Diginews - MS, Verizon deal - Facebook 150mn users - NYT Front page rate $100k - Babycenter shuts online store - 12inch netbooks, Intel unhappy


Computing magazine Which? recovered 22,000 "deleted" files from eight computers purchased on eBay. Criminals source old computers from internet auction sites or in rubbish tips, to find users valuable details. Freely available software can be used to recover files that users think they have permanently deleted. The only solution, according to Which?, is complete destruction - and it recommends using a hammer. 

Beating out rival Google, Microsoft announced a five-year deal with Verizon Wireless to be the default search provider on the wireless carrier's phones as well as handling mobile advertising services. This gives Microsoft a stronger position to challenge Google's commanding share of the mobile search market and make inroads into mobile advertising.

Facebook is starting off the new year with a bang. Today, the social network announced that it has reached the 150 million user mark. Members speak in 35 different languages and represent 170 countries and territories. But how many of those users are active? Facebook says half of them use the social network every day. That's remarkable.

The new ads running below the fold on the front page of The New York Times sell for $75,000 on weekdays and $100,000 on Sundays, the New York Post reports. The New York Times began selling advertising below the fold on its front page, with the first ad - for CBS - appearing on Monday. Though the Times would not disclose what it charges for the space, the Post cites "several ad buyers who asked to remain unnamed."

Nokia is asking operators to filter or block certain malicious SMS messages that can be sent to Symbian-based phones and used to block the phone from receiving further SMS or MMS messages, according to reports. The vulnerability, which has been dubbed the "Curse of Silence," affects Symbian phones running on S60 versions 2.6, 2.8, 3.0 and 3.1, was first reported in late December at a conference sponsored by the Chaos Computer Club.

Johnson & Johnson's BabyCenter.com is closing its online store today in an effort, the company says, to concentrate solely on digital media, including by going after more retail marketers as clients. The move gets J&J, which does the vast majority of its consumer-products business through other retailers, out of the online-retail business. But it wasn't concern over channel conflict or profitability of the store that dictated the decision, said Tina Sharkey, global chairman of BabyCenter.

On Wednesday, Cisco will kick off the Consumer Electronics Show here by announcing Eos, a hosted software platform that allows media and entertainment companies to create, manage and grow online communities. Through Eos Cisco has compiled technology tools and slapped on an easy to use interface to make building and customizing Web sites easy.

Despite the fact that Intel powers most of these devices with their new Atom chip that handles some PC chores well and uses a lot less power (so batteries are smaller and last longer). Intel sees Netbooks as devices for people who can't afford normal laptops, or as second devices. But it's clear that a lot of people are buying them instead of normal dual core machines, despite their very serious limitations. Every Netbook sold is one less Dual Core that Intel can sell at a higher price and higher margin.

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