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iPod Observer:
New 16GB iPhone 3G May Be On the Way  —  Apple may be preparing to roll out an updated version of its 16GB iPhone 3G.  An image showing a new case back seems to back up rumors that an iPhone update is on the way thanks to its model number, A1303, which previously hasn't appeared on any iPhone model.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Leaked Photos of Next Generation iPhone?  —  Images claiming to depict the back cover of an upcoming iPhone have started circulating on the internet. iPodObserver first posted a version of the above photo that allegedly depicts an unreleased 16GB iPhone with the model number A1303.
Thai Tran / YouTube Blog:
YouTube Goes Offline  —  We are always looking for ways to make it easier for you to find, watch, and share videos.  Many of you have told us that you wanted to take your favorite videos offline.  So we've started working with a few partners who want their videos shared universally and even enjoyed away from an Internet connection.
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The Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Program Rev. 2.1  —  The Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Program  —  Microsoft issued a draft of the Windows 7 Technical Guarantee Program to their OEM partners on December 10, giving them exactly one month to provide their feedback before Microsoft finalizes the program details.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Sources: Windows 7 moving toward 2009 release
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Upgrading to Windows 7: what XP and Vista users need to know
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Vulnerability So Dangerous, Owners Warned Not to Use Phone's Web Browser: Updated  —  Over the weekend at the Schmoocon hacker conference in Washington D.C., security researcher Charlie Miller presented a new vulnerability in Google's mobile OS Android which allows hackers to remotely …
Susan Wojcicki / Traditional Media:
Google Exits Radio but Will Explore Online Streaming Audio  —  Labels: Announcements, Google Audio Ads  —  At Google we've never shied away from high-risk, high-reward projects.  We believe that making big bets is not only in the best interests of our users and partners, but also important for our long term success.
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Up to 40 to lose jobs as Google scraps radio ads
Discussion: eWeek
Microsoft:
Microsoft Appoints David Porter as Corporate Vice President of Retail Stores  —  Twenty-seven-year retail veteran will focus on transforming the PC and device-buying experience for retail consumers and developing and rolling out new Microsoft-branded stores.
Pew Internet:
Twitter and status updating  —  In the past three years, developments in social networking and internet applications have begun providing internet users with more opportunities for sharing short updates about themselves, their lives, and their whereabouts online.
Discussion: confused of calcutta, Thanks:atul
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Unite On “Canonical Tag” To Reduce Duplicate Content Clutter  —  The web is full of duplicate content.  Search engines try to index and display the original or “canonical” version.  Searchers only want to see one version in results.
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Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Specify your canonical  —  Carpe diem on any duplicate content worries …
Discussion: AdMoolah and Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Apple Plans Major Store Space Reorganization  —  On the heels of an iPhone/iPod display table make-over, Apple plans to entirely reorganize and refocus space within the stores to emphasize customer education, and software over hardware.  The change would be the third major interior design for the stores …
Opera Press Room:
Opera unveils turbo-charged browsing at Mobile World Congress 2009  —  Just when you thought browsing couldn't get any faster, Opera unveils its latest innovation for better browsing, Opera Turbo.  This all-new, turbo-charged way to surf will make its exclusive appearance at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 16-19, 2009.
Discussion: eWeek, wmpoweruser.com and Unwired View, Thanks:amanfirdaus
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Cade Metz / The Register:   Opera mystery code promises ‘game changing’ browser speed
Wall Street Journal:
More Tech Start-Ups Call It Quits  —  As Funding Dries Up, Fledgling Silicon Valley Firms Are Shutting Down; Fears of Chill on Innovation  —  The deepening recession is speeding up the shakeout in Silicon Valley, forcing droves of start-ups to shut down or sell themselves at fire-sale prices.
Arn / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Adds Minor Often Requested Tweaks: Put Back, Stack Folder Navigation  —  With the absence of major new user interface features in Snow Leopard, we're left discussing some rather minor (though frequently requested) tweaks found in the latest developer builds of Mac OS X 10.6.
