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11:20 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 …
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: IP Democracy
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) …
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Live at the Windows Vista launch event
Discussion: Mark Evans, Download Squad and LiveSide
Ina Fried / CNET
Vista's last mile  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Sitting behind a one-way mirror …
Discussion: MacUser and digg
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
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
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: Valleywag and Lost Remote
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fox in talks to buy online ad company
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PaidContent
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.
Discussion: Small Business SEM and ben barren
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Local Reviews In Search Results
Discussion: Screenwerk
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
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.
Discussion: Mediaweek and Bloggers Blog
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 …
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
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.
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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Second Life, Games, and Virtual Worlds
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How Will Microsoft Respond To Online Office Threat
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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
Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
New sunrise layer on Google Earth
Alex Ionescu / Alex Ionescu's Blog:
Update on Driver Signing Bypass

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Jessica Goodman / Entertainment Weekly:
Adele's new album, 25, now available on Pandora despite not being on subscription streaming sites like Apple Music and Spotify

Alex Weprin / Politico:
CNN pivots HLN back toward news

Joe Mullin / Ars Technica UK:
US district judge sides with Rightscorp, says DMCA doesn't protect ISP Cox Communications in order ahead of December trial

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