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10:45 AM ET, January 22, 2007

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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
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
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Wikipedia Finally Makes the Right Decision  —  It may seem odd coming from someone who practices link building and whose clients require the service, but I'm gald to see that Wikipedia has shifted back to nofollow on all outbound links.  What surprises me is that a relatively small …
Discussion: Rough Type
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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.
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 …
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, You NEWB and digg
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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 …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Work from bed with the Ergopod  —  The Ergopod 500 is a clever system for supporting a PC, mouse, keyboard and work-areas, intended for use by heavy computer users, particularly those with special physical needs.  One of its many adjustable modes is a "work supine" and "work in bed" …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Joystiq
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SmugMug: The (Anti) Web 2.0 Company  —  SmugMug CEO Dan MacAskill, who has said "maybe I just don't get this 'Web 2.0′ term" in the past, is proceeding to teach those of us who claim to know exactly what it means a thing or two.  The company launched a suite of stunning new features tonight.
Discussion: SmugBlog
Mike / Techdirt:
MPAA Finally Agrees To Make Small Changes To Movie Rating Systems  —  from the about-time dept  —  While they insist that last year's movie that blew the lid off the highly secretive process of movie ratings, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, (which of course received an NC-17 rating) …
Discussion: KFMB-TV
New York Times:
Gambling Subpoenas on Wall St.  —  The Justice Department has issued subpoenas to at least four Wall Street investment banks as part of a widening investigation into the multibillion-dollar online gambling industry, according to people briefed on the investigation.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Google Blogoscoped:
Google and the Web Democracy  —  MartinLutherKing.org is a hate site run by white pride organization Stormfront.org.  It also happened to be linked right from the homepage of RockTheVote.com with a large center image.  The Rock the Vote website aims to promote "political power for young people …
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
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM
 
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Jenny / The Shifted Librarian:
Gaming for Fines  —  Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting …
Discussion: Joystiq
Ars Technica:
AmigaOS 4  —  The Amiga is alive and well—sort of, and AmigaOS 4 is finally out.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
YAHOO IN THE CROSSHAIRS  —  Catching up on stuff I've missed …
Darren / Digital Camera Reviews, Ratings …:
Canon EOS 40D
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Wize.com, the search engine that ranks products
Times of India:
Nimbus gets Rs 550-cr foreign feed
Discussion: GigaOM and VC Circle
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
The Big Picture  —  A review of Dreaming in Code, by Scott Rosenberg.
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 Earlier Items: 
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
NYT: NO, NO, NO!!!  —  The approach the NYT takes, editorially …
Discussion: down the avenue
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
An Insurance Policy for Low Airfares
Gizmodo:
LG Super Multi Blue Player: Order Now
Discussion: Neowin.net and CrunchGear
Ryan Block / Engadget:
It begins: black market Vista copies already on Chinese shelves
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests and digg
David Pogue / New York Times:
Office 2007: From bloated to sleek
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Blacklist Contained Confidential Information
Discussion: Search Engine Land and digg
Dave Barnes / MacScoop:
Apple to charge Mac OS X Tiger users for final Boot Camp release?
 

 
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