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10:05 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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
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Associated Press:
Google Plans N.C. Data Center
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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"  —  High-end furniture maker Herman Miller looks to be doing its best to cut down on the ever-increasing nuisance of gadget clutter, with Reuters reporting that the company has licensed Fulton Innovation's eCoupled technology to let you recharge …
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
Valleywag:
AOL: A warning to niche blogs  —  The wizardry of contextual advertising and blog publishing platforms will allow internet publications to flourish in a thousand niches.  Well, that was the theory.  The practice?  AOL, under new and unsentimental management, is closing down a slew …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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
Stowe Boyd / Message:
Enough Already: Getting Social Media All Wrong  —  I attended the Third Thursday event last night, which was held in SF instead of the usual Palo Alto.  About 25 people attended, mostly young, impressionable PR and communications folks eager to learn all about social media: specifically …
Brian / Copyblogger:
Link Building Strategies That Work  —  We've seen that the real secret to SEO Copywriting 2.0 is creating compelling content that naturally attracts links, rather than begging for links to our keyword-stuffed "optimized" web page.  In other words, SEO copywriting is now all about response-oriented copy …
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips
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).
 
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