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2:00 PM ET, January 19, 2007


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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: Gizmodo and 21talks
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Eric Pfanner / International Herald Tribune:   Internet pushes the concept of 'free' content, supported by advertising
Declan McCullagh / CNET
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.
Discussion: digg
Zune 58% Welcomes You to the Social  —  Microsoft Zune propaganda welcomes you to the social, but that's only about a 58% welcome, because sites around the blogosphere are noticing that around 42% of the songs they're trying to share Zune-to-Zune are on the "Zune sharing prohibited" list.
Discussion: Engadget and InsideMicrosoft
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.
Benjamin Heckendorn / Engadget:
The Wii Laptop!  —  It's the Wii laptop!  We spent the last few weeks (including much time spent over the holidays evading relatives) slaving over this bad boy and finally it's complete.  Check out the features:  — 16:9 widescreen LCD, 7-inch diagonal.  — Stereo sound  — Gamecube controller port
Discussion: digg
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 …
JD Lasica / Social Media:
YouTube yanks my video interview  —  This is upsetting: YouTube has yanked my video of Tower Records founder Russ Solomon.  (Here's where it was originally posted.)  It was up for only an hour or two before it was removed.  —  This was the interview, shown here, that I posted without problem to Ourmedia …
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
NAD Rules YouTube Video Ads Must Meet Usual Guidelines  —  VIDEO ADS ON YOUTUBE MUST meet the same standards for truth and accuracy as ads in other media, the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus ruled in a decision released yesterday.
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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Fred / A VC:
Roaming  —  Four of the greatest inventions of my lifetime are ATMs …
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Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Why Johnny Can't Program  —  Many months ago, David Brin …
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Sealand Won't be Sold to Pirates
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Sun Isn't Relevant to Startups
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple Ushers in Era of the Fluid UI
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Apple to charge for faster Wi-Fi