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11:35 PM ET, January 24, 2007

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Dmahugh / Slashdot:
hi, I'm the guy you're bashing today  —  The premise of this thread is a lie.  Nobody ever contacted Rick and asked him to "make edits and corrections favorable to" Microsoft.  Also, nobody from Microsoft PR contacted him.  I am the person who contacted Rick, and I am a technical evangelist specializing in the Open XML file formats.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What Is The Check On Wikipedia's Power?
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Extended Support for Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition  —  Microsoft adds the Extended Support phase to two consumer products, providing customers with an additional five years of support.  —  Who: Microsoft Corp.
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Buying choices CNET editors' review
Discussion: gizmodo.com
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Exclusive to Windows Vista users: Complimentary T-Mobile HotSpot access
Discussion: TechBlog and Windows-Now.com
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OEM pricing for Windows Vista comes into focus
Discussion: Graceful Flavor
randolfe.typepad.com:
SecondLife: Revolutionary Virtual Market or Ponzi Scheme?  —  SecondLife: Revolutionary Virtual Market or Ponzi Scheme?  —  In 2005 I began working as a venture consultant for some entrepreneurs and investors trying to develop a fairly ambitious "real-money-trading" (RMT) business idea.
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Profit Down, Outlook Up at Yahoo  —  Yahoo closed the books on a tough year yesterday, reporting that its sales rebounded in the fourth quarter from an especially sluggish third quarter and promising investors that it would soon turn on technology that it hoped would close the widening gap with Google.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Beyond Google: Social Media Engines First, Other Search Engines Second  —  I've never encouraged a "Google First" or "Google Only" mentality for search marketers to follow.  This is where you focus only on Google, figuring the other major search engines don't matter.
Discussion: Threadwatch.org
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Thomas Mennecke / Slyck.com File-Sharing News …:
Interview with muslix64, Developer of BackupHDDVD  —  The next generation of optical disc technology holds the promise to change the way we interact with and store digital media.  Perhaps the most exciting change is the arrival of High Definition (HD) video, with its glorious 1920x1080 pixel resolution.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Editor James O'Shea unveils Web initiative at Times  —  Los Angeles Times Editor James E. O'Shea unveiled a major initiative this morning designed to expand the audience and revenue generated by the newspaper's website, saying the newspaper is in "a fight to recoup threatened revenue that finances our news gathering."
Forbes:
The Web Celeb 25  —  THE FACE OF FAME IS CHANGING.  The ranks of the world's celebrities used to be dominated by millionaire actors, athletes and musicians, but the Internet has leveled the playing field.  A kid with a video camera has access to as large an audience as the biggest Hollywood star.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Micro Persuasion
out-law.com:
Apple DRM is illegal in Norway, says Ombudsman  —  Apple's digital rights management lock on its iPod device and iTunes software is illegal, the Consumer Ombudsman in Norway has ruled.  The blow follows the news that consumer groups in Germany and France are joining Norway's action against Apple.
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2006 Financial Results  —  Reports Record Q4 Net Revenues of $1.7 Billion  —  Delivers Q4 GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.25 and Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.31  —  Repurchases $1.0 Billion of Common Stock During Q4 and Expands Program for Additional $2.0 Billion
flickr.com:
Machine tags  —  straup says:  —  [Note : I work here and this message was also sent to the API mailing list]  —  We are rolling out a new feature called "machine tags" that allows users to be more precise in how they tag, and how they search, their photos.
Discussion: New Media Hack and Raw
New York Times:
More Marketers Are Grabbing the Attention of Players During Online Games  —  CASUAL game sites have learned how to play the ad game.  —  The sites — which offer puzzle and strategy games — once focused on selling the actual games after the dot-com bust drove many advertisers away.
Discussion: PaidContent and PSFK Trend: PSFK
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Will 'unlocked' cell phones free consumers?  —  The major cell phone operators' hold on which devices U.S. consumers can use on their networks may be slipping as large manufacturers like Motorola and Nokia dabble in selling "unlocked" phones.  —  Up until recently, unlocked phones …
Google Watch:
Fox's Piracy Czar Subpoenas YouTube over Pirated "24" and "Simpsons" Episodes  —  D'oh!  Twentieth Century Fox has subpoenaed YouTube to reveal the identity of users who uploaded four episodes of the TV series "24" and twelve episodes of "The Simpsons," Google Watch has learned.  —  The subpoena reads, in part:
Discussion: Mashable! and Lost Remote
John Markoff / New York Times:
Move Over Silicon Valley, Here Come European Start-Ups  —  A technology and media conference being held here this week provided ample evidence that Silicon Valley's dominance of Internet-style technology innovation is waning.  —  The gathering, Digital Life Design, has become a showcase …
Discussion: valleywag.com, Vecosys and point being
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Rising Dead Pool Indicates Web 2.0 Bubble is Popping  —  The Web 2.0 "bubble" - where a thousand ventures can bloom and thrive - is starting to pop. In the last few weeks the number of startups to go belly up or teter on the brink has increased.  TechCrunch is my yardstick for all things Web 2.0.
 
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Rupture Goes Live: Awesome MySpace Clone for World of Warcraft
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple World Wide Developer Conference 2007 slated for June
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Fred / A VC:
Saying No  —  Growing up, my mom would always tell …
Discussion: ben barren and Dawn Patrol
Carlo / Techdirt:
Latest Business Model For Record Labels: Get Paid For Giving …
Reuters:
China official vows to 'purify' Web
Discussion: Neowin.net and Techdirt
alarm:clock:
Behavioral Ad Network Blue Lithium Is Killing It - Rockets to Top 5 Networks
Google:
New Version of Google Groups Gives Groups Their Own Home on the Web …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Time to Reboot the Internet Again
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Network World:
Google exec says IT 'crisis' preventing business innovation
Gizmodo:
SeeEye2Eye Webcam Eye-Contact Gadget Hands-On
gizmodo.com:
Network HDTV Quality Tested: GW's Babbling Tells Us The State of the High-Def Union
Discussion: digg
Google Watch:
Google Sues Leo Stoller for Racketeering
Discussion: Techdirt
Paul Collins / Slate:
jTunes  —  THE INSANELY GREAT SONGS APPLE WON'T LET YOU HEAR.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Furdlog and digg
Wired News:
CIA Gets in Your Face(book)
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Adobe and its P2P Ambitions