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1:20 PM ET, January 18, 2007

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Terry Ott / Toronto Sun:
Deal for Beatles on iTunes in works  —  The worldwide Beatles grapevine is buzzing over the distinct possibility that the long-awaited remastering of the Fab Four's United Kingdom CD back catalogue will finally see the light of day — by June.  —  As per usual, Apple/EMI is presently mum …
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Eliotvb / Listening Post:
Apple/Beatles Deal on Valentine's Day?  —  Listening Post reported last week that Steve Jobs would soon announce the Beatles' availability on the iTunes store, now, new details have emerged suggesting that in keeping with Jobs' oft-professed love of the Fab Four, the Beatles catalog …
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Multiple announcments today  —  Good news arrives today on several Windows Vista-related fronts, my friends ... read on.  —  Windows Anytime Upgrade  —  Today we're announcing further detail on how Windows Anytime Upgrade works.  Come 30 January, Windows Anytime Upgrade will allow customers …
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Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Vista: Worthy, Largely Unexciting  —  XP Successor Doesn't Break  —  New Ground on Ease of Use,  —  But It's Best Windows Yet  —  A new version of Microsoft Windows, the world's most popular and important computer operating system, will finally arrive for consumers on Jan. 30.
Discussion: TechBlog and Engadget
Market Wire:
Online Newspaper Blog Traffic Grows 210 Percent Year Over Year, According to Nielsen//NetRatings  —  Men Dominate Newspaper Blog Audience  —  Nielsen//NetRatings (NASDAQ: NTRT), a global leader in Internet media and market research, announced today that Web traffic to the blog pages …
Discussion: IP Democracy
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Newspaper blog boom
David Kaplan / PaidContent:   Major Dailies' Blog Traffic Exploded In '06
Scott Kirsner / New York Times:
Some Bling for Your Blog  —  PASTOR BOB HYATT acknowledges that his widget fixation may be getting a little out of control.  —  On his Web log, Pastor Hyatt, the leader of the Evergreen Community in Portland, Ore., has woven in widgets, or mini-applications, that show a selection of book covers …
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Cisco's iPhone violates GPL, expert says  —  An open-source enthusiast is charging Cisco with failing to properly share code in its Linux-based iPhone  —  Even while Cisco Systems is suing Apple for violating its iPhone trademark, an open-source enthusiast is accusing Cisco itself of infringing copyright in the same product.
Discussion: Open Source and Slashdot
Jenstar / JenSense:
AdSense Competitive Ads and Services Policy just got a lot tighter for publishers  —  Publishers have often complained about the rigidness of the AdSense policy that prevents publishers from running AdSense on the same page as another contextual ad program.  So running AdSense & Yahoo Publisher Network …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Don't Like the Dancing Cowboys?  Results Say You Do  —  Most online advertisements are becoming less obtrusive and more tailored to the interests of individual Web users.  Among the stubborn holdouts are the two-stepping cowboys, frisky rooftop dancers and weird tattoos in ubiquitous Web banners from LowerMyBills.com.
Discussion: David Card and Leathern.com
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Balkanization of BitTorrent  —  Mark Cuban has somewhat of a mixed record predicting BitTorrent's future, having once suggested that nobody would ever download HD content over peer-to-peer networks.  Obviously, he got that one wrong.  But he does have a point when it comes to a growing obstacle to P2P becoming mainstream:
Michael Zitz / Free Lance-Star:
A missile punch at bullet prices  —  Dahlgren demonstrates electromagnetic rail gun  —  Normally, new weaponry tends to make defense more expensive.  But the Navy likes to say its new railgun delivers the punch of a missile at bullet prices.  —  A demonstration of the futuristic …
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Nic Fildes / Independent:
Music industry threatens ISPs over piracy  —  The music industry opened up a new front in the war on online music piracy yesterday, threatening to sue internet service providers that allow customers to illegally share copyrighted tracks over their networks.  —  The International Federation …
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog and Coolfer
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Land:
