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4:05 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
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com and Gizmodo
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.
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 …
Discussion: I4U News
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Vanessa / Nine By Blue:
GoDaddy Superbowl Ad: Sex Still Sells (and Influences Searches)
Discussion: Arizona Republic
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 …
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Peter Burrows / Tech Beat:
Cisco To Restructure Up To 3,000 Employees Out Of Jobs. …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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!
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Norway drops complaint against Apple's iTunes  —  OSLO (AFP) - Norway's consumer watchdog said Wednesday it had dropped a complaint against Apple's iTunes after the company said songs sold via its music service would be compatible with all MP3 players, not just the iPod.
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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.
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.
Discussion: TechFlash
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.
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: NewTeeVee, AppScout and GPS Obsessed
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Recession, choosy gamers lead to price drops on games
Discussion: Joystiq and GamePolitics News
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 and NewTeeVee, 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
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 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: ProgrammableWeb, VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Pandora Sees iPhone Gold in the Palm Pre