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1:25 AM ET, February 5, 2009

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows Mobile: What's coming when  —  Much was made of this week's slip-up by Motorola's CEO that Windows Mobile 7 is due in 2010 (something that's actually been expected for a few months now).  —  I've been curious about how Microsoft plans to try to catch up with its mobile-phone competitors given …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft shifts execs to Windows Mobile, gears up for ... something  —  Here's another sign of something big — or at least something new — brewing behind the scenes in Microsoft's Windows Mobile division.  —  Confirming a tip we received, the company acknowledged this afternoon …
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com and Gizmodo
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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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Wozniak Accepts Post at a Storage Systems Start-Up  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, could ignore the call of the motherboard no longer.  He is going back to work — this time at Fusion-io, a start-up company that tweaks computers to let them tap vast amounts of storage at very quick rates.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
HP releases netbook interface for Ubuntu  —  Hewlett Packard has released a custom version of Ubuntu Linux designed for netbooks.  For the HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition, to be exact.  Under the hood, the operating system is based on Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron.  That means it can run pretty …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Congress Changes DTV ‘Hard’ Date to June 12  —  Bill also allows households with expired coupons to reapply  —  After heated debate by legislators Wednesday and a year and a half of broadcasters, cable operators and the government drilling the Feb. 17 ‘hard’ date into the hearts and minds of viewers …
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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
House votes to delay digital TV transition to June 12
Discussion: Computerworld and Tech Beat
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 …
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Vanessa / Nine By Blue:   GoDaddy Superbowl Ad: Sex Still Sells (and Influences Searches)
Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
No Data Plan iPhone Is iPod Touch  —  BernsteinResearch analyst Toni Sacconaghi gets overly hung up a data-plan free iPhone in the new report.  Toni writes: … I can beat that prediction.  Apple already released a data-plan free iPhone, in 2007.  Maybe you've heard of it?  The iPod Touch.
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Peter Burrows / Tech Beat:   Cisco To Restructure Up To 3,000 Employees Out Of Jobs. …
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 …
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Microsoft Has PMS  —  Program Manager Syndrome, that is.  —  A few days ago I called for Microsoft to slash not 5,000 jobs but 50,000 to make the company lean and focused once more.  Readers responded by asking which 50,000 Microsoft heads I'd like to see cut off?  Wow, what a great question!
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bill Gates Unleashes Mosquitoes On Rich TED Conference Crowd  —  Bill Gates seems to be enjoying his semi-retirement.  —  At the TED technology conference in California, Microsoft's (MSFT) Chairman just let a bunch of live mosquitoes go into the audience.  —  From Twitter, we gather …
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
Google's Cloud: 8 Key Questions  —  The GDrive and cloud computing sound great, but let's get some practical considerations out of the way first.  —  Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and virtually every other technology company are racing up to the sky and into the clouds.
Discussion: GigaOM and Beet.TV
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:   David Kralik: Why feds should embrace the cloud
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.
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 …
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
ABOUT THE BLUE MONSTER TATTOO GUY LOSING HIS JOB AT MICROSOFT...  A few people have pinged me about this story over the last couple of days, so I guess a blog post was in order.  —  A couple of years ago, I drew the Microsoft Blue Monster cartoon.  It started taking on a life of its own inside Microsoft.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel at chip conference: More wireless, less GHz  —  At the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, Intel will present 15 papers, with a renewed emphasis on getting all the core electronics of a device into one silicon package—and less focus on gigahertz.
Discussion: Digits, eWeek and VentureBeat
Juicycampus / Official JuicyCampus Blog:
A Juicy Shutdown  —  What a wild ride this has been!  In the past year and a half, JuicyCampus has become synonymous with college gossip, and is more popular than I could have ever expected.  We've expanded to more than 500 campuses across the US, and have more than a million unique visitors coming to the site every month.
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: AppScout and GPS Obsessed
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
AP alleges copyright infringement of Obama image  —  NEW YORK (AP) — On buttons, posters and Web sites, the image was everywhere during last year's presidential campaign: A pensive Barack Obama looking upward, as if to the future, splashed in a Warholesque red, white and blue and underlined with the caption HOPE.
Lincoln Spector / Industry Standard:
Intel employee warns on Windows 7 netbook pricing, SSD drives  —  Intel blogger Josh Bancroft thinks Windows 7 “runs GREAT on netbooks,” but he foresees several serious problems with pricing and storage, according to a blog entry posted on an Intel website yesterday.
Thanks:ilamont
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Lenovo Chief Executive Amelio Resigns After First Loss in Almost 3 Years  —  Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) — Lenovo Group Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Bill Amelio resigned after the world's fourth-largest maker of personal computers posted its first quarterly loss in almost three years.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Introducing the White Spaces Database Group  —  Since November's big vote at the FCC, some have begun asking when we'll start seeing consumer mobile devices take advantage of TV white spaces spectrum.  —  As the Commission made clear in its ruling, a working white spaces database must …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Truce: Google and Microsoft join forces for an open white space spectrum
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 …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple says 17-inch MacBook Pros will see further delays  —  Apple said Wednesday that it's facing unexpected delays related to its new unibody 17-inch MacBook Pros and won't be capable of shipping orders for at least another two weeks.  —  “Wrapping up the new 17-inch MacBook Pro is taking …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Fake parking tickets direct to malicious Web site  —  In a scary online-offline Internet scam, hybrid cars in North Dakota have been tagged with fake parking citations that include a Web address hosting malicious software that drops a Trojan onto the computer.
 
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obama's Commerce Secretary Pick Loves The H-1B Program (Video)
Thanks:atul
Sarah Lacy:
UGC: Just a Loss Leader in the End?
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:jspepper
Jack Loechner / MediaPost:
Job Search Online Fastest Growing Category
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Turns 5  —  Today is the fifth anniversary of the launch …
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
App makes time lapse photography easy for iPhone
Discussion: Digital Urban and 9 to 5 Mac
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Is Google's Eric Schmidt the next David Geffen?
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Report: Most Spam Sites Tied to Just 10 Registrars
Discussion: Domain Name News
Derek Gottfrid / Open:
Announcing the Article Search API
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Pandora Sees iPhone Gold in the Palm Pre
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Sons of migrant farmworkers co-found promising Silicon Valley tech startup
Thanks:wesmax27
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
The ‘Twitter Effect’: Possibilities and limits
Rafael / Within Windows:
Windows 7 auto-elevation mistake lets malware elevate freely, easily