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11:55 PM ET, January 22, 2007

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Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
WordPress 2.1 Ella  —  On behalf of the WordPress.org 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:
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.
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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."
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google to run video ads from BMG, Warner  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG - news) said on Monday it would expand testing of its much-anticipated video advertising system by working with two major music labels to embed video ads on Web sites that make money running them.
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.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Parallels to turn it around, help Mac OS onto generic PC boxen
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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.
Steve Wiseman / IntelliAdmin.com:
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 …
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 …
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
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: Ars Technica, The 463 and MacUser
Tom Coates / plasticbag.org:
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 …
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
The World Just Changed  —  By now you've read the press release, and you know that Sun and Intel are joining forces to drive Solaris, the NetBeans development environment, Java, and the Intel Xeon platform.  You'll see ads that look like this in a few days:
Discussion: Ars Technica and theWHIR.com Blogs
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.
finjan.com:
Finjan Reconfirms Google's Anti-Phishing BlackList Exposed  —  Confidential User Information  —  Finjan Inc., the global provider of best-of-breed proactive web security solutions for businesses and organizations, today announced that it reconfirms recent reports that Google …
Discussion: Gear Live and Google Watch
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Making a Ruckus in the Music Business  —  An upstart run by a former Napster executive aims to change how people get songs online—and give Apple a run for its iTunes money  —  Mike Bebel has a plan for inducing young people to pay for downloaded music: Give them all the songs they want for free …
Discussion: point being and IP Democracy
Geraldine Fabrikant / New York Times:
Once Given Up for Dead, Comcast Defies Its Obits  —  THREE years ago, with the cable television industry in the doldrums, the Comcast Corporation's chairman, Brian L. Roberts, approached Mel Karmazin, then the president of Viacom, with a modest proposal: give Comcast the right to show programming …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Screenwerk and Mary's Blog
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
MySpace sues Spam King
Discussion: Techdirt and TechSpot
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
GameDaily:
WSJ: Google Looking to Join In-Game Ad Arena
Discussion: alarm:clock and Ars Technica
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Performancing Partners to close
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft offering free Vista "test drive"
Discussion: MacUser and Neowin.net
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Group Formed to Support Linux as Rival to Windows
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A new crop of kids: Generation We
Ashton Mills / APC:
10 reasons not to get Vista  —  It's all too easy to get caught …
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Next-gen MacBook Pro to shine brighter
 

 
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