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7:05 AM ET, February 6, 2009

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Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Multiple Inboxes  —  I'm seriously into filters and labels.  All the email I get related to Flash goes under my “flash” label, everything about paragliding goes under “flying,” and they all skip my inbox because that's how I like to stay organized.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Gmail Adds Support For Multi-Pane Viewing  —  A new feature in Gmail Labs just launched, giving users the ability to simultaneously view multiple panes in Gmail without having to open another browser window.  For users that frequently label their messages and have saved searches …
Discussion: /Message
Google Book Search Blog:
1.5 million books in your pocket  —  Posted by Viresh Ratnakar, Guillaume Poncin, Brandon Badger, and Frances Haugen, Book Search Mobile Team  —  One of the great things about an iPhone or Android phone is being able to play Pacman while stuck in line at the post office.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google Book Search: Seriously, iPhones are eBook readers  —  Like reading on your mobile phone?  Well, Google just added 1.5 million books to your library, with the launch of a new mobile site that optimizes the text of Book Search's public-domain (i.e., non-copyrighted) works for reading on your iPhone or Android device.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and TUAW
Engineering Windows 7:
UAC Feedback and Follow-Up  —  When we started the “E7” blog we were both excited and also a bit uneasy.  The excitement is obvious.  The unease is because at some point we knew we would mess up.  We weren't sure if we would mess up because we were blogging about a poorly designed feature …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Microsoft Bows to Critics, Will Change Windows 7 UAC  —  Yesterday I wrote about the Windows 7 dust-up that involved a couple of security bloggers' concern that malware could silently turn User Account Control off, and Microsoft's seeming unwillingness to talk much about the issue other than to say it wasn't really a problem.
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Isaacson's pitch for micropayments  —  Today Walter Isaacson, the venerable former editor of Time and current boss of the Aspen Institute, unleashes a multipronged offensive on behalf of the idea of micropayments for news.  In a lecture delivered yesterday and also in a Time magazine essay …
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Mike Schroepfer / Facebook Developers:
Next Steps in Openness  —  Enabling social information to flow through the Web is one of the core goals of Facebook.  In the two months since Facebook Connect became generally available, over 4,000 sites and desktop applications have gone live with the service.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
5 Reasons Why Facebook + OpenID is Good News
Discussion: Mashable!
Jason Wilk / tinyComb:
Apple Store Bans Facebook For Life  — In an effort to thwart off time-theft and loiterers, Apple has decided to add Facebook to the list of banned websites at retail locations nationwide.  When I asked some of the genius' today whether or not anyone noticed the change …
Discussion: All Facebook and Edible Apple
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia-based Microsoft smartphone coming?  —  Nvidia's Tegra chip will be used in an upcoming Microsoft smartphone, according to an analyst at Broadpoint AmTech.  —  The San Francisco-based research firm also is speculating that Apple will eventually use the Nvidia ARM-based chip in a future iPhone.
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Ed Kohler / The Deets:
How Village Voice Media Uses Digg to Game Their Traffic Numbers  —  This is the story about a girl that's actually a dude who's brought in 3.8 - 19.4 million visitors* to Village Voice Media websites by gaming Digg.  —  Village Voice Media appears to be running an organized reciprocal Digg …
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog and Romenesko
Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
Bigger than TV, bigger than the internet: Understand mobile of 4 billion users  —  We do an annual look into the size of the mobile industry here at the Communities Dominate blog.  So its time to review the growth of mobile and report on the technology that has 4 Billion subscribers.
Discussion: MobHappy, Thanks:mask
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is The Worst Behind Us?  Online Ad Revenues Pick Up In The Fourth Quarter.  —  With Time Warner reporting earnings yesterday, we now have online advertising numbers for the fourth quarter from the four largest players: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL.  Tallying up their online advertising …
Therese Poletti / MarketWatch:
Silicon Valley has a few rare bright spots  —  Commentary: No breadlines yet, but many compete for fewer jobs  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Jobs are disappearing across the United States at a horrifying pace.  —  It's frightening to tally up the numbers, especially when you consider …
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Bloomberg:
Baidu's China Lead Over Google Takes a Hit After Web Search Controversy  —  Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) — Chen Chen was so disappointed when he learned that Baidu Inc.'s Web site led some patients to seek unlicensed medical care, he started making Web queries through Google Inc. instead.
