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9:50 AM ET, January 23, 2007


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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:
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
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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   iTunes DRM called out by France and Germany
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
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) …
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.
Shaun Nichols / vnunet:
Google admits to user data disclosure  —  Anti-phishing list logged user names and passwords  —  Google has confirmed that it unwittingly disclosed sensitive login and password information pertaining to more than a dozen users.  —  The information was disclosed three weeks ago as part …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and
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
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
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
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.
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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BBC to launch branded Google Video / YouTube channel?
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Retailers aim to get Vista boost
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Nate Mook / BetaNews:
22% of Windows Installs Non-Genuine
David Dreger / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Halo 3 Beta invites sent by Friday [update 1]
Discussion: Joystiq and InsideMicrosoft
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, GigaOM and PaidContent
Matt Asay / Open Sources:
Ubuntu founder doesn't "get" enterprise Linux
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog
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