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4:40 AM ET, January 23, 2007

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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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Steve Borsch / Connecting the Dots:
Will corporate social networking include dating?
Discussion: The Social Web
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 …
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:   Will Jobs let Mac OS run on Intel boxes?
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
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   iTunes DRM called out by France and Germany
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:
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Inside AdSense:
This is a test: Video content on AdSense
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.
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
22% of Windows Installs Non-Genuine  —  Microsoft disclosed Monday that over one in five Windows installations were deemed non-genuine through the company's Windows Genuine Advantage program, which requires users to validate their operating system before downloading updates from the company.
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft offering free Vista "test drive"
Discussion: MacUser and Neowin.net
Dan Goodin / The Register:
MySpace sues Spam King  —  You'll never guess what for...  MySpace.com 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
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 …
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
Is a Business Plan Necessary?  —  Before you dedicate your life to crafting a business plan the length of a book, read these two paragraphs from the 1/9/07 edition of the Wall Street Journal in an article called "Enterprise: Do Start-ups Really Need Formal Business Plans"
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Cracking Down on Mixtape CDs  —  Not long before Christmas, Jeff Baker, the chief of police of Morrow, Ga., a small town just south of Atlanta, and one of his officers were walking through a local shopping mall when they happened to pass a kiosk hawking rap music CDs.  One in particular caught their attention.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The healthcare "revolution" — controlling your records, insurance  —  A bevy of start-ups are emerging to give people new ways to liberate them from the control of powerful health insurance companies — it's about time.  —  Typically, you go to a doctor, and the doctor keeps your records on file and you can't access them.
Discussion: bizjournals, GigaOM and PaidContent
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
E-mail from the grave?  Microsoft seeks patent on 'immortal computing'  —  In this culture of instant information, some Microsoft Corp. researchers are pursuing a radical notion — the concept of saving messages for delivery in decades, centuries or more.  —  The project, dubbed …
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 …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Strike the Phrase "Social Media" from the Lexicon  —  With the democratization of media we've come to rely on a bunch of terms that are now completely unnecessary.  These include "social media," "user generated content" and - my favorite - "consumer generated media."  Do any of these matter any more?
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
A new crop of kids: Generation We  —  When Amy Jo Kim's son Gabriel says he wants to "watch videos," she knows he doesn't mean DVDs or television.  He wants YouTube.  —  Gabriel, an intensely curious kid who's about to turn 8, has been fascinated by everything from skateboarding and basketball …
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
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Some iPhone touchscreen roots 'splained by FingerWorks inventors  —  It really wouldn't be an Apple device if it didn't involve the practical kidnapping of a pair of inventors and secretive technology buyouts, and the iPhone seems to be no exception.  Word is getting out of John Elias and Wayne Westerman …
Discussion: Cult of Mac and digg
Chris Garrett / Performancing.com:
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 …
 
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David Dreger / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Halo 3 Beta invites sent by Friday [update 1]
Discussion: Joystiq and InsideMicrosoft
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Record Labels Contemplate Unrestricted Digital Music
Josh Pigford / The Apple Blog:
Note Taking Application Faceoff
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
Matt Asay / Open Sources:
Ubuntu founder doesn't "get" enterprise Linux
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog
GameDaily:
WSJ: Google Looking to Join In-Game Ad Arena
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Zune 2.0: the Empire Strikes Back
Discussion: Neowin.net and Slashdot
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The World Just Changed  —  By now you've read the press release …
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Modify Your Partitions With GParted Without Losing Data
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Land:
Google's OneBox Patent Application
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On Space Art in Sebastopol...
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Group Formed to Support Linux as Rival to Windows
 

 
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