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6:00 PM ET, January 30, 2007

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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 …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Lively Market, Legal and Not, for Software Bugs  —  Microsoft says its new operating system, Windows Vista, is the most secure in the company's history.  Now the bounty hunters will test just how secure it is.  —  When its predecessor, Windows XP, was released five years ago …
Discussion: The Shout and Slashdot
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.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:   Experts: Don't buy Vista for the security
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista launch: The day after  —  When I was shopping for a new laptop …
Discussion: Wired News and Monkey Bites
Gizmodo:
Vista Launch Party Schwag Bag: Add It Up
Discussion: digg
Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo! Site Explorer: Authenticate your site via a META tag and more goodies  —  We spend a lot of time listening to our users, and I am happy to say we've gotten better at it.  We've been using feedback forms and message boards, and finally at the Chicago SES last December, we launched our new Site Explorer Suggestion Board.
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Jeremy Luebke / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Yahoo Delete URL Feature Disaster Waiting to Happen  —  Yahoo announced a number of very nice new features for Site Explorer today.  The Yahoo Search Blog has a full list.  —  The feature I am most interested in and also worried about is the new "delete URL" feature.  It is literally a disaster waiting to happen.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
FBI turns to broad new wiretap method  —  The FBI appears to have adopted an invasive Internet surveillance technique that collects far more data on innocent Americans than previously has been disclosed.  —  Instead of recording only what a particular suspect is doing …
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
I Was a Cybercrook for the FBI  —  By the time David Thomas eased his Cadillac into the parking lot of an office complex in Issaquah, Washington, he already suspected the police were on to him.  —  An empty Crown Victoria in one of the parking spaces confirmed it.
Discussion: Tech_Space and digg
AppleInsider:
High-quality images of Apple's first orange iPod (shuffle)  —  Apple on Tuesday graced its affordable line of iPod shuffle digital music players with a fresh array of hues, including orange — a first for the iPod family.  —  The Cupertino-based company also broke the shuffle's gender barrier …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod shuffle — now with color
Discussion: MacUser, Gearlog and Blogging Stocks
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Andy Beal Spamming MyBlogLog?  —  Hey Andy, this isn't too cool:  —  And I suspect that you know better.  You're a smart guy.  So how about setting a good example instead of making me wonder how we should treat people trying to take advantage of the system?  It's a pretty cheap stunt, ya know?
Discussion: Performancing.com
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Jeremy Zawodny Get A Damn Clue
Discussion: Shoemoney
Valleywag:
SECOND LIFE: Put your money on World of Warcraft  —  CLAY SHIRKY — If we don't start off by lumping Second Life with World of Warcraft as virtual worlds, a question emerges: why do virtual game worlds outperform non-game worlds in their adoption?  —  I have never doubted …
Discussion: Many-to-Many and Eric Rice
Aaron Wall / SEO Book.com:
Yahoo! Search Marketing More Broke Than Ever  —  When Yahoo! bought Overture they had the market default position as being THE KEYWORD TOOL.  As a company that makes most of its profits from selling keywords, how dumb is is for them to let their keyword research tool die without warning?
Michael Berkley / splashcastmedia.com:
SplashCast Is Live  —  I am absolutely delighted to announce that the SplashCast network is now live!  —  Video and music syndication, which has created enormous media empires over the last half century, is now available to you, me, and anyone else with something interesting to share.
kroah.com:
Free Linux Driver Development!  —  Yes, that's right, the Linux kernel community is offering all companies free Linux driver development.  No longer do you have to suffer through all of the different examples in the Linux Device Driver Kit, or pick through the thousands of example drivers …
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog, digg and Slashdot
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Devicescape connects your device to WiFi hotspots  —  Devicescape releases a software today that connects any of your WiFi devices automatically to a WiFi hotspot or muni network.  —  This is significant, because more cellphones are being equipped with WiFi, as the cost of WiFI chips hit bottom rates of $2.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Spanish start-up Whisher promises free Wi-Fi for all  —  A small Spanish start-up called Whisher is thumbing its nose at U.S. broadband providers as it prepares to launch a new service that lets people share their broadband connections via Wi-Fi.  —  Whisher, based in Barcelona and backed …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Power blogging 101  —  Want to be a power blogger?  Be transparent, find a niche and post in massive quantities.  And then be prepared to address issues that arise as you become a big-time blogger.  —  Here's a look at some of the key issues addressed at an AlwaysOn panel on power blogging (watch conference).
Discussion: media landscaping
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Ask a Ninja Makes $300K  —  Update: John Battelle, chairman of Federated Media, emailed to deny that any payments have been made to Ask a Ninja.  Our sources maintain that a portion of the ad revenue guaranteed by Federated Media is to be 'floated' up front to the Ask a Ninja team so that they can focus on creating new episodes.
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Holland Considers Banning DRM, Legalizing Filesharing
Discussion: Light Reading and digg
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Seagate unveils "D.A.V.E." drive with Bluetooth and WiFi
Fred / A VC:
The Seminal Web 2.0 Service
Discussion: Joe Duck
Carlo / Techdirt:
Mix-Tape SWAT Raid Based On Non-Copyright State Copyright Law
Stewart Butterfield / FlickrBlog:
A Key Benefit of Vista
Discussion: The Apple Blog and TechSpot
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple ships AirPort Extreme 802.11n router, busts out $1.99 802.11n Enabler
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
My Currency, lets "wisdom of the crowds" estimate real estate prices
Google:
Google Mini™ Integrated Solution Now Offers Secure Search …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Mobio — the useful mobile service
Discussion: Screenwerk
Business Wire:
NDS Announces Peer-to-Peer Content Sharing and Distributed-DVR …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Getting printers down to iPod size
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Local Reviews In Search Results
tomtom.com:
Isolated number of TomTom GO 910's may be infected with a virus
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How Will Microsoft Respond To Online Office Threat
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