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5:20 PM ET, February 12, 2009

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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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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Download and Buy Videos from YouTube  —  YouTube includes a new section for “My Videos”: a list of purchased videos.  A YouTube help page has more details about the new feature: … Videos are available to download in the MP4 format and some of them can be downloaded for free and they're …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, MacRumors and MacBlogz
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Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Apple Stores shifting focus to software in bid for switchers
Discussion: ifoAppleStore and Macsimum News
Latest Adrian's Rojak Pot Updates:
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
Discussion: Electronista
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Upgrading to Windows 7: what XP and Vista users need to know
Discussion: Lifehacker and InfoWorld
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Unite On “Canonical Tag” To Reduct 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.
Discussion: Yahoo! Search Blog
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Miguel Helft / Bits:   Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Collaborate to Clean Up Web
Google Webmaster Central Blog:   Specify your canonical  —  Carpe diem on any duplicate content worries …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Vulnerability So Dangerous, Owners Warned Not to Use Phone's Web Browser  —  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 …
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.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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
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: Between the Lines and p2pnet
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.
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.
Discussion: Microblink and Hack a Day, Thanks:fredericl
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Clay / Sunlight Labs:
What is this Don't Click business?
Discussion: CNET News
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: Zero Day and Neowin.net
China.org.cn:
China Unicom in talks with Apple over iPhone  —  China Unicom, one of China's big three telecoms carriers, has started negotiations with Apple Inc. over the launch of iPhone in China, China Business News reported Wednesday.  —  “Yes, we are in talks with Apple Inc.,” a manager told the newspaper.
Discussion: Ars Technica, iLounge and MacDailyNews
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:   New Chinese iPhone talks target May 17 — reports
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Skyfire integrates an activity stream with Twitter, Facebook and feed support  —  Skyfire, the mobile browser that touts itself as translating the desktop web browsing experience to mobile phones, has added a useful new feature today: Activity streams.  The browser now has a default area …
John Leyden / The Register:
MS puts up $250K bounty for Conficker author  —  Zombie masterminds wanted undead or alive  —  Microsoft is offering a $250,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the virus writers behind the infamous Conficker (Downadup) worm.
Benjamin Grol / Gmail Blog:
Four changes to Gmail contacts  —  Over the past few days we've made a lot of small changes to Gmail's contact manager which, combined, should make it easier to organize the contacts you want and get rid of some of the cruft.  Here's a quick summary:  —  1. Contact merge (and an important caveat about auto-complete)
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, Pulse2 and mocoNews.net
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.
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.
Thanks:atul
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.
Thanks:atul
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 …
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
Redpoint Tells Startups to Cut Staff Up to 10% Amid Lack of IPOs, Mergers  —  Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — Redpoint Ventures, the venture- capital firm that backed MySpace Inc., is tightening funding and telling its startups to cut their staffs by as much as 10 percent to cope with a drought of mergers and initial public offerings.
 
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
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New post-beta Windows 7 build leaks to Web
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Massive comment spam attack on Digg.com leads to malware
Discussion: Ars Technica and The Register
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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Skype Growing by 380,000 Users a Day
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