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2:05 AM ET, February 3, 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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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Google Earth adds Mars roving
Discussion: The Apple Core and Webware.com
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, Computerworld and eWeek
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 …
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  —  Carol Bartz has been CEO of Yahoo for only few weeks.  But she's already working through a to-do list of changes to push.  (Nothing yet about Microsoft deals or asset sales or cost-cutting, we're afraid.)  —  In the most recent of what's shaping …
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: Download Squad
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 …
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 …
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.
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: tinyComb and VentureBeat
Chris Gaither / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Scientists and Google create Singularity University to solve big problems  —  Some technologies are so complex and have so many frequent breakthroughs that few people can keep up.  Now comes a new nine-week summer program in Silicon Valley for super-smart people.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Pac Crest Sees Broad Implications of Windows 7  —  In a report combining consumer electronics, semiconductors, and infrastructure software analysis, Pacific Crest Securities equity researchers today write that Microsoft's (MSFT) forthcoming Windows 7 is “a dramatic improvement over Vista” …
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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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
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
PR Newswire:
New Allio LCD TV-PC Models Available From Silicon Mountain  —  New Allio Lite LCD TV-PC from Silicon Mountain.  (PRNewsFoto/Silicon Mountain Holdings, Inc.)  —  BOULDER, CO AND MENLO PARK, CA UNITED STATES  —  Allio Lite combines high-definition television with PC and DVD player in a single, affordable device
Discussion: iTech News Net and Engadget
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.
Discussion: eWeek, Forbes and Reuters
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
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.
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 …
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
Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
Analyst: Apple's IP battle over iPhone's multi-touch capabilities is ill-advised  —  FIRM REVIEWS APPLE'S PATENT FILINGS FOR WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY  —  Apple Inc.'s threat to sue competitors over multi-touch capabilities that violate its patents, a warning made during the company's earnings call last month …
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 …
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.
Geoffrey Fowler / Digits:
A Silver Lining in E-Commerce  —  By Geoffrey A. Fowler  —  The recession is taking a serious toll on American retail, but ecommerce could emerge as a winner.  —  According to a new report by Forrester Research, ecommerce sales (beyond travel) are likely to grow 11% to $156 billion in 2009.
 
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Ecosystem Readiness Program helps partners develop products for Windows 7
Discussion: Microsoft and Neowin.net
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
SanDisk Q4 Rev Beats, Net Loss Deeper Than Expected
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Moira Herbst / Business Week:
Microsoft: Layoffs for Some, Visas for Others
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RNA Networks nails $7 million
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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
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
AT&T Data Outage in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Thanks:charlie
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eee PC 1000HE with 9.5 hour battery seeks friends, pre-orders
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Electronista