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6:35 AM ET, February 3, 2009

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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 …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Reyes, Drummond On Trial In Italy  —  This one is outrageous:  —  Saul Hansell, NYT: 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.
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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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Google Earth adds Mars roving
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Crackulous Allows for App Store Piracy  —  Crackulous, a program for pirating apps from the iPhone App Store, was just released.  Great for cheapskates, terrible for independent developers trying to make a living.  Updated: 4:35pm  —  You'll need to jailbreak your phone to get in on the fun …
Michael Bolin / Gmail Blog:
Tasks: Paper vs. iPhone  —  Among the world's leading productivity tools is an advanced technology known as paper.  Many of the world's top corporations and most active internet users have adopted paper as a method of organizing their daily lives.  When they think of something they need to do …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
World-Renowned Scientists Team With Google And NASA To Launch Singularity University  —  NASA, Google, and some of the foremost authorities in science and technology have teamed up to create a new school, dubbed Singularity University, that is looking to solve “humanity's grand challenges”.
Discussion: Forbes
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Wall Street Journal:
Job Loss in the Age of Blogs, Twitter  —  It's been decades since Americans had this much time on their hands and — thanks to the Web — never have there been so many opportunities to burn it.  —  In November, Julia Otto was headed to her first day on a new job, car keys in hand …
New York Times:
Angels Flee From Tech Start-Ups  —  Technology entrepreneurs are having a devil of a time finding angels.  —  Angel investors are the optimistic financiers who give entrepreneurs their crucial first infusion of cash to bring their ideas to life.  Now, in the midst of a punishing economic downturn …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo PR Head Jill Nash to Depart the Company  —  Jill Nash, Yahoo's chief communications officer, has told 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 as Bartz tries …
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Jessica Vascellaro / Digits:   Yahoo's Bartz Vents as Exec Departs
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Watched Any Good Books Lately?  HarperCollins Tries ‘Video Books’  —  For those who don't have the time to listen to an audiobook, let alone read a hardback or e-Book, HarperCollins brings you: the video book.  Perhaps fittingly, the first author to get the video treatment is BuzzMachine's Jeff Jarvis …
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
Discussion: Technologizer and Download Squad
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.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
IBM Offers To Move Laid Off Workers To India  —  Big Blue wants to help redundant U.S. employees relocate to developing markets, according to an internal document.  —  The climate is warm, there's no shortage of exotic food, and the cost of living is rock bottom.
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David / TmoNews:
G1 fans rejoice, RC33 update on its way, cupcake not included  —  Attention G1 owners, while answers to the many cupcake questions are still unavailable, T-mobile and Google are still working fast and hard to bring updates to the masses.  Tips are pouring into the inbox regarding internal docs going out touting an RC33 update:
James Niccolai / PC World:
US Orders Massive Supercomputer to Manage Nuclear Stockpile  —  The U.S. government has commissioned IBM to build a massive supercomputer that will have 1.6 million processor cores and be 15 times faster than today's most powerful machine, IBM announced Tuesday.
Brad Spirrison / vcjnews.com:
Real Change: New President Gets VC  —  Barack Obama has an affinity for venture capital that dates back to his days as a state senator  —  Steven Lazarus had just sat down after accepting a lifetime achievement award from the Illinois Venture Capital Association when he was approached …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
The once and future e-book: on reading in the digital age  —  A veteran of a former turning of the e-book wheel looks at the past, present, and future of reading books on things that are not books.  —  Rocket eBook (1998), Amazon Kindle (2007)  —  I was pitched headfirst into the world …
Discussion: TeleRead and Boing Boing
sia-online.org:
Global Semiconductor Sales Fell by 2.8 Percent in 2008  —  For Immediate Release  —  Global sales of semiconductors were severely impacted by the world-wide economic turmoil in 2008 resulting in the first year-on-year drop in sales since 2001, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today.
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Russian rides Phantom to OS immortality  —  The iPhone that never dies  —  It's nine degrees Fahrenheit in Moscow right now.  That's the kind of cold that makes a man concentrate on his work so he can keep from remembering that the tears the wind blows out of his eyes will freeze on the side of his face before they hit the ground.
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
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Has Over 4 Million Daily Mobile Users  —  Last week while at Davos, Mark Zuckerberg mentioned that the company currently has over 25 million people accessing the site via their mobile devices on a monthly basis.  As of today, the company has over 4 million daily active users just between their top 3 mobile applications.
Discussion: SlashGear and mocoNews.net
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Newsquest Launches 148 Mobile Sites, Sent Out One Million Texts In 2008  —  It's no exaggeration to say that local newspapers in their printed form are facing the most challenging period of their lives, so it's only sensible to invest in other media - like the one in everyone's pocket.
 
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
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 Earlier Items: 
Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
Analyst: Apple's IP battle over iPhone's multi-touch capabilities is ill-advised
Moira Herbst / Business Week:
Microsoft: Layoffs for Some, Visas for Others
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Study: Certain IT Skills in Demand Despite Economy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman: “We Can Go Public Any Time We Want To”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Times of London:
Secret computer deals that are costing the taxpayer billions
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
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