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6:45 PM ET, January 19, 2007


 Top Items: 
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Public Knowledge and digg
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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.
Jessie Ho /
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, and GigaOM
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.
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
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:
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.
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
MobileCrunch reviews the Nokia N800 handheld  —  Oliver Starr has published a comprehensive hands-on review of the new Nokia N800 handheld computer - the next generation of the 770 Internet Tablet that I've been using for the past few months.  Like Oliver, I've been under an NDA from Nokia …
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 …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Wiki Vendors Wrangle Over Domain  —  Lately I've received some odd emails from wiki vendors Wikia and MindTouch about the domain  A brief history: (the domain name) was bought last year by entrepreneur John Gotts for a staggering $2.86 Million.
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
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Discussion: MacUser and Listening Post
Jon Newton / p2pnet:
For Sale: p2pnet  —  Hello, all:  —  Short version:
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Perfect Programming  —  Over the past week I've described …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Raw
Kevin Lee / ClickZ:
Search Scent in the Search Engines
Associated Press:
Motorola to cut 3,500 jobs
Discussion: GigaOM
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802.11n Moves Forward with Draft 2.0 Vote
 Earlier Items: 
Mike / Techdirt:
Do Blackberry Users Put Others At Risk?
JD Lasica / Social Media:
YouTube yanks my video interview
Discussion: Techdirt and Scobleizer
Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
iBoy - Gameboy iPod case
Discussion: Gizmodo and Crave
Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
NAD Rules YouTube Video Ads Must Meet Usual Guidelines
Scott Carney / Wired News:
Thumb-Print Banking Takes India
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Feds out for hacker's blood
Discussion: digg
Carlo / Techdirt:
Can't Compete With Free, Or Just Won't?  —  from the lack-of-effort dept
Dean Takahashi / AEI:
CES Interview With Bill Gates: Part I of Transcript On Video Games