Claire Suddath / Time:
25 Things I Didn't Want to Know About You  —  A girl I knew in high school has memorized all of Janet Jackson's dance routines.  A college acquaintance is afraid of train whistles.  Five separate people harbor lifelong desires to visit New Zealand.  How do I know these things?
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Last.fm fears for online radio future  —  Britain's complicated music royalty system is killing online innovation, according to one of the founders of internet radio service Last.fm.  —  Martin Stiksel, who helped oversee the $280m acquisition of the London-based music recommendation site …
Discussion: Mashable!
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple planning connected television, Apple TV with DVR - report  —  Although Apple has publicly denied interest in such markets, investment bank Piper Jaffray said Thursday it expects the company to introduce a networked television in the next two years and update its Apple TV set-top-box with DVR capabilities by year's end.
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
Singularity University: Hope or hype? … Speeds and feeds  —  Singularity University: Hope or hype?  —  Posted by Peter Glaskowsky  —  Post a comment  —  The “Singularity” is that postulated point in time when technological progress, led by machine intelligences designing …
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Publisher Promising “Visitors” Owes “Visitors,” Not “Unique Visitors”—WebMD v. RDA  —  WebMD, LLC v. RDA Intern., Inc., 2009 WL 175036 (N.Y. Sup.  Ct.  Jan. 6, 2009)  —  It's been a while since I've blogged about a lawsuit between an Internet publisher and advertiser, so you may enjoy this one.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
No Escape From Work: Present.ly Releases AIR and Mobile Applications  —  Enterprise microblogging service Present.ly, which faces off squarely against TechCrunch50 winner Yammer, has made strides to match the accessibility of its competitor by releasing several applications for the desktop and mobile devices.
Martin Anderson / denofgeek.com:
Geek tech: Why your pop-up blocker doesn't work as well as it used to  —  It's a 1990s revival, as the intrusive world of pop-up ads fights its way back through your defences...  You may have noticed that a lot of sites are managing to launch pop-up windows that can penetrate any standard blocker built …
Discussion: Slashdot
David Pogue / New York Times:
So Many iPhone Apps, So Little Time  —  Who was it who wrote, in March 2008, just after Apple announced its intention to create an online app store for the iPhone, “You're witnessing the birth of a third major computer platform: Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone”?  —  Oh, right—that was me.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Misses, Rupe: Recession Worse Than We Thought (NWS)  —  News Corp. just turned in an ugly earnings report, with $6.4 billion in Q2 losses due to an $8.4 billion writedown.  —  Uglier than that loss: Rupert Murdoch's forecast for 2009.  In the release he says …
Economist:
Keep it official  —  Independent blogging under threat  —  COMPARED with his cabinet colleagues, Karim Massimov, Kazakhstan's prime minister, is a digital whizz-kid.  When he took the job two years ago he already had his own website.  Last month he flaunted both his technical …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless BlackBerry BOGO sale, buy one get one free!  —  We just got a heads up that tomorrow, Verizon Wireless will start a BlackBerry BOGO sale.  What's BOGO mean?  Buy One Get One (free)!  Here's the breakdown on how this will work, when you'll be able to do it, and what's included …
Nigel Kendall / Times of London:
Over 30,000 people fall for ComputerTan hoax  —  New technology that promised workers a tan from their computers is really a skin cancer charity awareness campaign  —  A new technology that harnesses the rays of a computer screen to give office workers a tan while they type was today revealed …
Discussion: Switched
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon opens up payments platform to all developers  —  Amazon.com is making its Flexible Payments Service broadly available today.  The service, which had been in limited beta, lets third-party developers tap into Amazon's existing payment infrastructure — letting them charge customers using …
Channel 9:
The History of Microsoft - 1975  —  Thirty-four years ago, a nineteen year old kid and his twenty-two year old business partner sold their first program to a little computer company in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The program was called BASIC, and it was the start of this company we call Microsoft.
Discussion: TechFlash
 
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Virtual pleasures  —  Many young people prefer pleasure-seeking …
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Startup Climate  —  I posted about how I had taken a lot of meetings in January.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hackers Hit Anti-Pirates to Avenge Sub-Site Takedown
Discussion: digg.com
Revdancatt / code.flickr:
100,000,000 geotagged photos (plus)
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace Struggles In Korea, Shuts Down Regional Office
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Canadian government eyes open source, asks for feedback
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Privacy fears over Google tracker
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring intelligent universal battery technology
Discussion: The Register
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Larry Ellison Buys Another Company
Discussion: eWeek and InformationWeek