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6:00 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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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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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
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Datamation
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: The Microsoft Blog
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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
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
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.
Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Big tech names expect large losses  —  The technology industry suffered another black day Friday as a host of big names, including NEC and Hitachi, said they would make large losses in the year to March.  —  The industry's crisis, and that of the chip sector in particular …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
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
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
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 …
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: Beet.TV and MacDailyNews
 
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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
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Red Herring R.I.P.?
Discussion: Webware.com and Pulse2
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
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Intel files $50 million suit against insurance firm
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Sexy Nerve.Com Kicks Parenting Site Out of the Nest
Discussion: Gawker
Bloomberg:
Apple Scrutiny by SEC Pits Executive Privacy Against Incomplete Disclosure
John Boudreau / SiliconValley.com:
Some Silicon Valley companies having second thoughts on outsourcing
Thanks:atul
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Losing Hope With Yahoo, After Watching The Paid Search Division Stumble
Jeremy Schoemaker / Shoemoney:
Making Money With Facebook - ShoeMoney Show
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