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Around the Web 1.16.09: Tim Cook takes over Apple, Circuit City liquidating, Hawaii TV goes all digital

January 16, 2009 |  6:26 am

Digital TV in Hawaii -- Meet Tim Cook, the guy running Apple while Steve Jobs is out sick. LAT

-- How Jobs' illness affect his quality of life -- and other answers about the CEO's health. USA Today

-- Hawaii made the plunge into digital TV, turning off its analog broadcast signals. AP via LAT

-- Microsoft's search secrets uncovered: The software giant built, then killed, its own version of Google's Adwords money-maker, and it had a crack at buying Overture before Yahoo did. WSJ and analysis by Marketing Pilgrim

-- Was that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer meeting with Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock in New York on Thursday? Either a Web search deal is in the works or they just felt like having lunch. Valleywag/Gawker

-- Circuit City is saying buh-bye. PaidContent.org

-- Boost Mobile's $50-a-month cellphone plan may trigger a price war among wireless carriers. NYT

-- Speaking of plunging, Intel's fourth-quarter profit was down 90%. Mercury News

-- But Carol Bartz's income is up. The new Yahoo CEO landed a pay package worth $1 million in annual salary and cash and stock grants worth at least $18 million. Oh, and another 5 million stock options. S.F. Chronicle

-- Can you hear me now? If you're Barack Obama, no doubt, starting Tuesday. A president's phone calls always go through. CNet

-- The president-elect has reportedly narrowed his choice for the federal chief technology officer down to two candidates: Padmasree Warrior of Cisco Systems and Vivek Kundra of the District of Columbia. Business Week

-- Lil Wayne, 50 Cent and other Universal Music Group artists will be able to start streaming live video to fans through a deal with Kyte. CNet

-- Chris Gaither

Photo: Lyle Ishida, Project Manager for Hawaii DTV Transition, connects a digital converter to a television at the Federal Communications Commission office in Honolulu. Credit: Ronen Zilberman / Associated Press