Google Billboard and Google Kiosk  —  While New Scientist wrote about the patent filing last week, and I had a writeup on it the day it was published, Ryan does a nice job of providing some context to how this electronic display network might work...  Ryan tells us that:
Discussion: Screenwerk and Google Blogoscoped
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Ryan Naraine / ClickZ:
Google Patent Filing Hints at Digital Billboard Ad Network
Discussion: Google Watch and Lost Remote
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Google Switch: an iPhone killer?  —  Color us skeptics on this one, but we've got a tipster claiming to have the scoop on Google Switch.  This version of the mythical Googlephone is said to be the result of a collaboration with Samsung — not Alpha Networks or HTC.
Discussion: Tech Digest
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's KE850 PRADA official: iPhone says, wha?  —  Check it Apple, LG just went official with their iPhone look-a-like LG KE850 Prada phone which they proudly tout as the world's "first completely touch screen mobile phone."  Er, unless you consider the ones from Motorola, HTC, and others.
Serdar Yegulalp / InformationWeek:
Review: Six Rootkit Detectors Protect Your System  —  While many security suites have a basic level of detection, these standalone tools will do a search-and-destroy on the rootkits that may be hiding in your system.  —  In October 2005, Windows expert Mark Russinovich broke the news …
Discussion: Slashdot
Seeking Alpha:
Apple F1Q07 (Qtr End 12/30/06) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Nancy Paxton - Senior Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Finance  —  Peter Oppenheimer - Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President  —  Analysts  —  Keith Bachman - Banc of America Securities
Derik DeLong / MacUser:
Fuse with me  —  MacFUSE is the new hotness from Google's Mac genius, Amit Singh.  It allows developers to quickly implement their own filesystems into Mac OS X. FUSE itself is a cross platform software package.  The most exciting plugins for most Mac users are the sshfs and ntfs.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Tim Draper IMs Meebo  —  Meebo, a web based instant messaging service has raised $9 million in series B funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and existing investors Sequoia Capital.  The company had previously raised $3.5 million in Series A funding, mostly from Sequoia Capital.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
IM service Meebo growing quickly, raises more cash
Discussion: TechAddress
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Comment Guidelines & Feedback Wanted On Commenting  —  I love that people can comment at Search Engine Land directly within stories.  I not only want comments — I want people to contribute links as well.  I thought it would be useful to talk more about this, plus get feedback from readers …
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Watching Netflix' 'Watch Now'  —  I was an early subscriber to Netflix back in the day, and recently signed back up.  In the interest of confirming some details of their new 'Watch Now' service, like what client-side software they were using, I asked if they could hook up my account so I could review it, and they very nicely obliged.
Yahoo! Answers Team Blog:
Seeing Stars?  —  Have you ever seen a great question on Answers that you wanted to tell the world about?  Now you can!  The Answers team is delighted to introduce a new feature that empowers you, the Answers community, to determine what questions are interesting enough to appear on the Answers homepage.
 
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The Mac Observer:
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Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Companies Vie For Ad Dollars On Mobile Web
Discussion: Screenwerk
CIO.com:
Web 2.0: A Community in Denial
Discussion: Rough Type and Strumpette
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Find toxic wastelands via Google Earth
Discussion: All Points Blog and Tech_Space
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Removed Sensitive Maps Imagery (Apparently)
Discussion: CNET News.com
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
The Influence of TiVo
BBC:
Open source gets European boost
Discussion: Vector One
Sony:
SONY RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH AN ARRAY OF DIGITAL CAMERAS
Read/WriteWeb:
e-learning 2.0 Infiltrates the Classroom
David F. Carr / baselinemag.com:
Inside MySpace.com  —  Booming traffic demands put a constant stress …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Social network Piczo raises $11 million more, shows momentum
Discussion: Screenwerk and PaidContent
 

 
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