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5:55 AM ET, January 17, 2007


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Joris Evers / CNET
AOL phisher faces up to 101 years in prison  —  A California man faces up to 101 years in federal prison after a jury found him guilty of sending out e-mail scams as well as related crimes.  —  Jeffrey Brett Goodin, 45, of Azusa, was convicted Friday on multiple counts by a jury …
Gregg Keizer / InformationWeek:
Despite 100 Million IE 7 Installs, Microsoft's Browser Still Loses Ground  —  Firefox's share of the U.S. browser market is at 14% and has continued to grow each of the last three months, says one research firm.  —  Although Microsoft recently touted the 100 millionth installation of Internet Explorer 7 …
Macworld UK:
Beatles iTunes deal is reached, report claims  —  Will music from the Beatles soon be available on iTunes?  —  Jonny Evans  —  With the iPhone announced, the Mac news and rumour machine is taking new steps to get ahead of the curve.  —  This week's leading rumour relates to The Beatles …
IAC Appoints Peter Horan Chief Executive Officer of IAC Media & Advertising  —  IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) announced today that Peter Horan has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of IAC Media & Advertising.  In this role, Mr. Horan will report to President and COO Doug Lebda and will be responsible …
Sprint Joins Strength of Its Two Networks To Offer Customers Industry-First Phones, Power To Do More  —  Nextel's professional-grade walkie-talkie service and Sprint's voice and data service come together in a single handset giving customers the power to instantly communicate  —  Media Contact:
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google No Longer Linking To Yahoo, MapQuest Maps  —  Search Engine Land got an email this morning from Another Blogger alerting us to the apparent fact that Google had removed links to Yahoo and MapQuest maps.  —  Previously, a search for "541 Lexington Avenue New York" (W Hotel), for example …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Obama Launches Presidential Bid with Web Video: Senator Has Comprehensive Online Video Strategy in Place with Brightcove  —  Earlier today, U.S. Senator Barack Obama announced the formation of an exploratory committee for a run for the White House with a three-minute video clip that can be shared by embed or e-mail.
Stefan Constantinescu / Ring Nokia:
Nokia E61i Spotted!  —  Via (and thanks): shaolinmonk on Howard Forums
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and CrunchGear
Mike / Techdirt:
Why Competing Successfully Is About A Lot More Than Just Copying The Technology  —  from the not-quite-so-easy dept  —  Last week, we kicked off quite the discussion following my post suggesting that Apple's iPhone patents weren't necessary.  One of the commonly used arguments …
Iyaz Akhtar / The Apple Blog:
Apple TV vs. Mac mini - Which one is right for you?  —  A Mac mini is more than double the price of an Apple TV - is it worth the money?  Here's a handy table comparing the two products (information on the Apple TV was found at Ars Technica citing AppleInsider).  —  Apple TV  —  Mac mini
Carlo / Techdirt:
Has EMI Had A Change Of Heart In China?  —  from the if-you-can't-beat-em dept  —  Chinese search engine Baidu's been involved in an ongoing legal battle against major record labels, which assert its MP3 searching functionality represents copyright infringement.
Discussion: Reuters and PaidContent
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
'24' hitting the shelves in half that  —  The day-after release of the DVD underscores the speed at which studios must operate.  —  In one of the quickest turnarounds ever for a television show to appear on DVD, Twentieth Century Fox Television today is expected to release the season premiere episodes of …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google, British military discuss Google Earth use in attacks  —  Google is talking with military agencies in Iraq after learning that terrorists attacking British bases in Basra appear to have been using aerial footage from Google Earth to pinpoint strikes, according to the United Kingdom's Daily Telegraph.
Discussion: Google Watch and
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Netflix Online: return to sender  —  Today just might be the happiest day for all my friends who worked for networking and telecom companies at the turn of the century, but lost their gigs thanks to the greedy machinations of Broadbandits.  —  They are soon going to find new employment …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TagWorld Rumors: Viacom Investment and Partnership  —  TagWorld, the social networking site that launched in late 2005, has been the subject of a lot of speculation lately.  Valleywag speculated that the company was in trouble and pointed out that the management page (cache here) had been removed.
Discussion: digg
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
MTVN Invests In TagWorld; Eager For Social Networking Tools
Discussion: Mashable!
Agence France Presse:
Singapore teen first to be sentenced for wireless piggybacking  —  SINGAPORE (AFP) - A Singapore teen has became the first in the city-state to be sentenced for piggybacking on someone else's wireless Internet connection.  —  Garyl Tan Jia Luo, 17, could have been sentenced to jail …
Ted Patrick / Ted On Flex:
Mashup University - Introducing Apollo  —  I presented Apollo at Mashup University at MIT today.  I covered a mindmap that I made on Apollo, created simple apps in Flex and Apollo live, and ran some demos apps in 40 minutes.  My presentation went well and I got some great feedback.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and Anne 2.0
Charles Moldow / VentureBeat:
VC to Aspiring Entrepreneur: "Are You Sure You Want our Money?"  —  VC money doesn't make sense in every situation; start-ups are not "one size fits all" and nor should they be funded that way.  Am I advocating entrepreneurs shouldn't drop by for a talk with VC's?  Hardly.
Jimmy Guterman / PaidContent:
Local TV News Leaps to YouTube  —  KZSW, a local TV station in Temecula, Calif., has begun posting news and sports coverage to YouTube.  The station started last month, and when we check there were 42 clips.  That station has limited coverage, according to the Press Enterprise , with a potential audience of 30,000 homes.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
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Darmano / Logic+Emotion:
Influencing Influencers  —  Handy little article on Marketing …
Fred Vogelstein / Wired News:
How Yahoo Blew It  —  Terry Semel was pissed.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
Scientists Warn of Diminished Earth Studies From Space
Discussion: All Points Blog and Slashdot
Marc Jones / Reuters:
Bluetooth specialist CSR heads in GPS direction
Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
The Quest for the Perfect Online Charting Tool
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Skype founders move into net TV
Discussion: LEWIS 360° and EuroTelcoblog
Tom Espiner / CNET
Google plugs account hijack holes
Ghostbusters Game Busted
Discussion: Kotaku, and Joystiq
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Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
So Long Press Release, Helloooo Social Media
Discussion: Pronet Advertising
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Wikiseek: Leveraging Wikipedia For Web Search, Poorly
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista Coach Tour: We're underway
Business Wire:
Intel Fourth-Quarter Revenue $9.7 Billion
Google Blogoscoped:
Martin Luther King Googlebomb Campaign
Discussion: WebProBlog
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Wii Sports Experiment, Results!
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Nimbuzz Talk Goes Live!