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4:30 AM ET, January 29, 2007


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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn raises $12.8M to build out professional network  —  LinkedIn, the networking site for professionals connect, has raised $12.8 million in venture funding.  —  The venture capitalists, Silicon Valley's Bessemer Venture Partners and the European Founders Fund (EFF), an internet focused firm …
Discussion: PaidContent
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Raises Nearly $13 Million More  —  Professional social network LinkedIn will announce a previously rumored $12.8 million round of financing on Monday, led by Bessemer and the European Founders Fund.  The company, which has been profitable since March 2006, has raised $13.4 million …
Discussion: GigaOM
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Vista "upgrade" drops compliance checking, requires old OS to install  —  Microsoft's quest to closely control the way Windows Vista can be used on PCs has taken a turn for the worse as new information indicates that the company is breaking tradition when it comes to Windows Vista upgrades.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
New Windows Vista homepage  —  The guys over at Neowin noticed the Windows Vista website has been refreshed for the ever-imminent launch in under 24 hours.  In fact, the whole "Windows Family" sub-site has adopted a new Vista look-and-feel with light auras, glass and a black toolbar.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Breaking news: Adobe to release PDF to ISO  —  This is news that's just breaking.  —  I talked with Adobe officials on Friday and they are opening up the PDF specification.  It will release the full PDF 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Microsoft Office 2007 Review Part 2: What's New?  —  In this part of the review, I'd like to discuss two major changes to Office 2007 that affect the most commonly-used applications in the suite: the new Ribbon user interface and the new XML-based document formats.
Discussion: Office Evolution
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Open Document Plugin for Word 97-2007 proves Microsoft wrong
Discussion: LXer Linux News
Paul Durman / Times of London:
Jilted tech boss tries hand at venture capital  —  DAN WAGNER, the entrepreneur who ran the Maid online information business in the 1990s, once turned down an opportunity to invest $1m (£510,000) for 30% of the fledgling Ebay — a stake that would now be worth many billions.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Wellsphere Launches Wellness 2.0  —  Wellshpere is launching an alpha version of their wellness community site tomorrow.  It joins a host of other health related search, training, and Q&A sites we've covered.  Wellsphere is concerned with day-to-day sorts of health choices that make up …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Wellsphere, for those striving to be fit and healthy  —  Wellsphere is a Web site worth looking at, if you're into eating healthy and sports.  It launches Monday morning.  —  We at VentureBeat are constantly surprised by how difficult it is to find yummy, healthy restaurants in say …
Discussion: GigaOM
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
YouTube's Vaporware About Vaporshare  —  This generated a lot of links and stories since Thursday....Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, speaking at Davos, flippantly mentioned the site will start sharing revenue with its millions of users sometime in the coming months, and the world goes stir-crazy.
Associated Press:
YouTube to share revenue with users
Discussion: I4U News, RSS Marketing Blog and digg
Jason Pontin / New York Times:
Awaiting the Day When Everyone Writes Software  —  BJARNE STROUSTRUP, the designer of C++, the most influential programming language of the last 25 years, has said that "our technological civilization depends on software."  True, but most software isn't much good.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba's Portege R400 convertible goes on sale  —  If you somehow managed to skim through the CES mayhem and notice this gem, chances are it immediately landed on your wish list, and if you're looking for an ultralight, well-spec'd, EV-DO-equipped convertible tablet, here's your chance.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
How to Find Fake Torrents Uploaded by the MPAA and RIAA  —  To make these traps more visible, Fenopy just introduced the FakeFinder.  The FakeFinder lists the most popular fake torrents and the latest fake trackers.  It also allows you to search for fake torrents by keyword or infohash.
Discussion: digg
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Wow, Scoble Just Threw Himself Under a Bus  —  This is related to the story below.  After his first rant, Scoble goes on another one wondering why people aren't linking to this stuff - much of which is a lot of high quality video footage of startup CEOs.  I'm not sure what the answer to that is …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Pissing off the blogosphere...
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MyBlogLog Integrates Flickr  —  It hasn't always been clear how Yahoo planned to tie together its many small social media properties.  But it seems that MyBlogLog, acquired by Yahoo earlier this month (see Yahoo-MyBlogLog), is already seeing some integration with another slightly geeky Yahoo property: Flickr.
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Google TV - An Elaborate Hoax
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