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9:25 PM ET, January 29, 2007


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Beth Snyder Bulik / AdAge:
Microsoft Pumps $500 Million Into Vista Marketing Campaign  —  Seeks Global 'Wow' Reaction to New OS Features  —  YORK, Pa. ( — "There won't be a PC sold anywhere in the world that doesn't have Vista within six months," said Endpoint Technology Associates analyst Roger Kay …
Discussion: Rational rants and AdJab
Michael Geist / Toronto Star:
Vista's legal fine print raises red flags  —  Vista, the latest version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, makes its long awaited consumer debut tomorrow.  The first major upgrade in five years, Vista incorporates a new, sleek look and features a wide array of new functionality, such as better search tools and stronger security.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista: Where are the killer apps?
Discussion: JD on EP and Ars Technica
Ina Fried / CNET
Vista's last mile  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Sitting behind a one-way mirror …
Discussion: digg
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 …
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: Mashable!, Reel Pop and NewTeeVee
Kate Kaye / ClickZ News Blog:
YouTube Revenue Share Raises Questions  —  Last week folks questioning whether Google would squelch its video site in favor of a YouTube-only offering believed they got an answer [no] when the company said it would make YouTube videos searchable through Google Video.
Discussion: Monkey Bites, cgm, Techdirt and The Next Net
ROBERT SCOBLE: Shilling for Intel  —  Shilling for Intel  —  No wonder Robert Scoble was so upset that his latest report, a tedious video from Intel's Oregon fab, got so few links.  The former Microsoft geek, now reinvented as a video blogger and one of Forbes Magazine's top web celebrities …
Alex Ionescu / Alex Ionescu's Blog:
Update on Driver Signing Bypass  —  I apologize for the lack of news, but after attending CUSEC, I had to spend my time on catching up the two weeks of school and work that I had missed, and exploiting Vista ended up going on the backburner, especially as I had to re-install VMWare 6.0 …
Discussion: Engadget, Boing Boing, digg and Slashdot
Dave Girard / Ars Technica:
Adobe announces pricing, availability for Lightroom  —  Well, it's official: after an initial public beta test that seems to have gone pretty smoothly, Adobe's first major RAW-oriented photography workflow app is set to hit the shelves on February 19.  The Windows and Universal Mac versions …
2010: Apple larger than Microsoft?  —  We are not talking about an Arthur C. Clark space odyssey, but could it be that Apple has a shot at outgrowing Microsoft within the next 5 years?  —  Both Microsoft and Apple have seen healthy revenue growth in the last 5 years.
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Macsimum News
Anildash / Movable Type News:
Movable Type Enterprise and Microsoft Office 2007: Blogs for Business  —  Today, Microsoft is making some of their biggest announcements ever — if you're even remotely interested in technology news, you're going to hear about the launch of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007.
Josh Goldman / CrunchGear:
Six Good Reasons Not To Upgrade To Vista  —  I use computers running on Mac OS X and Windows XP.  I fully intend on upgrading to Leopard when it launches, however, I'm staying away from Vista for the time being.  I was planning on going into a full-on diatribe of why, but Computerworld/PC World managed …
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 …
New York Times:
Levi's Turns to Suing Its Rivals  —  United States Patent and Trademark No. 1,139,254 is not much to look at: a pentagon surrounding a childlike drawing of a seagull in flight.  —  But the design for a Levi's pocket, first used 133 years ago, has become the biggest legal battleground in American fashion.
Discussion: The Trademark Blog and digg
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, digg and Slashdot
Tom Hume:
To bluespam or not to bluespam, that is the question  —  Am I in a rotten mood tonight?  I seem to have inadvertently bookmarked a few news stories that get me spitting on the inside...  I've seen some quite frankly ridiculous numbers being quoted by providers of Bluetooth marketing recently.
Discussion: MobHappy and SMS Text News
Seeking Alpha:
Verizon Q4 2006 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Ron Lataille - Senior Vice President, Investor Relations  —  Doreen A. Toben - Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President  —  Ivan G. Seidenberg - Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer  —  Dennis F. Strigl - President, Chief Operating Officer
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.
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Chris Tew / PVR Wire:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Rise of the Independent Niche Networks
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Jobster Hooking up with Facebook?
Discussion: The Social Web and Mashable!
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LinkedIn connects with $12.8 million
Discussion: The Next Net and GigaOM
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@ Vista Launch: Ballmer: Vista Is The Center of Connected Entertainment Strategy
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Erica Ogg / CNET
The devil wears a Prada phone
Danielfe / Dan Fernandez's Blog:
Update: Response to BlueJ Patent Issues
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Meizu's M8? Apple lawyers, start your engines
Discussion: digg
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
One Paper Hopes Fans of Politics Will Pay Up
Discussion: PaidContent and Techdirt
Mark Wallace / Wired News:
A Second Life for MTV
Discussion: Valleywag and
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: Forget about PayPal; how about a MasterCard killer?