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12:30 AM ET, January 25, 2007

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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Buying choices CNET editors' review  —  Windows Vista is Microsoft's first new operating system in more than five years and the successor to Windows XP.  However, it is not worth rushing out to purchase.  If you desperately need to buy a new PC (if your old one died or you've been waiting …
Discussion: gizmodo.com
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OEM pricing for Windows Vista comes into focus
Discussion: Graceful Flavor
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Extended Support for Windows XP Home Edition …
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."
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
LA Times Reorganizes As 24/7 Newsroom; Meshing Online and Print …
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Like Richard Stallman never edits the Wikipedia entry on the GPL ...  As Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales would likely tell you, it's not wise to go mucking about in your own Wikipedia entry or an entry with which you're closely associated (see "The following Wikipedia entry has been edited for the sake of egotistical accuracy").
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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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BetaNews:
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.
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Exclusive to Windows Vista users: Complimentary T-Mobile HotSpot access
Discussion: TechBlog and Windows-Now.com
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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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.
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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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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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
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
Gregg Keizer / informationweek.com:
Microsoft May Have Mistakenly Pegged Half A Million As Pirates  —  While false positives are less than one-half of 1%, that adds up to a lot when you find 114 million counterfeits.  —  Microsoft's anti-piracy tool has marked more than one in every five copies of Windows as bogus, the Redmond …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Techdirt
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Time to Reboot the Internet Again  —  Cisco Systems Inc., the company whose hardware routers are responsible for handling the majority of the world's Internet traffic, today issued patches to fix at least three very serious security holes in its products.  This is generally not something …
 
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Court Reinforces, And Even Expands, Site Owners' Immunity For Other People's Content
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Shows Really Big Checkout Buttons
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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 …
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Latest Business Model For Record Labels: Get Paid For Giving …
Reuters:
China official vows to 'purify' Web
Discussion: Neowin.net and Techdirt
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 Earlier Items: 
Google:
New Version of Google Groups Gives Groups Their Own Home on the Web …
Network World:
Google exec says IT 'crisis' preventing business innovation
Google Watch:
Google Sues Leo Stoller for Racketeering
Discussion: valleywag.com and Techdirt
Intel:
New Intel Wireless Product for Laptops Extends Networking Speed and Range
Wired News:
CIA Gets in Your Face(book)
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Rising Dead Pool Indicates Web 2.0 Bubble is Popping