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12:40 PM ET, January 31, 2009

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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Flags Whole Internet As Malware  —  We're not quite sure what's going on, but a couple of minutes ago any search result from Google is flagged as malware with a message saying “This site may harm your computer”.  —  Twitter is abuzz with people reporting the massive error, and it's clear that this is happening around the world.
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Google flags entire Web as ‘malware’  —  A major hiccup at Google this morning caused the entire Internet to be flagged as malware.  —  The problem appears to be centered around the Google Safe Browsing API — even that returned a “This site may harm your computer” warning (see screenshot below) …
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
“This site may harm your computer” on every search result?!?!  —  If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message “This site may harm your computer” accompanied each and every search result.  This was clearly an error …
Discussion: GigaOM and Google Operating System, Thanks:clank86
Chris Anderson / Wall Street Journal:
The Economics of Giving It Away  —  In a battered economy, free goods and services online are more attractive than ever.  So how can the suppliers make a business model out of nothing?  —  Over the past decade, we have built a country-sized economy online where the default price is zero — nothing, nada, zip.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 …
BBC:
Fault hits Google search service  —  Google's search service has been hit by technical problems, with users unable to access search results.  —  For a period on Saturday, all search results were flagged as potentially harmful, with users warned that the site “may harm your computer”.
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 …
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Justice Department hoaxes employees  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Justice Department doesn't have to look far to find a scam that preys on people whose retirement plans have been crippled by the global financial meltdown.  —  It designed one of its own.  And e-mailed it to agency employees.
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.”
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
LAT Cutting 300 Jobs, 70 In Editorial; Local News Folded Into Main Section  —  Tribune Company's Los Angeles Times just keeps on cutting.  On its third round of layoffs in less than six months, LAT is cutting 300 positions and putting the separate local coverage into the print daily's main section …
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.
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Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Big tech names expect large losses
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Amina Khan / Forbes:
Venture Rogues  —  How one Silicon Valley VC tried to get away with millions.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Even Wall Street Won't Pay for Content: Financial Times Sues …
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Facebook Gifts: No More Missed Birthdays!
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Senate Passes Second Bill Changing DTV Transition Date
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
A look at Microsoft's hiring plans
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Red Herring R.I.P.?
Discussion: Webware.com and Pulse2