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7:20 PM ET, January 19, 2007

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Stephane Dion / ClicZune:
Universal and Sony Don't Like Zune to Zune Sharing  —  There is a lot of testing going on at Zunerama and ZuneThoughts about songs that can or cannot be shared when purchased or acquired through the ZunePass.  Both sites are coming with numbers of around 40% of songs that "can't" be shared from Zune to Zune.
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zunerama.com:
Wireless sharing - 58% of top songs are sharable?  —  This week, Jason from ZuneThoughts noted some underwhelming wireless sharing results among Zune owners at CES, and from his own spot-checking.  —  Zune's wireless sharing is described by Microsoft with a footnote - indicating that …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Universal and Sony prohibit Zune sharing for certain artists  —  It's official: record companies don't like you.  After all that griping about signing up for the Zune music store — and keep in mind that these record companies receive monies for selling songs here — that resulted …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Google opens dialogue with book publishers  —  NEW YORK—To anyone who thinks digital content is a threat to the book-publishing market, Google wants to tell you two things: first, you're wrong; second, its Google Book Search product is the solution, not the problem.
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Jessie Ho / asiamedia.ucla.edu:
CHINA: Google teams up with publisher of Chinese books
Discussion: SearchViews and Search Engine Land
Phil Bradley / Search Engine Land:
Google Librarian Central: Talking At Librarians
Steven / Library Stuff:
Google Doesn't "Get" Librarians...Again.
Discussion: Mashable!
Associated Press:
AT&T Expands Free In - Network Calling  —  NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T customers who subscribe to both its Cingular Wireless and traditional phone services can now make and receive unlimited free calls to and from any other AT&T or Cingular customer.  —  The expanded ''free calling'' network …
Discussion: Engadget, CNNMoney.com and GigaOM
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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
Discussion: VoIP Watch, CCUCEO and Screenwerk
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
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.
Jenstar / JenSense:
It's official!  You can now run AdSense on the same page as other contextual ad programs  —  When Google updated their AdSense policies this week, there was a lot of confusion about the removal of the a certain part of the competitive ad policy, namely the one that saw the removal of the following:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SimulScribe Boldly Spams TechCrunch Readers  —  A couple of days ago I wrote about Spinvox, a startup that converts voicemails to text and sends them to you via email and/or SMS.  They are just launching in the U.S., and Spinvox gave us 100 accounts to give away for free (the service is fairly expensive).
Discussion: engtech and A Feed Is Born
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
When Being a Verb is Not Enough  —  I spoke recently with an old friend who is a bandwidth broker.  He buys and sells bandwidth on fiber-optic networks around the world.  And he told me something that I found not completely surprising, but I certainly hadn't known: Google controls more network fiber than any other organization.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Valleywag:
GOOGLE: North Carolina to tend search engine servers  —  The fabulously profitable search engine, having pitted two depressed areas in the Carolinas against eachother, has picked Lenoir in Caldwell County as the location of a giant new server farm.  I'm sure there will be plenty of rhetoric …
Pete Mortensen / Cult of Mac:
Steve Ballmer Still Largely Incoherent  —  You know whose opinion of the iPhone I never needed to get?  Steve Ballmer's, that's who.  Even more than Bill Gates, Ballmer's always represented just how little Microsoft understands what anyone but middle managers and IT professionals need and want.
 
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Associated Press:
Motorola to cut 3,500 jobs
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NAD Rules YouTube Video Ads Must Meet Usual Guidelines
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Feds out for hacker's blood
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Can't Compete With Free, Or Just Won't?  —  from the lack-of-effort dept
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