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10:50 AM ET, January 23, 2007

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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
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Nikhil Pahwa / PaidContent:
Google Invests in India Via New Investment Firm Seedfund
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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:
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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.
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.
Discussion: Michael Geist's Blog, Slashdot and A VC
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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 …
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:
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 …
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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Throwaway Identities  —  Written by Jitendra Gupta of KarmaWeb and edited by Richard MacManus  —  Social Media researcher danah boyd recently recently wrote in her blog about throwaway identities in MySpace: … danah notes that teens often start new accounts on a whim - in IM, email, website logins.
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
Neil Patel / Search Engine Land:
Forget ABCs - The Social Media Alphabet Is DNRS  —  Many search marketers know their search engine alphabet, A for Ask.com; G for Google; M for Microsoft Live.com 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?
Discussion: splashcastmedia.com
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Best Practices for Title Tags  —  It's been a while since I provided some straightforward, back to basics style advice and there can be little doubt that the title attribute is worthy of attention for beginners and experts alike.  And so I present...  How to Make the Best Title Tag Possible:
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Connection Between Short, Modular and Open  —  How did we get from the two-hour film to the 24-minute TV sitcom?  Why is it that the Academy award-winning short film of yesteryear was watched by a few thousand, while a YouTube clip shot on a camera phone might be watched by hundreds of thousands or even millions of viewers?
Discussion: Rough Type
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.
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
 
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Tretton: PS3 will be "difficult to cost reduce"
Discussion: Kotaku and digg
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Microsoft wants Wi-Fi 'filling stations' for Zune II
Shaun Nichols / vnunet:
Google admits to user data disclosure
Tyler Hamilton / Technology Review Feed:
Battery Breakthrough?
Stuart / Techscape:
BBC to launch branded Google Video / YouTube channel?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Report: Google Doesn't Renew Google.de, Site Goes Down
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Retailers aim to get Vista boost
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Roam4free goes live
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Carlo / Techdirt:
RIAA Tells CEA's Shapiro To Do The Impossible And Stop Making Them Look Evil
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Strike the Phrase "Social Media" from the Lexicon
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
22% of Windows Installs Non-Genuine
Mike / CrunchNotes:
TechCrunch Referral Traffic
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
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