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8:25 AM ET, January 22, 2007

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Dominic Rushe / Times of London:
Google plots e-books coup  —  GOOGLE and some of the world's top publishers are working on plans that they hope could do for books what Apple's iPod has done for music.  —  The internet search giant is working on a system that would allow readers to download entire books to their computers …
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David Rothman / TeleRead:   Download best-sellers and other e-books from Google soon?  U.K. report tantalizes
Darren / DarrenBarefoot.com:
My Project Du Jour: GetaFirstLife.com  —  Hey you, get a first life, eh?  —  First off, I am not a Second Life hater.  Let me say that again: I am not a Second Life hater.  I'm on record as saying that there's something important going on inside the game.
Discussion: Change Is Good and You NEWB
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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
First Life: SL parody with zero sympathy whatsoever.  —  Scott Beale says, … Link.  Thanks to everyone who suggested this.  —  Update: "Get a First Life" creator Darren got a "Proceed and Permitted" letter (the opposite of a "cease and decist") from Linden Labs: … Link.
CarstenCumbrowski / Search Engine Journal:
All Wikipedia Links Are Now NOFOLLOW  —  I blogged about the Wikipedia Issues with SPAM and the discussions about the use of NOFOLLOW for ALL external Links from Wikipedia.  It was done, finally.  —  As of now are all outbound links from the english Wikipedia Site using the NOFOLLOW attribute, no exceptions.
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Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:   Wikipedia Finally Makes the Right Decision
Dave Barnes / MacScoop:
Apple to charge Mac OS X Tiger users for final Boot Camp release?  —  According to a report MacScoop has obtained, Apple will charge current users of Mac OS X Tiger for the final version of Boot Camp that will be released at the same time as Mac OS X Leopard, this Spring.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
In Raw World of Sex Movies, High Definition Could Be a View Too Real  —  The XXX industry has gotten too graphic, even for its own tastes.  —  Pornography has long helped drive the adoption of new technology, from the printing press to the videocassette.  Now pornographic movie studios …
Discussion: Reel Pop and digg
Aaron Brazell / Technosailor:
10 Things You should Know About WordPress 2.1  —  Back in December of 2005, I was filling in for Darren Rowse at ProBlogger and I wrote an entry that was very highly read and commented on.  The topic was 10 Things You Should Know About WordPress 2.0.  The occasion was the release …
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips and digg
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
I.B.M. to Introduce Workers' Networking Software  —  And you thought social networking was all about text-messaging among bored teenagers.  —  I.B.M. has another take on it.  Today the company plans to announce a set of social software tools that will bring the kind of blogging …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
The Big Picture  —  A review of Dreaming in Code, by Scott Rosenberg.  —  Eyes work using a page fault mechanism.  They're so good at it that you don't even notice.  —  You can only see at a high-resolution in a fairly small area, and even that has a big fat blind spot right exactly in the middle …
Discussion: Social Media
Darren / Digital Camera Reviews, Ratings …:
Canon EOS 40D  —  Rumors are circulating around the web today that Canon are prepping for the announcement of a new DSLR - the Canon EOS 40D.  Their Hongkong site currently has a page with the title Canon EOS 40D on it but with no information.  See the english version of it here and the Chinese version here …
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Alex Zaharov-Reutt / ITWire:
Nokia and Engin bring VoIP calls in Australia to Nokia's N80 Internet Edition mobile  —  Nokia's N80 3G phone has offered inbuilt Wi-Fi along with regular 2G/3G features.  Now they've teamed up with Australian VoIP company Engin to offer 10c untimed VoIP calls when in range of a connectable Wi-Fi network
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Ring Nokia
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Big Labels Offer Free Music to College Students  —  In one more attempt to counter music piracy, major music labels have agreed to support a service that will offer free music downloads — with some substantial restrictions — to any college student.  —  The service, from Ruckus Network …
Discussion: Washington Post and PaidContent
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
An Insurance Policy for Low Airfares  —  FARECAST, the Internet start-up that made waves last year by predicting ticket prices for air travelers, is putting its money where its mouth is.  —  Sort of.  —  The company planned on Monday to announce Fare Guard, a service that guarantees …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Wize.com, the search engine that ranks products  —  Wize.com, a San Mateo start-up, has launched yet another search engine for consumer electronics and other goods.  —  Wize's promise hangs on a single, skinny thread: Its "Wize Rank" concept.  Wize Rank is a numeric ranking of products (from zero to 100).
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Kiptronic Takes $4M for Ad Platform  —  Kiptronic, a San Francisco-based startup that coordinates dynamic ad insertion for audio and video podcasts, will announce today or tomorrow that it has raised $4 million in venture capital funding.  The Series A round was led by Blueprint Ventures …
 
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Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Times of India:
Nimbus gets Rs 550-cr foreign feed
Discussion: GigaOM and VC Circle
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
NYT: NO, NO, NO!!!  —  The approach the NYT takes, editorially …
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LG Super Multi Blue Player: Order Now
Ryan Block / Engadget:
It begins: black market Vista copies already on Chinese shelves
David Pogue / New York Times:
Office 2007: From bloated to sleek
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Blacklist Contained Confidential Information
Discussion: Search Engine Land and digg
Business Week:
What B-Schoolers Lust For Now  —  These days, private equity …
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
Campaigns are Conversations  —  Hillary Clinton formally announced …
CNNMoney.com:
Google may buy video game ad firm
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
booBox To Help Bloggers Sell Stuff
Discussion: Bloggers Blog, digg and Go2web2
 

 
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