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10:20 AM ET, January 25, 2007


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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:
Hollywood Reporter:
Fox seeks YouTube user's identity
Discussion: PaidContent, Reel Pop and Lost Remote
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."
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
LA Times Reorganizes As 24/7 Newsroom; Meshing Online and Print …
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.
Free T-Mobile Hotspot for Vista Users  —  As part of its promotional efforts surrounding the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft said Wednesday that for 90 days after the debut of the next-generation operating system, customers would be able to use T-Mobile Hotspot Wi-Fi for free on laptops running Vista.
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Exclusive to Windows Vista users: Complimentary T-Mobile HotSpot access
Discussion: TechBlog and
Karen / Official Google Blog:
A look ahead at Google Video and YouTube  —  Posted by Salar Kamangar, Vice President, Product Management  —  In November, we officially closed our acquisition of YouTube, and since then we've received a number of questions about what will happen next.  The summary is that Google Video …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mockup: What if Google sold video ads?
Discussion: and Search Engine Land
Thomas Mennecke / 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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Stream of Movies, Sort of Free  —  If there's one sure thing about the future, it's that it always takes longer to arrive than you think it will.  —  Here we are in 2007, and the interstellar space travel depicted in "2001" is still a sci-fi fantasy.  Heck, we haven't even reached the society of mind control imagined in "1984."
Discussion: A VC
Microsoft Vista to Cause Confusion for Korean Net Users  —  When Microsoft releases its next-generation Windows operating system in Korea next week, local Internet users will find that it doesn't work with many of their favorite Web sites.  A Hangul version of the new OS, called Vista …
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype had a better Q4-2006  —  Per the pre-conference call, Skype:  —  164% YOY growth net revenues … 129% YOY growth registered users: More than 380 thousand new users every day in Q4. … Other highlights
Brad / The BRAD BLOG:
DIEBOLD VOTING MACHINE KEY COPIED FROM PHOTO AT COMPANY'S OWN ONLINE STORE!  —  Ed Note: Several important updates now added to the end of the story...  Good lord in heaven.  How dumb are these guys at Diebold?!  Can you believe the United States has actually entrusted them to build …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
James Kim Memorial Fund Charity Raffle  —  Stephen (aka TiVoStephen, aka Director of TiVoCast Operations) and I were deeply moved by the Kim family ordeal and the tragic death of James while trying to find help for his wife and children.  I thought it would be worthwhile to leverage ZNF …
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Sprint Launches MobileFaker by Moderati  —  Sprint has just launched a new service being introduced by ring tone giant Moderati.  MobileFaker is designed to help you save face while allowing you to escape from social situations that you might otherwise be forced to endure or as they put it, make your mobile a social weapon.
Discussion:, CrunchGear and digg
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OEM pricing for Windows Vista comes into focus  —  When the retail pricing for Windows Vista was announced, the hardest of the hardcore knew that the real deal was in OEM pricing.  Many PC vendors such as Newegg offer so-called "OEM bundles," which are heavily discounted versions of retail software …
Discussion: Graceful Flavor
Robert Vamosi / CNET
CNET editors' review
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The New Face of Amazon - Tags, Ajax, Plogs & Wikis  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  Lately Amazon has been introducing a raft of 'web 2.0' features to its e-commerce website.  In this post we explore how Amazon has implemented tagging, Ajax, blogs and wikis …
Carlo / Techdirt:
Court Reinforces, And Even Expands, Site Owners' Immunity For Other People's Content  —  from the no-libel-for-you dept  —  The Communications Decency Act, passed in 1996, was, like so many other government attempts to regulate technology, something of a mess.
Eric J. Sinrod / CNET   Perspective: Why ISPs can breathe easier after a porno decision
Matt Wilson / Solution Watch: Simple Effective Idea Organization  —  Diagrams on paper are cool, but diagrams on the internet are cooler.  This is where comes into play. is a mind-mapping product aimed towards literally anyone who needs help organizing their thoughts or any untidy information.
Discussion: Go2web2
Eugenia Loli-Queru / OSNews:
Review: The Nokia N800 Internet Tablet  —  Our Nokia friends were very generous to send us over their newest Internet Tablet, the N800, for a review.  Read more below about our experience with this Linux-based mobile gem.  —  Nokia N800, Page 1/2  —  The N800 is an evolutionary step above the older model, the N770.
Discussion: and digg
Mike Boland / Search Engine Watch Blog:
The Blogosphere Sounds Off on Hyper-Local  —  In the wake of discouraging news from hyper-local destination (in some ways this served as a testimonial to the sustainability of online hyper-local destination sites as we pointed out a few weeks ago), Sebastien Provencher points to a few relevant blog posts.
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Travis Hudson / Gizmodo:
Leaked: Screenshots of OS X Leopard Terminal, Parental Controls, More
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia E61i clears FCC
MARISSA MAYER  —  When Marissa laughs, the world laughs with her
Discussion: flashpoint
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Indie labels combine to form a "virtual fifth major"
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple World Wide Developer Conference 2007 slated for June
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Machine tags  —  straup says:  —  [Note : I work …
Discussion: New Media Hack and Raw
Fred / A VC:
Saying No  —  Growing up, my mom would always tell …
Carlo / Techdirt:
Latest Business Model For Record Labels: Get Paid For Giving …
China official vows to 'purify' Web
Discussion: Techdirt and
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Will 'unlocked' cell phones free consumers?
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Like Richard Stallman never edits the Wikipedia entry on the GPL ...
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Profit Down, Outlook Up at Yahoo