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12:10 PM ET, January 30, 2007


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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 …
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
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Live at the Windows Vista launch event  —  Alright, so we're reporting to you live from the big Windows Vista launch; you might not stand in the freezing cold for Vista, but we did for the big launch event here in NYC.  It's bones-cold, but we're hoping they're gonna let us all in shortly …
Discussion: Download Squad, Mark Evans and LiveSide
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.
Discussion: Zoho Blogs
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 …
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 …
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 and Gizmodo
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Ask a Ninja Makes $300K Plus Ad Share  —  Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, the dynamic duo behind the web's most deadly source of advice, Ask a Ninja, have struck gold with a Federated Media payday, which includes a $300,000 upfront payment along with 60 percent of ad revenue, according to our sources.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Find and compare local businesses  —  Many people come to to navigate the web, but are you aware that you can use it to navigate the real world as well?  Over the past few months, we've been hard at work making it easier to find and compare local businesses and services right from the standard web results page.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Local Reviews In Search Results
Discussion: Screenwerk
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: VentureBeat
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Zink presenting at DEMO 2007
Discussion: Scobleizer
Karen Freifeld / Bloomberg:
Priceline, Travelocity, Cingular Settle Adware Probe (Update6)  —  Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) — Inc., Inc. and Cingular Wireless LLC agreed to pay a total of $100,000 to end a probe by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of secretly installed ``adware'' to promote products and services.
Mike / Techdirt:   Companies Pay Fines For Advertising In Adware... Still Not Clear …
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
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.
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.
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SplashCast Is Live  —  I am absolutely delighted to announce …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod shuffle — now with color
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Mobio — the useful mobile service
Discussion: Screenwerk
Business Wire:
NDS Announces Peer-to-Peer Content Sharing and Distributed-DVR …
ADTRAN Announces the Departure of Executive
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Discussion: Techdirt and The Last Podcast
Clay Shirky / Many-to-Many:
Second Life, Games, and Virtual Worlds
 Earlier Items: 
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
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Announcing the Network2 "How to Watch Internet TV" Contest:
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Lunching in LA: Monday at Tengu
Discussion: Beet.TV
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Whisher tackles FON — launches its own WiFi nation
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
Discussion: Valleywag and Lost Remote