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7:55 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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Is Wonderwall Gonna Be the One That Saves MSN?  —  In an interesting and innovative move compared to what has typically been less-than-hip online programming over the years, Microsoft's MSN service is debuting a slick new celebrity site called Wonderwall today-created, designed and produced …
Chris Duckett / ZDNET.com.au:
MySQL founder joins Sun exodus  —  Monty Widenius, the original author of the MySQL database server, has resigned from Sun Microsystems after months of protracted discussions about his career.  —  In a blog post, Widenius cited the botched release of MySQL 5.1 as the motivation for him to offer …
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Monty says:
Time to move on  —  I have now departed from Sun and joined my own company, Monty Program Ab.  —  There were a lot of rumors around me resigning in August/September last year.  I didn't back then want to comment on the rumors, because I was still trying to work something out with Sun.
Discussion: The Register and The Open Road
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Letting Google Take Your Pulse  —  Search giant rolls out service allowing Web surfers to remotely monitor medical devices.  —  Google is the Web's king of data collection, aggregating details from users' search queries, e-mail, even phones and photos.  Now, thanks to a partnership with IBM …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Commercial Twitter spamming tool hits the market  —  Last week, a commercial Twitter spamming tool (tweettornado.com) pitching itself as a “fully automated advertising software for Twitter” hit the market, potentially empowering phishers, spammers, malware authors and everyone in between …
Mike Anderiesz / Guardian:
‘We simply have to suffer,’ says Sony Europe's gaming chief  —  For a man whose employer has just recorded its worst Christmas in years, David Reeves seems surprisingly calm.  Indeed, speaking last Thursday, the day Sony announced third-quarter losses of Y18bn (£141m) …
Discussion: PC World, VG247, Kotaku and Edge Online
New York Times:
Digital Pirates Winning Battle With Studios  —  On the day last July when “The Dark Knight” arrived in theaters, Warner Brothers was ready with an ambitious antipiracy campaign that involved months of planning and steps to monitor each physical copy of the film.  —  The campaign failed miserably.
Discussion: Copyrights & Campaigns, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Wozniak Accepts Post at a Storage 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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Netflix movie downloads are a success on Xbox 360  —  Microsoft said today that more than a million Xbox 360 users have downloaded the Netflix application via Xbox Live since the alliance was launched in November.  —  In less than three months, Xbox Live gold members (who pay $50 a year) …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Android: One Multitasking Operating System  —  Former Apple designer Mark Hamblin is tinkering with Google and partners' Android so it can work in a slew of gadgets other than wireless phones  —  When Google (GOOG) and its partners first unveiled plans for the Android operating system …
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mobile Restaurant Ordering (Finally) Hits The App Store  —  In the last week, a pair of new iPhone applications have appeared on the App Store that put the menus of hundreds of restaurants at users' fingertips.  Dubbed GrubHub and CityMint, both applications allow users to order food …
Hipstomp / Core77:
Mozilla Phone developer seeks your input  —  Designer/editor Billy May has been working with Mozilla Labs on developing “a conceptual ‘Mozilla Phone,’” he writes.  “I thought it would be interesting to work this project out in the open and thought your readers might like to contribute to the development blog linked here.”
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: VentureBeat, Digits and eWeek
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Turns 5  —  Today is the fifth anniversary of the launch of Facebook, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at the website's impact upon the social networking category.  Overall, Facebook was the #5 ranked website by total market share of visits in January 2009.
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
Philg / Philip Greenspun's Weblog:
Government destroys jobs by delaying Digital TV transition  —  Congress completed its attack on the U.S. economy today by voting (in the House) to delay the shutdown of analog TV broadcasting.  If you were hoping to get a job building, installing, or maintaining new services that used the freed-up spectrum, hope no longer.
Agence France Presse:
Threats to media freedom worry Thai Internet community  —  BANGKOK (AFP) — Frustrated with what she saw as corporate influence and political bias in Thailand's print media, Chiranuch Premchaiporn helped launch a news website in 2004 to try and filter out the spin.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Video Chats Overcome Clunkiness  —  When AT&T demonstrated its video telephone at the 1964 World's Fair, everyone — including AT&T — pretty much figured that it would be the future.  People wouldn't just hear each other over the phone — they would see each other, too.
Discussion: Skype Journal
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Industry React: Coleman Fits AOL's Content Shift; But Instability At The Top Remains A Worry  —  For the most part, in conversations I've had with executives at the AlwaysOn NYC media conference this week, incoming Platform-A president Greg Coleman got high marks for “strategic thinking” …
Discussion: Contentinople
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Posterous' dead simple blogging adds dead simple bookmarklet  —  Posterous, the San Francisco startup that wants to simplify blogging, is making it even easier to share cool stuff you find online with its new bookmarklet.  —  Co-founder Garry Tan describes the bookmarklet as …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Latitude, Google Fires Another Shot at Mobile Operators  —  Earlier today, Google unveiled Latitude, a nifty little application for your smartphone (as long as it's not an iPhone) that lets your friends locate you, and you them, on a map.  It reminds me of that great Boost Mobile commercial …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile makes the Samsung Memoir official  —  T-Mobile has announced that they are going to be carrying the Samsung Memoir this month.  We could never have guessed... A pretty little thing, the Memoir's main selling points are is its 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, 16x digital zoom and Xenon flash.
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.
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 …
Vanessa / Nine By Blue:
GoDaddy Superbowl Ad: Sex Still Sells (and Influences Searches)  —  When I saw the GoDaddy Superbowl ads I thought, Oh GoDaddy.  There you go again.  It was so typical and expected of them, I couldn't even bring myself to be offended.  But I did wonder, was it really working?
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: Beet.TV, CNET News and GigaOM
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.
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Recession, choosy gamers lead to price drops on games
Discussion: Joystiq and GamePolitics News
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
ABOUT THE BLUE MONSTER TATTOO GUY LOSING HIS JOB AT MICROSOFT...
Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
No Data Plan iPhone Is iPod Touch
Lincoln Spector / Industry Standard:
Intel employee warns on Windows 7 netbook pricing, SSD drives
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Sarah Lacy:
UGC: Just a Loss Leader in the End?
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee, Thanks:jspepper
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Is Google's Eric Schmidt the next David Geffen?