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12:50 AM ET, February 4, 2009

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Windows 7 line-up: The good, the bad and the ugly  —  If you were one of those individuals holding out hope that Microsoft might go the way of Apple and move to one or two SKUs for Windows 7, your prayers have gone unanswered.  But there still is some good news in what's on tap …
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Microsoft:
Windows 7 Lineup Offers Clear Choice for Consumers and Businesses  —  Q&A: Windows General Manager Mike Ybarra discusses how Windows 7 editions are being designed to make buying simple, while serving the needs of more than 1 billion customers worldwide.  —  Last month Microsoft delivered …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Six Sevens Is 5 Too Many  —  I understand that Seven is based on Windows Vista.
Discussion: PC World
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
Fred von Lohmann / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
YouTube's January Fair Use Massacre  —  Privacy info.  This embed will serve content from youtube.com.  —  This is what it's come to.  Teenagers singing “Winter Wonderland” being censored off YouTube.  —  Fair use has always been at risk on YouTube, thanks to abusive DMCA takedown notices sent …
getclicky.com/blog:
Google's new Ajax-powered search results breaks search keyword tracking for everyone  —  Do you run a web site?  Do you use a service such as Clicky, Statcounter, AWStats, etc, to monitor the traffic to your web site?  Do you find it useful how these services can tell you what search terms are leading visitors to your site?
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.
Discussion: CNET News and Electronic Pulp
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Robert McMillan / PC World:   New Firefox Release Fixes Critical Security Bugs
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Allow Background Tasks on iPhone?  —  With the release of iPhone Firmware 2.2.1, many were left wondering what had become of the Push notification system that Apple had announced at the Worldwide Developer's Conference back in June.  —  While Apple had originally set a September 2008 deadline …
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.
Thanks:atul
Microsoft:
Windows 7 Wins on Netbook PCs  —  Q&A: Brad Brooks, corporate vice president for Windows Consumer Product Marketing, discusses Microsoft's take on netbook PCs and how Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 7, will support these small computers.  —  Small, mobile and affordable PCs …
Emil A Eklund / Gmail Blog:
New ways to label with “Move to” and auto-complete  —  One of the features that makes Gmail different is its use of labels instead of folders.  Sure, labels can serve pretty much the same purpose — they can help organize mail or flag messages for follow up.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Citi Says Amazon Sold 500,000 Kindles Last Year; $1.2 Billion Business Next Year  —  Amazon is set to unveil Kindle 2.0 next Monday at a New York press event.  But how many of the original e-book readers has it sold already?  Don't ask Jeff Bezos and company-the Amazon folks delight in keeping …
Chaim / About Skype:
All-New Skype Now Available  —  LUXEMBOURG, February 3, 2009 — Skype today announced the launch of Skype 4.0 for Windows, the most distinctive new release in the company's five-year history.  Thanks to the feedback of tens of thousands of people, the new version offers full-screen video calling …
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
How to Make Sure That TechMeme Links to your Blog  —  Techmeme founder Gabe Rivera earlier recommended that the best way to get Techmeme love your blog is through original content, descriptive titles and link love - i.e., you should send some traffic to Techmeme and [they] he may consider including your site among other Techmeme elites.
Jeff Hamilton / Google Mobile Blog:
Search with your voice on Android  —  Don't want to type a long query, like “U.S. economic stimulus plan”, on your T-Mobile G1?  Just say it.  Or, perhaps you'd like to browse the web without sliding out the keyboard?  Well now you can.  For those of you with a G1 in the US …
Discussion: PC World, VentureBeat, Electronic Pulp and Lifehacker, Thanks:atul
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Ma.gnolia Using FriendFeed to Restore Users' Data  —  Necessity is the mother of invention, but it helps to have an open API, too.  —  Last Friday, social bookmarking site Ma.gnolia suffered a major server meltdown, losing the bulk of its user data as well as its backup.
Thanks:btaylor
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
India's $10 Sakshat Laptop “Announcement” Is a Complete Bust  —  While we thought that we'd see some incredible unveiling of the India's $10 but really $20 but really $10 laptop, their public announcement today was a complete waste of time and hype.  —  We know nothing new, save for the name.
Sue McAllister / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley home values plunge at record pace; 20 percent of homes are ‘underwater’  —  Against a backdrop of dire economic news and a crumbling stock market, home values in the San Jose metropolitan area dropped more steeply in the fourth quarter of 2008 than anytime in at least 12 years.
