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5:40 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
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
MacNN:
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 …
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J. Angelo Racoma / The Blog Herald:
Apple Compensates Bloggers For $700,000 In Legal Fees
Discussion: Cathode Tan
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod shuffle — now with color  —  Well hello new iPod shuffles.  Breaking free from their bleak battleship-grey origins, the $79 iPod shuffle now hits in your choice of pink, green, blue, and even a new tasty orange flavor.  Still 1GB, still 12 hours of battery, and yes …
Discussion: MacUser, Gearlog and Blogging Stocks
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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?
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.
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.
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
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Mobio — the useful mobile service  —  Mobio, a Cupertino start-up, is distinguishing itself by creating simple, useful services for the mobile phone.  —  We wrote about the company when it released its movie service — which lists movie reviews, times and maps.
Discussion: Screenwerk
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.
Stewart Butterfield / FlickrBlog:
A Key Benefit of Vista  —  One good reason to consider an upgrade to Vista, Microsoft's just-released upgrade to Windows: the default set of desktop wallpapers it ships with include several from Flickr members.  Long Zheng has a blog post with some examples, and Microsoft's Raymond Chen has more details.
Discussion: The Apple Blog and TechSpot
Fred / A VC:
The Seminal Web 2.0 Service  —  I wrote the following about YouTube the other day: … I am an afficianado of web services.  I love using them, figuring out how they work, the neat stuff you can do with them.  I learn so much from using the web.  And I try to write about it as much as I can.
Discussion: Joe Duck
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Holland Considers Banning DRM, Legalizing Filesharing
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Seagate unveils "D.A.V.E." drive with Bluetooth and WiFi
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Spanish start-up Whisher promises free Wi-Fi for all
Carlo / Techdirt:
Mix-Tape SWAT Raid Based On Non-Copyright State Copyright Law
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Is Microsoft's Web war lost?
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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Business Wire:
NDS Announces Peer-to-Peer Content Sharing and Distributed-DVR …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Getting printers down to iPod size
Mike / Techdirt:
Companies Pay Fines For Advertising In Adware... Still Not Clear …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Local Reviews In Search Results
Karen / Official Google Blog:
SMS on orkut  —  While orkut users love having an online social network …
tomtom.com:
Isolated number of TomTom GO 910's may be infected with a virus
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
How Will Microsoft Respond To Online Office Threat
Discussion: AccMan and The Last Podcast