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1:45 AM ET, January 30, 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 …
Ina Fried / CNET
Vista's last mile  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Sitting behind a one-way mirror …
Discussion: MacUser and digg
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista: Where are the killer apps?
Discussion: JD on EP and Ars Technica
Josh Goldman / CrunchGear:
Six Good Reasons Not To Upgrade To Vista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
News Corp. Shuns Fox Interactive Group in ROO Deal  —  News Corp. Shuns Fox Interactive in ROO Deal  —  The Wall Street Journal reported (behind paywall) this morning that News Corp would announce a $12 million investment in online video startup ROO.  However, unlike other investments …
Discussion: Lost Remote
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fox in talks to buy online ad company  —  Fox Interactive Media, after a period of relative quiet, is getting acquisitive again.  The company is said to be in talks to acquire Strategic Data Corp., a company based in Santa Monica, California, that helps online publishers optimize their online advertising yields.
Discussion: PaidContent and NewTeeVee
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 …
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Adobe sets mid-February ship date for Lightroom  —  After getting downloaded more than 1 million times as a beta, Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom is ready for prime time.  Adobe announced that version 1.0 of its photography workflow application will ship on February 19; it's available for pre-order now.
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: Boing Boing, Engadget, digg and Slashdot
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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 …
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.
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
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
Google Blogoscoped:
Mathias, Wikipedia Admin  —  Mathias Schindler is a 25 year old university student in Frankfurt, Main, Germany.  He was among the people who started the Wikimedia Germany association, where he's currently board member.  Wikipedia is often confronted with accusations of all kind …
Anne Broache / CNET
Patents for dynamic Web pages to get another look  —  U.S. patent examiners are poised to take another look at two controversial patents that critics say may sweep up the dynamic Web page systems commonly used by search features, online merchants and millions of other sites.
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