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2:55 PM ET, January 23, 2007


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BBC plans online children's world  —  A virtual world which children can inhabit and interact with is being planned by the BBC.  —  CBBC, the channel for 7-12 year olds, said it would allow digitally literate children the access to characters and resources they had come to expect.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TellMe Launches a Killer Mobile Product  —  If you have a cell phone that supports the new TellMe mobile application, you will never use 411 again to find a business.  It launches today at 5 AM PST.  —  TellMe mobile is a free Java application that you install on your phone.
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Second Life: It's not a game  —  Fortune's David Kirkpatrick reports on why IBM's Sam Palmisano and other tech leaders think Second Life could be a gold mine.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Last November in Beijing, IBM gathered 2,000 employees, with 5,000 more watching on the web …
Discussion: VTOR and a shel of my former self
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
It's not a game (cont.)
Discussion: Getting Granular and Screenwerk
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.
Betsya / Live Search's WebLog:
Use Live Search and We'll Donate to Team Seattle and  —  The Live Search team recently launched two new programs to help children in need, and we would love you to help us out.  The good news is that all you have to do to help us is try Live Search on one of our "click for the cause" …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Use Microsoft Live Search & Microsoft With Donate To Charity
Kalpana Shah / Red Herring:
Google to Fund Indian Startups  —  Early-stage fund, Seedfund, will help Google sow the seeds of a future buyout.  —  Google's style is usually to pay huge dollops for the startups it finds interesting.  In India, though, it has chosen to take an indirect route.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Vecosys
Nikhil Pahwa / PaidContent:
Google Invests in India Via New Investment Firm Seedfund
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Stowe Boyd / Message:
In The Time Of "Me First": IBM Slowr?  —  Social applications are likely to be the major theme in software this year.  IBM has been pushing hard in recent years, building on the huge installed base and share-of-mind in the enterprise software world, and now has launched a new product family …
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Personalized Home Page Adds Expand & Collapse Per Post  —  A DigitalPoint Forum thread reports that Google has made a slight change to the Google Personalized home page, by adding a little plus sign to the RSS feeds.  Instead of just seeing the title, you can click on the plus sign …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft eying WiFi-enabled Zune filling stations?  —  Apparently Microsoft is just following the blazed trails around, as it looks like the company just might be toying with the idea of implementing WiFi-based "filling stations" to allow Zune users to "cache and download on the go."
Heather Timmons / International Herald Tribune:
BBC talking to Google about providing video on YouTube  —  LONDON: The British Broadcasting Corporation said Monday that it was in discussions with the search engine company Google about putting some of the BBC's programming on the online video site YouTube.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Business Wire:
Wikio Secures $5.3 Million in Series A Funding  —  Blog and Media Search Company Receives Funding For Research and Development, and International Expansion  —  LUXEMBOURG—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Wikio, operator of the popular personalized Web information page announced today it has closed a Series 'A' round of funding totaling $5.3 million.
Optimus Prime iPod Dock:
Optimus Prime iPod Dock  —  This Apple-licensed dock has a transforming Optimus Prime up front, in iPod white to the exact scale of a generation 1 model.  In the back, the trailer folds, ahem *transforms* into a Pod dock.  Get your preorder in before July when they ship.  —  BRIAN LAM
Discussion: Ubergizmo and digg
David Flynn / APC:
Vista Service Pack 1 is coming  —  Reckon you won't upgrade to Vista until the first service pack is released?  That's looking likely to be the second half of this year, according to Microsoft's latest email blast.  —  The company has put out a call for "customers and partners (to) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Report: Google Doesn't Renew, Site Goes Down  —  Reports are coming in from Germany that was down "for many hours" yesterday, and has now gone live again.  We're trying to confirm the reason, but it appears to be because Google forgot to renew the domain name.
Discussion: and Monkey Bites
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple: Will corporate miscues bruise its image?  —  Apple may have an iPhone coming, record financial results and Wall Street's good graces, but its corporate flubs of late make the company look arrogant.  At some point-and we're not there yet-the Teflon may actually come off that Apple logo.
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Why I Want a Locked IPhone  —  Apple's iPhone is still six months from store shelves, but the backlash has already begun.  —  For the last week or so, bloggers and pundits have been furiously ranting and raving with a litany of the complaints: It's too expensive, it requires a two-year Cingular contract …
Neil Patel / Search Engine Land:
Forget ABCs - The Social Media Alphabet Is DNRS  —  Many search marketers know their search engine alphabet, A for; G for Google; M for Microsoft and Y for Yahoo.  But how many know the important letters of the social media alphabet, D for Digg; N for Netscape; R for Reddit and S for StumbleUpon?
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Accountants call out Apple on $1.99 fee
Ephraim Schwartz / InfoWorld:
IEEE 802.11n working group approves draft 2.0
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Want People to Read Your Blog? Go With a Full Text Feed
Rick Jelliffe / O'Reilly XML Blog:
An interesting offer: get paid to contribute to Wikipedia
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
CPI suing FCC to get at real state of broadband competition in the US
Discussion:, digg and Slashdot
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Apple faces patent claim over iPod touch sensor technology
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Tretton: PS3 will be "difficult to cost reduce"
Discussion: Kotaku, CrunchGear and digg
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Best Practices for Title Tags
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Tyler Hamilton / Technology Review Feed:
Battery Breakthrough?
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Connection Between Short, Modular and Open
Discussion: Rough Type
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Throwaway Identities  —  Written by Jitendra Gupta of KarmaWeb …
Carlo / Techdirt:
RIAA Tells CEA's Shapiro To Do The Impossible And Stop Making Them Look Evil
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Cracking Down on Mixtape CDs
Discussion: IP Democracy and The 463
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Find Out If Your Social Security or Credit Card Numbers are on the Internet
Discussion: Techdirt