Discussion: Ars Technica, jkOnTheRun and Neowin.net
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Don't Click!  No Really!  Don't Even Think About it!  —  Twitter is falling prey to a major security flaw right now.  The service is getting swamped with messages that say: “Don't Click” and a URL.  Apparently, this hack has been around for over two weeks, but it only really took off today.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Doomed: why Wikipedia will fail  —  A cyberlaw professor argues that Wikipedia is doomed.  The online encyclopedia will need to choose between being “high quality” and “open,” but both choices are fraught with risk.  —  Law professor Eric Goldman loves Wikipedia, but he's also convinced …
Discussion: p2pnet and Between the Lines
Dylan Casey / The Official Google Blog:
Happy trails with My Tracks for Android-powered phones  —  Today I'm pleased to announce the new My Tracks application for Android-powered phones such as the T-Mobile G1.  My Tracks records tracks of outdoor activities using the phone's built-in GPS.  It shows these tracks on a map …
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Samsung unveils Blue Earth solar powered phone … Samsung Electronics has unveiled a solar-powered full touchscreen phone called “Blue Earth”.  —  No eco launch is complete without earthy PR speak, so the Blue Eartch is apparently designed to “symbolise a flat and well rounded shiny pebble”.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Charter To File Chapter 11; Stock To Be Worthless  —  Charter Communications (CHTR) will file for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code by April 1 as part of a debt restructuring plan, the cable company announced.  Under terms of the deal, current Charter common shares will be worthless.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Looks Like Facebook Just Took The Top Spot Among Social Media Sites  —  This past December we reported on how Facebook was coming up on Blogger to steal its top spot among social media sites when measured by total unique visitors worldwide.  —  Now, it appears as though Facebook has finally done it.
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
January game console sales defy gravity  —  In January, Microsoft's U.S. Xbox 360 sales increased 34 percent and Nintendo saw sales of its market-leading Wii console jump 148 percent over the same month a year ago, according to NPD Group figures released this afternoon.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Associated Press
Nokia Beta Labs blog:
Contacts on Ovi beta database failed - my deepest and most sincere apologies  —  Written by: Kristian Luoma, Product Manager, Contacts on Ovi.  —  Hey,  —  Something bad happened yesterday.  A cooler broke down in the hosting center that we run the Chat service in.
GSMArena.com:
Two touchscreen Nokia phones leaked by Nokia, look promising  —  Two new hot-looking Nokia touchscreen phones saw daylight for the first time today.  Both unannounced devices make a brief appearance in a video featuring the Nokia N97 designer.  Judging by their looks they are both part …
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Midway Files for Bankruptcy  —  This is no surprise, seeing as the company was looking at $150 million in debt last December with just 50 days to pay it, but today Midway Games filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.  —  Chairman, President and CEO Matt Booty called the filing “a difficult but necessary decision …
Discussion: Digital Daily, midway.com and Reuters
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Lost Finds 1.4 Million Viewers On ABC.com  —  For the first time, Nielsen has released public rankings of individual TV shows watched on network web sites.  Lost was the big winner in December, pulling in more than 1.4 million viewers on ABC.com, followed by Saturday Night Live …
Discussion: SitePoint and VatorNews
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
No network management amendment in final stimulus package  —  Sources report that the final version of a broadband subsidy provision in the fiscal stimulus bill will not include “network management” language that would have opened the door to filtering of copyrighted content by ISPs.
Discussion: Obsessable and Doc Searls Weblog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Innovative iPhone Developer Smule Raises $3.9 Million  —  Smule is one of our favorite iPhone developers - besides putting together ridiculously addictive apps like Ocarina (iTunes Link), the team is also especially adept at tapping into the iPhone's network effect, even on something as basic as a virtual lighter.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Real Networks Has Weak Q4; Music, Games Are Bright Spots  —  Real Networks lowered its fourth quarter expectations about two weeks ago, so today's announcement that that company had a weak quarter was less of a jolt.  Total revenue dropped 3 percent to $152.6 million, and EBITDA fell to a loss of $14.5 million.
 
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Bloomberg:
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