Sascha Segan / AppScout:
Motorola: Windows Mobile 7 Coming in 2010  —  Motorola had an earnings conference call today with some juicy tidbits embedded in it.  Primarily, Moto confirmed that they're losing tons of money and that their handset business is not doing very well at all.  So how are they going to turn it around?
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Google Latitude: Friend Finding Maps on Smartphones and PCs  —  Google's released Latitude, a Maps tool that allows for automatic tracking of friends in real time, using a laptop, Symbian 60, Blackberry, WinMo and soon, iPhone or Android.  —  Laptops and cellphones (when not using GPS) …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Thousands Of MySpace Sex Offender Refugees Found On Facebook  —  MySpace is in the spotlight today because it revealed that 90,000 registered sex offenders have been kicked off its site in the past two years.  But where did all of those sex offenders go?  Some evidence suggests that a portion of them are now on Facebook.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New Singularity University may overpromise the infinite  —  Tuesday saw the launch of a university that claims it will prepare its students for an impending technological singularity.  The challenges of doing so, however, became quickly apparent when the university's server exceeded its monthly quota and went offline for a few hours.
Discussion: GMSV, Thanks:sampad
Windrago / Mario Esposito:
Microsoft Gaze - sneak peek  —  As passionate inventor that works for the AdLab organization I feel very excited to share the last ad-baby that my team and I brought to life.  It's a public beta, invitation only.  Drop me a comment if you would like to receive an invitation.
Skylar / build.kiva:
Welcome to build.kiva.org!  —  This is build.kiva.org, our brand-spankin'-new destination for developers wanting to build and extend the microlending platform we've created at Kiva.  Over the next few months we plan to shape this into a hub for builders, mashers, and other creative types looking …
Murad Ahmed / Tech Central:
Top 20 tracks remixed by Microsoft Songsmith  —  Microsoft's Songsmith has become a cult phenomenon, but probably not how the software giant wanted it to be.  —  If you've never heard of it, Songsmith is a program that can give an automatic musical accompaniment to any vocal track you give the computer.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: ChangeWave Sees Macbook Demand Ebbing  —  Demand for Apple's (AAPL) laptops appeared to fade following the holiday shopping season, according to a survey of 3,476 consumers by research firm ChangeWave.  —  In a blog post, ChangeWave writes that a survey taken January 5-12 found sagging …
Leila Abboud / Wall Street Journal:
SAP Updates Business Software  —  Giant Takes a Page From Smaller Rivals as It Battles Economy  —  As it responds to the economic slump, SAP AG plans to imitate the Web-based software makers that have been chipping away at its business.  —  The German software company will introduce Wednesday …
Discussion: CNET News and Irregular Enterprise
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Fox Demands Site Give Up Fair Use Rights, Run Special Fox Ads, To Do Any Commentary  —  from the fair-use-doesn't-work-that-way dept  —  Here's a follow up to our story last Friday about Progress Illinois having its YouTube account restored.  The YouTube account had been taken …
Mike Harvey / Times of London:
Man killed by ‘exploding mobile phone’  —  A man has died after his mobile phone exploded, severing a major artery in his neck, according to reports.  —  The man, thought to be a shop assistant in his twenties at a computer shop in Guangzhou, China, died after he put a new battery in his phone.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Obsessable
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft launches new product for first time via Webcast  —  In front of a Web audience of 11,000 and a couple of dozen employees seated in a small Redmond TV studio, Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop launched the latest version of the company's communications offering for businesses Tuesday morning.
 
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Guardian:
Mobile phone sales fall as users put handsets on hold
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Nintendo shoots down Duck Hunt iPhone app, but alternatives still fly
Discussion: VentureBeat
Royal Pingdom:
Dawn of the Twitter Effect
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and SitePoint
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Electronic Arts Cuts 1,100 Jobs; Delays Sims 3; Trims FY '09 Outlook …
Dell-Bob P / Direct2Dell:
Twerrific News—New Dell Deals Exclusive to Twitter
Discussion: WebProNews, Webware.com and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Metro.co.uk:
Rush for new .tel web addresses
Thanks:dorfie
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Doodle 4 Google — tell us what you wish for the world
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple sued four times in two weeks over iPhone 3G speeds
Discussion: iLounge, Macsimum News and Edible Apple
Iiwaszkiewicz / Veoh Blog:
Veoh Comes To Your iPhone!