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11:00 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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
A Microsoft smartphone: No. A Microsoft phone chassis: Yes  —  Microsoft is not going to introduce a Microsoft-branded phone at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona later this month.  Not a Microsoft-branded Zune phone.  Not any kind of Microsoft-branded phone.  Period.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Microsoft's SkyBox site live, branded My Phone?  —  It appears that Microsoft may have its SkyBox beta sign-up site up and running in preparation for a Mobile World Congress unveiling — except that it's not called SkyBox, it's called “My Phone” (even though the domain is getskybox.com — go figure).
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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Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Google Makes iPhone the New eBook Reader: Watch Out Kindle  —  Waiting for the new Amazon Kindle e-book reader is no fun.  But if you already have an iPhone or a T-Mobile G1 in your pocket, over 1.5 million books are now at your fingertips.  The Google Book Search project …
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Walter Isaacson / Time:
How to Save Your Newspaper  —  During the past few months, the crisis in journalism has reached meltdown proportions.  It is now possible to contemplate a time when some major cities will no longer have a newspaper and when magazines and network-news operations will employ no more than a handful of reporters.
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
ESPN to ISPs: Pay for Your Customers to Play Video  —  For some sports fans, ESPN360, the online version of ESPN's television channel, is a cornucopia of more than 3,500 sporting events each year, viewable from the convenience of a computer.  For others, it's a total bust.  The only difference: their ISP.
Discussion: bit-tech.net and Slashdot
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 …
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 …
Judd Legum / Legum's New Line:
Maryland General Assembly Bans Facebook  —  The New Line has learned that the Maryland General Assembly, citing security concerns, has blocked Facebook and MySpace from the computers of state legislators and their staffs.  —  Here is the full text of the memo from Office …
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:juddleg
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: The Equity Kicker and Mashable!
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
IMO.IM Is The Best IM Web Service You've Never Heard Of  —  With all the talk about Meebo adding support for Facebook chat yesterday, I took notice of a message in our tips inbox today about another instant messaging aggregator service that I'd never heard of before adding support for Skype chat.
Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
TED: MIT Students Turn Internet Into a Sixth Human Sense — Video  —  LONG BEACH, California — Students at the MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen.  The wearer can summon virtual gadgets and internet data at will …
Discussion: SlashGear
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Verisign's Naming Business Health Checkup: Online Ad Network Weakness Hurting Us  —  For another sign of the times, have a closer look at Verisign's Internet naming business and its health during Q408: in its earnings announcement call yesterday.  Some numbers on new name registrations in .com and .net …
Reuters:
Three executives leave Salesforce.com  —  * Salesforce.com President Steve Cakebread resigns  —  * Company lays off 2 executive vice presidents - sources (Recasts to include president's departure, background, )  —  Three senior executives left business software maker Salesforce.com Inc …
internetnews.com:
Study: IT Woes as Mobile Edges Out Desk Phones  —  Workers are picking ever-more-powerful smartphones over desktop phones.  But businesses may face unexpected worries as a result.  —  With sales of smartphones on a tear, it might not come as a surprise that enterprise workers are forgo …
Brian Livingston / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Watch a live video, share your PC with CNN  —  Many people who watched live streaming video of the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama on Jan. 20 may not realize that their PC was used to send the video to other PCs, too.  —  Clicking “yes” to a CNN.com dialog box installed a peer-to-peer …
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 …
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
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Roku's Amazon VOD in Beta.  YouTube Next?  —  We knew Amazon Video on Demand was headed to Roku's media streamer ($99) early this year.  And now, via their forums, we have word that the service has entered private beta.  I had hoped Amazon VOD functionality was hidden within the recent 1.5 software update …
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and Engadget HD
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Open source dilemma in the UK?  —  Today's big tech news in the UK is a self-serving prognostication that once again states “open source is less secure” than proprietary software.  —  This comes from a US company called Fortify whose business it is to search for code flaws.
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Source: ‘Significant’ layoffs at MPAA
Discussion: TechSpot
Marcia / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court Orders County to Release Geographic Mapping Data
Christian Science Monitor:
Record labels eye mobile music games
Discussion: Music Ally and mocoNews.net
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is The Worst Behind Us?  Online Ad Revenues Pick Up In The Fourth Quarter.
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
Singularity University: Hope or hype?
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
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Economist:
Virtual pleasures  —  Many young people prefer pleasure-seeking …
Channel 9:
The History of Microsoft - 1975  —  Thirty-four years ago …
Discussion: TechFlash
Bloomberg:
Baidu's China Lead Over Google Takes a Hit After Web Search Controversy
Therese Poletti / MarketWatch:
Silicon Valley has a few rare bright spots
Thanks:atul
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
No Escape From Work: Present.ly Releases AIR and Mobile Applications
Discussion: eWeek
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hackers Hit Anti-Pirates to Avenge Sub-Site Takedown
Discussion: digg.com
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Last.fm fears for online radio future
Discussion: Mashable!
Ed Kohler / The Deets:
How Village Voice Media Uses Digg to Game Their Traffic Numbers