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9:25 AM ET, January 19, 2007

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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
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Vista Family Discount Is No Ultimate Bargain
Barbara / technology filter:
Windows Vista To Be Available by Download
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Gizmodo:
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
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.
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
MySpace.com, News Corp. sued in assault cases  —  MySpace.com 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 …
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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
MySpace hit with online predator suits
Discussion: OhGizmo!, Bokardo and Techdirt
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Disables Flash? … MySpace Disables Flash?  —  January 18, 2007 … The Mashable inbox is overflowing today with messages that MySpace has disabled Flash across the entire network - basically, Flash-based applications are being stripped out.  Like previous blocks …
Discussion: Snipperoo
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace Blocking Widgets?
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 news.com 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 …
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Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
The Hype Machine, Best Mashup of Mashup Camp 3
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
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.
Discussion: Kotaku, WiiNintendo.net, Joystiq and digg
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
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
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 …
Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Why Johnny Can't Program  —  Many months ago, David Brin (the author of many sf books and "The Transparent Society") wrote a piece for Salon called Why Johnny Can't Code.  It's about the disappearance of BASIC and the resultant inaccessibility of introductory programming.
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
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 …
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple Ushers in Era of the Fluid UI  —  It has been a while since I sat down with Angus Davis, co-founder of voice applications service provider TellMe.  I have known Davis and his co-founder Mike McCue for years.  We met in an era when most Oracle employees wanted to work at Netscape, where the two of them were.
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.
Valleywag:
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
Josh Hallett / hyku | blog:
Blog Comments - Legal Issues & You're Not That Anonymous  —  Over at the Big in Japan blog Jake posts about a recent legal issue surrounding comments in an old blog post.  You can read the post, but the gist is a firm didn't like the fact that there were negative comments about them on a blog post.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Sealand Won't be Sold to Pirates  —  Prince Michael, also known as Michael Bates, said the following about the activities of the popular BitTorrent tracker.  "It's theft of proprietary rights, it doesn't suit us at all.  In fact, I've written a book and Hollywood is making a movie out of it …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and digg
 
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Fred / A VC:
Roaming  —  Four of the greatest inventions of my lifetime are ATMs …
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Eric Pfanner / International Herald Tribune:
Internet pushes the concept of 'free' content, supported by advertising
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Karl / Techdirt:
Patent Office Offers Telecommuters Free Home Broadband, Provided …
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