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10:25 AM ET, February 4, 2009

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Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
See where your friends are with Google Latitude  —  How often do you find yourself wondering where your friends are and what they're up to?  It's a pretty central question to our daily social lives, and it's precisely the question you can now answer using Google Latitude.
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Wall Street Journal:
Tracking Friends the Google Way  —  New Mobile-Device Feature Lets Users Share Their Every Move With Each Other  —  For the past week, I've been stalking my sister, my boyfriend and my boss.  They've also been stalking me, and we still like one other.  —  All four of us have been using …
Bill Ray / The Register:   Google will tell your mates where you are
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google's Latitude Turns Maps (For Mobile) Into Social Tool
Hiroshi Suzuki / Bloomberg:
Panasonic Will Cut About 15,000 Jobs as First Loss in Six Years Looms  —  Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) — Panasonic Corp. the world's largest consumer-electronics maker, will cut about 15,000 jobs and predicted its first loss in six years as the deepening recession hurts demand for televisions and cameras.
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Mozilla:
Firefox 3 Release Notes  —  Check out what's new, the known issues and frequently asked questions about the latest version of Firefox.  As always, you're encouraged to tell us what you think, either using this feedback form or by filing a bug in Bugzilla.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Harvard Law threw down the gauntlet to the RIAA  —  Inside one Harvard Law professor's bid to turn his students into cyberactivists and to force the music industry to face the future in the process.  —  In retrospect, Harvard's eventual involvement was obvious.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
One of Acer's Mobile World Congress' handsets gets pictured  —  So, here's the deal... One of our infamous ninjas just sent us a shot of an unreleased and unseen Acer handset.  They told us it would be announced by Acer at MWC in a couple weeks, and that it is “pretty awkward.”  We agreed.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Facebook's 5th Birthday  —  Tomorrow is Facebook's 5th birthday.  This is a happy occasion for Facebook, but much more significant to the Facebook team is the fact that over 150 million people around the world are using Facebook to connect with the people in their lives.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook celebrates fifth birthday with growth in key sharing features
Discussion: dot.life blog, BBC, bub.blicio.us and Gawker
Business Wire:
Time Warner Inc. Reports Results for 2008 Full Year and Fourth Quarter  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX - News) today reported financial results for its full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008.  —  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes said …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Times of India:
$10-laptop proves to be a damp squib  —  Text:  —  TIRUPATI: The much-touted laptop for the masses said to have been built by students of Vellore Institute of Technology that would cost a mere Rs 500 actually turned out to be only a computing device.  —  Making this clear at the inauguration …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Garmin and Asus Join Mobile Forces, Launch Co-Branded Nuvifone Line  —  Forget Eee Phones: Garmin and Asus have created a strategic alliance to design, build and sell co-branded Nuvifones, starting with the original one—now called G60—and moving towards Windows Mobile and Android.
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and Engadget
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Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
Apple adding to its “vintage and obsolete” list  —  Sometimes it's hard to say goodbye: Apple has added a handful of machines to its vintage and obsolete list.  —  alistairmcmillan  —  From a computer enthusiast's point of view, some machines may never fall into the obsolete category.
Discussion: MacMerc.com, AppleDifferent and TUAW
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google and Big Ideas  —  I love Om Malik and respect him greatly.  I'm hoping to corner him for lunch sometime to pick his brain on ways that Google could improve.  But today he happened to do a tweet that caught my attention just as my morning caffeine was kicking in.
