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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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft: Once Again, We're Not Making a Smartphone
PC World:
Intel Now Shipping Atom N280 Processor  —  Intel confirmed on Thursday that it's shipping the Atom N280 processor to PC makers, which should bring more performance and improved graphics capabilities to netbooks.  —  The new single-core Atom processor is paired with a chipset that allows users …
Discussion: CNET News and Liliputing
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
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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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
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!
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Earthlink on AOL Dialup Acquisition: We Wanted To Buy, But Too Late Now; Other Bigger Options  —  Earthlink (NSDQ: ELNK) announced its Q4 earnings yesterday and the numbers as with others were mixed: it had a profit of $27.3 million compared with a loss of $9.5 million in the year ago quarter …
Christian Science Monitor:
Record labels eye mobile music games  —  Three neon bars, a cascade of fast-moving dots, and a bumptious pop soundtrack, piped through an undersized speaker or a pair of headphones.  That's the spare formula behind Tap Tap Revenge, a video game for the iPhone and iPod touch …
Discussion: Music Ally and mocoNews.net
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 …
blogs.journalism.co.uk:
Accidental Tweet announces senior BBC appointments (but are now official)  —  Alfred Hermida was a little surprised to spot this last night: a Tweet from the head of the BBC newsroom, Peter Horrocks, to the director of global news, Richard Sambrook about some new appointments at the BBC.
Discussion: Guardian and paidContent
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: eWeek
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.
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
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.
 
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Nigel Kendall / Times of London:
Over 30,000 people fall for ComputerTan hoax
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Canadian government eyes open source, asks for feedback
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