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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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Asks Time Warner for a $250 Million AOL Refund-Or Something Else?  —  Here's another eye-poke delivered to Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes (pictured) from Google CEO Eric Schmidt: The search company has asked the media giant to refund the money it invested in AOL three years ago.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Demands Time Warner Buy Back AOL Stake (GOOG)
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Search Pad: Making Online Research Easier  —  If you've ever used a search engine as a tool to help plan a vacation, research a purchase, or find health information on an illness, you know how difficult it is to keep track of the relevant websites and notes you find.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Starting To Roll Out “Search Pad” Feature  —  Formerly known as “Research Assistant” Yahoo is starting to introduce (to selected users) what it's now calling “Search Pad,” an application that automatically collects sites and content as users conduct online research.
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 …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
AT&T Eyes Verizon Wireless Assets  —  On one hand, AT&T is fighting paying its employees more.  On the other, its hoping to snag up assets that Verizon Wireless must divest as part of its merger agreement with Alltel Wireless.  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that AT&T is likely …
Discussion: Gearlog
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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.
Rafael / Within Windows:
Windows 7 auto-elevation mistake lets malware elevate freely, easily  —  As you probably know by now, Windows 7 introduces some new in-between modes for User Account Control (UAC).  By default, Windows 7 (beta thus far) ships with UAC configured at the “Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer.” level.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's worst nightmare: Windows 7 deemed less secure than Vista
Discussion: Gizmodo
comScore:
U.S. Online Video Viewing Surges 13 Percent in Record-Setting December  —  Americans View 14.3 Billion Videos during the Month as YouTube Paces Growth  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released December 2008 data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google & The Big Ideas  —  Sometimes, a tweet is just a tweet.  Occasionally it is just a start of a healthy debate!  —  Earlier today, when I read about Google launching a mobile version of Tasks, I was amazed by the attention being focused on what is essentially a to-do list web site.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
The ‘Twitter Effect’: Possibilities and limits  —  Is there a “Twitter Effect,” by which the rapid spread of information through the microblogging service can crush a Web site with traffic?  As I see it, the answer is yes, but it's not as simple as it might appear at first blush.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Did AOL Just Write Down Its Bebo Acquisition?  —  As part of Time Warner's $24 billion writedown of goodwill that it detailed in this morning's fourth quarter earnings announcement, AOL accounted for $2.2 billion.  That charge swung the business from a $2. billion operating profit last year …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Business Wire:
Time Warner Cable Reports 2008 Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter Results
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Christians Bailing on GoDaddy Due to ‘Immoral’ Advertising  —  GoDaddy's famously risque Super Bowl ads always pull lots of eyeballs, but the company's latest spots may have resulted in a little too much attention of the wrong kind.  —  Entrepreneur Brian Harrell, who manages hosting services …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook at 5: Remembering the Early Years, and Measuring Up Against Google  —  Happy Birthday, Facebook!  You're 5 years old today, and that's pretty cool.  But the party you're throwing yourself?  Not much fun.  —  How about this instead: Some brief reminiscing, via …
Research in Motion:
RIM Parties Reach Settlement Agreement with OSC Staff  —  Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion Limited ("RIM") (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) disclosed today that RIM and certain of its officers and directors have reached a settlement agreement with the Staff of the Ontario Securities Commission (the …
Discussion: New York Times, CNET News and BetaNews
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Agence France Presse:
RIM reaches settlement on options backdating
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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.
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Pandora Sees iPhone Gold in the Palm Pre  —  Pandora founder Tim Westergren thinks being broad isn't necessarily the best strategy for development in the smartphone industry and that betting on a single (what he calls a “hero") platform could be the way to go.  Hint: it's not a Blackberry or Google's Android.
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: Technologizer and TheAppleBlog
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Sons of migrant farmworkers co-found promising Silicon Valley tech startup  —  His parents were migrant farmworkers who worked the harvests of California and Washington state before wintering in their small hometown in rural Mexico.  Bismarck Lepe, now 29, remembers how at age 5 he helped out in the strawberry fields.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Maps Out its Tracker Connections  —  In the past few weeks The Pirate Bay has been struggling with an increase in visitors, and a corresponding load on their servers.  Luckily, with a recent upgrade of the site's tracker servers, there is some room to breathe again.
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth Imagery Release, January 2009  —  The engine has been churning for a few months and we've finally pumped out another imagery release - a massive 37TB of data [100TB worth of data ](initial calculations have been corrected, but seriously who cares?  The coverage is expansive, regardless).
Discussion: WebProNews and LiveSide
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The great iPod migration  —  How will Apple (AAPL) persuade 100 million iPod users to trade up to an iPhone?  That's the problem Bernstein Research's Toni Sacconaghi tackles in a report to clients Wednesday.  —  His answer: Make an iPhone that comes without a data plan — currently $30 a month in the United States.
Derek Gottfrid / Open:
Announcing the Article Search API  —  Finally!  We are pleased to announce the initial release of the New York Times Article Search API.  Articles are the basic building blocks of The New York Times.  As a child, I was often reprimanded for (among other things) not sharing my blocks — well, today, I am happy to share.
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Staska / Unwired View:
T-Mobile Samsung Memoir detailed specifications and press pic  —  Samsung leak week continues.  —  It seems that information about no less than 10 new unannounced Samsung handsets has leaked out to the web this week.  —  Well, today we've got a tip of our own with additional info …
Discussion: Mobile Roar, TmoNews and SlashGear
Ryan Kairer / PalmInfocenter:
Donna Dubinsky Resigning from Palm's Board  —  Donna Dubinsky, former Palm CEO and one of the original founders, is planning to resign from her seat on Palm's board of directors.  Elevations recent additional $100 million equity deal also included the right for the investment group to appoint …
Discussion: Digital Daily and FierceWireless
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 …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Report: Most Spam Sites Tied to Just 10 Registrars  —  Nearly 83 percent of all Web sites advertised through spam can be traced back to just 10 domain name registrars, according to a study to be released this week.  —  The data come from millions of junk messages collected over the past year by Knujon …
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Electronic Arts: We're Focusing On The Wii (ERTS)  —  Electronic Arts' (ERTS) earnings yesterday disappointed again: The company posted earnings of only 56 cents a share against an analyst consensus estimate of $0.88 EPS.  —  So what's the plan to recover?  For one, cut expenses, to the tune of 12 studio closings and 1100 layoffs.
 
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