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1:15 PM ET, January 30, 2007


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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
No one is lining up for Windows Vista in San Francisco  —  Earlier tonight I attended a Windows Vista launch event in San Francisco and was surprised to find not a single person in line to buy the software less than an hour before launch.  CompUSA stayed open late to provide hands-on demonstrations …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
First the Wait for Microsoft Vista; Now the Marketing Barrage  —  Microsoft's power in the technology industry, some analysts insist, is waning.  It faces a host of rivals from a reinvigorated Apple on the desktop to Web-based challengers like Google, delivering services and software online.
Discussion: Valleywag and IP Democracy
Microsoft Launches Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 to Consumers Worldwide  —  Flagship products available at over 39,000 retail locations and online around the world.  —  On Jan. 30 the most significant product launch in Microsoft Corp.'s history culminates in the release to consumers …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Lively Market, Legal and Not, for Software Bugs  —  Microsoft says its new operating system, Windows Vista, is the most secure in the company's history.  Now the bounty hunters will test just how secure it is.  —  When its predecessor, Windows XP, was released five years ago …
Discussion: Slashdot
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Live at the Windows Vista launch event
Discussion: Download Squad, Mark Evans and LiveSide
AlwaysOn Feed:
Watch AO Media Live!  —  Click the image to the right to launch to live Webcast.  —  Viewers can join in the discussion by asking questions and sharing comments and see them beamed up on the big screen at our event.  —  No other media brand has dared to create such open interaction between its editors …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Power blogging 101  —  Want to be a power blogger?
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Zoho Notebook Sneak Peak  —  Zoho continues to rock along, releasing new products every few weeks (see Zoho Wiki for example) that have turned their Ajax office suite into the best on the web, bar none.  See here for all of our previous Zoho coverage.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Zoho Announces Notebook - "Not Just Online OneNote"  —  Disclosure: Zoho is a sponsor of R/WW.  —  At DEMO today Zoho, the Web Office suite company, will announce an interesting new preview product called Zoho Notebook.  I was given a run-through of the product by Raju Vegesna.
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Ask a Ninja Makes $300K Plus Ad Share  —  Update: John Battelle, chairman of Federated Media, emailed to deny that any payments have been made to Ask a Ninja.  Our sources maintain that a portion of the ad revenue guaranteed by Federated Media is to be 'floated' up front to the Ask a Ninja team …
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Seagate introduces "Dave," portable wireless storage device  —  You must have JavaScript and Flash 8 enabled to view this content.  See flashplayer to download Flash.  —  Post to your blog »  —  Here, my sponsor, Seagate, releases a new product …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Apple pays $700,000 for bloggers' legal fees  —  Bloggers and online journalists have completed their final victory lap in a protracted fight against Apple.  Earlier this month, a Santa Clara County Court ordered Apple to pay the legal fees associated with the defense of subpoenas issued …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Getting printers down to iPod size  —  Zink wants to take the printer off your desk and put it in your pocket.  The question now is whether you want it there.  —  The Waltham, Mass.-based start-up has created—with help from Polaroid—a way to print photographs or documents without ink or an ink cartridge.
Discussion: The Raw Feed and VentureBeat
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Zink presenting at DEMO 2007
Discussion: Scobleizer
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Local Reviews In Search Results  —  The Google Blog also announced that now when you conduct searches at for local specific information, you may get local reviews and business comparisons.  For example a search on pizza 10010 returns three results, all with five stars, from pizza restaurants in NYC.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Find and compare local businesses
Michael Berkley /
SplashCast Is Live  —  I am absolutely delighted to announce that the SplashCast network is now live!  —  Video and music syndication, which has created enormous media empires over the last half century, is now available to you, me, and anyone else with something interesting to share.
Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
New sunrise layer on Google Earth  —  Posted by Clint Stinchcomb, EVP & GM, HDTV & New Media, Discovery Networks U.S.  —  Many of us aren't lucky enough to experience one of nature's most glorious sights—the beauty of the sunrise—every day, let alone on demand.  That is, until today.
Google Mini™ Integrated Solution Now Offers Secure Search for Businesses of All Sizes  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) - Google today announced that the Google Minii now offers sophisticated search features for finding and sharing information within small businesses and departmental groups …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Correct Me If I'm Wrong...: "Pilotless Drone"  —  Almost every day, The Chronicle hears from readers (and some non-readers).  Most of these comments — voicemail, email and letters — don't make it into our letters column.  But they can be unusually passionate, irate, confounding and creative.
Discussion: Lost Remote
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
How Will Microsoft Respond To Online Office Threat  —  Written by Jay Fortner and edited by Richard MacManus  —  With the consumer release today of Microsoft Office 2007, it's a good time to look at the online office space - and what, if anything, Microsoft will do to address this growing market.
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Cameron Olthuis / Pronet Advertising:
Serph's Up  —  Last spring we started developing Serph, a tool that helps you find what other people are saying on the web right now.  For a couple of months now we have slowly been inviting a handful of people into our closed beta for testing and feedback.
Mobile internet use 'increasing'  —  Mobile phone users in the UK accessed the internet via their handsets about 15.9 million times throughout December 2006, says the Mobile Data Association.  —  The association's report shows an increase of one million unique sessions over November 2006, the prior record.
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Announcing the Network2 "How to Watch Internet TV" Contest:  —  I'm announcing our first internet video contest where I'm giving away a total of US$ 40,000 and where the Grand prize is US$ 25,000.  Submit an episode of your Internet TV show or a videoblog entry dealing with "How to Watch Internet TV …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
My Currency, lets "wisdom of the crowds" estimate real estate prices
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod shuffle — now with color
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Mobio — the useful mobile service
Discussion: Screenwerk
Business Wire:
NDS Announces Peer-to-Peer Content Sharing and Distributed-DVR …
Mike / Techdirt:
Companies Pay Fines For Advertising In Adware... Still Not Clear …
ADTRAN Announces the Departure of Executive
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Discussion: Techdirt and The Last Podcast
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Clay Shirky / Many-to-Many:
Second Life, Games, and Virtual Worlds
Karen / Official Google Blog:
SMS on orkut  —  While orkut users love having an online social network …
Isolated number of TomTom GO 910's may be infected with a virus
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Whisher tackles FON — launches its own WiFi nation
Discussion: The Next Net
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Newspapers lose ground in Web-savvy schools: study
Tom Lowry / Business Week:
HD Radio Still Taking the Rap
Discussion: hypebot and Orbitcast
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
News Corp. Shuns Fox Interactive Group in ROO Deal
Alex Ionescu / Alex Ionescu's Blog:
Update on Driver Signing Bypass

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