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3:55 PM ET, January 29, 2007

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USA Today:
Verizon rejected Apple iPhone deal  —  NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless, the No. 2 U.S. cellphone carrier, passed on the chance to be the exclusive distributor of the iPhone almost two years ago, balking at Apple's rich financial terms and other demands.  —  Among other things …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Verizon Rejected iPhone Deal due to Apple's Terms
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Top 100 Alternative Search Engines  —  Written by Charles S. Knight, SEO, and edited by Richard MacManus.  The Top 100 is listed at the end of the analysis.  —  Ask anyone which search engine they use to find information on the Internet and they will almost certainly reply: "Google."
Discussion: Between the Lines and Slashdot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Huh?  PDF standardization decision has nothing to do with Microsoft?  —  It's only Monday.  But this statement gets my vote for quote of the week: … Does anyone out there believe this?  Especially after Adobe's much-publicized objections last summer over Microsoft embedding XPS in Vista and Office 2007?
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: Forget about PayPal; how about a MasterCard killer?  —  Ever since PayPal burst on to the scene, the Nostradamus types have been predicting one PayPal killer after another.  First it was "e-gold," then Western Union, then C2IT (by Citibank), then Google.
PC Pro:
Botnet army massing in China - Prolexic  —  China is now the most infected country in the world and Asia contains half the world's infected computers, according to security company Prolexic.  —  The figures come from the company's Denial of Service (DDoS) Weather Report …
Mark Wallace / Wired News:
A Second Life for MTV … Lounging by a bright blue pool, Kyndra and Cami, stars of MTV's hit reality show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, chat with a bunch of other teenagers.  Kyndra's white bikini shows off an artificially enhanced figure, while Cami's dark skin glows against an unnaturally bright blue sky.
Discussion: 3pointD.com
Sam Harrelson / Cost Per News:
RightMedia Launches RMX Direct for Publishers  —  Right Media's RMX Direct for publishers network has just completed a six month beta test and is opening to the public this morning.  RMX Direct for Publishers is a simple and free solution for managing advertising networks that allows publishers …
Discussion: yardley.ca, TechAddress and Adrants
Valleywag:
SILICON VALLEY USERS GUIDE: Lessons from the Scobleizer  —  PAUL BOUTIN — "Big gadget sites don't link to blogs!"  Podtech video blogger Robert Scoble charged over the weekend.  His video stiffed, but his post burned up the blogosphere even after he took back his words.  What can we learn from Robert?
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Microsoft copies BlueJ, admits it, then patents it  —  Michael Kölling is pretty ticked off right now.  What would upset a mild mannered professor at the University of Kent?  How about someone willfully using his work without attribution, and then filing for a patent on it that could prevent him from using it himself?
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Danielfe / Dan Fernandez's Blog:   Update: Response to BlueJ Patent Issues
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.
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Gizmodo:
Windows Vista Now Available On Dell Systems
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and Neowin.net
Anna Sebestyén / Google Blogoscoped:
YouTube Sharing Revenue With Users  —  Goo(g)d news.  Soon you will start generating money on YouTube.  —  How soon?  We don't know.  But Chad Hurley announced at World Economic Forum, Davos on 27 Jan that they would reward users for self-generated content, saying "We are getting …
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Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily:
27 TIPS FOR TELECONFERENCING  —  Whether you call them conference calls or telecons or excruciatingly dull time-wasters, multi-participant phone conversations are as important to most web workers as email.  If you can't meet face to face or arrange video conferencing, the conference call is the next best thing.
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Record Companies Boxed In By Their Own Rhetoric  —  Reports are popping up all over that the major record companies are cautiously gearing up to sell music in MP3 format, without any DRM (anti-copying) technology.  This was the buzz at the recent Midem conference, according to a New York Times story.
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
YouTube and Google: Quantifying the Synergy  —  Last week Google issued a statement that Google Video and YouTube would remain independent and that YouTube videos would benefit through inclusion in the Google Video Search Index.  Leveraging our daily data on market share and clickstream …
Discussion: Reel Pop and NewTeeVee
Google Watch:
Department of Homeland Security seizes Yahoo records while investigating money laundering scam  —  You'd think with all the Nigerian 419 scams being publicized lately that people would stop falling prey to money laundering schemes from African countries.  But no.
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 …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn raises $12.8M to build out professional network
Discussion: Mashable!, Screenwerk and PaidContent
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
The devil wears a Prada phone  —  Like trucker caps and formal shorts, cell phone styles are equally subject to the ever-changing whims of the couture set.  —  Just when many are finally comfortable enough with a trend to add it to their repertoire, something fresher and hipper supplants it …
Macenstein:
Where are they now?  Interview with "Switcher Girl" Ellen Feiss  —  "I'm Ellen Feiss and I'm a student".  —  Back in the Spring of 2002, those words launched one of Apple's more memorable, if not effective, ad campaigns.  Known as the "Switcher" ads, the spots featured real people telling real stories …
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
One Paper Hopes Fans of Politics Will Pay Up  —  Part of the news media's job is to make information from people in high places more accessible to the masses.  Now one newspaper has decided to restrict access to its own content, and it hopes to make some money by doing so.
Discussion: Techdirt
Paul Miller / Engadget:
How to nab free T-Mobile WiFi lovin' without running Vista  —  So, you're not quite ready to spring for a copy of Vista, or maybe your system can't handle it, or perhaps you're running Mac OS or (gasp) Linux.  Why should you be left out of those three months of free T-Mobile WiFi just because you don't kowtow to The Man?
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google TV Hoax - No DNS Information Found  —  Over the weekend, there were tons of buzz over a prank YouTube video that claims Google launched Google TV.  The guy has two videos, taking you through him using Google TV.  Here is the most recent one.  —  Is it real?  Probably not.
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Blogging for Money - A Passive Income?
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Mike / Techdirt:
Google's China Censorship Non-Apology Apology Really A Swipe At The Press
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
GIVE AWAY THE MUSIC AND SELL THE SHOW
Lkahney / Cult of Mac:
Running Vista on a Mac
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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Announcing the Media 2.0 Workgroup
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OpenID, Get it from Yahoo! & Avoid Phishing
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo, now making browser based phone calls
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Startups Take on Amazon Reviews
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba's Portege R400 convertible goes on sale
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Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Microsoft Office 2007 Review Part 2: What's New?