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3:05 PM 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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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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Technologizer and InformationWeek
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's worst nightmare: Windows 7 deemed less secure than Vista
Discussion: Gizmodo
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Second Windows 7 beta UAC security flaw: malware can silently …
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 …
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.
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.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Seeks Verizon Wireless Assets  —  In the bidding for the roughly $3 billion in wireless assets Verizon Wireless must divest as part of its purchase of Alltel Corp., one strong but controversial contender is emerging: AT&T Inc.  —  The Dallas-based telecommunications giant …
Business Wire:
Time Warner Cable Reports 2008 Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC - News) today reported financial results for its full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008.  —  Time Warner Cable President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Britt …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Did AOL Just Write Down Its Bebo Acquisition?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Beet.TV
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
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.
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 …
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 ~100TB worth of data!!!  Here's where you can see the latest and greatest including our first use (and a HUGE amount) …
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.
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 …
US Department of Justice:
Three Foreign Executives Indicted for Their Roles in LCD Price-Fixing Conspiracy  —  Two Executives from Taiwan and One Korean Executive Charged in Global Price-Fixing Scheme  —  WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned an indictment against two former executives …
Discussion: DailyTech and Reuters
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.
Discussion: Liliputing, CrunchGear and SlashGear
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
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 …
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
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.
Google:
Tech Industry Leaders Join to Develop Guidelines for White Spaces Database  —  Google, Microsoft, Motorola, others launch the White Spaces Database Group  —  WASHINGTON D.C. & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (February 4, 2009) - Seven leading technology companies today announced that they are working together …
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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Reuters:
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