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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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google's Reyes, Drummond On Trial In Italy (GOOG)
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Leading futurists, thinkers to launch Silicon Valley university … Starting this summer, some of the world's leading thinkers in exponentially growing technologies will be gathering annually at NASA Ames Research Center, in the heart of Silicon Valley, for 10 weeks of discussions on how to change the future.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
World-Renowned Scientists Team With Google And NASA To Launch Singularity University
Discussion: Forbes
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 …
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 …
David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp:
Apple patent shows possible design for upcoming Tablet PC/MID  —  On the last day of 2008, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington sparked a rumor about Apple's plans to unveil a “large sized iPod touch with a 7 or 9 inch screen” in the fall of 2009 that will be their very first tablet PC.
Discussion: Gizmodo and
Glyn Moody / Computerworld UK:
Is This the Solution to Spam?  —  I think I may have come up with a possible solution for spam.  But first, some background.  —  I have read somewhere (can't find the reference, unfortunately) that when intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) were first introduced in the US …
Discussion: Slashdot
Rafat Ali /
RealNetworks Takes Almost $250 Million Charges; Decline in Rhapsody JV Valuations  —  RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) has decided to take in on the chin and pre-announced some numbers prior to its formal Q408 earnings announcement next week.  Some good but mostly bad news, as expected in the digital media industry scenario right now:
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
RocketOn Social MMO Launches With Six Partner Sites  —  Today, the casual social MMO RocketOn is launching a beta partnership with six prominent youth-oriented consumer sites:, Hypster, Online Flash Games, Hotspot, Boosh Magazine and faceDub.  Now, visitors will find RocketOn's …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Mistakenly Sends Dozens of Unwanted SMS Messages To Users  —  Over night, for about four hours, Google's SMS search feature sent dozens of SMS messages to Google SMS users over and over again.  There are dozens of threads complaining about the issue, but the two largest threads …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Jessica Vascellaro / Digits:
Yahoo's Bartz Vents as Exec Departs
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Motorola Suspends Div, CFO Liska Out, Posts Big Q4 Loss  —  Motorola (MOT) this morning announced Q4 results that were about in line with Street expectations, while also suspending its dividend and booting its CFO.  —  For the quarter, the company posted sales of $7.14 billion, about in line with the Street consensus of $7.15 billion.
David Kaplan /
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 …
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:
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
The New GOP API: Republicans Open-Up Before the Democrats  —  Given just how innovative the new Obama administration is in terms of using technology to bring US politics into the 21st century, it's notable that it's the Republicans who are the first US party to launch a real open web API.
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.
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: iPhone Buzz, SlashGear and
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.
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Mobile Banking Finds New Users  —  Improved Technology Helps Attract Younger Customers, Even as Balances Dwindle  —  You may not want to learn how much smaller your bank account has gotten.  But banks are making it easier than ever for consumers to access account information on their mobile devices.
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 /
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
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple Hints at Video Conferencing for Future iPhones  —  Apple's recently approved iPhone patent reveals the company's plans to introduce video conferencing to future generations of the popular handset.  —  InformationWeek spotted a few sections and images in the patent that make references to a …
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Interviews Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg At Davos
Discussion: Beet.TV
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
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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
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Tom Espiner / CNET News:
IE slips further as Firefox, Safari, Chrome gain