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5:20 PM ET, February 2, 2009

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John Hanke / The Official Google Blog:
Dive into the new Google Earth  —  As you read this, I am at the beautiful California Academy of Sciences, announcing the launch of the newest version of Google Earth.  This launch is particularly special to me because it marks the moment when Google Earth becomes much more complete — it now has an ocean.
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Google Earth, Google Ocean: mysteries of the seafloor are mapped for the first time  —  Since Google Earth launched in 2006 ­millions of people have used its virtual globe to “travel” around the planet without leaving home, climbing a digital version of Mount Everest and even flying into space thanks to the website.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Google Earth adds Mars roving
Discussion: The Apple Core and Webware.com
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Apple Planning Video-Call iPhone  —  Recent stories on Apple's iPhone patent have focused on Cupertino's threatened legal action against Palm, which is launching the iPhone-like Pre smartphone.  But a closer examination of the Apple patent yields much more interesting news.
Tom Espiner / CNET News:
IE slips further as Firefox, Safari, Chrome gain  —  The amount of market share commanded by Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has dropped for the seventh consecutive month.  —  Internet Explorer now has 67.55 percent of global browser market share, a drop of over seven percentage points in a year …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Soon, Majority of Web Users Will No Longer Use IE  —  It might take a few more years, or it might happen suddenly, but trends appear to indicate that the time when Internet Explorer is used by the majority of people on the web will soon come to an end.  —  New numbers from analytics firm …
Discussion: Download Squad
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Despite iTunes Accord, Music Labels Still Fret  —  Last month the music industry and Apple, long uneasy partners, seemed a picture of harmony when they agreed on new terms for pricing on iTunes, Apple's online music store.  —  Behind the scenes, however, the relationship remains as tense and antagonistic as ever.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google: “We're Not Doing a Good Job with Structured Data”  —  During a talk at the New England Database Day conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Google's Alon Halevy admitted that the search giant has “not been doing a good job” presenting the structured data found on the web to its users.
Discussion: Data Methods and The Noisy Channel
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Analyst now says iMacs likely in both dual- and quad-core  —  A Wall Street analyst who recently reported that Apple was torn between using dual-core processors and quad-core processors in its next-generation iMac line now believes the company will adopt both.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: iMac update “within a few weeks”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Fareastgizmos.com:
While in Korea download a 120-minute film in just 12 seconds!  —  Korea is to acquire the world's fastest wired and wireless Internet service at 10 times the speed of the current service by 2012.  The government and the communications industry plan to invest some W34 trillion over the next five years in the project.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Ubergizmo
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Korea to Get 1Gbps Downloading by 2012
Discussion: digg.com
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
ASUS Eee PC 1000HE Atom N280 netbook up for preorder  —  ASUS have announced their latest netbook, the Eee PC 1000HE complete with Intel's Atom N280 processor.  As well as the 1.66GHz CPU and HD-capable Intel GD40 chipset, the 1000HE has a 10-inch LED-backlit display, 160GB hard-drive and WiFi b/g/n.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eee PC 1000HE with 9.5 hour battery seeks friends, pre-orders
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Electronista
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Can't afford a G1?  T-Mobile will now let you split the bill across 4 months  —  Whether you only upgrade once every two years or every time a new handset drops, following the latest in mobile hardware can be an expensive hobby.  Lookin' to keep sales up in the face of an economic slump …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Passport RFIDs cloned wholesale by $250 eBay auction spree  —  Video demo shows you how  —  Using inexpensive off-the-shelf components, an information security expert has built a mobile platform that can clone large numbers of the unique electronic identifiers used in US passport cards and next generation drivers licenses.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Hacker war drives San Francisco cloning RFID passports
Staska / Unwired View:
Samsung Omnia 16GB, Samsung Android Phone and more leaks  —  Well, it looks that today is Samsung leak day.  —  Just few hours ago we reported that there's a new Samsung 12 megapixel handset and probably 8 mpx handset with 3x optical zoom coming out at MWC 2009 in Barcelona.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows XP still powering 71 percent of business PCs  —  More than two years after the Windows Vista launch, XP is still the dominant business PC operating system in North America and Europe.  —  Windows Vista “finally appears ready to dethrone XP” as the operating-system choice for enterprise PCs …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Shuts Down Publisher Network RSS Ads  —  The next Yahoo program to be discontinued are the Yahoo Publisher Network RSS ads.  Here is an email I just received from Yahoo: … Yahoo launched the RSS ads back in November 2005.  I assume it never took off and they have now decided to drop that portion of the overall product.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TechCrunch, Thanks:sampad
Times of London:
Secret computer deals that are costing the taxpayer billions  —  It is costing the taxpayer almost as much as the autumn bank bailout.  But the huge amounts being spent by the Government on information technology — £16 billion this financial year — are barely noticed.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman: “We Can Go Public Any Time We Want To”  —  Next up in my series of interviews recorded at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week is Reid Hoffman, the founder and CEO of LinkedIn.  I spoke to Reid for more than twenty minutes in the lobby of our hotel …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
AT&T Data Outage in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana  —  It's not your imagination.  There's an AT&T data outage currently smiting parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.  Yep, AT&T is headquartered in Texas, so insert irony tag here.  UPDATED.  More »
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Thanks:charlie
John Leyden / The Register:
Black hats poison Google video search  —  Game for a hack  —  Miscreants have poisoned Google Video search results in a bid to trick the unwary into getting infected with malware.  —  Instead of video clips, researchers at Trend Micro discovered that around 400,000 queries returning malicious results …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The Challenges Of Tomorrow's Multimedia As Seen Through The Eyes Of Google, Yahoo, Nokia And Others  —  Part of this year's ACM Multimedia conference, the Multimedia Grand Challenge 2009 aims to collect information on the specific problems and issues companies like Google, Yahoo, Nokia …
Thanks:malpern
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Layoffs mean more than lost wages for H-1B visa holders  —  For the two out-of-work engineers, it's a race against time.  They've lost their Silicon Valley jobs and need to quickly find others at a time when companies everywhere are tightening their belts.  —  Both are Indians whose advanced degrees …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's flub: Do we have a Web monoculture too?  —  Google had a rough weekend and a human error caused the search giant to list the entire Web as malware for an hour or so.  The screw-up is likely to raise questions about the risks of having a monoculture dependent on any one technology supplier.
 
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Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Did California's CIO mislead public on IT success?
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
A New Location for an Iconic Conference-and Here Come the TED Fellows
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
IBM report: Vulnerabilities still going unpatched
Discussion: eWeek
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
GroupM Revises Terms For All Online Ad Buys, Claims Data Is ‘Confidential’
Discussion: paidContent.org
BBC:
Snow hits UK net and phone links
Discussion: broadstuff and TechCrunch UK
Peggy Anne Salz / msearchgroove:
Mobile Search & Advertising: Telenor Study Shows Personalized Ads …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
E3 Expo attempting return to former glory with 2009 show
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Media entrepreneurs test new ways to get the message across
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Searches for e-books double
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Want a Wireless Plan with Your Netbook?
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