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8:55 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: Webware.com and The Apple Core
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo PR Head Jill Nash to Depart the Company  —  Jill Nash, Yahoo's chief communications officer, has told its CEO Carol Bartz and other Yahoo staff this afternoon that she is leaving the company.  —  Yahoo has not made Nash's resignation official, but is likely to do so quickly …
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent.org
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Jessica Vascellaro / Digits:   Yahoo's Bartz Vents as Exec Departs
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: NewTeeVee and eWeek
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.
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 …
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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
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Venture Capital Returns Dip Below Zero  —  Like almost all investors, those who invested in venture capital funds lost money last year.  Venture investments returned -1.6 percent in the year ended Sept. 30, according to new data from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters.
Discussion: VentureBeat and tinyComb
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 …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Interviews Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg At Davos  —  We saved the best for last.  Below is our interview with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week.  Sandberg, who says this is her first video interview since joining Facebook in March 2008 …
Discussion: Beet.TV
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.
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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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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.
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
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.  —  Update 2: Everything should be cool now.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Thanks:charlie
Seagate Technology:
Seagate® Introduces Constellation™: All-Star Enterprise Hard Drives With The World's Highest Capacity And Power Efficiency  —  The Constellation family includes 2.5-inch nearline hard drive with lowest enterprise power consumption and record-setting 3.5-inch 7200-rpm 2TB hard drive for nearline Tier 2 enterprise applications
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 …
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.
 
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Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Sirius Faces Debt Payment in Test of Its Viability
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Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
We're not the bad guys: Google Earth boss
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
Analyst: Apple's IP battle over iPhone's multi-touch capabilities is ill-advised
 Earlier Items: 
John Cook / TechFlash:
RNA Networks nails $7 million
Discussion: Market Wire and The Register
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Did California's CIO mislead public on IT success?
Times of London:
Secret computer deals that are costing the taxpayer billions
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The Challenges Of Tomorrow's Multimedia As Seen Through The Eyes …
Thanks:malpern