Discussion: Sample the Web and The Noisy Channel, Thanks:atul
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google & The Big Ideas
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint EOL list reveals target Palm Pre launch, plenty more  —  Sprint customers, have you found yourself wondering what Hesse & Co. have in store for you this year beyond the illustrious Palm Pre?  Don't worry, you're not alone.  While we can't post the list itself, one of our ninjas came through …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
iLife suite quietly going Intel-only, PowerPC owners cry  —  iLife '09 contains plenty of new features to convince current Mac owners to upgrade from iLife '08, but there is one unfortunate deterrent for those still on PowerPC-based machines.  GarageBand '09 is the first iLife component …
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors, TUAW and MacNN
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Removing admin rights stymies 92% of Microsoft's bugs  —  Bulk of IE's bugs in '08 could have been blocked, says vendor  —  Computerworld) Nine of out 10 critical bugs reported by Microsoft last year could have been made moot, or at least made less dangerous, if people ran Windows without …
InfoWorld:
Green Grid plans “Data Center 2.0” design guide  —  The Green Grid consortium will announce plans Wednesday to create a “top-to-bottom” design guide for building energy-efficient data centers, as well as new metrics for estimating data center productivity.  —  The plans will be discussed …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
ASUS Eee PC 1000HE Arrives Boasting a New Keyboard and Intel Atom N280 Processor  —  ASUS announced yesterday the upcoming availability of its its new $399 Eee PC 1000HE, and lo and behold this morning the netbook stork dropped off the newest addition to the Eee family.
*Shacknews* Games:
GameFly Acquires Shacknews  —  Online rental hub GameFly today announced that it has acquired independent video game website Shacknews.  —  As part of the deal, GameFly has purchased all related Shacknews destinations, including FileShack.  The company plans to maintain the Shacknews editorial staff …
Marguerite Reardon / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft and EMC renew their vows  —  EMC CEO Joe Tucci and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer hosted an event for CIOs at the Plaza Hotel in New York this week.  —  (Credit: Microsoft)  —  This following is a transcript of the full CNET interview with Tucci and Ballmer, which was conducted …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
NYT's Keller: We're Looking For Ways To Charge For Online Content Again  —  In a Q&A with readers concerned about the precarious financial state of the newspaper this week, NYT Editor Bill Keller was asked if the paper would consider charging for online content again.  Keller says that the company isn't making any new plans.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
SongSmith: Financial crisis soundtrack composed from tumbling share price graphs  —  A soundtrack of the global economic crisis composed by running financial graphs through SongSmith, Microsoft's increasingly popular music software, has become a YouTube hit.
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Clout Grows as Tech Initiatives Take Shape  —  When a group of chief executives visited the White House last week to talk about stimulus with President Barack Obama, Google Inc.'s Eric Schmidt wasn't hard to spot, perched in a prime seat on the new president's left side.
Tim O'Reilly / Forbes:
Where Real Innovation Happens  —  Don't look for the gilded road to fortune.  Look for passion.  —  SEBASTOPOL, Calif.—Forget Silicon Valley.  Traditional wisdom is that it represents the model for American innovation: a hotbed of young entrepreneurs with easy access to capital from a large pool of savvy investors.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
How to Launch Your Web Show on Facebook  —  Integrating a show with a social network, like Prom Queen on MySpace or KateModern on Bebo, is a great way to attract and interact with an audience.  But the world's biggest social network, Facebook, has no such original content initiatives.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Philip Greenspun / Philip Greenspun:
Verizon FiOS Versus Comcast  —  or “How 20 mbps Internet can be slower than 8 mbps”  —  This is a review of my experience switching from crummy slow Comcast cable modem to blazing fast modern Verizon FiOS fiber optic Internet service.  I made the switch in the fall of 2008.  —  Comcast
 
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Edith Honan / Reuters:
MySpace: 90,000 sex offenders removed in two years
Discussion: digg.com
PC Pro:
Torvalds rejects one-size-fits-all Linux
Discussion: digg.com
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Netflix's Streaming Service Did Not Drive Increased Earnings
Larry Larsen / Channel 10:
Cool IE8 Tip: Answer Suggestions
Discussion: SEO and Tech Daily
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
LinkedIn launches German site to take the fight to Xing
Discussion: cruel to be kind and WebProNews
Judith Townend / Journalism.co.uk:
‘Democratic legitimation via the web is not enough’, says Clay Shirky
Richard Jalichandra / The Technorati Weblog:
We're Launching Original Tag Articles and Blurbs on Technorati.com
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch, Thanks:davidpiette
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Global ATM Caper Nets Hackers $9 Million in One Day
Discussion: digg.com
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive Screenshots Of Bebo 2.0, Launching In February (TWX)
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
Guardian:
Mobile phone sales fall
Discussion: Tom Hume