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7:05 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
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
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.
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
Moira Herbst / Business Week:
Microsoft: Layoffs for Some, Visas for Others  —  The software giant that has pushed for more H-1B visas faces tough questions as it lays off 5,000  —  Even as the economy hemorrhages jobs, many employers continue to advocate for fewer restrictions on importing foreign workers to fill specialized jobs.
Discussion: TechFlash and Microsoft Pri0
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Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Layoffs mean more than lost wages for H-1B visa holders
Discussion: Industry Standard
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.
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: Obsessable, Ubergizmo and Neowin.net
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:   Korea to Get 1Gbps Downloading by 2012
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
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eee PC 1000HE with 9.5 hour battery seeks friends, pre-orders  —  Rather than making the customary press release blast across media outlets, ASUS just loosed its newest Eee PC — the 1000HE ("E," as in extended) — into pre-order limbo via its official ASUS Eee PC Facebook group.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Electronista
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Study: Certain IT Skills in Demand Despite Economy  —  Thirty-eight percent of U.S. companies are planning to trim IT staff this year, but certain skills remain hot, according to a new study by the IT staffing company Veritude.  —  The poll, taken in the fourth quarter of 2008 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Executives Face Jail Time for Italian Video  —  Four executives of Google begin trial Tuesday in Milan on criminal charges of defamation and privacy violation in regard to a video posted on Google's Italian site.  —  The case involves a three-minute cellphone video …
Discussion: eWeek
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
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.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Ecosystem Readiness Program helps partners develop products for Windows 7  —  To help the ecosystem of software developers, device manufacturers, independent software vendors and others prepare for Windows 7 - I wanted to let you know about the Windows 7 Ecosystem Readiness Program.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
A New Location for an Iconic Conference-and Here Come the TED Fellows  —  The well-known Technology, Entertainment, Design conference-better known to its techie fans as TED-will make its move from Monterey to Long Beach, in California, starting tomorrow night.
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.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
SanDisk Q4 Rev Beats, Net Loss Deeper Than Expected  —  Flash memory chip maker SanDisk (SNDK) this evening beat the worst expectations for sales for its fiscal fourth quarter ending in December, while turning in a net loss that was worse than expected.  The company had sales of $863.88 million …
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
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John Cook / TechFlash:
RNA Networks nails $7 million
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Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Did California's CIO mislead public on IT success?
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
IBM report: Vulnerabilities still going unpatched
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