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9:20 AM 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 …
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  —  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: Mark Evans, Download Squad and LiveSide
Chris Pirillo:
Windows Vista TV Commercials  —  DUDE!  MAKE THEM STOP!  SERIOUSLY, THESE ARE EMBARASSINGLY BAD.  I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO USE MY CAPS LOCK KEY TO CONVEY JUST HOW MUCH OF A WASTE OF MONEY THIS WAS.  —  I'm sorry.  I'm watching Comedy Central right now, with Windows Vista (apparently) …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:   First the Wait for Microsoft Vista; Now the Marketing Barrage
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
I'm excited about Windows Vista
Discussion: Tim Sneath
Ina Fried / CNET
Vista's last mile  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Sitting behind a one-way mirror …
Discussion: MacUser and digg
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
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PaidContent
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: Zoho Blogs
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Zoho Announces Notebook - "Not Just Online OneNote"
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
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 …
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
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
Clay Shirky / Many-to-Many:
Second Life, Games, and Virtual Worlds  —  Introduction: This post is an experiment in synchronization.  Since Henry Jenkins, Beth Coleman, and I are all writing about Second Life and because we like each other's work, even when (or especially when) we disagree, we've decided to all post something on Second Life today.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Isolated number of TomTom GO 910's may be infected with a virus  —  Isolated number of TomTom GO 910's may be infected with a virus  —  It has come to our attention that a small, isolated number of TomTom GO 910's, produced in one week in the last quarter of 2006, may be infected with a virus.
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Tribune Co. partners with video start-up for user content
Karen Freifeld / Bloomberg:
Priceline, Travelocity, Cingular Settle Adware Probe (Update6)
Karen / Official Google Blog:
SMS on orkut  —  While orkut users love having an online social network …
Cameron Olthuis / Pronet Advertising:
Serph's Up  —  Last spring we started developing Serph …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
How Will Microsoft Respond To Online Office Threat
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Seagate introduces "Dave," portable wireless storage device
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Lunching in LA: Monday at Tengu
Discussion: Beet.TV
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Whisher tackles FON — launches its own WiFi nation
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Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
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Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Ask a Ninja Makes $300K Plus Ad Share
Discussion: Mediaweek
Anne Broache / CNET
Patents for dynamic Web pages to get another look
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
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Discussion: Scobleizer and FredTime
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