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4:29 AM ET, January 20, 2007

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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 …
Discussion: larry borsato and Boing Boing
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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.
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: Microsoft News Tracker and digg
Mike / Techdirt:
Zune Not So Social When Record Labels Get Involved  —  from the welcome-to-the-what?  dept  —  Microsoft's Zune, supposedly their iPod killer has had plenty of problems.  Beyond ignoring Microsoft's own (ironically named) "Plays for Sure" DRM and making the WiFi on the device effectively useless …
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.
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: GigaOM, CNNMoney.com and Engadget
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Helen Chernikoff / Reuters:
Desk of the future will charge electronic devices  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the office of the future, desk jockeys who cannot live without cell phones, BlackBerrys and iPods will be able to charge up such devices just by putting them on their desks.  —  Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Herman Miller planning "desk of the future"
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge Rules in Favor of Record Companies  —  NEW YORK - A lawsuit in which record companies allege XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. is cheating them by letting consumers store songs can proceed toward trial, a judge ruled Friday after finding merit to the companies' claims.
Discussion: Orbitcast, Gizmodo and Engadget
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 …
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Associated Press:
Google Plans N.C. Data Center
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Jessie Ho / asiamedia.ucla.edu:
CHINA: Google teams up with publisher of Chinese books  —  Cite Publishing becomes first Chinese content provider for Google Book Search  —  US Internet search giant Google Inc yesterday announced that it has signed up Cite Publishing Holding Group as its first content provider …
Discussion: SearchViews and Search Engine Land
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Google opens dialogue with book publishers
Discussion: Google and Library Stuff
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone interface analysis from an actual usability expert.  Gasp!  —  Bruce Tognazzini is probably not a name that most of you are familiar with, but his associations might ring a bell.  Tognazzini (nicknamed "Tog," kind of like Woz) is a member of the Nielsen Norman Group—that's Nielsen …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zoho, Omnidrive Partner For Office Document Storage  —  Online office suite Zoho and online storage company Omnidrive (see disclosure below) are announcing a partnership today that extends the functionality of both companies.  The integration leverages Zoho's newly updated API.
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Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
OmniDrive becomes perfect with Zoho
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Web4  —  The web changed my life.  I can't live without wikipedia or Google.  But ultimately, I'm disappointed.  Almost every day, the web lets me down.  —  What do web users do for a living?  What do we get paid to do that makes it worth giving us a web browser?  Me, I make connections.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
OrigenAE cranks out sexy 1080p LCD-equipped HTPC chassis  —  HTPC enclosures with front-mounted LCD screens certainly aren't new, with firms such as VoodooPC and Okoro Media Systems (just to name a couple) have been pumpin' them out for quite some time, but OrigenAE's take on the LCD-equipped …
Discussion: PVR Wire and Gizmodo
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:
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Two hip-hop producers in trouble for violating copyrights  —  The line between "theft" and "inspiration" can be a fine one in the arts.  To see just how confusing it still is to many people, consider the recent UK dustup over an allegation that novelist Ian McEwan plagiarized portions …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and digg
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
Valleywag:
PAYPAL: An alternate history according to Elon Musk  —  The appearance of Elon Musk in the hall of fame on Sequoia Capital's website, and rapid disappearance, gave us the excuse to write about the colorful entrepreneur.  The South African entrepreneur is now off the Silicon Valley scene …
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Luke Smith / 1up.com:
MICROSOFT EXPANDS XBLA FILE SIZE TO 250 MB  —  Apparently, the Burning Crusade isn't the only expansion in town.  —  The Xbox Live Arcade file size was capped at 50 MB to accommodate consumers who purchased the hard drive-less Xbox 360 Core SKU (those consumers had to use one of Microsoft's memory cards).
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Computer to TV ? .  Shouldn't it be the Other Way ?  —  Internet video is going to take over the world.  We want unlimited choice.  We want user generated content.  We want our TV shows streamed to us.  Give us the long tail.  Please.  —  Because we want all of this magnificent video …
Discussion: PVR Wire
 
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Perfect Programming  —  Over the past week I've described …
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