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1:40 PM ET, January 23, 2010

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Extension For Chrome Adds Click To Call And Other Killer Features  —  I've just changed my default browser from Safari to Chrome.  The reason - the official Chrome Google Voice extension, which was updated on Friday.  If you're a Google Voice user (I'm possibly the most rabid one around …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Snatches User's Vanity URL And Sells It To Harman International  —  This looks really, really bad.  An avid Facebook user named Harman Bajwa says that his Facebook vanity Url - Facebook.com/Harman - was unceremoniously revoked yesterday for violating Facebook's policies.
Discussion: Open Gardens
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
With Kindle, the Best Sellers Don't Need to Sell  —  Here's a riddle: How do you make your book a best seller on the Kindle?  —  Answer: Give copies away.  —  That's right.  More than half of the “best-selling” e-books on the Kindle, Amazon.com's e-reader, are available at no charge.
Rick Klau / Blogger Buzz:
Important Note to FTP Users  —  Last May, we discussed a number of challenges facing Blogger users who relied on FTP to publish their blogs.  FTP remains a significant drain on our ability to improve Blogger: only .5% of active blogs are published via FTP — yet the percentage …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.6.3 to enhance QuickTime, 64-bit Logic, printing  —  A third planned maintenance and security update to Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system will include significant enhancements to QuickTime X while also improving printing and Logic performance, AppleInsider has learned.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Office 2010 system requirements: Changes in disk space, GPU recommendations  —  Via a January 22 blog post, Microsoft is providing more details about the system requirements for its Office 2010 suite, due out by June 2010.  —  The bottom line: If your PC can run Office 2007, it will be able to run Office 2010.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
PS3 finally properly hacked?  —  In a post titled “Hello hypervisor, I'm geohot,” hacker George Hotz (already known in the iPhone community) has made a strong claim: that he has cracked the PS3.  The system has remained (mostly) uncompromised for over three years now, with a few exceptions here and there.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Big-Picture Look at Google, Microsoft, Apple and Yahoo  —  On Wednesday, I wrote about a battle looming between Apple and Google as discussions take place over the possibility of Apple making Microsoft's Bing the default search engine on the iPhone.  —  Stepping back further …
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Microsoft's Danger Zone  —  The software giant should learn from Google's smart phone mistakes.  —  BURLINGAME, CALIF. — Microsoft is expected to introduce a phone under its own brand soon.  If it does, company executives would do well to study Google's foray into mobile hardware …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Satellite Images Of Haiti Earthquake From Google & Bing Maps  —  Both Google Maps and Bing Maps offer ways to see the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti.  Below, a look at how to see before and after images, taken by satellite.  Plus, several 360-degree ground level videos you can view.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Truphone first to provide VoIP app for Nexus One  —  Voice app provider Truphone is releasing an updated app for Android which is compatible with Google's Nexus One handset.  That makes it the first VoIP client for that phone.  In fact it turns out the Nexus One is going to be very important to Truphone's overall strategy.
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Google's Nexus One muzzles the foul-mouthed  —  One of the most innovative features of Google's new Nexus One is the built-in voice recognition.  But there's one major limitation that Reuters discovered while putting the smartphone through its paces: the phone is a bit of a prig.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Niftycurly / Instructables:
Make a $2 Adjustable Smartphone Car Mount in 10 minutes  —  introMake a $2 Adjustable Smartphone Car Mount in 10 minutes  —  Do you ever wander the aisles at store after store looking for just the right thing to hold your phone/GPS/mobile device while you're driving?
Discussion: TUAW and Engadget
Nielsen Wire:
Led by Facebook, Twitter, Global Time Spent on Social Media Sites up 82% Year over Year  —  According to The Nielsen Company, global* consumers spent more than five and half hours on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter in December 2009, an 82% increase from the same time last year …
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Journalists' Social Media Sideshow Will Prove Nothing
Discussion: broadstuff and Agence France-Presse, Thanks:mathewi
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Ursula Le Guin leads revolt against Google digital book settlement  —  As opt-out deadline approaches, writer launches petition asking for US to be exempt from controversial agreement  —  The family of John Steinbeck has reversed its decision to oppose Google's controversial plans …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google's Brin And Page To Sell Off Shares; Give Up Majority Voting Power Over Five Years  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) just put out an SEC filing indicating that co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will soon begin to sell off some of their holdings in the company, as part of a predetermined trading plan.
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
@ Midem: Kodak Owns A Stake In TweetPhoto Service
Discussion: The Next Web
Dorian Benkoil / E-Media Tidbits:
Young Online Newspaper Audience Dropping; Older Consumers Adopting Social Media
Discussion: Lost Remote
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Keeping computers from ending science's reproducibility
Michael White / Bloomberg:
YouTube Discussing Online Rentals With Film Studios, Artists
Gordon Haff / CNET News:
Why cloud exchanges won't work
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Search Just Got a Little Bit Smarter: Highlights Answers to Factual Questions
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Samuel Axon / Mashable!:
Ustream Launches Pay-Per-View Live Video Platform
Discussion: 901am and Erictric
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Twitter users vulnerable to security flaw
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Revamped SUL Has Greatly Crippled The SUL Advantage
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Guardian
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Call Me via VoIP on Facebook
Discussion: VoIP Watch