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1:50 AM ET, January 23, 2007


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David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Windows on the Mac changes everything  —  The kind of software sold by the formidable Parallels is transforming computing and challenging Steve Jobs, says Fortune's David Kirkpatrick.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — The lines between the Mac OS and Windows are starting to blur.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Parallels to turn it around, help Mac OS onto generic PC boxen
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Mathew Ingram /   Will Jobs let Mac OS run on Intel boxes?
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
IBM's Social Networking Push  —  With collaboration software called Lotus Connections, Big Blue competes with Microsoft as Web 2.0 expands into the business world  —  In the earlier days of computing, innovations that were created for corporations gradually seeped into consumer products.
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
WordPress 2.1 Ella  —  On behalf of the community of commiters, contributers, and volunteers, I'm very proud to announce the immediate availability of WordPress 2.1 "Ella", named for jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.  Here's a sampling of what's in the new version:
Doug Mellgren / Associated Press:
German, French groups want open iTunes  —  OSLO, Norway - German and French consumer groups have joined a Nordic-led drive to force Apple Inc. to make its iTunes online store compatible with digital music players made by rival companies, a Norwegian official said Monday.
Discussion: The 463 and MacUser
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   iTunes DRM called out by France and Germany
Inside AdSense:
This is a test: Video content on AdSense  —  There are many things in life that go hand in hand — peanut butter & jelly, wine & cheese, milk & cookies — and for publishers, AdSense & great content sites.  We hope that the next perfect pairing will be "great video content & your audience."
Eric Auchard / Reuters:   Google to run video ads from BMG, Warner
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
Blu-Ray DRM Cracked  —  The plaintext exploit used to partially crack HD-DVD a couple of weeks ago was brought to bear on Blu-Ray by the same gents this weekend—and it worked a treat.  —  "We need to kick DRM in the butt!" declares the sigfile of Doom9 forum poster Janvitos, launching his inspection of the format.
Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
The complete guide to PDFs in iTunes  —  There are a small but growing number of PDFs appearing in iTunes, users can subscribe to podcasts to automatically receive audio and video - and recently - PDFs.  At MAKE & CRAFT we have experimented with this from the start - we have also cataloged …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Find Out If Your Social Security or Credit Card Numbers are on the Internet  —  Silicon Valley based Trusted ID, which launched IDFreeze last year to help protect people from identity theft, released their second product this evening - Stolen ID Search.  —  Type a social security …
Steve Wiseman /
The 5 sins of Vista  —  Since Vista was released to MSDN subscribers back in November I have started using it on my primary development laptop.  I would love to run it in a VMWare session while I am developing, but it is still not possible to get Areo Glass to run this way …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
MySpace sues Spam King  —  You'll never guess what for... has sued self-proclaimed spam king Scott Richter for allegedly using compromised user accounts to send millions unsolicited ads touting ringtones, polo shirts among other things.  —  We were surprised - nay shocked - when we heard the identity of the defendant.
Discussion: Techdirt and TechSpot
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Record Labels Contemplate Unrestricted Digital Music  —  As even digital music revenue growth falters because of rampant file-sharing by consumers, the major record labels are moving closer to releasing music on the Internet with no copying restrictions — a step they once vowed never to take.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Germany Gone Kaput?  —  Reader Michiel Ouwerkerk just dropped an email to say that Google Germany has disappeared.  Sure enough, when I go there, I get a holding page from what looks to be hosting company Goneo:  —  The message reads (umlauts and other German punctuation omitted, sorry!)
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Chris Garrett /
Performancing Partners to close  —  I'm sad to tell you that Partners has to close.  While I have every faith it could have worked, it wasn't going to happen fast enough.  Without more money invested it wasn't going to happen at all.  —  Any ads currently in the system will continue …
Tom Coates /
On Space Art in Sebastopol...  This is so much fun.  Where to start?  Okay.  So in September last year a few of us went to the O'Reilly FOO Camp.  It's an invitation-only event in Sebastopol in California where everyone's expected to present what they're thinking about or working on and where lots of fascinating conversations happen.
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Land:
Google's OneBox Patent Application  —  One of my favorite search related articles is one that Danny wrote a few years back titled Searching With Invisible Tabs.  It stands out because it describes one of the major difficulties involving how search engines work - making a user interface as simple as possible …
Discussion: Shoemoney and SEO by the SEA
Mike / CrunchNotes:
TechCrunch Referral Traffic  —  In response to a couple of inquiries, here are the top 11 sources of TechCrunch traffic in December 2006 (via Google Analytics):  —  Digg remains a very important site for overall TechCrunch traffic.  I'm surprised by how much traffic BBC and TechMeme sends our way.
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Josh Pigford / The Apple Blog:
Note Taking Application Faceoff
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The healthcare "revolution" — controlling your records, insurance
Discussion: bizjournals
Matt Asay / Open Sources:
Ubuntu founder doesn't "get" enterprise Linux
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
10 Google Feeds You Should Subscribe To
WSJ: Google Looking to Join In-Game Ad Arena
Discussion: alarm:clock and Ars Technica
Charles / Channel 9:
Scott Hanselman & Jeffrey Snover Discuss Windows PowerShell
Carlo / Techdirt:
When Choosing Between Two Brands, Why Keep The Less Popular One?
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
The World Just Changed  —  By now you've read the press release …
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft offering free Vista "test drive"
Discussion: MacUser and
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Making a Ruckus in the Music Business
Discussion: point being and IP Democracy
Finjan Reconfirms Google's Anti-Phishing BlackList Exposed
Discussion: Gear Live and Google Watch
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
Is a Business Plan Necessary?
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Group Formed to Support Linux as Rival to Windows
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
A new crop of kids: Generation We
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
An Internet Video Partnership From 2 Lions of Old Media (Eisner and Jann Wenner)