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2:20 AM ET, January 31, 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 …
Joe / Techdirt:
Release Of An Operating System Just Not The Big Deal It Used To Be  —  from the some-party-dude dept  —  While Microsoft has tried hard to drum up enthusiasm for the release of Vista with various stunts and threatrics, it's clear that there's just not the same level of excitement surrounding …
Discussion: Wired News and MediaVidea
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Look, there's exactly three of you camped out here — I really …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista launch: The day after  —  When I was shopping for a new laptop …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Monkey Bites
Joris Evers / CNET   Experts: Don't buy Vista for the security
Robert Scoble /
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 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Seagate unveils "D.A.V.E." drive with Bluetooth and WiFi
Discussion: The Tech Report
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.
Jeremy Luebke / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Yahoo Delete URL Feature Disaster Waiting to Happen
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Profit Slips at Sony on Losses for PlayStation 3  —  Sony, the Japanese electronics maker, said today that its profit had slipped in the third quarter as it took large losses on its new PlayStation 3 game console.  —  But the company raised its annual profit forecast following strong sales …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Interest in Wii outpaces 360, PS3
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
I overreact sometimes...  For the sake of history, I'm leaving the original text of this post in place—partly to remind myself of how stupid it was.  You see, the little voice that normally tells me when to step away from the computer wasn't working today, and I ended up making a big mess as a result.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Jeremy Zawodny Get A Damn Clue
Discussion: Shoemoney and WebProBlog
Nick Wilson /
3 Reasons Why Snap Preview is Ruining Your Blog, and Hurting Your Readership  —  Snap's preview anywhere gizmo is ruining the reading experience for millions of people.  Its intrusive, obstructive and unuseful in almost every respect and use case.  The fact that so many big blogs are using it …
Stuart Dredge /
EXCLUSIVE: It's all systems go for next-gen Nokia N-Gage  —  Big publishers check the platform out at top-secret workshop  —  Product:  —  Manufacturer:  —  Format:  —  Mobile, N-Gage  —  What's happening with Nokia's next-generation N-Gage platform?
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET
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 …
Aaron Wall / SEO
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?
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Says Overture Keyword Tool Not Gone
Financial Times:
Microsoft tackling threat from Google model  —  Microsoft's next big challenge is to address the threat posed by advertising-supported business models such as Google's, Steve Ballmer, chief executive, signalled on Monday as the software group launched Vista, its new operating system.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Holland Considers Banning DRM, Legalizing Filesharing  —  Recently Dutch Record Companies decided to no longer use copy protection on CDs because the costs didn't outweigh the benefits.  Politicians are now looking for alternative ways to compensate the Music Industry.
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 …
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 …
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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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
DEMO: Linking Devices is DART's Target
Discussion: VentureBeat and EuroTelcoblog
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Mainstream Media Usage of Web 2.0 Services is Increasing
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FTC finally settles with Sony BMG over rootkit
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Digium podcast of Mark Spencer's new role
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Mike Boland / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Live From NAA: Local SearchTakes Center Stage
Scott Knaster / Official Google Mac Blog:
Google Notifier tips and tidbits
SplashCast Goes Live!
Mark Wallace /
Rogue Second Life Server Goes Open Source
 Earlier Items: 
Billmonk / Notes from the BillMonk:
BillMonk is now an Obopay company! Settle up online.
Telegraph net ad debunked by real figures
Jim Doyle / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sea search for missing Microsoft scientist
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Intel prepping Core 2 Extreme laptop CPUs
Chris Wetherell / Official Google Reader Blog:
Getting embedded in Google Reader.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Free Linux Driver Development!
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog, digg and Slashdot
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Lively Market, Legal and Not, for Software Bugs
Discussion: The Shout and Slashdot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Power blogging 101  —  Want to be a power blogger?