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5:05 AM ET, January 22, 2007

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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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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.
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 …
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.
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
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).
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
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 …
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
Times of India:
Nimbus gets Rs 550-cr foreign feed  —  MUMBAI: A clutch of foreign investors including 3i, Cisco and Oman International Fund (OIF) have invested Rs 552 crore in Nimbus Communications in what could be one of the largest-ever private equity investments in the Indian media and entertainment sector.
Discussion: GigaOM and VC Circle
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 …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Office 2007: From bloated to sleek  —  Life has a funny symmetry, don't you think?  When you're born, you're short, toothless and bald.  You spend the first part of your life gaining height, teeth and hair—and the last part losing them again.  —  Believe it or not, Microsoft Office is following the same trajectory.
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
Ryan Block / Engadget:
It begins: black market Vista copies already on Chinese shelves  —  Screw the limited edition signed collector's Vista plate set with matching flatware and signed Bill Gates lithograph, China's already rocking it black market style with Vista knocks on the shelves in two CD sets.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests and digg
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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
Gizmodo:
LG Super Multi Blue Player: Order Now  —  We just got tipped off that Best Buy now has the LG Blu-ray HD-DVD Combo Player available for order online.  Brian Lam, being the investigative journalist that he is, insisted on [ordering one for himself] testing the link before we reported this exciting news to the world.
Discussion: Gadgetell, Neowin.net and CrunchGear
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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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
NYT: NO, NO, NO!!!  —  The approach the NYT takes, editorially …
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 …
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Bob Sullivan / The Red Tape Chronicles:
Spam is back, and worse than ever
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Chris Heuer / Social Media Release:
The Social Media Release is about getting the facts right
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On Linking  —  In a recent ongoing piece, I mentioned the …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
booBox To Help Bloggers Sell Stuff
Discussion: Bloggers Blog, Go2web2 and digg
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Google's big bandwidth acquisitions
 

 
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