better or for worse, YouTube has just made it easier to add annotations to your videos. Annotations, which were introduced to the site last June, consist of little grey popups that can include standard text boxes …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: YouTube Makes Annotating Videos Easier
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
$2.99 Printed PhotoBooks Now Available On Facebook: HotPrints — Anyone who has turned digital photos into a printed photo book via Apple iPhoto or any of a variety of competitors knows how great they are. They make a perfect gift, if you can afford the $20 - $30 they generally cost to create, plus shipping.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Sony vs. Nintendo: same bad economy, very different results — Sony and Nintendo released their financial reports on the holiday quarter this week, and both are being pummeled by the strength of the Japanese Yen. But Nintendo's focus on gaming and the strength of its console have left it in far better shape than its bigger rival.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, NEWSFACTOR, TechFlash and Bloomberg
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Sony FY Q3 Sales Drop 25%; Profits Fall 95%
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Comcast's Crossed Wires — I'm somewhat concerned to learn that the RIAA may be enlisting broadband providers, such as AT&T and Comcast, to police their networks for content theft. While I don't condone software and media piracy, I'm uncomfortable with Comcast tracking my every move online.
Discussion: P2P Blog and Davis Freeberg's Digital …, Thanks:davisfreeberg
Janko Roettgers / P2P Blog: Comcast messes up on DMCA notice, leaves little hope for three strike recourse
David Peterson / SitePoint:
President Obama uses RDFa — The WhiteHouse.gov site is CC licensing all its material, and if you peek behind the covers (view source), you will see some RDFa. Granted it is a small start, but it is a start. Well done to the new administration and I look forward to more openness and more Web mashups!
Discussion: Ewan Spence's All New Musings, Thanks:catone
Ewan Spence / Ewan Spence's All New Musings: Open Source Should Be Used By Government, Say The Tories
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google delays stock option exchange program — Googlers who want to revalue their underwater stock options will have to wait until Tuesday for the voluntary employee option exchange program to launch, Google said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday that did not explain why.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and CNET News
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
SEAmail: Applying Semantic Technology to Email — A prototype email system being developed at Stanford University is designed to bring the power of semantic technology to our inbox. Called SEAmail, short for “semantic email addressing,” the system will help its users route email …