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1:05 PM ET, January 19, 2007

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Phil Bradley / Search Engine Land:
Google Librarian Central: Talking At Librarians  —  Google has created the Librarian Central Blog just in time for ALA Midwinter.  The decision to create the weblog arose from their request for suggestions from librarians on how to improve the Google Librarian Newsletter …
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Steven / Library Stuff:
Google Doesn't "Get" Librarians...Again.  —  According to CNET, Google is now talking openly with book publishers.  Which means one thing.  They will probably start a blog for the book publishing industry.  Well, they did it for librarians, just in time for ALA Midwinter.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
AT&T: My Community Is Bigger than Yours  —  Fresh from closing the BellSouth deal, the biggest U.S. telecom provider is beginning to show why size matters in telecom  —  AT&T plans to send a new message.  A number of TV ads starting this weekend will show people placing calls to friends across the country—for no charge.
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
AT&T Plans 'Unity' Strategy for Free Calls  —  Only weeks after closing its deal for BellSouth, AT&T is embarking on an ambitious strategy to show customers the benefit of its owning 100 million phone lines.  —  In an announcement expected Friday, AT&T will introduce AT&T Unity …
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Screenwerk
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple may see 50 percent margin on each iPhone sale  —  Each iPhone sold will generate nearly a 50 percent gross margin for Apple Inc. and partner Cingular Wireless, giving the companies a hefty profit, as well as plenty of room for future price cuts, according to research firm iSuppli.
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta, Gizmodo and 21talks
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Jonathan Cassell / isuppli.com:
Apple iPhone to Generate 50 Percent Margin, According to iSuppli's Preliminary Analysis  —  El Segundo, Calif., Jan. 18, 2007—Each Apple iPhone sold will generate nearly a 50 percent gross margin for Apple Inc. and partner Cingular Wireless, giving the companies a hefty profit …
Washington Post:
Hold Off On Net Neutrality  —  The Internet needs a makeover.  Unfortunately, congressional initiatives aimed at preserving the best of the old Internet threaten to stifle the emergence of the new one.  —  The current Internet supports many popular and valuable services.
Carlo / Techdirt:
Can't Compete With Free, Or Just Won't?  —  from the lack-of-effort dept  —  One of entertainment executives' favorite clichés is that "you can't compete with free", a comment that's little more than a cop-out.  Rather than evolve their business models to compete with piracy, they just utter the line and throw their hands up.
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Eric Pfanner / International Herald Tribune:   Internet pushes the concept of 'free' content, supported by advertising
Dean Takahashi / AEI:
CES Interview With Bill Gates: Part I of Transcript On Video Games  —  I had the chance to stand next to Bill Gates and interview him with a group of reporters after his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show.  Here is part one of the interview with all of the questions related to video games.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Vista Family Discount Is No Ultimate Bargain … As part of a six-month promotion, people buying the full-version Windows Vista Ultimate—for the lovely price of $399—can get up to two extra licenses for about 50 bucks each.  I suppose one Ultimate and two copies of Windows Vista Premium looks like a steal at $500.
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LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Web Based Feed Readers - How do they stack up?  —  Bloggers who use FeedBurner have a general idea of the most popular feed readers based on their subscriber statistics.  FeedBurner subscriber statistics on the Hitwise Blog show that Bloglines is by far the most popular feed reader, and Hitwise data also support this.
Scott Carney / Wired News:
Thumb-Print Banking Takes India  —  CHENNAI, India — Banks and ATM machines are an unfamilar sight in the rural countryside here, but the government hopes to change that with new technology that could ease the transition from cash to computers.  —  A pilot program will put 15 biometric ATMs …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Feds out for hacker's blood  —  Adrian Lamo, the hacker best known for illegal pranks aimed at companies like Yahoo, Microsoft and The New York Times, is free once again.  —  But his legal battles over handing over a DNA sample to the federal government are just beginning.
Mike Orren / Online Journalism Review:
Lessons from the launch  —  First person: The head of Pegasus News reviews what he's learned, so far, on the road to starting a new local news website.  —  Mike Orren is the President and co-founder of Pegasus News.  —  Over the summer of 2004 we wrote what we thought was a business plan …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Why Johnny Can't Program  —  Many months ago, David Brin (the author of many sf books and "The Transparent Society") wrote a piece for Salon called Why Johnny Can't Code.  It's about the disappearance of BASIC and the resultant inaccessibility of introductory programming.
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
 
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Agence France Presse:
After Microsoft and Google, Belgian editors go after Yahoo
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
TDK's Durabis 2 coating protects 200GB Blu-ray discs
Alan Graham / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Quick Review: Hands on With the Belkin Skype Phone
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Is your flash drive fast enough for Vista's ReadyBoost?
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Fred / A VC:
Roaming  —  Four of the greatest inventions of my lifetime are ATMs …
Discussion: Techdirt
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Sealand Won't be Sold to Pirates
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Blacknight Solutions don't tolerate criticism
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple Ushers in Era of the Fluid UI
Ray Rivera / New York Times:
Plan Will Allow 911 and 311 Lines to Accept Digital Images
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Disables Flash?
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
You could call iPhone perfect
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Start-Ups Have Money to Burn, But Choose Thrift
Gizmodo:
iPhone Ringtone Sounds Like Holy Angels Tinkling: Download it Here
Discussion: MacUser, TechBlog and digg
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple to charge for faster Wi-Fi
 

 
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