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11:30 PM ET, January 18, 2007

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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
MySpace hit with online predator suits  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Four families have sued News Corp. and its MySpace social-networking site after their underage daughters were sexually abused by adults they met on the site, lawyers for the families said Thursday.  —  The law firms …
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
MySpace.com, News Corp. sued in assault cases  —  MySpace.com and News Corp. are being sued by the parents of girls who were allegedly solicited and sexually assaulted by adult users of MySpace.  —  The families, who come from New York, Texas, Pennsylvania and South Carolina …
Stephanie / About Skype:
Skype Takes Internet Communications One Step Further With New Pricing Strategy  —  Disruptive pricing gives Skype users more value and choice.  —  LUXEMBOURG, January 18, 2007 - Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced its new global pricing structure which offers a simple …
Discussion: GigaOM, 21talks and Skype Journal
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Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
Skype's Prices Are Creeping Up
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace Blocking Widgets?  —  Updated at 4.22 pm, Thursday:A couple of days ago Robert Young hinted that MySpace might be looking to block-and-tackle-and squeeze some of the widget makers in an effort to bolster its bottom line.  Well, looks like the day has arrived sooner that we thought.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Disables Flash?
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Aaron Ricadela / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Plans Downloadable Versions of Windows Vista, Office  —  Microsoft plans for the first time to make its new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite available for downloading by PC users over the Internet.  —  Downloadable software has become a standard …
Discussion: VentureBeat, MacUser and Slashdot
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Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
You could call iPhone perfect  —  I have used the Apple iPhone.  I had a private briefing the day after Steve Jobs' keynote and spent about 45 minutes noodling around with the device.  —  You may touch the hem of my robe if you wish.  —  In response to a Beatlemania-scale pile of e-mails …
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
The Hype Machine, Best Mashup of Mashup Camp 3  —  Here in Boston at Mashup Camp 3, we've seen an incredible range of applications mashed up from sites and services on the web.  During three total hours of SpeedGeeking, Mashup Camp attendees spent five minutes a piece viewing demos and asking questions of mashup developers.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Mashup Camp: Geeks plot future of Web
Discussion: GigaOM
Gizmodo:
iPhone Ringtone Sounds Like Holy Angels Tinkling: Download it Here  —  One might remember that Steve Jobs took a call on the iPhone during the Keynote.  Well there was a unique ringtone there.  A ringtone of heavenly qualities in tone, rhythm, and key that Steve Jobs likely had composed …
Discussion: MacUser, TechBlog and digg
Rob Kelley / CNNMoney.com:
Apple earnings skyrocket  —  iPod maker blows past projections with record earnings and revenue of over $7 billion; iPod sales up 50 percent.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Apple's profit soared in the latest quarter thanks to strong holiday sales of its iPod music and video player.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Orb brings iTunes to Wii console  —  Demonstrating that you can do convergence on a budget, Orb claims that Nintendo Wii owners have downloaded 50,000 copies of its software that permits them to access their home music and photo collections on their games consoles.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X Leopard to sport next-gen DVD Player software (images)  —  A major upgrade to Apple's DVD Player software due to ship with the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system release will pack oodles of new features wrapped in a sleekly overhauled user interface, AppleInsider has learned.
Ray Rivera / New York Times:
Plan Will Allow 911 and 311 Lines to Accept Digital Images  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who built his fortune on innovations in information technology, announced a plan yesterday that will allow emergency 911 call centers and the popular 311 service line to receive digital photos and videos from callers.
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Start-Ups Have Money to Burn, But Choose Thrift  —  When Silicon Valley entrepreneur Bill Nguyen launched two technology companies in the late 1990s dot-com boom — Seven Networks and Onebox — they each went through about $2 million a month.  The start-ups hired hundreds of people and spent heavily on marketing and sales.
Discussion: Kevin Maney and Digital Alchemy
Charlie Goodyear / San Francisco Chronicle:
Don't let politics kill off wireless plan, Newsom says  —  Google-EarthLink deal to be considered by board next month  —  A San Francisco partnership with Google and EarthLink to make free wireless Internet access available to all of San Francisco is too important an initiative …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple to charge for faster Wi-Fi  —  Some MacBook Pro and MacBook customers have the faster 802.11n Wi-Fi chip already sitting in their systems, but it will cost $2 to light it up.  —  Apple on Thursday confirmed reports that it plans to charge customers a fee to download software …
Kelefa Sanneh / New York Times:
With Arrest of DJ Drama, the Law Takes Aim at Mixtapes  —  In the world of hip-hop few music executives have more influence than DJ Drama.  His "Gangsta Grillz" compilations have helped define this decade's Southern rap explosion.  He has been instrumental in the careers of rappers like Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne.
 
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Karl / Techdirt:
Patent Office Offers Telecommuters Free Home Broadband, Provided …
Discussion: Network World
Josh Goldman / CrunchGear:
CES 2007: Dear Diary...M-Audio, The Sands And A Whole Lotta Targus Bags
engtech:
Ottawa employees fired because of Facebook
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Dolby to turn volume down on loud commercials
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
New spammer trick: Mimic newsletters
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Lawyers Giving Up on Web Trademark Infringement
Valleywag:
OPED: Against widgets
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Three New Lumines Live! …
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Genius doesn't look so scary in 2007, raises more cash
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Peeking out of the Tivo walled garden
Discussion: PVR Wire
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Google Mini - Google Reader alternative for portables
Nick Wilson / Search Engine Land:
2007 Guide To Linkbaiting: The Year Of Widgetbait?
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Nokia N800; A Real World Review After One Month's Use
Nic Fildes / Independent:
Music industry threatens ISPs over piracy
Discussion: Coolfer and IPcentral Weblog
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Google Switch: an iPhone killer?
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Don't Like the Dancing Cowboys? Results Say You Do
 

 
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