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5:40 AM ET, January 30, 2007


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Live at the Windows Vista launch event
Discussion: Download Squad and LiveSide
Ina Fried / CNET
Vista's last mile  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Sitting behind a one-way mirror …
Discussion: MacUser and digg
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
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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Whisher tackles FON — launches its own WiFi nation  —  Honestly, we never got FON, the company that sells a WiFi router so that you can share your WiFi with others.  —  FON claims 50,000 nodes, and that it is the "largest WiFi network in the world," so it appears to be having some traction.
Erick Schonfeld / The Next Net:
More Free WiFi: Fon Gets Competition From Whisher
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 and Freakonomics Blog
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: Gizmodo, 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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Scoble's a shill ... more details
Discussion: gapingvoid
Tom Lowry / Business Week:
HD Radio Still Taking the Rap  —  High-definition broadcasting faces big rivals—iPod, satellite, broadband—for the nation's ears, but radio executives hope folks tune in this year  —  The rap against the broadcast radio business has been that it was a laggard when it came to technology.
Discussion: hypebot and Orbitcast
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
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.
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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Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
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Discussion: Scobleizer and FredTime
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 Earlier Items: 
Tom Hume:
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Discussion: MobHappy and SMS Text News
New York Times:
Levi's Turns to Suing Its Rivals
Discussion: The Trademark Blog and digg
Google Blogoscoped:
Mathias, Wikipedia Admin
Discussion: Infothought
Chris Tew / PVR Wire:
The first P2P PVR from NDS plus innovative "Distributed DVR"
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
@ Vista Launch: Ballmer: Vista Is The Center of Connected Entertainment Strategy
Discussion: MediaVidea
Anildash / Movable Type News:
Movable Type Enterprise and Microsoft Office 2007: Blogs for Business
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
YouTube and Google: Quantifying the Synergy