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Blizzard drama!
The Blizzard of 2011 – It All Comes Down to a Brass Latch -- I want to thank all of our readers who checked in with us during Chicago's Blizzard of 2011 (of course I'm counting the days until FL). Having lived here during the Blizzard of '79 (yes, my mother was the only person in the state of Illinois who insisted that we walk to school that day only to discover that school had obviously closed but I don't hold that against her) and the Blizzard of '99, I can tell you that we don't get particularly bothered about snow here.

iPhone 4 supply shortage??
Verizon Asks Staff Not To Buy iPhone 4, Citing Tight Supplies -- "To help ensure we meet customer demand for iPhones, Verizon is urging employees and their families to postpone purchases of the popular smartphone, whether online or in retail stores, for the time being," the email said. "I know customers aren't the only ones who are excited – employees are, too. While I share your excitement, over the coming weeks we all need to do our part to meet our customers' needs -- this means putting our customers first."

How much does it cost to shut down the internet?
Egypt's Internet Blackout Cost More Than OECD Estimates -- Researchers at the OECD have done some back-of-the-envelope calculations to figure out how much a clampdown on the Internet cost Egypt's economy. Their estimate? About $90 million, or $18 million a day. But a closer look at the numbers shows that the real answer is probably much higher.

One tiny thing can screw up an entire supply chain...
Intel chip bug affects HP, Dell, Samsung and Lenovo -- PC makers are halting sales of some machines because of problems with the latest Intel chips. The problem centres on a chipset that helps a central processor communicate with other parts of a PC, including memory and hard drives.

- Sheena Moore

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