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6:30 AM ET, January 19, 2007


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Candace Lombardi / CNET, News Corp. sued in assault cases  — and News Corp. are being sued by the parents of girls who were allegedly solicited and sexually assaulted by adult users of MySpace.  —  The families, who come from New York, Texas, Pennsylvania and South Carolina …
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
MySpace hit with online predator suits  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Four families have sued News Corp. and its MySpace social-networking site after their underage daughters were sexually abused by adults they met on the site, lawyers for the families said Thursday.  —  The law firms …
Discussion: Bokardo, OhGizmo! and Techdirt
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace Blocking Widgets?  —  Updated at 4.22 pm, Thursday:A couple of days ago Robert Young hinted that MySpace might be looking to block-and-tackle-and squeeze some of the widget makers in an effort to bolster its bottom line.  Well, looks like the day has arrived sooner that we thought.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Disables Flash?
Discussion: Snipperoo
iPhone Ringtone Sounds Like Holy Angels Tinkling: Download it Here  —  One might remember that Steve Jobs took a call on the iPhone during the Keynote.  Well there was a unique ringtone there.  A ringtone of heavenly qualities in tone, rhythm, and key that Steve Jobs likely had composed …
Discussion: MacUser, TechBlog and digg
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Mashup Camp: Geeks plot future of Web  —  David has been at Mashup Camp 3 in Cambridge this week.  Martin Lamonica of was there and filed a report, about geeks plotting the future of the Web.  As Chris Radcliff, a Web developer at Eventful, put it: "This is taking the SOA idea …
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:   The Hype Machine, Best Mashup of Mashup Camp 3
Matt / Photo Matt:
Sun Isn't Relevant to Startups  —  Preface: I don't write critically about a company unless I think they have some glimmer of getting better, however small that may be.  —  I just watched another Scoble Show interview with Jonathan Schwartz, and it reminded me how frustrated I continue to be with Sun …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Texas Startup Blog
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Sun CEO talks about iPhone and Java and near-death experiences
Discussion: O'Reilly ONJava Blog
Aaron Ricadela / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Plans Downloadable Versions of Windows Vista, Office  —  Microsoft plans for the first time to make its new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite available for downloading by PC users over the Internet.  —  Downloadable software has become a standard …
Discussion: MacUser, VentureBeat and Slashdot
Barbara / technology filter:
Windows Vista To Be Available by Download
Stephanie / About Skype:
Skype Takes Internet Communications One Step Further With New Pricing Strategy  —  Disruptive pricing gives Skype users more value and choice.  —  LUXEMBOURG, January 18, 2007 - Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced its new global pricing structure which offers a simple …
Discussion: GigaOM, 21talks and Skype Journal
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
Skype's Prices Are Creeping Up
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Start-Ups Have Money to Burn, But Choose Thrift  —  When Silicon Valley entrepreneur Bill Nguyen launched two technology companies in the late 1990s dot-com boom — Seven Networks and Onebox — they each went through about $2 million a month.  The start-ups hired hundreds of people and spent heavily on marketing and sales.
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
You could call iPhone perfect  —  I have used the Apple iPhone.  I had a private briefing the day after Steve Jobs' keynote and spent about 45 minutes noodling around with the device.  —  You may touch the hem of my robe if you wish.  —  In response to a Beatlemania-scale pile of e-mails …
Kelefa Sanneh / New York Times:
With Arrest of DJ Drama, the Law Takes Aim at Mixtapes  —  In the world of hip-hop few music executives have more influence than DJ Drama.  His "Gangsta Grillz" compilations have helped define this decade's Southern rap explosion.  He has been instrumental in the careers of rappers like Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne.
Tom Raftery / Tom Raftery's I.T. views:
Blacknight Solutions don't tolerate criticism  —  Blacknight Solutions contacted me this afternoon and asked me to move all my sites off their servers.  They no longer want my business.  Why?  Because I criticised their customer service after they lost all my podcasts …
Discussion: Vecosys and AccMan
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple to charge for faster Wi-Fi  —  Some MacBook Pro and MacBook customers have the faster 802.11n Wi-Fi chip already sitting in their systems, but it will cost $2 to light it up.  —  Apple on Thursday confirmed reports that it plans to charge customers a fee to download software …
Charlie Goodyear / San Francisco Chronicle:
Don't let politics kill off wireless plan, Newsom says  —  Google-EarthLink deal to be considered by board next month  —  A San Francisco partnership with Google and EarthLink to make free wireless Internet access available to all of San Francisco is too important an initiative …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ray Rivera / New York Times:
Plan Will Allow 911 and 311 Lines to Accept Digital Images  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who built his fortune on innovations in information technology, announced a plan yesterday that will allow emergency 911 call centers and the popular 311 service line to receive digital photos and videos from callers.
EDITORIAL: Time for John Doerr to go  —  I presume that Kleiner Perkins has by now distributed its shareholding in Google to its own investors, the university endowments and other limited partners that entrusted the Silicon Valley venture capital firm with their money.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple Ushers in Era of the Fluid UI
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Karl / Techdirt:
Patent Office Offers Telecommuters Free Home Broadband, Provided …
Discussion: Network World
Josh Goldman / CrunchGear:
CES 2007: Dear Diary...M-Audio, The Sands And A Whole Lotta Targus Bags
Ottawa employees fired because of Facebook
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Dolby to turn volume down on loud commercials
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
New spammer trick: Mimic newsletters
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Six Degrees Will Help People (and we can make fun of it)
Discussion: Diva Marketing
 Earlier Items: 
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Lawyers Giving Up on Web Trademark Infringement
Rob Kelley /
Apple earnings skyrocket
OPED: Against widgets
Schneier / Schneier on Security:
Information Security and Externalities
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Orb brings iTunes to Wii console
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Peeking out of the Tivo walled garden
Discussion: PVR Wire
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X Leopard to sport next-gen DVD Player software (images)
Nick Wilson / Search Engine Land:
2007 Guide To Linkbaiting: The Year Of Widgetbait?